BioMEMS for Cancer Treatment

Bio-electro-mechanical systems (BioMEMS) are being developed for the localized treatment of breast and prostate cancer. The BioMEMS devices use thermosensitive polymer gels to store and release cancer drugs into regions surrounding a tumor. A combination of localized drug and heat transport is then used to kill cancer cells via localized chemotherapy and hyperthermia. Ongoing work by AUST students (Danyuo Yiporo and Kwabena Dappah) and AUST professors (Prof. Wole Soboyejo and Dr. Shola Odusanya) exploring the extent to which localized cancer treatment can be used to reduce/eliminate tumors in mice. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) devices can be used to facilitate the monitoring of local temperatures and the encryption of medical information associated with localized cancer treatment (Kwabena Dappah of AUST and Dan Omofoman of RFID Center at AUST).
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