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[Illinois] BioNanotechnology Seminar Series Spring 2012: Exploring Academic Collaboration with the University of Cape Coast, Ghana with the Global Health Initiative at UIUC

By Erich Lidstone

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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a longstanding history of excellent research with regard to science and engineering, and the Global Health Initiative (GHI) at UIUC hopes to apply this research expertise toward the development of low-cost and resource-limited diagnostic tools and therapeutic solutions. In an exploratory two-week visit to Accra and Cape Coast, Ghana, students, faculty, and staff of the GHI were able to learn about and explore many aspects of Ghana’s health care system, interacting with clinicians, social health workers, and patients at a number of hospitals, clinics, and homes. Students were able to meet also with a number of research faculty at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) to discuss how UIUC might help to learn from and collaborate…


Erich Lidstone is a graduate student in the Bioengineering Department, and is working with Prof. Brian Cunningham and the Nano Sensors Group. His current research is dedicated to the application of photonic crystal (PC) biosensors for high-resolution label-free imaging of cell attachment, growth, and differentiation. Recently developed by Cunningham et al., PC biosensors are uniquely suited to provide continuous information about cellular activity in the absence of potentially cytotoxic fluorophores and colorimetric labels. As a member of the UIUC Medical Scholars Program, Erich plans to complete his M.D. at the University of Illinois and to pursue a research career in diagnostic medicine.




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Adeeb Yunus, NanoBio Node

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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