More than 500 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes. Today the monitoring process is expensive and time consuming and not all patients can be reached. A consortium of the VUB and UZ Brussel received €3 million funding for developing a point-of-care device for better diagnosis and monitoring of diabetes, with the help of so-called vortex chromatography combined with sensitive and miniaturized multimodal optical detection.
Two VUB research groups, µFlow Cell (Prof. Wim De Malsche) and B-PHOT Brussels Photonics (Prof. Heidi Ottevaere) and one group of UZ Brussel (Clinical Biology Laboratories - Prof. Ilse Weets and Prof. Katrien Lanckmans) are part of the consortium. This interdisciplinary and international project is coordinated by Prof. De Malsche.