The positive impacts of sensors and sensing systems on medical research were discussed in the 2021 SENSE.nano Symposium.
FREMONT, CA: At the 2021 SENSE.nano Symposium, scientists said that sensors and sensing systems such as devices that count white blood cells to technologies that monitor muscle coordination during rehabilitation can positively impact medical research. How sensing technologies are enabling current medical studies and aiding the translation of their findings to improve human health were topics focused on in the virtual event. This virtual event was the fifth annual meeting organized by SENSE.nano which featured leaders from research and industry, MIT-launched startup companies, and graduate students.
MIT.nano Director Vladimir Bulovic says that sensors are in homes, medical devices, phones, clothing, and vehicles, basically everywhere in this era of big data. Further, in this year's conference, they discussed how the standards for current medical work, bringing forward a new clinical practice and better health will be driven by all ranges of new sensors and sensing techniques. The scope of technologies under the research themes of human motion studies, imaging at multiple scales, and devices, physiological monitoring, and strategies for collecting specimens and performing biopsies, were examined by the speakers in the SENSE.nano 2021. To study how muscles represent rhythm, novel research methods such as drawing inspiration from dancers' movements was discussed in this conference.
Also, to help humans better interact with robots and other electronic systems, novel applications such as neural interface wearables were discussed in this conference. The former MIT Research Clinical Center which was reopened as the MIT Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) was also celebrated in this symposium. CCTR has remodeled health labs for research participants, along with featuring motion capture labs, a prototype workshop, observation and instrumentation suites for MIT, and visiting human health researchers.