AUC students win first place in a competition to design a blood glucose meter
AUC students win first place in Johns Hopkins University competition for designing a blood glucose meter for diabetics
Five students from the Faculty of Electronics and Communications Engineering at the American University in Cairo won first place in the world in the Johns Hopkins University Healthcare Design Competition 2022 in the digital health track for their design of the “Glucoclip” device that measures the level of glucose in the blood for diabetics. The team consisting of Maha Shata, Fatima Luqma, Mustafa Nasir, Ahmed Al-Ghoul and Seif Ahmed, who graduated from the university in 2021, is the only Egyptian team among the finalists. “We are proud to represent the American University in Cairo and Egypt in this international competition,” says Mostafa Nassir. He added that the "Glucoclip" device has a wide impact as it has the ability to affect the lives of 537 million diabetics around the world.
The Johns Hopkins University Healthcare Design Competition 2022 attracted undergraduates and alumni from around the world and this year saw 120 projects from 74 universities and 18 countries. The Glucoclip project succeeded in taking first place after being nominated among seven other candidates for the Digital Design track.
The students started designing and developing the “Glucoclip” device as part of their graduation project under the supervision of Dr. Hassanein Amer, Professor of Electronics and Communications Engineering at the university. The device monitors the level of glucose in the blood with a high level of accuracy, safety and non-invasiveness using near-infrared spectroscopy. The device aims to facilitate the lives of diabetics as it is used as an alternative to finger pricks and other invasive tests. Glucoclip is also connected to a mobile application, which makes it easier and more convenient to monitor a patient's blood glucose level.
Fatima Luqma explains that traditional methods of testing for diabetes may create a psychological barrier for many patients and prevent them from being regularly measured, adding that “Glucoclip” works as a convenient, safer and easier alternative than traditional methods.
The students project took a year where they designed a prototype and then tested it on more than 100 people despite the difficulties they faced in obtaining medical approval for large-scale tests due to the Corona pandemic, but the team was able to complete the project successfully and “Glucoclip” showed a relatively high accuracy despite Small sample size.
“It is a very rewarding feeling to present this project that we have worked so hard on to an international committee at such a prestigious university known for its extensive research programs,” says Ahmed Al-Ghoul.
The students also indicated that winning such an award from a prestigious and prestigious university is a glimmer of hope to encourage them to further develop the “Glucoclip” device. Logma notes that winning the award encouraged her to continue developing the idea of the device to reach the global market.