We are at the very beginning of a new semester at Uppsala University, and a new year calls for a new team of students to represent the university during this year’s international student competition on biosensors for health – SensUs 2019.
It is with great pride and excitement that we now officially present the name and logo of this year’s Uppsala SensUs-team, as we now are taking the step from plans and ideas to laboratory action.
We are looking forward to this scientific journey that our team is about to embark on, and we will make sure to share the full story with you through our channels in social media. We are well aware that the road of scientific research is paved with obstacles and trials, but we are eager to take on that challenge – watch up for AdUp Sense!
We are excited to announce to you the biological molecule of interest for SensUs 2019 competition!
This years molecule for detection will be Etanercept.
Etanercept is a fusion protein that is found in the body after breakdown of the pharmaceutical drug necessary to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) or Rheumatic disease. It works by inhibiting TNF-alpha (Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha), which is a key regulator in inflammatory immune response.
Rheumatoid arthritis is currently stated to affect over 120 million people (at least a quarter of a million people) on World Arthritis Day. It is a painful autoimmune disease causing inflammation and joint pain.
Our goal for this upcoming year is to build a device that can help patients and providers better manage Rheumatoid Arthritis (along with other inflammatory autoimmune diseases). And help improve their quality of life.
Here is a short video about it so you can learn more. We hope you will join us in the fight to help patients that are living with inflammatory autoimmune disease.
Well here we are at the last day of the competition!
It has been a fun experience with a lot of cool projects and nice people. It has also been really interesting to see what the other teams came up with and all the unique designs with alternative approaches.
It’s been an inspiring experience and we made lots of new friends.
Thank you SensUs Competition for a great time!
We are looking forward to next year and building a new device!
I’m pleased to announce that the SensUs 2018 Uppsala Team is off to a smooth start into the design process of our Biosensor. We have an interesting concept planned and are now trying to work out how to get all the little bits and pieces that make up our device to work optimally. Our support network is also expanding steadily and interest is slowly, but surely growing. We look forward to keep up this momentum over the coming months!
Last weekend we flew to Eindhoven to attend to SensUs contest 2017.
General atmosphere at the contest on Friday
On Friday 8th September was quite hectic: we were doing measurements for almost 3 hours, explaining the theory behind our biosensor in the “market” area and we had two pitches (technical and translational).
Taking measurements using our biosensor
Saturday 9th September was also exciting and full of events. We had the opportunity to share our work with other students, researchers and participants in the contest in the “market” area and we gave a popular science pitch about our biosensor.
“Market” area with our posters
We had the pleasure to listen to a great talk by Dr. Khayat and finally the awards ceremony. Go to www.SensUs.org and read more about the winning teams But we have to mention it… we were super happy to WIN the CREATIVITY AWARD.
Today, we finally got the ADC running on the digital board from a SW point of view . We are using the TI … secret … until the competition. We are struggling with some address problems of the I2C, which caused some severe problems on the bus, that made the SW fail.
The housing also has been optimized for FDM manufacturing and now it worked out. We even have metal threads to be able to mount the lids tightly on the box.
The new housing is designed and is going to be sent into production. As we measure light intensity a high-sophisticated design to keep as much light from the surrounding away from the sensor is crucial for the project success.
The old housing got to small and also the plastic used was not sufficient to keep all the light out. In contrast to the old housing the new one takes advantage of screwed lids, which are sealed with o-rings from a local company (Dione in Uppsala). Moreover everything is supposed to be accessible easily since every side can be opened.