Design by Biomedical Undergraduate (DEBUT) Challenge

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NIMHD funds the DEBUT Healthcare Technologies for Low-Resource Settings prize, which challenges the next generation of biomedical engineers to focus on specific health care needs among underserved populations, who may benefit from innovative solutions. Learn more about DEBUT

2022 Challenge


DEBUT is supported by NIH and VentureWell and is led by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). Get full participation rules on all DEBUT challenges, including the Healthcare Technologies for Low-Resource Settings challenge: DEBUT guidelines

  • Submission deadline: May 31, 2022, 11:59 PM EDT
  • Judging period: June 8 to August 20, 2022
  • Winners announced: August 26, 2022
  • Award ceremony: October 12-15, 2022, Biomedical Engineering Society Conference, San Antonio, Texas

2021 NIMHD Prize for Healthcare Technologies for Low-Resource Settings

Sickled Advocacy for Sickle Cell Education and Diagnosis, courtesy of Sickled Challenge Team at Lehigh University


Winner: Lehigh University,
Pennsylvania

Project Title: Sickle cell disease (SCD) screening device, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania

Team Members: Heidi Shen, Katie Goettle, Alice Chen, Laura Duffany, Wei Ngai, Tom Perillo, Tiffany Pang

The 2021 winning solution is an inexpensive, point-of-care sickle cell disease (SCD) screening device designed to be implemented in low-to-middle income health care settings. Modeled after the common pregnancy test, the device was developed to lower the high rate of infant death due to SCD.

About DEBUT

The Design by Biomedical Undergraduate (DEBUT) Challenge is a competition that recognizes undergraduate excellence in biomedical design and innovation. The challenge is open to teams of undergraduate students working on novel solutions to unmet health and clinical problems.

DEBUT is supported by NIH and VentureWell and is led by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). NIMHD partners with NIBIB to support the DEBUT Healthcare Technologies for Low-Resource Settings prize.


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