Weldon Students Recognized by National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance

This is the current prototype of the NeurD.1) Sudomotor Reference Electrode: Used to negate the effects of drugs/diet on sweat production. 2) EMG electrodes: electrode voltage measurement of skeletal muscle activity. 3) Strain gauge: voltage measurement of stretch resistance change resulting from the ankle reflex . 4) Sudomotor Function Electrodes: electrode voltage measurement of sweat quantity
Biomedical engineering students from Purdue University are being recognized for developing the concept for a new type of diagnostic technology to help people suffering from peripheral neuropathy.

The condition causes the loss of nerve activity in the extremities and affects 20 million people in the United States. The students call their concept NeurD, for Neuropathy Detector. NeurD is envisioned as an automated system for recording measurements to track the progression of a patient's neuropathy. The NeurD concept has been accepted into "stage one" of a new E-Team Program, launched by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance to provide support for collegiate entrepreneurs working on market-based technology inventions. The stage-one designation earned the students $5,000 toward attending a three-day workshop focusing on formulating a sustainable business strategy. The initial concept for NeurD originated in fall 2012 as a senior design project constructed by Andrea Lawrence, Megan Kochert, Thomas McNamara, and Jennifer Waite. McNamara chose to further develop the project to enhance the translational ability of the concept. McNamara is currently working alongside Julie Depauw, Sandra Snyder, Adam Willats, and Margaret Willenbrink to advance and enhance the NeurD concept. McNamara, Willats, and Willenbrink will represent the NeurD at the NCIIA E-Team Workshop.