Entry Date:
July 8, 2011

Detection and Monitoring: Creating Novel Devices for Cancer Detection and Monitoring

Principal Investigator Michael Cima

Co-investigators Paula Hammond , Angela Belcher , Scott Manalis , Sangeeta Bhatia

Early detection and monitoring is critical to mounting effective cancer treatments. The molecular differences that make cancer cells lethal when left unchecked also provide the clues for their detection, identification and visualization. We are developing new methods in molecular imaging and using micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) technologies to develop highly sensitive cancer detectors. And by combining implantable detectors with wireless data transmission technologies (telemetry), we envision the development of tools for continuous monitoring during and after cancer treatment to signal remission and relapse or even trigger micro-scale drug delivery systems for automatic therapeutic interventions.