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Rapid Identification and Monitoring of Patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Using Carbon Nanotube-Based Sensors

This project involves developing a novel, real-time detector and monitor for glutathione using carbon nanotube-based sensors. Unlike current glutathione measurement procedures which are time consuming, expensive and cannot be used on a daily basis, the sensor technique will allow routine rapid monitoring of alcoholic patients to assess their level of risk to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and will identify patients who require special therapy. In addition, this new approach will identify other patients with similar antioxidant deficiencies such as cystic fibrosis and HIV, who may be at risk for ARDS.

Investigators: Dennis W. Hess (GT, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering) and Lou Ann Brown (Emory, Pediatrics)

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