Wireless devices win top award

19 April 2013

Development of new tools for physiological monitoring has won former Auckland Bioengineering Institute doctoral student, David Russell, the Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Best Doctoral Thesis.

He was one of five awardees announced recently who will be presented with their certificates at The University of Auckland’s “Celebrating Research Excellence” function on 1st May.  The top five PhD theses were rated the most outstanding of the 312 successfully examined in 2012.

David’s thesis was on ‘Wireless implantable micro-devices: Chronic in-vivo monitoring of physiological signals’.

He says a better understanding of physiological systems relies on measurement of in-vivo physiological signals. Wireless implantable micro-devices are valuable tools for obtaining these measurements without disturbing the system generating them.

His thesis presented advancements in the field of chronic monitoring from wireless implantable micro-devices in small rodents.

The outcomes from his research provides new tools for physiological monitoring, enabling the continuous lifetime monitoring of oxygen concentration and high fidelity electrocardiogram.

Not only has his research provided new methods for exploring disease development and treatments, but also provides a platform for the development of human medical devices.  His main PhD supervisor was Dr David Budgett, and co-supervisor was Associate Professor Andrew Taberner with Professor Simon Malpas.

David is now a research engineer for Millar Instruments based at ABI, working on the commercial development of new ‘wireless implantable micro-devices’, including the development of medical devices for human use.