Impactful research performed at the Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation (ACABI) on the "Origination and Dissemination of Inventive Knowledge in the Medical Device Industry", came up big at the Graduate and Professional Student Showcase, taking home the Katheryn B. Willock Library Research Award and a $1000 prize. The Graduate and Professional Student Showcase is an annual research conference that takes place on the University of Arizona Mall, and has been held during the spring semester each year since 1993 attracting more than 130 graduate and undergraduate students each year.

A little larger than a quarter and about the same thickness, the simple, low-cost device helps the wearer quickly decide if any adjustments, such as drinking more water or replenishing salts, electrolytes and sugar, need to be made or if something is medically awry. Designed for one-time use of a few hours, this device can be adapted and used for disease diagnosis and therapeutic monitoring. Details were published Nov. 23 by the journal Science Translational Medicine.

CardioSpark is a way to “make neighborhoods cardiac safe,” said one of the company’s founders, Tucson cardiologist and mechanical engineer Carter Newton, who is working with Dr. Marvin Slepian, of the Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation, and Dr. Karl Kern, a cardiologist and professor at the University of Arizona and chair of the Sarver Heart Center Resuscitation Research Group.

The University of Arizona has announced the creation of a center focused on accelerating the development and commercialization of translational biomedical technologies.