Canan Dagdeviren, a post-doctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and one of MIT Technology Review’s 2015 list of 35 Innovators under 35, has created a flexible sensor which can detect anomalies in the skin.

Sensors set to take on the role of 3rd-generation medical devices?

MIT-based Turkish scientist Canan Dagdeviren has developed a sensor which tracks changes in the quality of a person’s skin that are too subtle for a dermatologist to observe with the naked eye.

The sensor, powered by a mini battery, is very easy to use. It is embedded in a piece of transparent flexible rubber, a sort of small patch which can be stuck on a given area on the skin and taken off as many times as required. The sensor, which analyses variations in skin density with great precision, has two major medical applications: 1) helping to detect skin cancers early; and 2) improving analytical methods so as to avoid inappropriate interventions, such as conducting unnecessary biopsies.

Canan Dagdeviren was recently listed as one of this year’s global top 35 Innovators under 35 by MIT Technology Review. The basic goal she is pursuing is to create a new class of biomedical electronics that are far more convenient than those in use today. Another invention that the Turkish materials scientist has come up with is a tiny mechanism that can be permanently implanted inside the body to harvest energy from the movement of our organs. The implant can then send this power directly to devices such as pacemakers, which today run on batteries that need to be surgically replaced every five years.
Capteurs autosuffisants développés par Canan Dagdeviren

Self-powering sensors developed by MIT researcher Canan Dagdeviren

By Pauline Canteneur