biosensor

A biosensor that measures glucose and insulin levels has won a Google Research Award.

The device, developed by researchers at the National Autonomous University (UNAM), Mexico, also stores its information online.

The biosensor is intended even for people who are yet to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It measures glucose and insulin levels. The device could diagnose type 2 diabetes, or at least identify those at risk of type 2 diabetes, before the appearance of any symptoms.

By storing the information online, accessible through an app, the researchers aim to build a database that can be analysed for research purposes in the future.

The project has great potential to ease the burden on the Mexican healthcare system. Mexico has one of the highest incidences of type 2 diabetes in the world. To offset the rising rates of type 2 diabetes, Mexico became the first country to implement a nationwide sugar tax on soft drinks and sodas.

Google Research Awards consist of unrestricted gifts to research facilities and universities. The institutions receive monthly grants.

The researchers aim to complete the project, known as “Interconnected Dual Biosensor for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus,” by the end of 2016.