Watson Women in Science and Technology Distinguished Colloquium
"BIO-PHOTONICS: Improving Healthcare in Low-Resource Settings"
Dr. Rebecca R. Richards-Kortum
Nearly 90% of the world’s children live in developing countries; half live on less than $2/day. The health challenges these children face are enormous, yet the vast majority of healthcare R&D is directed toward solving health challenges of the developed world. This talk will describe efforts to engineer appropriate high-performance, low-cost science & technology platforms and to develop models for sustainable dissemination of these technologies. For example, we are working to develop Nursery of the Future for district hospitals in the developing world, which includes a comprehensive set of low-cost, highly effective technologies to help newborns survive and thrive. We estimate that a neonatal nursery of the future for a district hospital serving 300,000 people in developing countries could be outfitted for less than $5,000. This is less than the cost of one western style ventilator.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Hawking Auditorium, 4:00 p.m.
Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering
Texas A&M University
(Reception beginning at 3:00 p.m.)