Partners from different research areas e.g. medicine, medical devices, electrical engineering and manufacturing are sought for joining a network on detection of vital parameters from sweat
A German research institute establishes a network for exchange of knowledge and data regarding the detection of vital parameters from sweat. Sweat analysis is especially interesting for continuous, non-invasive monitoring of biomarkers. As the field of sweat analysis is highly interdisciplinary, partners from different research areas (e.g. medicine, medical devices, electrical engineering and manufacturing) of all institutions (universities, research institutions, industry) are welcome.
A known research institute in Germany is working on the issue of body monitoring by sweat analysis. Sweat analysis is especially interesting for continuous, non-invasive monitoring of biomarkers. But so far, the correlations of only a few analytes are well researched. For example, the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis by the chloride concentration in sweat is very well known. However, the correlation of other biomarkes in sweat to the physiology lacks in a consistent data basis and is poorly comparable due to non-standardized procedures. Besides, the use of a variety of complementary diagnostic technologies makes comparisons very complex.
Therefore, within this network, exchange of data and knowledge as well as strategies fostering the development and application of sweat analysis are focused. For this, common standards of sweat sampling procedures and sweat rate detection for a better comparison of measurement techniques and evaluation are of interest. Besides, dedicated measurement campaigns and data exchange for joint modelling of the correlation of sweat analytes to physiological processes are addressed. Only with an open and joint approach sweat analysis as a promising tool for continuous monitoring of body parameters can be pushed forward.
The proposed network is part of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST). It is a funding organisation for the creation of research networks, called COST Actions. These networks offer an open space for collaboration among scienists across Europe (and beyond) and thereby give impetus to research advancements and innovation. COST Actions are bottom-up networks with a duration of four years that boost research, innovation and careers. They are highly interdisciplinary and open. It is possible to join ongoing actions, which therefore keep expanding over the funding period of four years.
Funding intends to complement national research funds, as they are exclusively dedicated to cover collaboration activities such as workshops, conferences, working group meetings, training schools, short-term scientific missions and dissemination and communication activities.
Researchers and innovators from different research areas (e.g. medicine, medical devices, electrical engineering and manufacturing) from universities, public and private institutions, NGOs, industry and SMEs can participate. Particular emphasis is placed on activities involving researchers from less research-intensive COST member countries (ITCs, inclusiveness target countries) with a view to increase their participation.