Cuong Nguyen, PhD

Mentor
Cuong Nguyen, PhD
Project Title
Development of an inexpensive point-of-care for kidney stones diseases
Time Commitment
1-5 hours/week
Method
Depends on lab funding
Possible Co-Authorship
Yes
Project Description

Current methods for monitoring oxalate kidney stones disease are complex, labor intensive, and require a colorspectrophotometer or ion chromatograph found only in laboratory settings. With 6-12% of the world’s population (including the USA) suffering from kidney stones, together with the rapidly increasing numbers of individuals being identified with hyperoxaluria as a potential cause in a variety of disease as autism and inflammatory bowel disease, the need for regular monitoring of oxalate levels seems vital. Current practice does not make urinary oxalate measurements a cost-effective and timely procedure, generally resulting in such testing performed once post-symptomatic. Thus, the overall goal of this project is to develop a simple, rapid, inexpensive and user-friendly point-of-care monitoring device for measuring oxalate levels in biological fluids on an “as-need-to-know” basis.

Contact Info

Email: nguyenc@ufl.edu

Phone: (352) 294-4180