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Stanford Students Design Device Detecting Early-Stage River Blindness

An illustrative graphic of red blood cells amidst a snake-shaped virus
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A team of undergraduate bioengineering students from the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign has developed a device that could serve millions vulnerable to onchocerciasis--otherwise known as river blindness, a parasitic disease endemic to Central Africa that causes severe itching, skin lesions and debilitating vision loss.

The students -- Claire Lamadrid, Clay Ellington, Julia Schaepe, Kelsie Wysong, and Marissa MacAvoy -- came together in Bioengineering Senior Capstone Design. In the project-based course, students work in teams to identify real problems in health care and develop novel, technology-based solutions.

Find out more about their story here.