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A research team from Australian National University (ANU) is set to develop wearable sensor technologies such as bracelets.

Selected to receive up to $10m through the university’s $50m ANU Grand Challenge Scheme, the five-year research project aims to aid early detection of diseases and allow people to better manage their conditions.

The team includes more than 60 immunologists, engineers, physicists, chemists and health service experts from across ANU.

ANU Research School of Engineering Nanotechnology Research Laboratory associate professor Dr Antonio Tricoli said that the next-generation wearable sensors will use nanotechnology and electronics to collect essential health information even during normal daily activities.

The collected information is intended to help in understanding disease development before it happens, along with monitoring and management of existing conditions.

“The collected information is intended to help in understanding disease development before it happens.”

ANU Medical School Immunology department professor Matthew Cook said: “There’s been tremendous progress in medicine over the past 100 years, but we’re still left with this problem of chronic diseases that require long-term management.”

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Cook further added that the combination of wearable sensor technology and genomics could benefit in gaining better insights into the mechanism of a disease, which could potentially lead to early diagnosis and effective treatment.

ANU Research School of Population Health researcher said: “The most important part of implementing this technology is that we work with patients, carers and their families, and with health services and policymakers, from the very beginning so that we can translate this knowledge into practice effectively.”