Combining engineering and medicine to make treatment less expensive

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Visakhapatnam, Sep 19 (UNI) Combining engineering with medicine makes a lot of difference to health care sector at grassroots as medical education and facilities are too costly these days, Principal of Andhra University College of Engineering Prof Allam Apparao said.

Talking to newspersons here yesterday, he said research work on this was in full progress and practical models and results on how well they could be combined would be out in a couple of months.

The idea was to combine engineering with medicine to make medical treatment less expensive, he said.

He said a new medico-technocrat course at MTech level was on anvil which would teach the developments in both the branches for optimum use.

The new course would commence from 2008 academic year, he added.

The University College had applied for ten patents out of which four were provisionally accepted in USA and six pending in India, he said.

Prof Apparao said an international workshop was conducted in October 2007 in the college on Translational Bioinformatics with the participation of scientists from US, Germany, China and India.

Translational Bioinformatics is defined broadly as the development of storage, analytic and interpretive methods to optimise the transformation of increasingly voluminous biomedical data into proactive, predictive, preventive and participatory health, he added.

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