10/07/2013

Asimina Kiourti wins the Chorafa Foundation award 2013 for the N.T.U.A.

Asimina Kiourti, a Ph.D. student at BioSim, was the recipient of the 2013 Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation award for NTUA. This award followed the “2011 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Doctoral Research Award”, and the “2012 IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Graduate Fellowship for Medical Applications” that she received within the 2nd and 3rd year of her Ph.D studies, respectively. The Chorafas Foundation award distinguishes and honors innovative, high-level research, with the goal of stimulating promising young researchers and encouraging remarkable future contributions in science and technology. The recipients are Ph.D. students who are graduating from one of the Chorafas Foundation’s 20 partner universities. Among the partners, except for NTUA, are top schools in the United States, Europe, Middle East and Asia. The prize is awarded annually and is given to the top Ph.D. students as chosen by each partner university, and further confirmed by the Board of the Chorafas Foundation.

As part of her Ph.D. Thesis, Asimina, the NTUA first awardee, addressed the major challenges related to “Implantable Antennas for Wireless Medical Telemetry Applications”. Such antennas can be integrated into implantable medical devices (e.g., pacemakers, blood glucose sensors, functional electrical stimulators, cochlear and retinal implants, etc) for wireless data exchange with exterior monitoring/control devices. Millions of people worldwide depend upon implantable medical devices to support and improve the quality of their lives. As technology continues to evolve, new implantable medical devices are being developed, and their use is expected to rapidly increase from an already large base.