PhD Student Josie Dixon Wins Best Free Paper at CICM!

20 September 2022

Mechanical Engineering PhD student Josie Dixon has won the Best Free Paper award at the College of Intensive Care Medicine Australia-New Zealand (CICM) Annual Scientific Meeting.

  • Josie Dixon
Josie Dixon

Josie Dixon won the Best Free Paper for her co-authored PhD research entitled: First Clinical Tests for a Low-Cost Light-Based Glucose Sensor at the College of Intensive Care Medicine Australia-New Zealand (CICM) Annual Scientific Meeting on September 10, 2022.   

Josie's research focuses on novel, handheld light-based (opposed to traditional finger-prick methods) blood glucose measuring technology for application in diabetic monitoring, hospitals, and intensive care units. Josie's world-leading results were generated through test trials at UC and in collaboration with Auckland's Middlemore Hospital. The research is funded by the NZ National Science Challenge Science for Technological Innovation (SftI).   

Josie and her supervisory team consisting of Distinguished Professor Geoff Chase and Professor Chris Pretty, are exploring new alternative technologies to help ease the ever-growing costs associated with healthcare. Current implanted glucose sensors can cost anywhere between $2500-5000/year. In contrast, the device proposed by Josie and the team has the potential to increase the equity of access and accessibility to gold-standard care to all with a one-time <NZ$500 (potential) cost.  

Josie's research was awarded after she presented it to 500+ intensive care clinicians, researchers, nurses, and others in Wellington. Promoting such important work to a well-respected audience like the CICM is an impressive achievement, but winning such an esteemed award and a $500 prize is further recognition for the vital work Josie is contributing to help advance her field.   

We wish the best to Josie as she progresses through the next couple of years, and we look forward to the future developments of this project. Congratulations Josie! 

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