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Mondal to study breathing device as home hemolysis screening tool for Sickle cell disease patients

Penn State College of Medicine’s Office of the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies has selected Dr. Pritish Mondal, associate professor of pediatrics, as the recipient of the 2021 Lloyd Prize for Innovative Thinking. Mondal will use the award to develop an at-home screening test for hemolysis – or the rupturing of blood cells – in patients with Sickle cell disease, which affects approximately 1 out of 350 African American children in the U.S.

The Lloyd Prize for Innovative Thinking is an endowed award presented by the vice dean for research and graduate studies to nurture the development of fresh and novel research ideas that address important questions facing humankind.

“Dr. Mondal’s submission addresses the need for early recognition of hemolysis in children with Sickle cell disease,” said Dr. Leslie Parent, vice dean for research and graduate studies. “His vision of an at-home hemolysis screening test using a hand-held device that is quick, easy, inexpensive and non-invasive certainly fulfills the purpose of the award. We congratulate Dr. Mondal on winning and wish him luck on his continued research in this important area”.

Mondal will receive $1,000 and be recognized at the 2022 Research and Innovations Awards Ceremony on Oct. 11 at The Englewood.

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