Season 11 Innovators
Mugeb grew up pursuing academic excellence, finishing high school and receiving recognition for being the top student in his region in Taizz Governate, Yemen. This allowed him to pursue his education in biomedical engineering all the way to the doctorate level in Russia, where he graduated with flying colors.
It is no surprise the talented scholar ended up falling in love with academia, with the Yemeni doctor deciding to work as an associate professor in Russia to nurture young, ambitious minds.
A true believer in science, Mugeb's interest is especially piqued at innovative ideas relating to incurable diseases. The symptoms of such diseases tend to suddenly appear after it's too late, which Mugeb refuses to accept: "Every problem must have a solution!"
An avid fan of Stars of Science, he has been following the journeys of his fellow Arabs as they brought their ideas to life since the show first aired in 2008. Taking inspiration from their successes, he worked tirelessly on an idea with a wow factor that he could bring to the esteemed jury. Fast forward to 2021, the last year he is eligible to participate, and he finally got his Eureka moment!
About the Project
Chronic Kidney Disease is a deadly condition that creeps up on its victims and is uniquely hard to diagnose. For example, when one of the kidneys starts to deteriorate, the other overloads and functions at higher level to compensate for the deficiency. This inevitably leads to normal test results in laboratories until the damage reaches irreversible levels.
Mugeb's Portable Renal Blood Flowmeter is a support to overcome this hurdle and estimate possible kidney damage while remaining non-invasive. The biosensors attached to the skin translate impedance data to renal blood flow and pressure that are useful values to help make a preliminary diagnosis.
The Yemeni's invention would strengthen hospitals’ telemedicine capabilities, as it sends data to physicians through wireless networks which would allow them to monitor patients from the comfort of their own homes.
Kidney failure affects patients of all ages and genders. It can lead to other chronic conditions, such as diabetes, or even prove fatal itself. The dialysis treatment process, while having proved effective for decades, is a draining and lengthy process that heavily impacts the lives of patients and their loved ones who have to dedicate hours and significant funds to the process.
Mugeb hopes the Portable Renal Blood Flowmeter can work to alleviate the suffering of patients and society as a whole. The device could help people monitor, identify and take measures to avoid kidney failure well in advance, supporting timely and justified medical care.
This invention could make kidney preliminary diagnosis highly accessible around the region. As many communities inhabit rural areas in the Middle East and North Africa, this device can ensure that doctors can monitor the status of patients’ kidneys without needing to constantly make lengthy trips for early warning signs.
It could also help countries around the world preserve the health of their own people while generating sizeable savings. Around the globe, national health systems dedicate a significant portion of their annual budget to dialysis centers. The Flowmeter could provide a valuable addition to the international telemedicine toolkit, helping communities around the world identify and take preventative measures against kidney failure for more efficient utilization of allocated resources.