I am a new Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University in Indiana, U.S.A. and currently teach an undergraduate biomedical design course with a focus on global health challenges. I have a group of 5 students who were quite taken with the recent New England Journal of Medicine article on cerebral malaria ("Brain Swelling and Death in Children with Cerebral Malaria" by Seydel et al. 2015; 372:1126-1137, DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1400116). The students are interested in the possibility of designing a device to reduce intracranial pressure to improve treatment outcomes.
Would anyone from the community be willing to speak/email with my students briefly to help them to understand the current state of treatment and the need (or possible lack-there-of) for such a devices? Any insight would be most helpful. They are eager to speak with clinicians and individuals who have experience with this disease.
Thank you all so much.