Super Blood: Innovative Project of PetrSU Scientists
Super Blood is an innovative project of scientists of Petrozavodsk State University, the Flagship University of the Republic of Karelia, that allows medical students to safely work with blood and its components.
The Flagship University of Karelia developed a blood simulator that is similar in appearance and functions to real blood.
Super Blood is a safe solution with which students can learn methods of determining blood type, Rh factor, level of glucose, cholesterol and other components. The algorithm for using the simulator corresponds to the algorithm used in clinical practice, namely in determining blood type and Rh factor the primary reaction of the test system is the reaction of haemagglutination that can be successfully demonstrated with the use of blood simulators and isohemagglutinating serum.
Simulator of human biological liquids looks like and behaves just like real blood. This means that a student will avoid psychological pressure once he or she starts to work in real life conditions.
With the use of Super Blood, one can hold classes for schoolchildren, everyone interested in medicine, teach people to measure blood sugar and cholesterol level with the use of blood glucose and cholesterol meters, there are a plethora of application scenarios.
The features of the simulator are its safety, low cost, ease and speed of use, unambiguous results and multifunctionality.
The developer of this blood, a junior research fellow of the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics of Innate Immunity Vladimir Ilyukha:
“Our simulators can be stored for over a year. Our development has high quality and trustworthy results,” said the scientist.
The leaders in this research area are the Director of the Institute of High Biomedical Technologies, Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor Tatiana Volkova and the head of the United Multifunctional Center of Module Education of the Institute of Medicine of PetrSU Igor Shubin. In 2015 the project was awarded a grant of the Innovation Promotion Fund within the UMNIK program, and in 2017 won the gold medal at the international expo “High Technologies, Innovation, Investments” in Saint Petersburg.
Currently, the employees of the Institute hold demonstrations of the developed test systems in action. The compound of the simulator is currently at the stage of patenting.