A doctoral student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Steven Keating, created a 3D printout of his brain when he came to know that he has brain tumor. Impressed with his abilities, American multinational technology company Apple has hired him. However, it is not yet known if Keating will be working with Apple’s healthcare team or joining another department where his engineering skills can be put to good use. Keating’s experiment to better understand his own brain has received appreciation from various people and institutions.
Keating has stated that he gathered around 75 GB of data related to his health information. While addressing the audience at Sage Bionetworks’ annual conference “Assembly” held in Seattle as an Apple employee, Keating said that he is aware of the challenges that patients face while aggregating their own medical data. He said that one of the reasons he went to medical school was to be able to study his own tissue. It may be recalled that personal health data startup called Gliimpse was recently acquired by Apple. Gliimpse is designed to help people aggregate their medical information. It has also been reported that Apple is currently working to create special non-invasive sensors that can continuously monitor blood sugar levels.