MEDx (Medicine + Engineering at Duke) was forged in 2015 to enhance existing ties and foster new interdisciplinary collaborations between the School of Medicine and Pratt School of Engineering as the first part of a Provost initiative to create opportunities at the intersection of academic units, Together Duke. An initiative rather than an institute, MEDx is structured to enhance existing ties and encourage new collaborations among faculty from both schools as well as other schools, institutes and initiatives at Duke.
MEDx fosters the exchange of ideas and creates research opportunities between physicians, engineers, computer scientists, researchers and innovators. We promote the training of the next generation of researchers and clinicians to work symbiotically on new solutions to complex clinical problems, and we develop strategic commercialization opportunities to translate research advances into effective devices, therapeutics and care delivery systems.
To better achieve the many shared goals between the School of Medicine and the Pratt School of Engineering:
- Develop new therapies, diagnostics and devices
- Accelerate basic science and its translation into clinical practice
- Create innovative educational opportunities for students
- Improve the quality and effectiveness of patient care
Duke University has a strong record of innovative partnerships at the intersection of engineering and medicine, that have been built on a deep-rooted culture of collaboration and the physical proximity of its top-ranked School of Medicine and top-ranked Biomedical Engineering department.
- Duke's Department of Biomedical Engineering, founded in 1967 by Duke's medical and engineering schools, was one of the nation's first such programs and has consistently ranked among the very best in the country. Innovations stemming from Duke BME over the decades have ranged from the development of clinical ultrasound, to the first bioabsorbable cardiovascular stent, to the use of light waves to detect cancer. See more
- The Duke-Coulter Translational Research Partnership was launched in 2005 as one of nine U.S. biomedical engineering programs to receive a Partnership Award from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation to support collaborative research between biomedical engineers and clinical faculty. In 2011, the partnership was endowed with $20 million by Duke and the Coulter Foundation. In its first decade, the program has awarded $7.1 million to support 36 projects. These projects in turn have attracted $385 million in follow-on funding and resulted in six licenses to industry and eight new companies bringing biomedical innovation to market.
MEDx is funded through joint contributions from the School of Medicine, the Pratt School of Engineering and the Office of the Provost.