MEDx (Medicine + Engineering at Duke) was forged in summer 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 forthcoming Provost initiative to create opportunities at the intersections of academic units.

The purpose of MEDx is to better achieve the two schools’ many shared goals: 

  • developing new therapies, diagnostics and devices
  • accelerating basic science and its translation into clinical practice
  • creating innovative educational opportunities for students
  • improving the quality and effectiveness of patient care

MEDx will foster the exchange of ideas and create research opportunities between physicians, engineers, computer scientists, researchers and innovators. It will promote the training of the next generation of researchers and clinicians to work symbiotically on new solutions to complex clinical problems. And it will develop strategic commercialization opportunities to translate research advances into effective devices, therapeutics and care delivery systems.

The partnership is funded initially through joint contributions from the School of Medicine, the Pratt School of Engineering and the Office of the Provost.