Colloquia Awards

Each year, MEDx opens a call for funding on our take of colloquium. In the past, we have supported a series of dinner meetings that brought together investigators from different disciplines and provided them the opportunity to introduce their research to build collaborations, hosted a three-day meeting to outline a grant proposal (including a break for a Durham Bulls game), and hosted lunch time meetings to explore interest in new area of research. 


  • Proposals must be jointly submitted by a faculty member in the Pratt School of Engineering AND a faculty member in the School of Medicine.
  • Proposals must include a clear statement of the objectives of the colloquium, anticipated deliverables and approximate budget

Applicants may request up to $2,500 in funding. With sufficient justification and community engagement, MEDx may consider awards of up to $5,000.

We also welcome requests to co-sponsor colloquia with campus groups interested in pursuing larger opportunities to build community at the intersection of medicine and engineering.

Colloquia Series


Duke Myology Group
Edward Smith, M.D. | Pediatrics
Charles Gersbach, Ph.D. | Biomedical Engineering (BME)

Duke Single Cell Biology Initiative
Simon Gregory, Ph.D. | Neurology
Xiling Shen, Ph.D. | BME

Duke Women in Data Science Conference
Jessilyn Dunn, Ph.D. | BME and Biostatistics & Bioinformatics
Raluca Gordan, Ph.D. | Biostatistics & Bioinformatics


Fostering Healthier Connections Globally through Technology Innovations in HNSCS
Ken Gall, Ph.D. | Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science (MEMS)
Walter Lee, M.D. | Head and Neck Surgery

Gastrointestinal Motility Research Group
Xiling Shen, Ph.D. | Biomedical Engineering (BME)
David Leiman, M.D. | Gastroenterology

Cancer Detection Technologies in Low Resource Settings
Tuan Vo-Dinh, Ph.D. | BME
Walter Lee, M.D. | Head and Neck Surgery

Accelerating In-silico systems from Atoms to Organisms
Alvin Lebeck, Ph.D. | Computer Science Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
Bruce Donald, Ph.D. | Biochemistry, Computer Science and ECE


Rational Design of Vaccine Formulation and Delivery for the Infant Immune System
Sallie Permar, M.D., Ph.D. | Pediatrics
Joel Collier, Ph.D. | Biomedical Engineering (BME)

Global Surgery Technology Incbuator
Michael Haglund, M.D. Ph.D. | Neurosurgery
Robert Malkinm, Ph.D. | BME

Imaging the Skin: New approaches to assess pathogenesis and diagnosis in skin
Russel Hall, M.D. | Dermatology
Mark Palmeri, M.D., Ph.D. | BME

Translate Photoaccoustic imaging to guide shockwave lithotripsy of kidney stones
Glenn Preminger, M.D. | Urology
Junjie Yao, Ph.D. | BME

MEDx Collaborator Discussions: Pathways to Innovation in Healthcare
Joseph Kisslo, M.D. | Cardiology
Olaf Von Ramm, Ph.D. | BME

Collaborative Investigations of Aging Using Microphysiologic Systems
Kim Huffman, M.D., Ph.D. | Rheumatology & Immunology
George Truskey, Ph.D. | BME

Duke Myology Group
Edward Smith, M.D. | Pediatrics 
Charles Gersbach, Ph.D. | BME

Real time monitoring of cardiac function during storage to predict post transplant outcomes
Carmelo Milano, M.D. | Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Olaf Von Ramm, Ph.D. | BME


Duke Surgical Robotics
Patrick Codd, M.D. | Neurosurgery
Kris Hauser, Ph.D. | Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)

CHeSS: Challenges Seeking Solutions in Primary Care, Cancer and Engineering
Sharon Hull, M.D. | Family Medicine and Community Health
Nimmi Ramanujam, Ph.D.| Biomedical Engineering (BME)

Bringing Neuro-engineering to the Clinic
Nandan Lad, M.D., Ph.D. | Neurosurgery
Craig Henriquez, Ph.D. | BME

Use of Computational Fluid Dynamics in Virtual 3D Models of Cardiac Defects in Children with CHD
Piers Barker, M.D.| Pediatrics
Amanda Randles, Ph.D. | BME

Microbiome Synthesis
John Rawls, Ph.D. | Molecular Genetics and Microbiology (MGM)
Lawrence David, Ph.D. | MGM
Claudia Gunsch, Ph.D. | Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Mobile and Wireless Technologies
Ryan Shaw, Ph.D. | Nursing
Tuan Vo-Dinh, Ph.D. | BME