Six teams from Pratt School of Engineering and the School of Medicine have been awarded grants in an inaugural MEDx funding opportunity designed to stimulate new collaborations, or support a new effort in an existing collaboration, between faculty from the two schools.
To be considered, a proposal was required to have a principal investigator from Pratt and the School of Medicine to lead a program of research in the area of “Diagnostics and Devices.” In addition to significant input from each school, each proposal had to identify a plan for obtaining external funding upon completion of the pilot phase.
MEDx received 29 outstanding applications to the Request for Proposals from a diverse array of departments in Medicine and Engineering. The six teams selected will each receive $50,000 in support.
The grantees for “Devices and Diagnostics” are:
- Rapid, non-invasive, point-of-care cancer diagnostic tool – Brant Inman (Surgery) and Jeff Glass (ECE)
- A novel catheter design for treatment of hydrocephaly – Nandan Lad (Neurological Surgery) & Ken Gall (MEMS)
- A microphysiologic system to test the tumorigenic behaviors and drug responses of skeletal muscle tumors – Corinne Linardic (Pediatrics and Pharmacology & Cancer Biology) and Nenad Bursac (BME)
- The mechanics and biology of improved tendon to bone healing – Shalini Ramasunder and Samuel Adams (Orthopaedic Surgery) and Jennifer West (BME/MEMS)
- Synergy between HIFU and immunotherapeutic intervention for destruction of tumor cells – Kim Lyerly (Surgery) and Pei Zhong (MEMS)
- Development of a miniaturized apheresis device for research and pediatric use – Gow Arepally (Medicine) and Neal Simmons and Hadley Cox (MEMS)
Some of the awarded proposals will be introduced at the MEDx kick-off event on April 27, 2016.
In addition to MEDx, this award was supported by: L. Ebony Boulware, MD, Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Award; Suresh Balu, MBA, Director of the Duke Institute for Health Innovation; Mary Klotman, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine; Allan Kirk, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Surgery; John H. Sampson, MD, PhD, MHSc, MBA, Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery; Ben Alman, MD, Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; and Ken Gall, PhD, Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.