MEDx Announces 2020 Pilot Project Awardees

2020 MEDx Pilot Project Awardees

MEDx offers an annual call for proposals to fund early-stage research for forming new collaborations or expanding existing collaborations between faculty members in the Schools of Medicine and Engineering.

To be considered for this year’s Pilot Projects grant, projects had to benefit human health by providing important disease insights or developing technologies to aid in disease prevention, diagnosis or treatment.

We received 36 applications covering a wide range of topics and spanning all Pratt School of Engineering departments and a large number of departments and divisions from the School of Medicine. MEDx awarded grants to five projects.

Congratulations to the awardees!

mHealth Tympanometer: A Digital Innovation to Address Childhood Hearing Loss in Low Resource Settings
Susan Emmett, M.D.| Head and Neck Surgery and Communication Sciences
Mark Palmeri, M.D., Ph.D. | Biomedical Engineering (BME)

Childhood hearing loss has lifelong implications for speech and language development, school achievement and future employment opportunities. Over 80% of affected individuals reside in low- and middle-income countries or underserved populations in high income countries, causing major barriers for hearing care. This team will develop a novel mHealth tympanometer with a machine learning interface to transform this technology from a device limited to use in only high resource environments into a low-cost screening tool that could be broadly disseminated in low resource settings.


Safety and Feasibility of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation to Enhance Auditory Rehabilitation in Cochlear Implant Recipients
Howard Francis, M.D. | Head and Neck Surgery and Communication Sciences
Angel Peterchev, Ph.D. | Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Electrical & Computer Engineering

There is evidence of a strong correlation between sensorineural hearing loss in older adults and declines in general health. Hearing res