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. 

While applications that explore any topic at the intersection of medicine and engineering are welcomed, this year MEDx has a particular interest in programs that network people who are interested in the convergence of the environment, engineering, and health.


  • 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 Funding for 2022 is now open. Deadline to apply is March 7, 2022.

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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