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Student-designed medical device wins Fast Company award

September 11, 2017

Tabla, a medical device used to diagnose pneumonia, was awarded top honors in the student category of Fast Company's 2017 Innovation by Design Awards. The low-cost device detects changes in sound waves during percussive physical examinations, providing a more accessible and affordable alternative to chest X-rays. The team includes Adam Rao, a medical student at UCSF and Bioengineering Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley/UCSF, and UC Berkeley graduates Chen Bao and Jorge Ruiz. The team also won the Rudd Family Foundation Big Ideas at Berkeley Competition in April.

Magnetic Compression Anastomosis (Magnamosis): First-In-Human Trial

August 24, 2017

Dr. Michael Harrison and PDC team members are halfway through a first-in-human trial for their magnetic compression anastomosis ("Magnamosis") device. Initial results have been published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS). The device is a pair of self-centering magnetic rings that create an intestinal anastomosis without sutures or staples. The first five patients successfully underwent small bowel anastomoses with Magnamosis and did not have any anastomotic complications. Continue reading

Magnets Offer Hope for People with Sleep Apnea

February 16, 2017

Led by Dr. Michael Harrison, PDC engineers, clinicians and collaborators have been developing an alternative treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) powered by magnetic force called the Magnap. The device is currently in a first-in-human clinical trial at UCSF and is accepting new patients. J.J. Standing, a clinical trial participant, told ABC 7 News, “It’s saving my life. I’m lucky to be able to say I’m the first one.” Continue reading

New Collaboration Launches to Advance Technology for Children's Health

February 16, 2017

UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley, the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, and Children's Hospital Oakland Research Instititue (CHORI) have joined to form the Engineering for Children's Health Initiative, dedicated to developing new devices and technology for children's health. The kick-off event, the Engineering for Children's Health Symposium, showcased innovative research and pediatric health solutions, including demos by the PDC, Lucasfilm, and many more. Continue reading

Clinical engineers at UCSF hack the operating room

September 21, 2016

As medical technology continues to cross the threshold into the 21st century, clinical engineers at UCSF are hacking the operating room by coming up with homegrown inventions to address problems that plague physicians and patients alike. Continue reading    

Fetal surgery stands to advance from new glues inspired by mussels

June 30, 2016

UC Berkeley engineer Phillip Messersmith has teamed up with Dr. Michael Harrison to improve glues used for fetal surgery procedures. With funding obtained from the National Institutes of Health, Messersmith and Dr. Harrison attempt to address a constant risk surrounding fetal surgery, which is the threat of rupture of the protective membrane of the amniotic sac in which the fetus floats. Continue reading

Artificial Kidney Could Free Thousands from Dialysis

March 4, 2016

UCSF researcher Dr. Shuvo Roy and his team are currently testing an implantable artificial kidney designed to filter the blood and perform other kidney functions. Promising results from recent trials has led to the National Institute of Health providing a multi-million dollar grant to assist researchers proceed to human testing. Roy hopes to request permission to test the artificial kidney with human patients, possibly in the next two years. Continue reading

$6M NIH Grant Awarded to The Kidney Project

November 3, 2015

Development of a surgically implantable, artificial kidney — a promising alternative to kidney transplantation or dialysis for people with end-stage kidney disease — has received a $6 million boost, thanks to a new grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) to researchers led by UCSF bioengineer Shuvo Roy, PhD, and Vanderbilt University nephrologist William Fissell, MDContinue reading 

How Tiny Sensors Are Driving Innovation in Medicine

September 2, 2015

New sensor technologies are being used to monitor medical issues that were once time-consuming for hospital staff. A team of researchers and bioengineers at UCSF has developed a Band-Aid-like pressure sensor to monitor which patients might be at risk for bed sores. “I firmly believe that the next 50 years are going to be the stunning revolution of health,” says Hanmin Lee, professor of surgery at UCSF. Continue reading

‘Smart bandage’ detects bedsores before they are visible to doctors

March 17, 2015

Engineers at UC Berkeley are developing a new type of bandage that does far more than stanch the bleeding from a paper cut or scraped knee. Thanks to advances in flexible electronics, the researchers, in collaboration with colleagues at UC San Francisco, have created a new “smart bandage” that uses electrical currents to detect early tissue damage from pressure ulcers, or bedsores, before they can be seen by human eyes – and while recovery is still possible. Continue reading