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Students learn how to develop technology to address clinical needs at 2013 Coulter College

Students, faculty members and clinicians participated today in Coulter College, a two and half day program focused on teaching how to utilize translation research to solve the real clinical needs of patients.

The program is being run in conjunction with the Biomedical Engineering Society’s Annual Meeting in Seattle. Nearly 100 students were divided into 14 teams and challenged to identify clinical needs that could benefit from translation research and that could evolve in a real product for patients.

Each team has a faculty advisor and a clinician to help guide them through the process.

One team, for example, worked on developing a product to speed up recovery time for patients that undergo orthopedic procedures. Another team hoped to develop a product to quickly assess concussions and head injuries in the field.

One of the early lessons from the program is engineers must have a clear statement of what a problem is before attempting to solve it.

BMES partnered with the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and program instructors John D. DesJardins, Ph.D., from Clemson University Department of Bioengineering and Andrew J. DiMeo, Sr., Ph.D., from UNC/NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, to bring Coulter College to the BMES Annual Meeting for a second year.