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NEW DEVICES

[Alumnae Lounge]

Large segments the world population, particularly in Asian countries, are in transition from Third World to First World societies, and they seek first rate health care that is affordable as they make that transition. Along with the benefits of development, residents of these countries now experience the many of the health and environmental problems of more advanced nations, often to an even greater degree. Some of these health issues include: (1) chronic and acute illnesses from industrial pollution; (2) diseases of affluence like diabetes and smoking related illnesses; (3) the rapid spread of infectious disease due to highly mobile human and animal populations such as influenza, malaria, and HIV; (4) growing populations of elderly, and (5) the adverse health effects of climate change. This session will focus on opportunities for new devices for treatment of disease (such as surgical devices), for prevention (eg., vaccines and water purification), and for allowing those with diminished physical and mental capacities due to age or illness to live independently.

TEAM LEADER

Dr. William Messner
Chair and Professor,
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Ayşe Asatekin

Assistant Professor,
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Dr. Norm Delisle

System Architect for the Emergency Care Solutions
Philips Healthcare

Dr. Luis Dorfmann

Associate Professor,
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. David Gute
Associate Professor,
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Robert Hannemann
Professor of the Practice, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Tufts Gordon Institute
Dr. Douglas P. Hart
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Kyongbum Lee
Chair and Associate Professor,
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Dr. David Kaplan
Chair and Professor,
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Ms. Deborah Theobald
Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer
Vecna Technologies, Vecna Cares Charitable Trust
Dr. Ken Zolot
Senior Fellow, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Founder of MIT’s Innovation Teams program