09:45pm Saturday 23 September 2017

VCU da Vinci Center Project Showed “Greatest Potential for Patient Benefit”

The VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation in Product Design and Development’s portable operating table for developing countries won in the category of “Greatest Potential for Patient Benefit” at the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology Congress poster contest in Boston on Oct. 27 and 28.

“We are exceedingly proud of our students and the way they are representing VCU at some very rigorous competitions,” said Russell D. Jamison, Ph.D., dean of the VCU School of Engineering. “Our students take the real-world education they are getting here and stack it up against working professionals and students from some big-name institutions, and they make us proud every time.”

For the innovation poster contest, Lauren O’Neill won for “Operation Simple: A Low-Cost, Collapsible Surgical Table for Developing Countries.” O’Neill was part of a team that worked on a prototype for the table last year in the da Vinci Center, which brings together students from VCU’s schools of Engineering, Business and the Arts.

The last stage of the project is the production of five tables to be provided as a gift to hospitals in Bangladesh and Honduras for field testing in spring 2010.

CIMIT is a non-profit consortium of Boston-area teaching hospitals and engineering schools, CIMIT provides innovators with resources to explore, develop and implement novel technological solutions for today’s most urgent healthcare problems.

Members of the consortium are Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Boston University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Partners HealthCare and VA Boston Healthcare System.


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Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, public research university and the largest doctoral institution in Virginia with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located on two downtown campuses in Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 32,000 students in 205 certificate and degree programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-five of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 15 schools and one college. MCV Hospitals and the health sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University compose the VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. For more, see www.vcu.edu.

Anne Buckley
VCU Communications and Public Relations
(804) 828-6052
albuckley@vcu.edu


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