Inside Stanford Medicine - March 14th, 2011

Five research teams that will use bioengineering methods to tackle clinical problems have received a total of $432,000 in seed grant funds from the Wallace H. Coulter Translational Research Grant Program at Stanford.

Now in its sixth year, the Stanford-Coulter program bridges the gap between clinical needs and engineering solutions. To qualify for funding, teams must include a physician and an engineer. The five projects receiving the 2011 grants are:

  • Rapid viral identification device using nanochannel FET detectors — Annelise Barron, PhD, associate professor of bioengineering, and Michael Snyder, MD, professor of genetics.
  • Fast, pinhole camera-phone based imaging of oral cavity for early cancer detection — Manu Prakash, PhD, acting assistant professor of bioengineering, and Michael Clarke, MD, professor of oncology.
  • A novel solution for temporary cardiac pacing — Jeffrey Feinstein, MD, associate professor of bioengineering and of pediatric cardiology, and Paul Wang, MD, professor of cardiovascular medicine.
  • Portable respiratory acoustic monitoring device — Thomas Krummel, MD, professor of surgery and of bioengineering, and Paul Sharek, MD, associate professor of pediatrics.
  • Minimally invasive creation of autologous venous valves for the treatment of deep venous insufficiency — Paul Yock, MD, professor of bioengineering and of medicine, and Jason Lee, MD, assistant professor of surgery.