Pediatric Health Innovation Programs

A smiling doctor looks at a little girl

ODAT partners with the Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium (PDIC) to support the development of pediatric health innovations with the ultimate objective of improving pediatric patient outcomes and quality of life.

How we can help

Awardees

2021

2021

Taymy Caso, PhD, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
G. Nic Rider, PhD, LP, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
*Jointly supported with ODAT Translational Program
Project title: Gender Journey: Exploring Gender Identity and Healthy Development Using a Web-Based Application

Andrew Hansen, PhD, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Project title: Pediatric mobile standing wheelchair for children with disabilities 

Anne Chevalier McKechnie, PhD, RN, Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research
*Jointly supported with ODAT Translational Program
Project title: Improving inclusivity of content, delivery, and testing of the Preparing Heart and Mind (TM) care program designed for families of infants prenatally diagnosed with complex congenital heart disease

Kathleen Miller, MD, Department of Pediatrics
*Jointly supported with ODAT Translational Program
Project title: Move and Thrive: Addressing Teen Health Inequities through a Physical Activity Online Platform

Paul Orchard, MD, Department of Pediatrics
Damien Fair, PhD, Institute of Child Development
*Jointly supported with ODAT Translational Program
Project title: Development of a novel, computerized scoring system for cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy

Kyriakie M. Sarafoglou, MD, Department of Pediatrics
Project title: Drug-delivery mechanism to increase adherence in patients with adrenal insufficiency

2020

2020

Michael Pitt, MD, Department of Pediatrics
John Sartori, PhD, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Project title: Q-Rounds: taking the waiting around out of rounds with a virtual queue

Natasha Wright, PhD, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Michelle Rheault, MD, Department of Pediatrics
Ibrahim Yekinni, MBBS, Innovation Fellow, Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center
Project title: Rapid, on-demand peritoneal dialysis fluid compounding for low resource settings

Collaboration with Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center Innovation Fellows Program
Project title: Device for neonatal cord management to support kangaroo care

2019

2019

Mahmoud Al-Kofahi, Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology
Kyriakie M. Sarafoglou, MD, Department of Pediatrics
Project title: drug-delivery mechanism to increase adherence in patients with adrenal insufficiency

Samuel Cramer, MD, Department of Neuosurgery
In collaboration with Cerovations, LLC
Project title: Instrumented External Ventricular Drain

Sarah Elfering, MD, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
Priya Verghese, MD, MPH, Department of Pediatric Nephrology
Ibrahim Yekinni, MBBS, Innovation Fellow, Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center
Project title: Reducing infection risks in pediatric patients on peritoneal dialysis

Paulo Pianosi, MD, Department of Pediatrics
Rajesh Rajamani, PhD, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Project title: Wearable Ambulatory Breathing Sensor (WABS)

Carolina Sandoval-Garcia, MD, Department of Neurosurgery
Project title: Improving CSF Shunt Reliability with Dual Lumen Catheter for Redundancy

Andrew Wu, MD, Division of Global Pediatrics
Project title: A low-resource oxygen blender prototype for use in modified bubble CPAP circuits

Collaboration with Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center Innovation Fellows Program
Cleft palate closure device

2018

2018

John Ferguson, PhD, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Bernadette Gillick, PhD, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Project title: Development of interactive software for use in pediatric stroke rehabilitation

Collaboration with Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center Innovation Fellows Program
Project: Qp:Qs monitor for single ventricle post-surgical monitoring

2017

2017

Matthew Ambrose, MD, Department of Pediatrics
In collaboration with Children’s Heartlink and One Heart Health
Project title: A telemedicine solution for congenital heart disease screening in low resource settings

Adam Choe, MS, Medical Devices Center
Courtney Hill, MD, Medical Devices Center
Christie Traczyk, MS, Medical Devices Center
Project title: Dental fear and anxiety

Hannah Bearinger, PhD, Medical Devices Center
Christie Traczyk, MS, Medical Devices Center
Courtney Hill, MD, Medical Devices Center
Project title: Optimizing infant nutrition through breastmilk device

Tina Slusher, MD, Department of Pediatrics
Ifelayo Ojo, MBBS, MPH, Department of Pediatrics
In collaboration with Maternova, Inc.
Project title: Liquid crystal display thermometer (LCDT) for measurement of infant body temperatures in low-resource care settings

Robert Tranquillo, PhD, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Project title: Gap analysis for a pre-IND of a pediatric conduit with growth potential

Collaboration with Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center Innovation Fellows Program
Projects: Blood-pressure monitoring cuff to accurately capture blood pressure data in pediatric patients; Wearable device for eczema to provide improved options for home-based treatment; Seizure monitoring device for care takers to detect non tonic clonic seizures in children

2016

2016

Amy Esler, PhD, Department of Pediatrics
Rebekah L. Hudock, PhD, Department of Pediatrics
In collaboration with Speech & Language Collaborative, LLC
Project title: Development of a Visual Sequence Application for Children with Special Communication Needs

Collaboration with Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center Innovation Fellows Program
Project: Dental anxiety

2015

2015

Timothy Lander, MD, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Previous PIs: Filippo Coletti, PhD, Department of Aerospace, Engineering and Mechanics
Robroy MacIver, MD, Children's Heart Clinic
Project title: Development of intraluminal bronchial stent utilizing patient specific anatomy for the pediatric population

Jamie Lohr, MD, Department of Pediatrics
In collaboration with The Newborn Foundation
Whoosh: Point of care pediatric heart imaging project

Tina Slusher, MD, Department of Pediatrics
Ashley Bjorklund, MD, Department of Pediatrics
Project title: Advancement of modified bubble CPAP for use in children in low resource settings: a study of safety

2014

2014

David W. Polly, Jr., MD, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Charles Ledonio, MD, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Project title: 3D rendering of the thoracic cage from plain 2D radiographs of scoliosis in children

Kari Roberts, MD, Department of Pediatrics
Previous PI, Arif Somani, MD, Department of Pediatrics
In collaboration with Abbe Vision, Inc.

Project title: Intra-pulmonary aerosol generator for drug delivery in intubated patients

Robert Tranquillo, PhD, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Project title: Preclinical demonstration of growth capacity of a tissue-engineered RVOT graft

A woman holds a child who is holding an oxygen mask up to his face

Community engagement: Advancing children’s unmet medical needs

To better understand unmet needs in pediatric health, we engage directly with our community.

The Community Discovery Program encourages members of the public to describe challenges and experiences related to caring for children’s medical needs that could be improved with new technology. We evaluate opportunities for innovation and advance feasible, high-impact solutions within the University. 

Contact

Jodi Fenlon Rebuffoni
Program Manager
Office of Discovery and Translation
[email protected]
612-626-6945