Forming new connections

The Center for Medical and Engineering Innovation (CMEI) fosters interdisciplinary research through multiple initiatives that engage Ohio State faculty, staff, trainees, students and extramural entities whose focus is to expand innovation and impact at the intersection of medicine and engineering.

Research activities include:

  • Organized lectures with tours of research facilities and equipment demonstrations to increase personnel familiarization with resources on campus.
  • Workshops for attendees to gain additional laboratory equipment or software expertise.
  • Collaborative interactions with existing Ohio State departments, centers, and institutes to expand utilization of resources in new and ongoing research endeavors.

CMEI recognizes that major advancements in medicine will involve a multitude of engineering-related disciplines such as nanotechnology and artificial intelligence. Engineers working in concert with health professionals will alter the landscape for patient care. New developments are broadly expected in areas including advanced therapeutics (e.g. targeted drug delivery) and diagnostics (e.g. biosensors) as well as implantable and wearable devices. CMEI strives to facilitate innovative solutions and transformative applications such as these in medicine by promoting local collaborative efforts between physicians and engineers.

If you’re interested in collaborating with CMEI on a research project or educational activity, please submit this electronic form.

Launching innovative projects: CMEI Pilot Grants

The CMEI pilot grant program supports collaborations between Ohio State colleges that initiate promising ventures at the medicine-engineering interface. Proposed research involve at least one faculty member from the College of Engineering and one faculty member from one of the Health Sciences Colleges. These collaborations test innovative approaches (ideas, technologies, devices) directed at basic or clinically relevant biomedical research. In funding awards, special consideration has been given to applications addressing Aging, Artificial Intelligence, Neuroengineering and One Health. Other topic areas are expected to be emphasized in future funding opportunities. Our program funds $25,000 grants to assist faculty in obtaining preliminary data that can lead to a collaborative grant application for the NIH, or another agency or foundation, or lead to an entrepreneurial endpoint such as a patent.

Additionally, in partnership with the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), pilot grant awardees are eligible to apply for a CCTS voucher for up to $5000 funding support towards Ohio State University or a Nationwide Children’s Hospital core service(s) that are part of the CCTS voucher program. These may include secure fee-based core services for services from CDME, DDDS or expert consultation services (such as biostatistics) with the ultimate goal of furthering clinical and translational research.

The second round of proposals occurred in July, 2021. Awardees of CMEI Pilot Grants for the period 9/1/2021 – 8/31/2022 and their projects are:

  • Jinghua Li, PhD (Materials Science and Engineering, COE) and Catherine Quatman-Yates, PhD (Division of Physical Therapy, COM)
    Project: A Wireless Sweat Patch for Endocrine Assessment during Music-Based Neuromodulation in TBI Patients
  • Gunjan Agarwal, PhD (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, COE), Brian Foster, PhD (Biosciences, COD) and Maciej Pietrzak, PhD (Biomedical Informatics, COM)
    Project: Role of DDR1 in the Postmenopausal Bone
  • Daniel Gallego-Perez, PhD (Biomedical Engineering, COE) and Yousef Hannawi, MD (Neurology, COM)
    Project: Nanotransfection-Driven Vasculogenic Cell Therapies for Alzheimer’s Disease and Age-Related Dementias
  • Alper Yilmaz, PhD (Civil Env. and Geodetic Engineering, COE) and Deepak Gulati, MD (Neurology, COM)
    Project: Automated Detection of Subtypes of Intracranial Hemorrhage Using Deep Learning

The first round of proposals occurred in December, 2020. Awardees of CMEI Pilot Grants for the period 1/1/2021-12/31/2021 and their projects are:

  • Allen Yi, PhD (Integrated Systems Engineering) and Matthew Ohr, MD (Ophthalmology)
    Project: Development of a Miniature Optical System for Microendoscopic Ophthalmoscopy
  • Sheng Dong, PhD (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering) and Gregory J. Wiet, MD (Pediatric Otolaryngology)
    Project: Pre-Operative Simulation and Optimization for Surgical Cochlear Implant Installation
  • Samantha Krening, PhD (Integrated Systems Engineering) and Jaysingh Singh, MD (Neurology)
    Project: Real-Time Seizure Detection Using Machine Learning in Comatose Patients
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