Our research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Conmed Electrosurgery, Medtronic, the Colorado Office for Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and The Children’s Hospital Colorado (TCH). 


 

National Science Foundation

NSF - S&AS: INT: COLLAB: An Intelligence-Driven Patient Care Approach to Reduce Medical Errors (I-CARE)

Spring 2019 - Spring 2023. Imagine that in the near future a patient needing surgery will swallow a small mobile robot that can autonomously perform the procedure without any external incisions or pain. Such robots have the potential to make state-of-the-art surgical concepts a reality by providing an unconstrained mobile...

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NSF - PFI-TT: Micro-Structured Balloon Surfaces for More Effective Endoscopy

Fall 2018 - Spring 2020. The broader impact/commercial potential of this PFI project includes establishing a crucial body of knowledge needed for the design of micro-textured medical balloons, to further advance the health of the American public. Gastrointestinal diseases affect an estimated 60-70 million Americans annually, with an estimated 4-5...

Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)

CO OEDIT - AI-POC - Micro-Textured Balloons for Effective Small Bowel Endoscopy

Summer 2018 - Summer 2020 . The objective of this Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) - Advanced Industries Accelerator (AIA) Proof of Concept grant is a pre-clinical assessment of a novel micro-textured balloon (MTB) design to improve balloon endoscope outcomes for both patient and physician.

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NSF - CPS: TTP Option: Medium: Synthetic, Distributed Sensing, Soft and Modular Tissue (sTISSUE)

Fall 2017 - Fall 2021. The goal of this research is to gain a fundamental understanding of the integrated actuation, embedded sensing, reactive control, and distributed control needs of a cyber-physical, synthetic, distributed sensing, soft and modular tissue (sTISSUE). Realizing this cyber-physical, physiological testbed will enable surgically relevant tasks, procedures,...

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NSF - Three-dimensional Micromechanics of Adhesion and Friction between Micro-pillar Arrays and Soft Gel Substrates

Fall 2016 - Fall 2019 . This award investigates the mechanics of how synthetic surfaces with micrometer-sized pillars adhere to and slide on soft and wet substrates. Micro-pillar arrays have been introduced on the wheel treads of robotic devices to improve their mobility on soft tissues, but the underlying mechanism...

 Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)

CO OEDIT - AIA - Endoscopically Deliverable Overtube to Prevent Colonoscope Looping and Colon Distension

Summer 2016 - Summer 2018 . The objective of this Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) - Advanced Industries Accelerator (AIA) Program proposal is a pre-clinical assessment of a novel Endoscopically Deliverable Overtube (EDO) design to improve colonoscopy outcomes for both patient and physician.

CU

Innovative Seed Grant - Enabling Interactive Control of In vivo Robots

Summer 2016 - Fall 2017 . The goal of this research is to enable closed-loop control of mobile in vivo robots in direct support of physicians so that physicians can focus on diagnosis/treatment and not primarily on guiding devices within the body. Realization of this co-robot system will enable control...

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)

CO CDPHE - A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Crossover Study Comparing the Analgesic Efficacy of Cannabis versus Oxycodone

Summer 2015 - Summer 2017 . Back and neck pain are highly prevalent and disabling musculoskeletal conditions that affect 70% to 85% of individuals at some point in their lives. In addition to the suffering and disability it can cause for patients, spine pain has a significant social and economic...

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NSF - Surface Micro-Patterning and Material Design to Enable In vivo Mobility

Fall 2012 - Fall 2016 . The research objective of this grant is to elucidate the fundamental mechanisms that are responsible for contact, adhesion, and friction interactions between micro-patterned surfaces and soft fluid-coated substrates. The goal is to understand the generation of tractions; its dependence of key design, environmental, and...

Conmed

Conmed Electrosurgery - Design Optimization of a Single Heater Vessel Sealing Device

Summer 2014 - Summer 2016 . In this proposed project, the Altrus-II single heater vessel sealing device will be optimized based on our knowledge of applied pressure and intraluminal temperature requirements for effective tissue bonding. Our main goal is to minimize time and keep input energy within threshold to limit...

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