The following research projects were presented during the Innovators’ Challenge event on April 9, 2018:
Unique skin replacement therapy for severe burns and wounds
Burn, diabetic and pressure wounds cause debilitating pain and can lead to serious health complications for patients. Dr. Aziz Ghahary and his team are developing an infection-fighting liquid skin substitute made of natural skin proteins.
New gastrointestinal (GI) tract endoscope for early cancer detection
Dr. Haishan Zeng and his team are building a new GI tract endoscope that will produce real-time histology-like and 3D images of tissues with cellular resolution using confocal optics. The new device will have extraordinary patient impact by detecting GI cancers early.
Emergency Department App
Dr. Kendall Ho’s team proposes to develop an app that enhances patient-health professional communication to dramatically transform the patient experience in the Emergency Department. The app will gather and organize information to provide patients with their diagnosis, treatment and discharge instructions, and facilitate follow ups.
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A novel system of Near-Infrared Spectroscopy for postoperative monitoring of the hemodynamics of transplanted free tissues
Free Tissue Transfer (FTT) is the standard of care for reconstructing complex surgical defects from cancer surgery. Dr. Don Anderson and his colleagues plan to build and evaluate a novel system of Near-Infrared Spectroscopy for postoperative perfusion monitoring of transplanted FTT.
The new Lifetime Achievement in Health Innovation Award, presented by VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, has been created to recognize the exceptional capabilities, achievements and leadership of an individual from the medical device, biotech, diagnostics and/or health care industries. The inaugural winner was selected by the Innovators’ Challenge Advisory Committee following review of all nominations. Learn more about the 2018 Lifetime Achievement in Health Innovation Award nominees.
Congratulations to the 2018 Lifetime Achievement in Health Innovation Award winner, Dr. Donald Ricci.
The Innovators’ Challenge Advisory Committee is a collection of individuals who bring a set of unique knowledge and skills from the health and innovation sectors. Learn more