2018 Innovators’ Challenge Finalists

The following research projects were presented during the inaugural Innovators’ Challenge event on April 9, 2018.

In Winter of 2019, we caught up with the four finalists for updates on their donor-funded projects.


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.

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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.

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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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Photo courtesy of Vancouver Coastal Health


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.

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