A multidisciplinary team led by Christine O'Brien, assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, was recognized as an Honorable Mention Awardee in the National Institutes of Health Technology Accelerator Challenge (NTAC) for Maternal Health.
Team members include Francesca Bonetta-Misteli, a doctoral student in biomedical engineering; Victor Davila-Roman, MD, professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology in the School of Medicine who leads the Washington University Global Health Center; Antonina Frolova, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology in the School of Medicine; Leonid Shmuylovich, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Dermatology in the School of Medicine; and Peinan Zhao, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology in the School of Medicine.
The team was recognized for its efforts to develop a low-cost wearable device that will improve detection of the leading causes of maternal mortality. The device is designed for use in low-resource settings where maternal health needs are greatest. The project will be reviewed by the Gates Foundation for consideration of grant funding and in-kind support to further the development and launch of the device.
The team will be recognized by the NIH during a "Meet the Winners: NIH Technology Challenge for Maternal Health" webinar Aug. 4.