Perspectives: ‘Engineering is pregnant with possibilities’

Michelle Oyen writes in Science Advances how engineering can provide tools and techniques to benefit maternal health

Michelle Oyen 
Michelle L. Oyen

Clinical problems in women’s health are overlooked and understudied, but the need is great, with few solutions to problems affecting large proportions of the population. While physical scientists and engineers have not historically conducted research in women’s health, their integrative approaches bring different tools ideally suited to solve 21st century challenges in women’s health via engineering. 

The Center for Women’s Health Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis is designed to unite investigators from the McKelvey School of Engineering and the School of Medicine to collaborate in research, education and training at undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels. The center also supports technology transfer, entrepreneurship and outreach both within and outside of the university community.

Building on WashU’s strengths within the McKelvey School of Engineering and the School of Medicine, including the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the Center for Women’s Health Engineering advances novel engineering approaches to prevention, diagnosis and treatment and train the next generation of researchers, entrepreneurs and policy leaders in the field.

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