Wright State biomed engineering students aim to improve prosthetics for injured veterans

A team of Wright State University student researchers is determined to make artificial limbs more comfortable and, consequently, more useful. The students are working on a new design they hope to someday test at the Dayton VA Medical Center, which has 500 hospital beds and provides a full range of health care to veterans.

Tarun Goswami, joint associate professor of biomedical engineering and orthopaedic surgery at Wright State, is helping guide the research. He also heads the university’s Device Development Center.

His students learned about common prosthetic problems by speaking to a few amputees at the Dayton VA.

“When talking to the patients, there were some expectations that they really wanted us to focus on,” said student researcher Paige King. “A lot of it had to do with temperature control. Whenever they were really active, they would experience a lot of moisture that would build up in the liner.”

King said patients also wanted improvements in the skin-rubbing edges of the socket and a self-adjusting feature to minimize clinic visits for refittings.

The students’ research has led to ideas, which they have shared with VA officials and Gene McQuinn, president of PSMCo, a Dayton company positioned to produce any device designed by the students.

The researchers said they may create a design that incorporates a number of the temperature-control ideas and other improvements. They hope to file for patents and produce a prototype that can be tested.

Recent Posts

Blog Post Archive

Blog Post Categories

Search the Blog

Newsticker


Assurex Health and Sirrus (Bioformix) lead 2014 Q1 funding rounds | Cincinnati.com, April 18, 2014

PhRMA Annual Meeting keynote speakers available on YouTube | PhRMA, April 18, 2014

Alkermes CEO Richard Pops speaks with Xconomy about building the business | Xconomy.com, April 18, 2014

Case Western Reserve University scientists discuss a portable malaria detector (video) | Inside Science TV, April 18, 2014

Ashland University Schar Nursing College starts Doctor of Nursing Program | WMFD Mansfield, April 18, 2014

ChanTest Webinar on the CiPA Initiative, defining a new paradigm in the field of cardiac safety (pdf) | ChanTest, April 17, 2014

Ethicon develops the suture of the future at €80 million Limerick, Ireland plant | Limerick Leader, April 16, 2014

Mahoning County Educational Service Center to open a new STEM academy targeting ninth and tenth graders | WKBN27 News, April 16, 2014

Bioformix, the Loveland-based chemical startup, is changing its name to Sirrus | Cincinnati.com, April 16, 2014

Dayton’s Thurgood Marshall High School designated a STEM school | Dayton Business Journal, April 16, 2014

Vorys law firm plans to move downtown Cleveland offices to 200 Public Square | Cleveland.com, April 15, 2014

UC researchers ‘touch’ discovery could help pain disorders | Cincinnati Business Courier, April 15, 2014

University of Cincinnati College of Law partners with HCBC and First Batch to aid start-ups with legal help | Cincinnati Business Courier, April 15, 2014

Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies awarded $1.5M NIH funding to expand Parkinson’s telemedicine to mobile aps | Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies, April 15, 2014

Cardinal Health announces an annual $600K OSU College of Pharmacy Scholarship | Ohio State University, April 14, 2014

State legislation, funding would create pilot program to help students in STEM fields | The News-Herald, April 14, 2014

Nationwide Children’s Hospital: Antibiotics alone are a successful treatment for uncomplicated acute appendicitis in children | Nationwide Children's Hospital, April 14, 2014

Akebia Therapeutics’ stock soars this Monday with optimistic analysts’ reports | Cincinnati Business Courier, April 14, 2014

Dayton Children’s pediatric neurology team nationally designated as a Level 3 Epilepsy Center | PR Web, April 14, 2014

Cedarville University School of Pharmacy partnering with regional hospitals | Xenia Gazette, April 14, 2014