Innovation

Baylor College of Medicine’s INSTINCT BioDesign Summer Program Yields Innovative Results

University students from the UK have spent the summer working on medical device innovations


By Britni R. McAshan | July 27, 2018

For the past six weeks, 14 undergraduates from Swansea University in Wales, United Kingdom, have been immersed in the INSTINCT Summer Innovation Program—an intensive Biodesign program run by the Department of Surgery Incubator at Baylor College of Medicine.

“What they come up with in six weeks is amazing. There is nothing better than the untapped, non-indoctrinated mind of the youth,” said Stuart J. Corr, Ph.D., an electronics engineer who holds multiple adjunct positions at the University of Houston, Rice University, and Swansea University, in addition to serving as director of Surgical Innovation and Technology Development at Baylor College of Medicine. “It is pure imagination and pure innovation.”

INSTINCT participants include first-year or second-year students at Swansea studying applied medical sciences, engineering students from Rice University and one student from the DeBakey High School for Health Professions, located on the Texas Medical Center (TMC) campus.

“We ask the students to come up with an idea—it can be about anything—and then we ask them to get prototypes made,” Corr said. “That is why we included engineers this year. It is all about getting an idea, getting it ready and showing us how it works.”

In its second year on the TMC campus, the program has grown from 10 students to 22.

Maanasy Nadarajah, a second-year student at Swansea, returned to INSTINCT this year to continue her work on Settress—a mattress designed to pre-empt pressure ulcers in hospital patients.

“I was part of a competition last year to find a way to combat pressure ulcers,” Nadarajah said. “We were thinking, rather than combatting ulcers, we decided to aim for preventing pressure ulcers from happening in the first place.”

Nadarajah and her team tied for first place at last year’s INSTINCT summer program with their innovative design. Compared to standard mattresses in hospital rooms, the Settress can sense pressure, absorb moisture and redistribute pressure. This year, she came back to hone the product.

“I worked with the engineers this summer,” she explained. “We are trying to get a proper concept out to see if the pressure redistribution mechanism actually works and then the next step will be working with hospitals.”

Nadarajah, who hopes to acquire a patent for Settress, plans to attend INSTINCT again next summer and use the work as the basis for her dissertation at Swansea.

“It is very unique what we are doing here in the Texas Medical Center,” Corr said. “We have already had amazing ideas come out of the program. Once we get a win—when the work here is taken to the clinic and can save lives—that’s when the storm gates open and everything will flood in.”




Social Posts

profile_image

MD Anderson Cancer Center

@MDAndersonNews

We’re proud to again be ranked the nation’s top hospital for #cancer care, according to @usnews: https://t.co/1sHwvwneZx #endcancer https://t.co/PdAOqnHfWD

4 hours ago
profile_image

MD Anderson Cancer Center

@MDAndersonNews

MD Anderson and Accelerator Life Science Partners launch Magnolia Neurosciences Corp. to speed up development of neuroprotective therapies: https://t.co/SC9JbadeJv #CancerMoonshot #endcancer

6 hours ago
profile_image

Houston Methodist

@MethodistHosp

This full body workout requires a little time & little space. https://t.co/wkAPrCULe2

6 hours ago
profile_image

Rice University

@RiceUniversity

RT @davidleebron: Things got a bit livelier later. Shook a lot of hands. Heard a lot of stories. Love our new class. https://t.co/u0f704mNwM

7 hours ago
profile_image

MD Anderson Cancer Center

@MDAndersonNews

After a successful #glioblastoma surgery, Cammie Shaddock looks forward to more time with her grandson: https://t.co/POCPJsQYD9 @MDABrainSpine #CancerMoonshot #endcancer https://t.co/hKrxbee0HO

7 hours ago
profile_image

Veterans Affairs

@DeptVetAffairs

Maine Veterans share their experiences at VetTalkX, statewide Veteran’s conference https://t.co/uyM92pDbiw via #VAntagePoint

8 hours ago
profile_image

BCMHouston

@bcmhouston

Mark your calendars for @BCMEthics' speaker series "The Conversation" on Sept. 13! https://t.co/d3ULIoz11o https://t.co/g5vA41xKeI

8 hours ago
profile_image

UTHealth

@UTHealth

RT @abc13houston: Getting your kids ready to start school involves more than buying school supplies. It means safeguarding their health and…

9 hours ago
profile_image

Rice University

@RiceUniversity

Highlights of President @davidleebron’s #RiceOWeek18 BBQ!! https://t.co/ZkHolILZwj

9 hours ago
profile_image

UTHealth

@UTHealth

.@UTexasSPH announces new regional dean of @utsphaustin: https://t.co/oJ7Nx0jCfP #ManyFacesOfUTHealth

9 hours ago
profile_image

UTHealth

@UTHealth

Food quality trumps variety, UTHealth experts say: https://t.co/4lKSTnNNNC via @nytimes #publichealth

9 hours ago
profile_image

Veterans Affairs

@DeptVetAffairs

U.S. Veteran Steve Kirk Uses Breath-Triggered Gun at Wheelchair Games https://t.co/6Hc8FXVCkA via @SportTechie

9 hours ago
profile_image

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

VeteransAffairs

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Brandon Snow. Brandon served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Navy Corpsman.Brandon was born in Alamosa, Colorado and joined the Navy after September 11, at the age of 18. He became a medical specialist, known in the Navy as a corpsman, and served with the 1st Marine Division’s 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment and the 3rd Marine division’s 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment as a medic. Brandon deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan with the mission to save lives and rescue Marines.Today, Brandon continues to serve fellow Veterans as a telehealth tech at the San Luis Valley Veterans Affairs clinic in his hometown, where he lives with his wife and two children. He interacts with patients and conducts exams while doctors in other cities watch through a video conference. Brandon frequently connects with Veteran patients to help explain the VA process. He is also a member of the Alamosa Volunteer Search and Rescue Team.Thank you for your service, Brandon!

10 hours ago
profile_image

Veterans Affairs

@DeptVetAffairs

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is @USNavy Veteran Brandon Snow. https://t.co/y264ABe9iJ

10 hours ago
profile_image

Rice University

@RiceUniversity

RT @davidleebron: Awaiting 1500 or so students for freshmen barbecue — 965 freshmen and their dedicated O-week advisors. https://t.co/J3l1Q…

10 hours ago