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The semester has ended at the University of Illinois and our staff are beginning to return to work under strict protocol. We're excited to have our Jump ARCHES summer interns starting very soon in a new online format, allowing them to work from all over the globe! Like us on Facebook for real-time updates of what's going on in our center, and forward this newsleter to a friend who may be interested in the Health Care Engineering Systems Center and Jump ARCHES. See past editions of HCESC News here.
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The Illinois RapidVent, a prototype emergency ventilator created by a team of University of Illinois researchers this past March, has found the first company to produce the design. Electronics and cellphone accessory maker Belkin is the first to produce the Illinois RapidVent out of over 50 companies who have becomes licensees of the design under the name FlexVent. They are currently waiting on emergency approval from the FDA. Read more about the collaboration between Belkin and the University of Illinois here.
Check out the newest regular blog feature on the HCESC website, Under the Microscope! We’ll be spotlighting our Jump ARCHES past and present grant recipients to discuss their projects in-depth. Read our first interview with Jump ARCHES grant recipient George Heintz of UIUC, one of three collaborators behind the project “Digitizing the Neurological Screening Examination.” This project, funded in the 2019 grant cycle, attempts to digitize standard neurological screenings of patients in order to ID and predict neurological diseases. Read the article here.
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