The development of methods for interfacing high performance functional devices with biology could impact regenerative medicine, smart prosthetics, and human-machine interfaces. The ability to three-dimensionally interweave biological and functional materials could enable the creation of devices possessing unique geometries, properties, and functionalities. 3D printing is a multi-scale platform, allowing for the incorporation of functional nanoscale inks, the printing of microscale features, and ultimately the creation of macroscale devices. This three-dimensional blending of functional materials and ‘living’ platforms may enable next-generation 3D printed devices.
Michael C. McAlpine is the Benjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He received a B.S. in Chemistry with honors from Brown University, a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University, and was Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University (2008-2015). His research is focused on 3D printing functional materials & devices, including the three-dimensional interweaving of biological and electronic materials.
Surrounded by silicone livers, a 3D-printed rib cage, and a prosthetic arm covered in third-degree burns lies Frank, a prototype of the world’s most advanced manikin for medical simulations. Fresh off a nationwide tour to train combat medics how to respond to roadside bombs, his right leg is a mangled mess of blood, bone, and silicone, but he’s still serving an important purpose.
On March 1st, the Institute officially changed its name to the WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH).
WISH has recently been approved to begin an ACS accredited fellowship program.
The WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH) would like to thank Dr. Paul Ramsey, UW Medicine CEO, for his recent message highlighting WISH in the UW Medicine Online Newsletter on March 20, 2015.
Several faculty and staff members of the Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies attended the annual International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) from January 10th-15th