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Deliverables from International Cooperation on an NIH-Funded Biomedical Engineering Project in Africa

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

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Cooperative and Project-based Global Learning

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International

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12

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David W. Gatchell Ph.D. Northwestern University

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David Gatchell is Director of the Manufacturing and Design Engineering (MaDE) program at Northwestern University. He is a clinical associate professor within the Segal Design Institute, Biomedical Engineering Department, and the Mechanical Engineering Department. He holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University and an AB in physics from Bowdoin College.

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Akinniyi Adediran Osuntoki Ph.D. University of Lagos

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Professor & Head, Department of Biochemistry, College of Medicine-University of Lagos.
Former Head, Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria.

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Akinwale Oladotun Coker P.E. University of Ibadan

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Akinwale Coker holds B. Sc and M. Sc degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Ibadan and Obafemi Awolowo University respectively. His Ph. D in Environmental Engineering was obtained at the University of Ibadan. His trajectory in academia began as a lecturer in 1991, rising to Professorship in 2010. Professor Coker has successfully supervised about 100 students at B.Sc and M.Sc levels an ten Ph.Ds to date. He has 75 publicatiions in reputable international outlets, including three patents.

Currently the Head of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Ibadan, Professor Coker is also the Executive Director of the Nigeria Network for Awareness and Action for Environmental Health – an NGO devoted to Environmental Sustainability. The academic goal of Professor Coker is to provide exemplary leadership and mentoring to colleagues and to make a real difference in the Environmental Health Sector. Hence his research has focussed on biomedical engineering, health and safety, public health, water resources management, waste audit, waste recycling, waste management, environmental impact assessment and remediation studies. He has participated in many local projects such as Fadama Development Project, Water Sanitation and Hygiene Project(WASH) as well as internationally-funded projects such as those of UNICEF, UNDP, UK Aid, US National Institutes of Health, WHO, World Bank etc.

Professor Coker has presented papers in many international conferences in Africa, America, Asia and Europe since 1995 till date.

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Matthew R. Glucksberg Northwestern University

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Matthew R. Glucksberg is a professor of biomedical engineering at Northwestern University. His technical expertise is in tissue mechanics, microcirculation, and optical instrumentation. His laboratory has developed image-based instrumentation to measure pressure and flow in the circulation of the eye, instruments to measure the response of pulmonary alveolar epithelial cells to their immediate mechanical environment, and is currently involved in developing minimally invasive optical biosensors for monitoring glucose, lactate, and other measures of metabolic function. He is a Co-founder of Northwestern’s Global Healthcare Technologies Program in Cape Town South Africa and Co-director of an M.S. program in Global and Ecological Health.

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Tania Douglas University of Cape Town

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Kara M. Palamountain

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Kara Palamountain is a Research Associate Professor at the Kellogg School of Management and a Lecturer of Global Health.

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Abstract

Through the Frameworks grant provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty International Center, an interdisciplinary team comprising faculty members from the medical, business and engineering schools at Northwestern University (Chicago, IL) in collaboration with faculty members from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, University of Lagos, Nigeria and University of Cape Town, South Africa have been able to record quantifiable progress in achieving the specific goals of a 5-year grant received in September 2013 for developing innovative biomedical engineering (BME) programs in Africa. Several key deliverables comprise the designing of biomedical products. For example, to improve pediatric surgical outcomes, and based upon the needs analysis performed by a local pediatric surgeon in Nigeria, an Infant Warming Device for regulating temperature during pediatric surgeries has been designed, prototyped, and tested under laboratory conditions - it is currently being prepared for clinical testing. The warmer came about as a result of identifying problems and challenges being experienced in Nigerian Hospitals by Nigerian doctors and has been developed by an international team of faculty and students from all four universities. In addition to the infant warmer, engineering, medical, and business faculty in Nigeria have worked with colleagues from the US and S. Africa to develop technologies and products for monitoring wound exudate from burn victims, crushing and storing medical needles and sharps, and housing laboratory animals for metabolic studies. These case studies, specifically the international collaborative design process used to move these solutions forward, are described in the paper. Moreover, investigators comprising African engineers, scientists, and medical doctors are working to develop a book on Biomedical Engineering for Africa. This book will address what it means to practice the BME discipline within an African context. In addition, an African-based research journal – Global Health Innovation – has been launched by the University of Cape Town through support from the Frameworks grant. The journal has the mission of advancing and disseminating knowledge on all aspects of social and technological innovation for improved health and healthcare, with an emphasis on research addressing developing settings such as those found in Africa. These deliverables, along with the process for creating them, are also described and discussed herein.

Gatchell, D. W., & Osuntoki, A. A., & Coker, A. O., & Glucksberg, M. R., & Douglas, T., & Palamountain, K. M. (2018, June), Deliverables from International Cooperation on an NIH-Funded Biomedical Engineering Project in Africa Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30254

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