Healthcare

From research on ways to rebuild the body to reducing the impact of persistent forms of bacteria, WPI's research in the life sciences and cutting-edge work in engineering combine to address some of the most important challenges in medicine and healthcare. In addition, researchers in engineering, mathematics, computer science, and a host of disciplines are bringing advanced technology, computer models, and a host of advanced tools to bear to develop new techniques for medical diagnosis and treatment.

  • In Chemical Engineering, the atomic force microscope, which can measure forces on an unimaginably small scale, is being used to study how bacteria adhere to cells, work that is pointing the way to solutions to such problems as infectious biofilms on medical devices and chronic urinary tract infections.
  • Active teams in Biomedical Engineering and Biology & Biotechnology are exploring ways to encourage the body to regenerate tissue lost or damaged due to injury or disease. Research projects range from stitching infarcted hearts with microthreads seeded with adult stem cells to transforming adult skin cells into stem-like cells to regenerate organs and digits.
  • In Mathematical Sciences, computational work based on patient-specific magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data may lead to diagnostic tools that physicians can use to predict a patient's risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Increasingly, medical robots are being developed to assist surgeons in performing exacting procedures or to work in challenging environments, such as the interior of an MRI scanner. WPI's Automation and Interventional Medicine (AIM) Robotics Research Laboratory is at the forefront of this field.
  • WPI's Healthcare Delivery Institute (HDI) conducts interdisciplinary research to help healthcare organizations successfully transform their care delivery processes.

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