Medical Devices

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Yale faculty and students are actively engaged in creating new medical devices to improve surgical procedures, increase the accuracy of diagnosis and better monitor patient health. In 2013, Yale added the Medical Device Design and Innovation course, in which doctors from Yale Medical School pitched problems to students at the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design and  these students—in engineering, physics, chemistry and other disciplines—worked in teams to design prototype solutions. Devices designed during the course include a surgical tool to aid in operations at the back of the skull and a patient monitoring device for tracking epileptic seizures. Yale researchers have also formed collaborations with industry to develop cardiovascular devices, and, with the assistance of the Office of Cooperative Research, have launched businesses based on their innovative designs for improving vascular access, giving patients with injured spinal cords greater mobility and offering surgeons improved tissue manipulation in minimally invasive surgery.