Bakken Medical Devices Center MedWorx
Under the Bakken MDC umbrella, MedWorx™ supports researchers, clinicians and engineers in their efforts to resolve clinical needs within the specialty areas of 3D Printing & Scanning, Engineering/CAD, Segmentation, and AR/VR Virtualization.
What does golf, manufacturing, and engineering have in common? A lot actually. But even more when you allow engineers and designers to build putt-putt holes in their maker-spaces. Each of the 5 University maker-spaces joined forces to build their own putt-putt holes reflecting the uniqueness of each maker space. They did this to invite students to become familiar with the maker-spaces and feel welcome. Occasionally the holes are moved to a centralized location on campus, because having fun is serious business. Stop by the Innovation Zone and try your luck on one of our putt-putt greens and take a minute to learn a little more about engineering and design at the UMN!
Institute for Engineering In Medicine
The Institute for Engineering in Medicine's (IEM) mission is to advance healthcare through research partnerships between faculty in the health sciences, faculty in the College of Science and Engineering, and the biomedical industry.
Visible Heart® Laboratories
These labs are a premiere place to perform translational systems physiology research which ranges from cellular and tissue studies to organ and whole body investigations.
The University of Minnesota’s 3D Bioprinting Facility enables investigators with innovative tissue engineering ideas to create and study three-dimensionally printed tissue constructs. We synthesize hydrogels with synthetic and natural biomaterials for use as “inks” in bioprinting projects. We employ a variety of bioprinting techniques and hydrogel crosslinking methods.
The facility provides bioprinters, reagents, consumables, CAD workstations, an automatic imaging system, a biomechanical testing device and personalized training sessions to meet all of your 3D bioprinting research needs.
Clinical Research Spotlight: Weight Training for Patients (Wednesday, October 11 only)
The question we all ask is, does an apple-a-day, or a push-up a day help keep your doctor happy? The answer is, weight-resistance training will improve self-efficacy and reduce circulating markers of inflammation, along with slowing-down symptoms of aging. We know this thanks to the research performed by Shernan Holtan, MD, Assistant Professor Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School and a Masonic Cancer Center researcher. Dr. Holton's study included a personalized 10-week strength training program designed to increase muscle mass in a cohort of allogeneic hematopoietic transplant (HCT) long-term survivors. Their results were compared to healthy control participants who are in some way connected to the survivor (e.g. family member, spouse, or friend).
Minnesota Nano Center
The Minnesota Nano Center offers tools and services to fabricate microdevices and analyze nanoparticles. Our exhibit will feature examples of both these capabilities.
Training to Improve Healthcare
Our Innovation Fellows are already accomplished individuals when they join our program. They continue to invest in themselves over the 10-month Innovation Fellows course to physically impart the change that is needed to improve healthcare. Their innovations are scaled-up and delivered to healthcare providers, while the Fellows take leadership roles to continue the advancements in healthcare.