Glioblastoma is an aggressive and lethal brain tumor with a poor prognosis. SQUISH Labs is developing an intracranial hydrogel implant to be placed after tumor resection during the treatment of gliomas. The hydrogel will be tuned to provide sustained and localized chemotherapy treatment to the microscopic tumors that remain following a resection. With chemotherapeutics being released onto the tumor cavity site in a pattern that follows the intended kinetics of our hydrogel, treatment will be more effective and patient prognosis will improve.
Anne Hope Cooper
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) is a condition characterized by a weakening of the pelvic floor muscles. POP causes organs to descend from their normal position, applying pressure on the vaginal canal. This causes continual discomfort, incontinence, and constipation in patients. POP is treated with pessaries, or vaginally inserted silicone supports, for 70% of patients. While pessaries are functional for many patients, the trial-and-error fitting process can take 3 clinic visits over 4 months. We designed an inflatable fitment tool that will allow for one single fitting appointment, streamlining the pessary prescription process and increasing accessibility.
Alex Kyu, Jacob Gerlach, Jason Xie, Michael McKnight, Austin Wells, Steven Thompson, Zachary Boulton, Jun Ikeda, Janae Elie, Sarthak Mehta, Dom Gong, Pranav Kumara, Anthony Brown, Bagya Maharajan, Rohan Gowda, Cody Miller, Jacob Glazer, Julia Krueger, JD Valentine, Karthik Ramakrishnan, Alec Brewer, Christian Offodile, Ruben Pelayo Quezada, Blake Robertson, Sierra Brooks, Emma Dober, Jillian Jessup, Tytianah Ward, Manav Madhar-Mehta, Srishti Rastogi
Pack Bionics is a student organization at NC State dedicated to designing novel transfemoral prosthetic legs for Cybathlon, an international assistive device competition. Our team is developing mechanical components, electronics, and software that aim to challenge current limitations in prosthetic leg designs and improve outcomes in amputees. We aim to integrate real-time inertial (IMU), load cell, angle encoder, and camera signals to accurately predict the optimal angle of the knee joint with respect to the environment and the user’s perceived intentions.
Solenn de Larminat
15% of nasogastric tubes are incorrectly inserted through the trachea instead of through the esophagus, of which 1.2% result in pneumothorax, or collapsed lung. Existing technologies provide verification of tube placement after the procedure is complete; however, they do little to prevent the misplacement itself. V&P’s goal is to create an external device that indicates nasogastric tube placement in real time by using the CO2 differential between the esophageal and tracheal pathways to indicate the nasogastric tube’s placement. Unlike existing solutions, our solution indicates tube placement in real time, allowing clinicians to react before tube induced damage occurs.
SENSOR3D is developing a wrist wearable sign language translator to break down communication barriers between those who understand sign language, and those who do not.