Two University Hospitals Physician-Scientists to Receive 2024 Top Ten Clinical Research Achievement Awards from the Clinical Research Forum

Two University Hospitals physician-scientists will receive recognition for their profound contributions to advancing clinical research. UH is the only hospital system to have two honorees acknowledged this year by the Clinical Research Forum for the 10 most significant clinical advancements impacting the health and wellness of humanity.

University Hospitals Research Published in New England Journal of Medicine Shows Minimally Invasive Procedure Saves Most Patients with Severe Vascular Disease from Amputation

A study, co-led by University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, could lead to the first FDA approval of a therapy giving thousands of patients hope for an alternative to amputation.

Black adults treated for common arterial disease are at greater risk of amputation and death than white adults, researchers show

In this study, researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center found that Black adults underwent significantly more endovascular peripheral vascular interventions (PVI), were treated for more advanced disease and were also more likely to experience adverse outcomes following PVI procedures, including amputation and death.  

Microfluidic-Based Soft Robotic Prosthetics Promise Relief for Diabetic Amputees

In Biomicrofluidics, scientists reveal their development of a new type of prosthetic using microfluidics-enabled soft robotics that promises to greatly reduce skin ulcerations and pain in patients who have had an amputation between the ankle and knee. They started with a recent device that uses pneumatic actuators and miniaturized the actuators by designing a microfluidic chip with 10 integrated pneumatic valves to control each actuator. The control box is small and light enough to be worn as part of the prosthesis.

Liquid Metal Sensors and AI Could Help Prosthetic Hands to ‘Feel’

Prosthetics currently lack the sensation of “touch.” To enable a more natural feeling prosthetic hand interface, researchers are the first to incorporate stretchable tactile sensors using liquid metal and machine learning. This hierarchical multi-finger tactile sensation integration could provide a higher level of intelligence for artificial hands by improving control, providing haptic feedback and reconnecting amputees to a previously severed sense of touch.