Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine (GEM) Program

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) announces the selection of six physician-engineer teams as the 2019 recipients of the Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine (GEM) awards. GEM, an initiative of ACTRI and UC San Diego Institute of Engineering in Medicine (IEM), supports projects that identify clinical challenges for which engineering solutions can be developed and implemented to improve health care. It is a collaboration between ACTRI and the Institute of Engineering in Medicine (IEM). Leading this initiative are Gary S. Firestein, MD; Shu Chien, MD, PhD; and Deborah Spector, PhD. The GEM recipients and their projects are below.

The RFA for the GEM 2020 competition will be announced soon


GEM Awardees Comment on the Program:

The GEM program provides an opportunity for us to get out of our silos and make clinically relevant advancements through cross-disciplinary collaboration.”

“The GEM award provided critical seed funding for us that has been extremely valuable in allowing us to develop our technology, obtain pilot data, advance our research, obtain further funding, and will likely lead to commercialization of this technology.”

“We are really grateful that this GEM program catalyzed major progress in our labs."

“The GEM program provides the stimulus for bringing together engineers and medical clinicians to discover new ways to help patients. Another important aspect of GEM is training the next generation of engineering students and young physicians to collaborate together.”

“There is no doubt in my mind that the GEM program has succeeded in achieving Chancellor Khosla's vision of different parts of the University collaborating to discover novel solutions to complicated problems.”

Available funding opportunities for GEM awardees


Read about the GEM Award recipients: 2019 | 2018 |2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014

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