About the Technical Committee on Translational Engineering for Healthcare Innovations

As the core and interdisciplinary knowledge base in basic and applied sciences and engineering technologies is continuously expanding, communities of biomedical engineering researchers, physicians and healthcare providers are now addressing critical problems and challenges in improving healthcare globally. Collaborative trans-disciplinary research and innovations are leading to new sensor, information and communication technologies and systems, and clinical protocols that are not limited to just hospital environment but reach out to patients at their homes or any other point-of-care facilities located anywhere in the world. The emerging and future trends with continuous evolution of innovations in smart and portable bio-sensor, computing, information and communication technologies are the enablers of Point-of-Care healthcare technologies towards affordable healthcare globally. At the same time, technology innovations in more sophisticated clinical procedures and hospitalized care are critical in providing patients better treatment and opportunities to follow-up and stay healthy.

The EMBS Technical Committee on Translational Engineering for Healthcare Innovations (TEHI) aims to network with multi-disciplinary biomedical research and clinical communities, healthcare provider organizations, patient groups, and industry working towards better global healthcare through predictive, personalized, preventive and participatory medicine.


MGH MD PnP Team Awarded Dept. of Homeland Security Research Contract

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, was awarded $950,000 to develop a medical device cybersecurity data repository. This repository, which will be developed through an effort titled “Healthcare Data Generation and Curation for Cybersecurity Analysis,” will enhance cyber protection of hospital clinical environments by providing the data cybersecurity researchers can use to develop monitoring rulesets and tools based on changes in response to threats to medical devices and networks. This knowledge will be broadly applicable in other environments.

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Can your research help avoid the call “Houston, we have a problem”?!? 

A year and a half ago, the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) was stood up with the imperative purpose of funding radical, disruptive science and technologies that could be translated to protect and optimize human health and performance during long-duration, deep space exploration missions.

Different from most grant organizations, TRISH is focused on very early stage (needs proof of concept, for example) and very late stage (ready to go to market, for example) research; we do not fund incremental scientific research.

Working closely with NASA’s Human Research Program, the Baylor College of Medicine led institute, a consortium that includes Caltech and MIT, TRISH has already funded ground-breaking technologies designed to keep astronauts safe. Find out more about TRISH.

There are currently two solicitations available:

Deep Artificial Intelligence Medical Support

  • TRISH is soliciting proposals for the rapid development of commercially available or viable computer-based algorithms that facilitate diagnosis of medical conditions on NASA’s Medical Conditions List in addition to other medical conditions that may occur and require treatment during long-duration space flights as well as for terrestrial applications.
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Point-of-care Diagnostics for Long-Duration Space Flights

  • TRISH is soliciting proposals for the rapid transformation of emerging point-of-care (POC) technologies into viable, clinically-focused solutions that facilitate diagnosis of conditions on NASA’s Medical Conditions List during long-duration space flights as well as in terrestrial clinical settings. The solicitation seeks technologies that have a commercial potential that would benefit from investments that make them suitable for long-duration spaceflights. For example, miniaturizing a table-top device into a hand-held device, reducing the need for and extending the shelf-life of consumables, and improving ease-of-use, are all important developments.