Translational Research in Medicine
Since arriving at Stevens in 2004, Dr. Hazelwood has lead a grass roots effort to create and implement an environment of excitement, creativity, and entrepreneurship among Biomedical Engineering students—both at the undergraduate and graduate level. She has created a lab for Translational Research in Medicine, which has successfully launched a start-up company, SPOC Inc., and has spawned several patent applications, all of which have intimately engaged students throughout the process.
Students who work in Dr. Hazelwood’s lab are asked to help develop a solution to an unmet medical need, and that solution is expected to be brought from inception through to clinical use within a 3 to 5 year period. Dr. Hazelwood’s lab students are guided to work on projects that will contribute to the improvement of public health, in an entrepreneurial and/or humanitarian manner. As physiologic systems engineers, the research teams work in close collaboration with physicians and other expert clinicians to develop technologies that better recognize and interpret physiologic function. Many such projects are focused upon the goal to prevent injury or disease, and to improve procedure or therapeutic outcome efficacies. Each team collaborates with an expert clinician from an area hospital or medical institution, as well as with companies in the medical industry. Recent collaborations include those with doctors and clinical teams from Hackensack University Medical Center, New York Medical College, University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey, and New York University.
Undergraduate students perform translational research in the context of their Senior Design capstone course. Under the advisement of Dr. Hazelwood and collaborating doctors, they work in small teams in Dr. Hazelwood's lab to conceive of a device or system that will solve and unmet medical need. All teams build a prototype and acquire test data from operating that prototype. Seniors present their work at conferences, and they achieve two publications before they graduate. Where appropriate, teams will perform clinical trials. Several teams have gone on to patent their ideas.
Undergraduate Student Research Excellence
Dr. Hazelwood’s senior design students have demonstrated their excellence by having won several competitions. Example student achievements are:
- President’s Technogenesis 1st Place Award: 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008
- International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers Student Competition:
1st Place International 2007, Statewide competition winners 2007, 2008
- Senior Design Projects 2008-2009
Graduate students work closely with Dr. Hazelwood, her clinical colleagues, and technical experts to identify solutions to medical challenges in the areas of interest described above. Many of Dr. Hazelwood’s graduate students perform clinical trial research human subjects.