Bijan Najafi, Ph.D., professor of surgery, director of clinical research in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, and director of iCAMP (the Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance), was awarded a nationwide planning center grant from the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) Program for his proposal, “Planning IUCRC Baylor College of Medicine: Center to Stream Healthcare In Place (C2SHIP).”
The mission of C2SHIP is to investigate techniques and mechanisms that can facilitate real time interventions for a number of chronic diseases. The center will not only advance the science of telehealth, internet of things, and digital wellness, but also accelerate both knowledge and intellectual property transfer between academia and industry through our collaborative partnerships. This will allow for rapid development of new in place technologies that can potentially transform health care delivery, reduce health care cost, and improve quality of life for chronically ill patients” said Dr. Najafi, the center director. The center co-directors are Barbara W. Trautner, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and surgery and director of Clinical Research in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Mark E. Kunik, M.D., professor of psychiatry research, and Aanand Naik, M.D., associate professor of geriatric medicine. The BCM-C2SHIP site will also collaborate with the C2SHIP site at the University of Arizona led by Janet Roveda, Ph.D.
The National Science Foundation’s I/UCRC program provides industry, universities, policymakers and other organizations the means to leverage NSF funds with industry investment for the purposes of conducting pre competitive research and training the next generation STEM workforce. To this end, C2SHIP will engage academic and industrial partners to conduct activities that discover the fundamentals of in-place designs for digital wellness, accelerate innovation through multi-specialty collaborations and resource sharing, and prepare and educate an in-demand workforce in digital wellness technologies.