Exploring New Ideas

The goals of the INSTINCT Think Tank sessions are to offer INSTINCT members a chance to openly discuss and explore new ideas and avenues of thought amongst their peers in a productive and collaborative environment. These sessions are held every two months and are based on a particular theme. Previous themes can be found in the archive list below. Think Tank sessions also act as a means of monitoring INSTINCT projects and developments.

Previous INSTINCT Think Tank Themes:

December 2017 - "Next-Generation Trauma Care"

Overview: New ideas, concepts and plausible design approaches to automated vascular access, automated needle thoracostomy, and closed loop resuscitation, closed-loop Functional Hemodynamic Monitoring (FHM)-driven resuscitation to infuse blood, fluids and vasoactive drugs and other critical care patient management interventions. 

Outcome: INSTINCT members successfully worked on and submitted a 1.3 million dollar grant application on the theme of "Smart-Trauma-Wear." Principal staff at Baylor include Drs. S. Rob Todd, James Suliburk, Chad Wilson, and Jamie Fitch. Partnering institutions included The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory (Cambridge, Maine) and Oregon Health and Science University (Portland, Ore.). With a 'conception to grant submission' time of 50 days, this sets the benchmark for INSTINCT turnaround times. Provisional patent filings are underway.

June 2017“Outer Space Surgery”

Overview: Guest speaker Jimmy H. Wu (associate director, Exploration Medicine Laboratory, BCM Center for Space Medicine) gave an overview of current strategies and problems associated with NASA’s outer space surgery program. Note, candidates interested in submitting proposals to the newly established NASA Translation Research Institute (NASA TRI) would have found this session most helpful.

May 2017“Picosecond Infrared Lasers (pIRLs)”

Overview: Guest speaker Prof R. J. Dwayne Miller (University of Toronto and Max Plank Institute) and Dr. Darren Kraemer (Light Matter Interaction, Inc.) gave an overview of pIRLs for scarless surgery and real-time biodiagnostic applications. See video overview.

February 2017 – “Organ Support Systems

Overview: Specifically, an INSTINCT Innovation Challenge was launched to foster collaboration and developments into “Artificial/replacement liver system for acute and terminal liver disease”. The discussion, led by Dr. Steven Curley, highlighted the complexity of liver functions as well as previous attempts to design artificial devices and systems that mimic liver metabolic and functional pathways. Special guest, Dr. Jim Kelly (pioneer in the field of Extracorporeal Liver Assist Device, ELAD) was also in the audience. Dr. Billy Cohn finished off the night in style by giving an outstanding update on his total artificial heart project: a modified version of the talk he gave earlier that day at JLabs entitled “Past, Present and Future of the Total Artificial Heart

December 2016 – “Make Simulations Great Again

Overview: The topic of artificial 3D surgical simulators for abdominal aortic aneurysm repair was discussed in a bid to refine the forthcoming December surgical hackathon challenges. Dr. Swami Gnanashanmugam also gave a discussion on Gradient Therapeutics and a Novel Treatment for Pulmonary Hypertension.