MechE Alliance Seminar: Sneak Peek of the MIT Clinical Research Center—Mar. 3

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
12:00pm EST
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Dr. Catherine Ricciardi and Dr. Elazer Edelman will provide a sneak peek of the newly renovated IMES Clinical Research Center and the facilities, equipment, and services available to researchers engaged in human subjects research.

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The Clinical Research Center streamlines the process of designing and performing experiments so scientists can concentrate on their research. CRC staff have deep expertise in medicine, policy, and regulations. Teams of clinicians and scientists guide projects through the initial planning stages through data gathering and analysis, and successful navigation of COUHES regulations.
As part of the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, the CRC links MIT’s culture of innovation to the global healthcare community. Relationships with many leading medical centers enable clinicians and researchers to exchange data, expertise, and care solutions.
The CRC’s newly renovated facilities feature state-of-the-art equipment and flexible spaces to accommodate the full range of human subject research, with an emphasis on supporting accelerated medical innovation and health and wellness applications. Researchers can measure a full range of clinical standards of care using tools that include everything from wireless vital sign sensors to high-resolution ultrasound. The Clinical Research Center’s reconfigurable space will be an “evolutionary test bed” that can simulate controlled conditions and will be outfitted with an array of motion capture and thermal camera equipment, floor force plates, and environmental sensors. Other fully configurable rooms and a robust workshop will allow investigators to run wet or dry experimental protocols with clinical oversight and make real-time repairs or adjustments on site.

About Speakers

Catherine Ricciardi, DNP, ANP-BC, Director of Clinical Research Operations of the MIT CRC, a board-certified Nurse Practitioner at MGH, and trained clinical research nurse specialized in T1 investigation. She is a clinical research specialist utilizing her extensive clinical and research experience to consult on and operationalize pre-clinical and human proof of concept studies. In addition to serving a major role in day-to-day management, Dr. Ricciardi serves as a major navigation resource to available MIT CRC offerings and help extend education programs. 

Elazer R. Edelman, MD PhD, is Director of the Biomedical Engineering Center and the MIT Clinical Research Center, and Thomas D. and Virginia W. Cabot Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at MIT, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Senior Attending Physician in the coronary care unit at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He has pioneered basic findings in vascular biology and the development and assessment of numerous cardiovascular devices widely used in clinical practice. He has mentored over 300 students and fellows, enabling publications of numerous papers and patents.