IDEA-EM establishes innovative collaboration with University of Portland biomedical engineering program

Drs. David Sheridan and Matt Hansen, Co-Directors of IDEA-EM within the Dept of Emergency Medicine at OHSU, have developed a partnership with the University of Portland to annually develop innovation products. The clinical team from OHSU will work together with a group of graduate biomedical engineering students (led by a faculty PhD engineer) to identify a relevant clinical problem and --through an iterative process-- develop products that are commercially viable in a problem-based innovation framework. Part of the program will immerse the students in the emergency department with the clinical faculty in order to directly understand how the problem of interest presents and is assessed in actual patients, as well as to gain insight into any current standards of care that need improvement. Drs. Sheridan and Hansen both have advanced training in clinical research and envision the ability to move prototypes into clinical testing in a timely manner with the infrastructure that exists for research within the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Sheridan notes: "This collaboration will benefit both parties significantly and ignite innovation through an established pipeline of yearly projects. It is very exciting to bring together two first-class universities in Portland to improve the care provided to the city and region!"

The first joint project is underway and expected to have a physical prototype ready for clinical testing in the Spring of 2018.

Dr. Sheridan joined the Department of Emergency Medicine as full-time faculty in July 2016. He completed medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He went on to complete his residency and fellowship training at OHSU. Dr. Sheridan's interests are in clinical research of pediatric headache treatment, pediatric head trauma and pediatric mental healthcare in the emergency department.

Dr. Hansen joined the Department of Emergency Medicine at OHSU as full-time faculty in July of 2012. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. He completed residency and fellowship training at OHSU. His research interests focus on resuscitation and stabilization of ill and injured children in the prehospital and Emergency Department settings. Dr. Hansen is particularly interested in studying pediatric airway and respiratory management in the prehospital setting which are critical components of resuscitation in many common pediatric emergencies from both medical and traumatic causes.