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2015 PInCh Competition:
Healthy lives matter
beginning to end

Innovative solutions to improve health with a focus on connections that bridge the lifespan

The 3rd Pitt Innovation Challenge focused on ideas for how to enhance health by bridging factors that impact different life stages. Innovative solutions included interventions, provider or patient tools, community programs, or any other approach that involved a linkage between at least two life stages (including predictive solutions, preventative ideas, and diagnostics across the lifespan and multiple generations).

The following teams won $100,000 awards


Team Information:

Fred Kimock, Michael Balsan, MD, Jeanne Burnsm Emily Hirsch

Description: A hearing protection device for babies in neonatal intensive care units that blocks noxious noise, and promises to reduce infant stress, improve sleep, and promote brain development.


Team Information:

Noah Snyder, Andrew Glowacki, James Eles, Kasey Catt, Zhanhong Du

Description: A team of bioengineering and chemical engineering graduate students from the University of Pittsburgh that developed a coating to solve the problem of dental implant inflammation


Team Information:

Yadong Wang, PhD, Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD/PhD, Daniel Long, Eric Jeffries, PhD, Piyusha Gade, Chelsea Stowell

Description: Our bio-inductive vascular graft combines the wide applicability of an off-the-shelf prosthetic graft with the in vivo performance of an arteriovenous fistula.

The following teams won $25,000 awards

Feet for Life

Team Information:

Jeffrey Gusenoff, MD, Beth Gusenoff, DPM, Kacey Marra, PHD

Description: This project uses your own fat to cushion painful feet so you can walk for a lifetime with less pain and suffering.


Team Information:

Richard Debski, Volker Musahl

Description: This technology quantifies the pivot shift test that evaluates knee ligamentous injuries. The pivot shift test is associated with future development of osteoarthritis in these patients.

Working Together for Kids: A Community Solution

Team Information:

Judy Cameron, Jeanette Trauth, Neal Ryan, Tom Akiva, Martica Hall, Meryl Butters

Description: A community training to teach senior citizens, adults and teens how to provide young children in underserved communities with critical skills for school success, and to assess health benefits to all involved.

Updates from previous winners


Team Information:

Samay Jain, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, School of Medicine; Matthew Keener, MD; Vinod Sharma; Karl Mormer

Description: Parkinson's disease-focused app support patient independence


Team Information:

Yadong Wang, PhD; William Keplar, Whitefold Professor of Bioengineering, Swanson School of Engineering; Noah Johnson, PhD student; Eroc Jeffries, PhD student; Chelsea Stowell, PhD student

Description: At-home therapy to heal diabetic skin ulcers

ACL interAction

Team Information:

Michael McClincy, Kevin Bell, Robert Hartman, James Irrgang, Andrew Lynch, Vonda Wright

Description: Device for monitoring PT after ACL reconstruction

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