Health

Advanced Manufacturing for Healthcare

The ratio of national healthcare expenditures to the U.S. GDP has more than doubled since the 1970s. Total expenditures now exceed $2.5 trillion annually. Rising healthcare costs call for a new game plan, and advanced healthcare manufacturing will be a champion of the coming era. Biomedical manufacturing  wields the power of 3D modeling, machining and printing, big data, biomechanics and supply chain sustainability. It calls for engineers collaborating with physicians, therapists and other medical professionals and it results in affordable and reliable solutions.

Engineering the Brain

A third of all human disease is related to the nervous system. Understanding the structure and function of the brain will lead to breakthrough therapies for many debilitating conditions. UF plans to be a major player in President Obama’s decade-long brain research initiative, and our Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering will have an active role.

In this video, Kevin Otto, professor in the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Karim Oweiss, professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, discuss the role that neuroengineering has in the Brain Initiative and in improving quality of life.