UA Research Center Strikes Alliance with Singapore University to Develop the Next Evolution in Health Care: Wearable Tech

Aug 7, 2017

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix recently signed a formal partnership with Nanyang Technological University in Singapore to establish a satellite office that will connect researchers in Phoenix with one of the leading technology hubs in the world – Asia.

The partnership between the two universities will focus on developing the next generation of wearable technology, according to Frederic Zenhausern, PhD, MBA, director and professor of the Center for Applied Nanobioscience and Medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix, who signed the partnership agreement.  Dr. Zenhausern’s vision is to reshape health care by developing state-of-the-art bio technology.

“Ensuring the quality, safety and continuous communication of real-time health data information is paramount to the future of digital and mobile health delivery,” Dr. Zenhausern said.

The Health Innovation Design Engineering Alliance (HiDEA) will allow UA researchers to work with scientists at Nanyang’s School of Art, Design and Media to develop wearables that can sense, compute, communicate and seamlessly integrate into health delivery systems that will transform the patient experience.

“These unprecedented capabilities will be enabled by innovative approaches in designing  wearable sensors, bio-art and bio-design research with wide-ranging applications in smart and sustainable textiles,” Dr. Zenhausern said.

The alliance between UA and the Singapore university opens the door for more research funding, and presents a tremendous opportunity for the University of Arizona to lead efforts in precision health and personalized medicine.

An initial satellite location will be established in Singapore with Zenhausern and Vibeke Sorensen, professor and chair of the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University, serving as executive coordinators. Sorensen is a former professor at Arizona State University’s Institute for Studies of the Fine Arts.

The hope is that other universities, companies and researchers will join the alliance, establishing international locations on their campuses.

The Center for Applied Nanobioscience and Medicine will provide students and engineering staff with expertise in electronics, molecular biology and device manufacturing to support design students, faculty members and other research staff from Nanyang as well as corporate partners in Singapore.

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