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Innovation Grand Rounds August 12, 2022

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Carle Illinois College of Medicine
Medical Sciences Building Auditorium, Room 274 or at Pollard Auditorium, Carle Foundation Hospital
wifi event
Aug 12, 2022   12:00 - 1:30 pm  
Dr. David Zopf
Taylor Young
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Carle Illinois College of Medicine General Events

Friday, August 12

12–1 p.m.   Presentation by David Zopf
1–1:30 p.m.   Questions & Dialogue

In person at Medical Sciences Building Auditorium, Room 274
or at Pollard Auditorium, Carle Foundation Hospital

(registration due 4:30 p.m. on Monday, August 8)
Join via Zoom Call-in:

3D printing is a powerful technique, allowing rapid prototyping and accelerated medical innovation. With thoughtful design control planning, this technology can result in medical innovations that benefit broad regions, including low- and middle-resource countries. In this talk, Dr. David Zopf will review a spectrum of medical 3D printing applications and describe how intentional design thinking has facilitated global impact. 

Dr. David Zopf integrates 3D printing in medical applications to enhance patient care and outcomes. An associate professor of pediatric otolaryngology, as well as an affiliate professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan, Dr. Zopf directs the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Pathway of Excellence through University of Michigan Medical School and leads a medical 3D printing and tissue engineering team. He is involved in medical device development and tissue engineering for several applications to treat medical conditions of the head and neck, including congenital and craniofacial malformations in children. His tissue engineering work, currently in pre-clinical evaluation, focuses on cartilaginous tissue engineering for ear, nose, and airway reconstruction. Dr. Zopf helped develop a patient-specific, 3D printed external airway splint to treat life-threatening airway collapse. The innovation was highlighted in the New England Journal of Medicine and has now been used to treat over 25 patients. His current work includes leading an NIH-funded clinical trial evaluating a novel device to treat upper airway obstruction and obstructive sleep apnea in children. Dr. Zopf's team has also developed several high-fidelity surgical simulators and constructed curricula that allowed institutions to continue offering high-value learning activities during the COVID 19 pandemic.


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