McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University
Health & Wellness
One of the grand challenges of our time is ensuring the health and wellness of all people. The problems we face are broad and complex, requiring new ways of thinking about healthcare, technology, and processes. Multidisciplinary teams of researchers who combine complementary specialties and thinking to study problems at all levels, from molecular changes to complex systems.
At McCormick, researchers from every department are working together to develop health and wellness solutions. Our faculty and students develop techniques to address the most threatening diseases, from low-cost HIV tests for use in the developing world to state-of-the-art optical diagnostic techniques for cancer detection. They conduct research on optimizing health care delivery, mine massive amounts of data for new healthcare insights, and create innovative robotic prosthetics for amputees.
We enjoy partnerships with faculty across campus, including many in the Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, in a shared pursuit of new knowledge that will lead to advances in patient care.
Bone Marrow Cells, Synthetic Scaffold Used in Bladder Regeneration
Consortium to Develop New Ways to Treat Macular Degeneration
In the Fight Against Cancer, a Closer Look at Nuclear Blebbing
After 100 Years, Understanding the Electrical Role of Dendritic Spines
Engineering Biology: Milan Mrksich Sheds Light on Biochemical Reactions
Breakthrough in Early Cancer Detection
Researchers Create Hips that Function Better and Last Longer
Students Create Automatic Pill Dispenser for Patient with Disability
New Model of Whiskers Provides Insight into Sense of Touch
Researchers Create Tattoo Electronics for Medical Applications
Health & Wellness Headlines
Novel Ovarian Cancer Screening Featured in Chicago Tribune
McCormick professor Vadim Backman and a research team from Northwestern University and NorthShore University HealthSystem have developed a novel approach to detecting the early presence of ovarian cancer cells that has been featured in the Chicago Tribune.
Bacteria Organize According to 'Rich-Get-Richer' Principle
Researchers from UCLA, Northwestern University and the University of Washington have learned that bacteria on a surface organize in a rich-get-richer pattern similar to the distribution of wealth in the U.S.
Screening Detects Ovarian Cancer Using Neighboring Cells
Pioneering biophotonics technology developed at Northwestern University is the first screening method to detect the early presence of ovarian cancer in humans by examining cells easily brushed from the neighboring cervix or uterus, not the ovaries themselves.