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Katya Hill with student in CSD Lab

New technologies are vital elements of innovation in rehabilitation science. Advancements in areas such as information and communication, activity monitoring, transportation, physiologic sensing, and robotics, among others, drive better outcomes, improve efficiency, and lower costs. SHRS is a leader among its peers when it comes to developing and translating key technologies that advance innovation in rehabilitation science. See statistics below. These accomplishments are a natural extension of SHRS' highly successful and extensive applied research activities. We aim to accelerate the pace of innovation in rehabilitation to have even greater positive impact on the lives of people served by SHRS disciplines.

Join the SHRS Innovation Challenge

Working with the University’s Innovation Institute, SHRS is holding its first innovation challenge in which faculty, staff, and students will compete for funds to assist with the translation of technology. The challenge is a multi-step process involving an educational program and development activities. We are leveraging the knowledge and experience of Pitt’s Innovation Institute to conduct the challenge. Interested? Learn more during one of our Information Sessions:

  • November 11, Bridgeside Point I, Room 357, Noon
  • November 18, Forbes Tower, 4060, Noon

Applications for the challenge will be accepted until December 11, 2019. View contest details here.

If you have questions, please contact Associate Dean for Innovation Dave Brienza.

SHRS Innovation by the Numbers (2014-2019):

Number of start-ups with a lead inventor from SHRS: 9Number of start-ups with at least one inventor from SHRS: 11

Number of U.S. Issued Patents with a lead inventor from SHRS: 7Number of U.S. Issued Patents with at least one inventor from SHRS: 15