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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' innovation challenge allows faculty, staff, and students to 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.

The SHRS Innovation Challenge took place virtually on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. View the list of the SHRS teams that competed in this year's challenge.

Read the wrap-up of SHRS' First Innovation Challenge here.

2020 Winners

Congratulations to the two teams that won the Innovation Challenge and took away top prizes of $10,000 each:

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