2019-2020 Community and Collaboration Pilot Grant Awardees

Virtual Assistant System to Enhance Palliative/Hospice Patient Medication Outcomes


This project uses and interdisciplinary approach in collaboration with a community care facility to identify medication management challenges and develop a new interactive "virtual assistant" decision-support technology platform that can be tested to see how well it improves patient quality of life and outcomes.

  • Colin Drummond, PhD (Biomedical Engineering, CWRU)
  • Shanina Knighton, PhD; RN, Celeste Alfes, DNP, RN; Elizabeth Zimmermann, DNP, RN; (School of Nursing, CWRU)
  • Scott Frank, MD, MS (Population and Quantitative Health Sciences/Family Medicine/Public Health, CWRU)
  • Miriam L. Pekarek, BS; Valerie Perout, RN (Outpatient Therapy, Ohio Living Health and Hospice -Breckenridge Village - Stakeholders)
  • Patients and their caregivers (Breckenridge Village - Stakeholders)


Translating a Product that Prevents Surgical Adhesions into a Large Animal Model


Our long-term goal is to develop a low-cost, biocompatible device coating which can prevent or reduce fibrosis, scarring, and other complications of unwanted post surgical adhesions. The objective of this proposal is to provide key data in a a clinically relevant pig model, crucial to form commercial partnerships with major mesh manufacturers in this space.

  • Horst von Recum, PhD (Biomedical Engineering, CWRU)
  • Michael Rosen, MD (Surgery, Cleveland Clinic)
  • Julius Korley, PhD, MBA (CEO Affinity Therapeutics- Stakeholder)