Medical, Environment and Industry Advisory Boards

Critical to the impact of ASSIST’s wearable, self-powered sensing and communication devices are the medical, environmental exposure, and social acceptance aspects of the Center’s research. ASSIST engineers developing innovative technologies will interact with medical professionals and biocompatible materials experts, as well as environmental and social scientists, to integrate all aspects of systems design and development in two Systems Testbeds:

  • Exposure Track—for correlation of health and environmental exposures to improve understanding of chronic conditions such as asthma, allergies, and autoimmune diseases; and
  • Wellness Track—for continuous monitoring of individual health for specific purposes such as disease and treatment management, fitness monitoring, emergency search and rescue, or first responder monitoring.

Four subthrust teams will assure integration of medical and exposure science, biocompatibility, and analytics with technology development in each testbed:

  • Human and Social Factors: This team of medical professionals, environmental researchers, and social psychologists will identify clinical needs, specific physiological measures, social acceptance barriers, and environmental metrics to guide development of novel sensors.
  • Biocompatible Materials: Experts in biomedical engineering, human exposure science, toxicology, biobehavioral health, and environmental toxin causal relationships will carry out sensor-to-skin interface studies.
  • Testing and Data Analysis: Computer and environmental scientists will carry out key activities related to data analytics and pattern recognition to advance toward a new era of data-driven medicine tying environmental cause to health effect.
  • Integration, Wearability and Packaging: Systems integration engineers, textiles engineers, and packaging experts will work with technical thrusts to integrate key ASSIST technologies into wearable monitoring platforms. ASSIST will be guided by an engineered systems approach integrating research outputs in testbeds that will iteratively refine specifications and requirements for high-impact human use.
  • ASSIST testbeds will leverage human applications laboratories to undertake Phase I and IIa testing at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, NC State University’s College of Textiles, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and other national centers of excellence.

ASSIST Advisory Panels:

  • Medical/Environmental Roundtable:  This panel, chaired by the Medical Director, provides a mechanism for medical and environmental advisors to meet in an open format with thrust leaders, key faculty, and students on a quarterly basis to provide feedback and perspectives to ASSIST strategic planning. Its members will include physicians in various specialties and researchers representing medical schools, hospitals and medical centers, environmental health agencies, and disease-focused research centers.
  • Scientific Advisory Board:  Internationally known experts in technical, medical, environmental health, social, and education fields related to ASSIST will meet annually to identify major NERC research issues and to help guide the Center’s research agenda.
  • Industry/Practitioner Advisory Board:  This panel will include ASSIST industry and practitioner members who will meet quarterly to advise the Center’s leadership team on strategy and serve as translational and commercialization partners for ASSIST technologies.