Session Organizer: Lars Oddson & Lucy Dunne

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How an Artist and Cultural Provocateur Thinks About Prostheses

Viktoria Modesta, MODESTAR - DMD Speaker

Viktoria Modesta
Bionic Multimedia Artist, Creative Director, Futurist, Mission Astro Access Ambassador

Viktoria Modesta is a bionic artist, creative director, musician, and champion of future innovations
She has established herself as a "sci-fi in real life" artist & creative leader – challenging modern identity with avant-garde performance, one-of-a-kind prosthetics, and multimedia collaborations that bridge science and  pop culture
Her mission is to explore the outer limits of a technologically-enhanced human experience on earth, space, and the metaverse.

Transforming Common Garments into Sensors for Longitudinal Health Monitoring

Chemical vapor deposition is a solvent-free synthesis and processing method for forming polymer films on unconventional substrates and is increasingly important for creating flexible, wearable and/or plant-based electronics using sustainable practices. I will briefly summarize the materials science and engineering advances made by my team while creating various electronic garments and functional/technical textiles, and detail recent endeavors that use garment-integrated multimodal sensing systems for clinically-accurate, longitudinal health monitoring in natural environments. Of particular, recent interest to our lab is sleep and sleep quality monitoring. I will provide a critical review of state-of-the-art sleep monitoring devices and describe relevant advancements made in our lab.

Trisha Andrew - 2024 DMD Conference Speaker

Trisha Andrew
Professor, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Materials Science & Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Professor Trisha L. Andrew (she/her/hers) is a Professor of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She directs the Wearable Electronics Lab, a multi-disciplinary research team that uses chemical vapor deposition to create a variety of functional coatings on unconventional substrates, such as textiles, yarns and plants, and demonstrates the uses of these coated samples in energy harvesting/storage and integrated sensing systems.

Large-Scale Clinical Testing of Wearable Devices

Andrew Snyder, Fairview Frontiers - DMD Speaker

The M Health Fairview Frontiers department is a leading provider of clinical trials services for the wearable device industry.   Fairview Frontiers was started in 2018 and designed to conduct high volume wearable device studies for industry sponsors.   Over the past 6 years Frontiers has worked with many pharmaceutical, medical device and technology sponsors.  This presentation will share our Top 5 critical success factors for implementing a wearable device protocol.

Andrew Snyder
Director, Fairview Frontiers

Respiratory Protection Challenges in Clinical Settings

The Covid-19 pandemic increased the number of respirator wearers, types of respirators, and duration of respirator use in clinical settings. I will discuss how these sudden changes highlighted numerous challenges associated with respiratory protection use including communication, cleanability, extended use, fit and functionality, as well as lessons learned. 

Megan Torgrude - DMD Speaker

Megan Torgrude   
Application Engineer, Personal Safety Division, 3M

Megan Torgrude, MPH, CIH, CSP, is an Application Engineer for 3M’s Personal Safety Division in St. Paul, MN. She has spent the past 18 years focused on various aspects of respiratory protection in the workplace, including: product development, regulatory affairs, respirator testing, as well as providing technical support and training to employers and wearers of respiratory protection. 

Session Organizer Bios

Lars Oddsson - 2023 Organizer

Lars Oddsson
CTO RxFunction/Adjunct Professor, UMN 

Lars Oddsson, PhD, is a biomedical scientist, an inventor and entrepreneur. He is CTO and Co-Founder of RxFunction, a start-up that has commercialized Walkasins, a wearable sensory prosthesis for balance. Dr. Oddsson teaches in the Medical Device Innovation program at the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota and is Adjunct Professor in Rehabilitation Sciences at the Medical School. He is a visiting professor at the Recanati School of Health Professions at Ben-Gurion University in Israel. He is a co-investigator and consultant to NASA’s Johnson Space Center on projects related to the development of sensorimotor countermeasures to long-term spaceflight.

Lucy Dunne - Organizer

Lucy Dunne
Professor College of Design, University of Minnesota

Lucy E. Dunne, is a professor in the Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel in the College of Design at the U MN. She is also co-director of the Wearable Technology Lab.