The USC Coulter Program established an annual award to recognize students who have made significant contributions to the translational research of a biomedical engineering solution that addresses an unmet or underserved clinical need. The first place winner, Adriana Nicholson, was selected from among a group of students competing for this honor at the 17th annual Grodins Symposium. Adriana was selected on the basis of her contributions to the project entitled Closed-loop Recharging System for a Fetal Pacemaker. Roya Sheybani was awarded runner up for her contributions to the project entitled Closed-loop On-demand Micropump for Chronic Pain Management. This inaugural award honors the achievements of Wallace H. Coulter, a biomedical engineer who was dedicated to improving healthcare through biomedical research and engineering. The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation was established to share his vision and promote translational research for patient care. USC Biomedical Engineering Department is among an elite group of 16 across the nation who received a Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program.
Photo legend: (from left to right) Elias Caro, VP of Technology Development at the Coulter Foundation, Adriana Nicholson, 1st place winner of the USC Coulter Award, Roya Sheybani, runner up of the USC Coulter Award, Christine Matheson, USC Coulter Program Director, Sue Van, President and CEO of the Coulter Foundation, and Norberto Grzywacz, Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department at USC.