The University of Washington Coulter Translational Research Partnership (TRP) Program is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 awardees of Coulter funding to support commercialization of medical research. Five teams of university faculty won $100,000 – $150,000 grants in June 2015, awarded competitively from an initial field of 15 applications.

Receiving a second full year of Coulter funding are Drs. Les Atlas (UW Electrical Engineering) and Jay Rubinstein (UW Otolaryngology, Bioengineering) for an algorithm to provide enhanced perception of tonality in cochlear implants, and Drs. Murray Maitland (UW Rehabilitation Medicine), Katherine Steele (UW Mechanical Engineering), and Certified Prosthetist Orthotist Kate Allyn (UW Bioengineering Lab) for an adaptable foot prosthetic for people with lower extremity amputations to improve balance and walking on uneven surfaces.

Drs. Jonathan Posner (UW Mechanical Engineering) and Matthew Thompson (UW Family Medicine) received a full year of funding for a next-generation rapid point-of-care immunoassay for STD testing after receiving a Coulter seed grant in December 2014. Newly funded teams are Drs. Christopher Allan (UW Orthopedics & Sports Medicine) and Muthu Wijesundara (UT Arlington Research Institute) for a negative pressure wound therapy glove to treat hand injuries, and Drs. Bala Nair (UW Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine) and Monica Vavilala (UW Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine) for a software platform that integrates with AIMS systems to provide real-time feedback and decision support to anesthesia providers to help manage patients in the operating room.

The Coulter TRP Program began in 2005 with a grant to the University of Washington from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. The awards are designed to promote translational research by increasing the number of effective collaborations between biomedical engineers and clinicians, supporting the development of promising technologies to clinical application. The ultimate goal of this partnership is to save, extend and improve patient lives suffering from any disease or condition, in any size market, in any country around the world.

For more information, contact Kassandra Thomson, Coulter Program Director,