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Karissa Barbarevech Presents Wearable Ultrasound Wound Healing Applicator Poster at BMES 2021 and Gives an Invited High School Talk

October 10, 2021

Karissa BarbarevechKarissa Barbarevech, PhD Candidate in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems (Advisor: P. A. Lewin), presented the poster titled, "Optimizing Wearable Ultrasound Applicator for At Home Use” (Co-authors:  J. Hyatt, O. Ngo, I. Robinson, R. A. DiMaria-Ghalili, M. Neidrauer, M. Weingarten, M. Schafer, P. A. Lewin), at the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) annual meeting, October 7, 2021, in Orlando, FL. The work of the Drexel Ultrasound and Optics Wound Healing Team centers on optimization of a wearable patch-like ultrasound applicator for at-home use. The design of an early prototype of the applicator used in a pilot clinical study is aimed at the acceleration of the healing of chronic wounds, such as venous and diabetic ulcers.

Karissa was also asked by Samine Jernigan, Senior Project Manager for Global Tech Services at Cardinal Health, to be a guest speaker for her high school students at the American Heritage School in Florida, which has a biomedical engineering track. Karissa’s talk was aimed at getting the students excited about biomedical engineering and included a short presentation of her and her colleagues’ research, alongside a physical demonstration of the piezoelectric effect, with a brief overview of the history of ultrasound and how it works.