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10 a.m., March 19, 2012--The Delaware Rehabilitation Institute (DRI) will host a Design and Rehabilitation Conference at the University of Delaware on May 1. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Clayton Hall Conference Center on the University’s Laird Campus.

This half-day “possibilities” conference will explore the design of products that aid in the rehabilitation of people with physical disabilities. Topics include rehabilitation research, the art of invention, the engineering of rehabilitation, the translation from invention to business, the process for approval of medical devices, and intellectual property and technology transfer. 

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Speakers will include clinicians, engineers, artists, business leaders, entrepreneurs, lawyers and federal regulators. The targeted audience includes students in areas including engineering, rehabilitation sciences, business/entrepreneurship, art, kinesiology, and biology; faculty; clinicians; and experts from industry.

“Our goal is to bring together people from various backgrounds to stimulate interest in developing wondrous technologies to benefit those in need of physical rehabilitation,” says DRI Director Thomas Buchanan, UD professor of engineering.

Topics and speakers include:

There is no charge for the conference, which includes lunch, but attendees must register by sending an email to

Article by Diane Kukich

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