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University of Michigan Pediatric Device Inventors Awarded Funds to Design Child-Specific Medical Devices
Date:9/23/2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Adapting adult medical devices to be used for children is a common but often problematic practice across U.S. hospitals.

At the University of Michigan and U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, pediatricians and researchers who care for children have been leading the charge to change this. They work to create, engineer and test medical devices and curb problems that come from using tools, implants, gadgets and procedures designed for adults.

This week, the Food and Drug Administration awarded a two-year, $2.2 million grant to University of Michigan researchers, under the leadership of pediatric surgeon James Geiger, M.D.  The grant will support three of more than 40 ongoing pediatric device projects for children.

"This award will give us a great opportunity to meet our vision of creating a long-term sustainable effort in pediatric device development under the umbrella of the U-M Medical Innovation Center," Geiger says. "We are humbled to receive this award."

The grant is awarded to two groups that have been working together since late 2009. The Michigan Pediatric Device Consortium (M-PED) brings together business, engineering, dental, medical school resources to work on children-specific devices.  The Virginia-based Pediatric Medical Device Institute (PMDI) is a consortium of children's hospitals, including Mott, dedicated to facilitating the transition of pediatric medical device needs to clinically-beneficial tools. It is directed by Andre Muelenaer, M.D., who with Geiger is a co-recipient of the award.

The U-M grant is the largest given by the FDA this year to create pediatric medical devices and the second of such grants for U-M in the last two years. In 2009, the U-M Medical Innovation Center won a $2.3 million award to get the U-M Pediatric Device Consortium (M-PED) started.

The current grant will help fund work on three projects deemed by the FDA t
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