Improving health care focus of partnerships with St. Joseph, UMF, UMM, Dartmouth

The University of Maine is leading multi-institution efforts to provide physicians with tools to help aging people avoid falls and to detect biomarkers associated with pancreatic cancer.

Directed by UMaine engineering professor John Vetelino, researchers at UMaine, the University of Maine at Farmington and the University of Maine at Machias are collaborating with St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor.

“We wanted to know how the sensor technology that we are developing at UMaine could contribute to health care in Maine and beyond from the viewpoint of physicians and health care providers,” Vetelino says.

UMaine researchers and students initially met with St. Joseph doctors and caregivers and determined that a sensor system that collected data about the gait and fall risk of aging adults could make a significant and immediate beneficial impact.

In addition, UMaine and Dartmouth College researchers have begun collaborating on a sensor system to detect biomarkers associated with pancreatic cancer.

For more information, visit the UMaine Research website.

Contact: Christel Peters, 581.3571