Technologies in Healthcare

BIOE 273: Biodesign for Mobile Health
Course directors: Marta Zanchi, Paul Wang, Paul Yock

This seminar examines the emerging Mobile Health industry. Mobile Health (mHealth, or, wireless health) is the provision of health services and information via mobile technologies such as mobile phones and wearable sensors. Innovations in this area promise solutions to the need for universal access to affordable and effective health care by enabling consumers to take charge of their health, creating affordable ways to manage aging and chronic conditions, moving care from the hospital into the home, improving treatment options by providing transparency of measurable clinical outcomes, and shifting the focus from “sick care” to “health improvement” and prevention. Faculty from Stanford University and other academic institutions and guest lecturers from the Mobile Health industry and entrepreneurial community will discuss the driving needs, opportunities and challenges that characterize the emerging Mobile Health innovation landscape, and present an overview of the technologies, initiatives and companies that are already transforming the way we access health care today. Read more.

BIOMEDIN 206: Informatics in Industry
Course Organizers: Nikesh Kotecha and Nigam Shah
Course Sponsor: Russ Altman

Effective management, modeling, acquisition, and mining of biomedical information has become a crucial and strategic arm of today's healthcare and biotechnology companies. This seminar series explores the approaches to information management adopted by industry leaders. Speakers are invited to share their experience and insights into providing (and working with) health information for consumers, clinicians and researchers. Read more.

CS 379L/PoliSci 337T/Law 498: Designing Liberation Technologies
Instructors: Joshua Cohen, Terry Winograd, Zu Yusuf

In this course, small interdisciplinary project teams work jointly with students from the University of Nairobi and local NGOs in Kenya to design new technologies for promoting development and health. Some students will travel with faculty to Nairobi over Spring break to do initial need finding with our partners. They will form the nuclei of six teams which will continue to collaborate with our partners throughout the quarter to conduct observations and interviews, identify needs, generate concepts, create prototypes, and test their use. At the end of the quarter, students will present their projects to a panel including partner representatives who come to Stanford to review the projects and identify possibilities for further development. During the summer, students from projects that are identified as having potential for further development and deployment will travel to Kenya to take the next steps towards further testing, pilot studies, and feasibility studies in preparation for long-term project implementation. The starting point for the projects is to find innovative ways to use mobile applications in areas of health, education and economic development. In addition to the regular teaching team, students will work with coaches from local industry and staff from the d.school. Read more.

ME 382 A/B: Biomedical Engineering in Research and Development
Instructor: Thomas Andriacchi

This project-based course will cover the application of engineering methods to real world biomedical problems ranging from translational biomedical research to medical device design. Topics will include the emerging importance of preventative strategies, and the biomedical challenges of an aging population. A key element of the course will be the identification of the underlying scientific principles (computational and/or experimental) for solving biomedical problems. The students will gain experience in the formation of project teams; interdisciplinary communication skills; forming testable hypothesis with biological, anatomical, and physiological considerations; testing standards for medical devices; regulatory issues; and intellectual property. Read more.


CHEMENG 450: Advances in Biotechnology

Instructors: L. Hwang and J. Schwartz

This course engages guest academic and industrial speakers to explore the latest developments in fields such as bioenergy, green process technology, production of industrial chemicals from renewable resources, protein pharmaceutical production, industrial enzyme production, stem cell applications, medical diagnostics, and medical imaging. It also covers biotechnology ethics, business and patenting issues, and entrepreneurship in biotechnology. Read more.

CSB 240A/B: A Practical Approach to Drug Discovery and Development
Course Organizers: Kevin Grimes and Daria Mochly-Rosen

Advancing a drug from discovery of a therapeutic target to human trials and commercialization. Topics include: high throughput assay development, compound screening, lead optimization, protecting intellectual property, toxicology testing, regulatory issues, assessment of clinical need, defining the market, conducting clinical trials, project management, and commercialization issues, including approach to licensing and raising capital. Read more.


CSB 244:
Drug Discovery and Development: A Case-Based Approach
Course organizers:  TBD

Introductory course covering the basics of drug discovery and development. Topics include target identification and validation; identification of small molecule compounds that modulate the target of interest; properties of a drug development candidate; drug formulation, absorption, and pharmacokinetics; preclinical safety studies; drug manufacturing and quality assurance; human testing for safety and efficacy; and regulatory issues. [Not available in academic 2012-13.]