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Ellen T. Roche, Biomedical Engineer
Harvard University's Ellen T. Roche, a biomedical engineer, led the remarkable progress on the robotic sleeve, giving it high potential for future application. Research done on the sleeve by the School for Engineering and Applied Sciences, Wyss Institute, and the Boston Children’s Hospital was collaboratively published in a medical journal. “United States: Soft Robotic” states that the journal was published on Jan. 18, 2017 in Science Translational Medicine with Roche as the top author. This is because her progress has changed the field of soft robotics. The “work represents an exciting proof of concept result for this soft robot, demonstrating that it can safely interact with soft tissue and lead to improvements in cardiac function. We envision many other future applications where such devices can deliver mechanotherapy both inside and outside of the body,” says Connor Walsh, a professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at SEAS (“Soft Robot Helps the Heart Beat”). Due to Roche’s success, other things that function on mechanotherapy can be backed up to be produced. In order for her to get this far, she used previous research done on different inventions for the heart.
Journal cover for Science Translational Medicine