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The 2019 Women in Technology Award Honorees Announced

Recognizing nine outstanding women in New Mexico’s STEM fields on March 28, 2019
View the awards ceremony.

Putting Ideas to Work

Mirage Spring 2019 - The UNM Alumni Association biannual publication

Limitless Socket Designed to Help Amputees Heal

Usually months elapse between below-knee amputation surgery and the time that the patient is able to be up and moving about on a prosthesis or artificial leg.

But a device designed by a team of University of New Mexico students promises to significantly reduce that time and enhance the healing process ... Read More>

Prosthetics Project Offers Hope, More Affordable Devices

Two years ago, Edie Steinhoff, a marketing and publications coordinator at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, was completing a do-it-yourself project when she lost all of her fingers on her left hand.
As a result of the injury, she said she was no longer able to complete everyday actions, such as hanging a photograph or using a standard computer keyboard like she used to ... Read More>

Orthopaedic Biomedical and Biomechanical student wins 1st place in LoboBites Graduate Student Competition

Emma Garcia, not only defended her Master’s project with distinction the same week as winning 1st place in the LoboBites graduate student competition. She was 1 of 41 finalist from all graduate programs across campus, and beat out everyone with this excellent 3 minute summary of our research on bone-ligament tissue engineering being done in the lab. As the winner, she receives a paid trip to Tucson, AZ in the Spring to present at the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students annual meeting, representing UNM.

Research Division issued patent for innovative meshplate

An adaptive surgical device invented several years ago by a team of researchers with The University of New Mexico’s Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation for improved support and healing of knee, elbow and sternum fractures has been issued a United States patent. The design team now seeks to license and manufacture the mesh plate as a viable alternative device for treating fractured bone that underlies a thin layer of soft tissue ... Read More>

3-D printers studied as new hand option

Researchers at the University of New Mexico’s Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation are studying how to use 3-D printer technology to create low-cost artificial hands and fingers for pediatric patients who quickly outgrow their custom-fitted prosthetics ... Read More>

UNM orthopedics research team contributes to "Biodesign" class award

A Biodesign course launched at the University of New Mexico this past fall has resulted in a $50,000 National Institutes of Health award aimed at translating university inventions into commercial products for medical practitioners. Administered by UNM’s Clinical & Translational Science Center, the award is being equally split between two Biodesign teams - one led by Christina Salas, PhD, an assistant professor in the UNM Orthopaedics Research Division who also serves as a faculty appointee in mechanical engineering ... Read More>

‘Biodesign’ course teams UNM engineering students, faculty with UNM physician

A new three-credit course at the University of New Mexico School of Engineering is giving two student teams the chance to shadow a trauma surgeon, identify clinical problems and brainstorm solutions that could lead to research funding of up to $50,000, plus a patent application ... Read More>

UNM Orthopaedics Investigates 'Smart' Surgical Tools

The University of New Mexico’s (UNM) Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation is using high-tech drill sensors, motion-capture technology and haptic feedback to monitor orthopaedic surgery training as participants in an unprecedented research study to ensure quality improvements in surgical training. The study’s long-term goal is to capture data from residents-in-training and experienced faculty alike using smart surgical tools at medical schools throughout the Southwest over a five-year period.

Historically orthopaedic training has been conducted in the operating room – effective for simple fractures, but riskier in complicated cases. However, in 2013 the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American Medical Association’s Residency Review Committee for Orthopaedic Surgery ... Read More>


Hands-on Workshop to Encourage Young Women Into Orthopaedics and Engineering

Despite the fact that a rising number of females now enter medical and graduate school, only 12 percent of the faculty in orthopaedics and 7 percent of today’s practicing orthopedists are women, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. UNM’s Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation is trying to boost that statistic by annually hosting the nationally renowned Perry Initiative Outreach Program at the UNM Health Sciences Center. UNM Orthopaedics invites 40 female high school students, grades 10 and up from throughout New Mexico, who have an interest in engineering, orthopedic surgery or medicine to apply for participation ... Read More>

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