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AzCIM/IPW Team Project Part of Winning DoD Proposal

University of Arizona researchers are part of a national team selected to further flexible hybrid electronics research that could reshape entire industries, from the electronic wearable devices market, to medical health monitoring systems, to the ubiquitous sensing of the world around us.

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded FlexTech Alliance, the organization the UA has been working with since 2013, a cooperative agreement to establish and manage a Manufacturing Innovation Institute, or MII, for Flexible Hybrid Electronics, or FHE MII. "This announcement attests to the high quality of our faculty and our alignment with the pressing needs of our nation's manufacturing sector," said Kimberly Andrews Espy, senior vice president for research at the UA. "The UA has a long, distinguished record of partnering with industry to positively impact our nation's current and future needs." The work of the UA team—led by the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, or AzCIM, research team and including faculty from health sciences, engineering and optical sciences—was the top demonstration project listed in the winning FHE MII proposal. Read More >>

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Casey M. Lindberg, PhD, M.Arch, a post-doctoral research associate at the UAIPW demonstrates the use of a small heart rate sensor used to non-invasively measure the health and stress response of participants in a range of built environments.
Research Assistant Professor Min Jia and IPW director Esther Sternberg, MD, review data.
Pictured: Min Jia, Research Assistant Professor; Esther Sternberg, MD, Director of the Institute on Place and Wellbeing and Perry Skeath, PhD, Assistant Director of Research, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
Research programs at the UA Institute on Place and Wellbeing investigate ways to measure stress.

The University of Arizona Institute on Place and Wellbeing (UAIPW) seeks to redefine human health to fully encompass the role of the built and green environment in health and wellbeing, through research, education, practice, and policy change.

An interdisciplinary institute at the University of Arizona (UA), the UAIPW links expertise of the UA College of Medicine -- Tucson, the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM), and the UA College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture, actualizing the university's commitment to a vision of human health that fully encompasses the role of the built and natural environment in health, wellbeing and healing. Through cutting edge research the UAIPW is taking person-centered health to the next frontier--"Person and Place-Centered Health and Wellbeing.