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      Dr. Singh Receives Grant

      School of Engineering Receives Academic Research Enhancement Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

      Engineering Grant

      The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded a multi-year academic research enhancement award grant to the Widener University School of Engineering.

      The School of Engineering was awarded a multi-year academic research enhancement award (AREA) grant for $417,185 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The award through the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development will provide funding for Dr. Anita Singh, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, to conduct research through the summer of 2020 in collaboration with Hahnemann Hospital and Shiners Hospitals for Children. 

      This is the second grant Singh, who joined that staff at Widener in 2014, secured from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) this year to not only support her research, but also to enhance the student learning experience. This grant-funded work will show students how they can make an impact on healthcare in America. 

      “This grant is a major accomplishment for the School of Engineering,” Singh said. “It lays a strong foundation for the research environment at Widener. We will be on the forefront of research in this particular area and there will be a number of opportunities for student involvement.”

      The grant will support Singh’s research on neonatal brachial plexus palsy, a stretch injury to the brachial plexus during the birth process, resulting in varying degrees of paralysis. It’s the first study of this kind to report cutting-edge responses of the neonatal brachial plexus at various levels that will advance treatment and prevention.

      “The mechanical nature of the brachial plexus injury warrants a collaborative approach between engineers and physicians that work together to develop preventative strategies and better treatment options,” Singh said. “This includes developing a more human-like computational model, which can be used to advance the science of obstetrical care through training and education.”

      The funding will support hands-on learning opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students at Widener.


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