Biomedical Engineering Research & Development Center
The Biomedical Engineering Research and Development Center (生醫工程研發中心) at the China Medical University and Hospital was established in August 2009. The center focuses on conducting translational research in biomedical electronics, developing medical instrumentation originating from clinical needs, and eventually, promoting and marketing the developed medical instruments. With such goals in mind, we tightly integrate research and development personnel from both engineering and the biomedical sciences to bridge the gap between these otherwise non-overlapping fields.
We have recently devised a brain-computer-interface (BCI)-controlled neurorehabilitation apparatus based on a rehabilitation device used in clinical practice—the table bike. This BCI-controlled neurorehab device is capable of detecting the sensorimotor rhythm (SMR) EEG features from stroke patients to control the “on” and “off” positions of the table bike, so as to force the stroke patients to plug their brain into the stroke rehabilitation process. Indeed, given the limited control they have over their 4 limbs, brain EEG signals might be the optimal way for children with cerebral palsy (CP) to interact with their environment, which would include activities such as playing a video game. The same mechanism was thus applied to a BCI-controlled video game for children with CP for training their attention span while they are playing the game. With such BCI-based neurorehab devices, we wish to largely improve the progress of the rehabilitation process and, more importantly, to improve patients’ quality of life.
With a grant from the National Science Council and Department of Health, we were also able to develop a hyper-spectrum-based cancer tissue screening system. Currently, we are conducting a series of tests on dissected tumor tissues from both oral cancer patients and animal models.
Because our nursing department has indicated that patients’ falling from beds or onto the floor is the number one adverse event inside a hospital, we have developed and experimented an in-bed position-monitoring mattress to predict and detect when patients leave their beds. This mattress has been so successful that we have attracted a company to license our granted patents for mass-production in the near future.
To further expand the service territory of our hospital, we plan to pioneer a brand new type of telemedicine service at our hospital in the future. To achieve our center missions, we have worked hard to uncover the talents of our members (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, clinicians, physicians, and engineers) and to show their brilliant inventions—often inspired by their daily services—to potential prototyping providers and manufacturers, such as the members of the Alliance of Innovation in Traditional Industry (AITI) in Taichung. In so doing, we hope to help CMUH members transform their ideas into reality and, most importantly, to improve the quality of our patient care.