CREST Partners Featured in Medical Training Magazine

Jason Speich, CREST Artificial Tissue Lab Director, with a prototype of the Advanced Modular Manikin.  Photo credit:

Jason Speich, CREST Artificial Tissue Lab Director, with a prototype of the Advanced Modular Manikin.

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Dr. Robert Sweet was recently interviewed by Group Editor of Medical Training Magazine, Marty Kauchak, about the latest updates on The Advanced Modular Manikin™ project. AMM™ is a Department of Defense funded project, driven by the UW Medicine Center for Research in Education and Simulation Technologies (CREST).

The AMM program is creating open-source standards that will allow healthcare simulation and training development groups to build training devices and enabling systems, which are interoperable and unified by the operating system. Dr. Robert Sweet, the AMM Phase 2 principal investigator, reflected on the genesis of AMM and noted: “It was a brilliant and timely move by JPC-1. I think it will allow the healthcare simulation industry to mature and evolve more rapidly as far as leveraging the capabilities of the greater community, rather than being ‘siloed’ within companies or academic labs that have fixed configuration options, different standards and limited functionality.”

Read the article here.

Welcome Eduardo Martín Palavecino, MD, FACS


Welcome Eduardo Martín Palavecino, MD, FACS, our newest WISH ACS AEI Simulation Fellow*. Dr. Palavecino comes to us from the Hospital Italiano School Medicine in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There, he serves as a Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary surgeon, Assistant Faculty member, and coordinator in the surgical simulation center.

In his time with UW Medicine WISH, Dr. Palavecino will be involved in development research in his clinical foci, setting up and training surgical courses at all WISH sites, learning and developing administrative skills, and developing and performing validity trials and designing curricula.

In his personal time, Dr. Palavecino enjoys literature (favorite authors include Umberto Eco and Jorge Luis Borges), traveling (totaling 36 countries, 266 cities, 1.1 million km), music (favorites artists are Radiohead and Sergei Rachmaninoff) and having fun with friends and colleagues.

*Dr. Palavecino is an Assistant Professor at the Hospital Italiano School of Medicine, and therefore is not technically a fellow. Dr. Palavecino is officially in the role of Visiting Assistant Professor with the Department of Surgery.

WISH, CREST, & UW Bioengineering Host Intriguing Lecture - 3D Printing Functional Materials & Devices

3D Printing Functional Materials & Devices

The development of methods for interfacing high performance functional devices with biology could impact regenerative medicine, smart prosthetics, and human-machine interfaces. The ability to three-dimensionally interweave biological and functional materials could enable the creation of devices possessing unique geometries, properties, and functionalities. 3D printing is a multi-scale platform, allowing for the incorporation of functional nanoscale inks, the printing of microscale features, and ultimately the creation of macroscale devices. This three-dimensional blending of functional materials and ‘living’ platforms may enable next-generation 3D printed devices.

Michael C. McAlpine is the Benjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He received a B.S. in Chemistry with honors from Brown University, a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University, and was Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University (2008-2015). His research is focused on 3D printing functional materials & devices, including the three-dimensional interweaving of biological and electronic materials.