USF Research News

New research on outcomes and advances in assistive technologies

October 6, 2016

Clinical research, outcome measures, and innovative techniques and interventions in assistive technologies; USPTO commentary on The Cancer Moonshot; and NAI Fellow Profile on MIT’s Robert S. Langer

TAMPA, Fla. – The current special topic issue of Technology and Innovation, Journal of the National Academy of Inventors (18:2-3) (available online here), titled “Outcomes and Advances in Assistive Technologies for Rehabilitation,” contains peer-reviewed articles covering a broad range of research related to assistive technologies, including systematic reviews, clinical research, outcome measures, and innovative techniques and interventions. In addition, this issue features a USPTO commentary on the Cancer Moonshot and the NAI Fellow Profile featuring Dr. Robert S. Langer.

“This edition [of T&I] is timely in the wake of recent significant challenges with health care reimbursement,” said special issue editor and contributing author Dr. M. Jason Highsmith of the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of South Florida and the Extremity Trauma & Amputation Center of Excellence at the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense. “Specifically, third-party payors of healthcare services, citing limited quality and quantity of evidence regarding interventions provided by rehabilitation clinicians who care for patients with limb loss who use prostheses, have attempted to restructure reimbursement practices and policies.”

“It is hoped that this science will assist in the reimbursement arena with clinical decision making and that others will build on and expand on these findings to continue to push the boundaries of what can be achieved for those who use assistive technologies,” added Highsmith.

Regular Features

In “Taking Aim at Cancer,” authors James Higgins and Alex Camarota of the Office of Innovation Development, United States Patent and Trademark Office, discuss the federal effort to greatly accelerate the rate of progress in cancer treatment development over the next five years and ways to support this effort. They explain how the USPTO is launching several initiatives that leverage the role patents play in catalyzing life-saving medical treatments.

In the NAI Fellow Profile, Dr. Robert S. Langer, David H. Koch Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discusses his most recent work and weighs in on the symbiotic relationship between universities and companies in the tech transfer arena, the importance of teaching students to ask good questions as well as to give good answers, and the ongoing motivation that impels him to excellence. “It is an honor to have academic inventors like Bob Langer as Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). He represents the very spirit of innovation,” said Paul R. Sanberg, president of the NAI and co-editor-in-chief of T&I.


The National Academy of Inventors is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 3,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 200 institutions, and growing rapidly. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. The NAI offices are located in the USF Research Park in Tampa. The NAI publishes the multidisciplinary journal, Technology and Innovation.


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