Month: April 2020

Dr. Laurencin and Graduate Students Design and Patent Custom Fit Masks for Healthcare Employees

Under the direction of Dr. Laurencin, graduate students of the CT Convergence Institute, Amir Seyedsalehi and Godwin Dzidotor, are filling the COVID-19 mask void by utilizing cutting edge technology to create custom fit masks for ICU staff at UConn Health. Each student uses their own customization approach which aims to mimic the optimal protective qualities that N95 respirators provide. The prototypes are actively being used at UConn Health as of last Thursday, and final designs will be released to the ICU staff over the coming weeks.

Design #1

Amir mask fitting

Amir’s custom design is a mask frame (exoskeleton) which is worn on top of the conventional surgical mask to fit the face perfectly and seal from external air with potential virus particles. The frames are custom designed to fit the contour of each individual’s face. This process is achieved beginning with a “mask fitting session” in which the employee gets photos taken of their face, one portrait and one profile. Amir then uploads the images to a facial recognition software which then generates the customized 3D printed model.

Design # 2

Godwin mask fitting

Godwin’s design is also a mask frame (exoskeleton) which is worn over the conventional surgical mask. This design sets itself apart in that these are semi-custom fit masks, meant for mass production.  Godwin is working on developing a variety of different sizes, such as small, medium, large etc. The idea is to eliminate the one-size-fits-all notion, and create a more customized feel. This prototype process can be compared to distributing clothing in a department store.

Both designs have patents in process and plans for mass production. The tangible 3D creations are made possible thanks to a machine shop at the UConn School of Engineering.

On behalf of the Connecticut Convergence Institute, we would like to thank all of our fellow healthcare professionals who are working around the clock to help keep our community safe.

Dr. Laurencin Delivers Lunch to ICU Staff

As a display of gratitude, this afternoon, Dr. Laurencin, Mrs. Laurencin and the Hartford Golf Club purchased and delivered lunch to the UConn Health Intensive Care Unit staff. Dr. Laurencin is a longtime member of the Hartford Golf Club, and together they offered their resources and time to ensure that the ICU staff was well fed today. The entire Connecticut Convergence Institute team is deeply grateful to all of the healthcare heroes who are working around the clock to keep our communities safe. 

Stay safe everybody!

Dr. Laurencin Discusses Health Disparities and COVID-19 on Major Media Outlets

In reaction to the recent release of his paper titled The COVID-19 Pandemic: A Call to Action to Identify and Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities, Dr. Laurencin has been contacted by various local media outlets for follow up interviews. Below are segments from WFSB and FOX 61 news.

FOX 61 LMG

FOX 61 COVID Pool Testing

FOX 61 Special- Being Black in America

WFSB

Johnson & Johnson Live Stream #2

Johnson and Johnson Live Stream

WTNH

NBC CT

FOX 61 #1

FOX 61 #2

WFSB Segment

CT Insider Article