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A Novel Solution For Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea




HST: Health Sciences and Technology

Faculty Supervisor:

Ellen Roche

Faculty email:


Apply by:

March 15th 2020



Project Description

Ever had poor sleep? How did you feel the next day? Imagine this happened every night. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a common chronic sleep disorder where a person stops breathing repetitively through the night placing strain on the body that can lead to high blood pressure, heart attack and death. Most don't tolerate current treatment which involves high pressure air continuously forced down the throat to stop these obstructions. Our goal is to develop a novel device using a different approach to help people sleep without obstruction, yet is comfortable to use regularly with minimal impact on the sleep environment. This work is being carried out in Professor Roche's lab (http://ttdd.mit.edu) and is part of the MIT Catalyst program (https://catalyst.mitlinq.org) that seeks to use biomedical innovation to address important health needs. You will work with a team of innovative physicians and engineers to design and develop the next generation of OSA therapy and potentially impact a large number of untreated patients.


Experience with CAD software, 3D printing and design is helpful but not necessary. More important is a willingness to learn new techniques and a drive to have an impact in health care technology.