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Science Policy UROP: Exploring the Science and Policies of DIY Medical Technologies


Term:

Summer

Department:

HST: Health Sciences and Technology

Faculty Supervisor:

Jose Gomez-Marquez

Faculty email:

jfgm@mit.edu

Apply by:

5/6/2020

Contact:

jfgm@mit.edu and 617.816.1943

Project Description

UPDATE: Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our UROPs are working remotely. However, we have over 10 years of experience in creating remote research environments, so we are making sure every one of our students has the most rewarding hands-on experience while working remotely. You will receive a full working set of materials, specially designed research construction kits, and close support to make your summer research experience great! Work closely with DIY medical device developers and assist in exploring the legal, ethical, and sociotechnical drivers that affect the development of informal medical device development. You will be part of a team analyzing and uncovering information from the MakerNurse project, our network of medical makerspaces, the Fair Trade medtech initiative, and the Open Diagnostics Project. Contribute to our understanding of how underground networks of creators are changing medicine and biotech and learn about the tools that make it happen. We will measure disparities in access to life saving medical devices and the create scenarios involving real world tools developed in ours labs that can address them.

Pre-requisites

Prerequisites: An interest in medical device, maker culture, and democratized fabrication. Experience in literature reviews, data gathering and analysis, and an writing ideal.