Small Grants Recipients

 Here are the past recipients of the TIKTOC Small Grant Awards

FALL 2015

Deema Totah, a graduate student in the College of Engineering, is the first recipient of the $10,000 Small Grants for the Development of Technology to Support Health Management and Independence. Her project, entitled Next Generation Ankle Foot Orthosis for the Next Generation: Quantified Performance for Enhanced Efficacy and Customized Design will be funded by the University of Michigan Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC).  Ms. Totah’s project is a collaboration between the College of Engineering and the Orthotics and Prosthetics Center. Her faculty mentors are Dr. Kira Barton and Dr. Brian Kelly.


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Dr. Danielle Shapiro, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is the recipient of the Spring 2016 Small Grants award. Dr. Shapiro’s project, Using Social Media Activity to Measure Change within Individuals with Acquired Brain Injuries, will analyze teenagers’ Facebook activity to measure changes in their social processes following a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The long-term goal of the project is to develop a Facebook application that would automatically identify social changes in patients with TBI.  Clinicians could then use the data as a way to guide rehabilitation with the adolescent and their parent.


 FALL 2016

Front row, left to right: Medical students Molly Fausone, Aisling Zhao, Ilana Fisher, and Nico Gomez. Back row: Medical student Lauren Phillips, David Burke, PhD, and David Lorch, PhD.

Dr. David Burke is the recipient of the Fall 2016 $10,000 Small Grant for the Development of Technology to Support Health Management and Independence. His project, entitled Assisting Physicians with Paralysis in Performing Patient Examinations, will explore ways to develop novel, low-cost mobile digital technology with the intent to support medical and nursing students who have limited mobility. The technology will focus on making medical equipment accessible for students to train with patients and in clinical settings. Dr. Burke and Dr. David Lorch, both from the UM Department of Human Genetics, are working collaboratively with a group of second-year UM medical students. This research is funded by the UM Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center RERC). Read more here.