BIRD Current Research Projects

Overview

The building blocks of prosthetics come in many materials, shapes, and sizes. To create lightweight yet sturdy prosthetics, we explore 3D printing in plastic, carbon fiber, steel, and titanium. In addition, we investigate different methods of actuation such as miniature 3D printed gearboxes for fingers and twisted coil polymers. While some of these parts may look like something out of Star Wars, these are more than just computer-generated images. These prosthetics are real and they work for real people.  

Task-shifting children's mental health treatment to classroom teachers

Date: 1/1/18 - 12/31/18
Principal Researchers: Matergia, M. Location: India

Michael Matergia, MD, Senior Investigator at the Center for Global Health, Colorado School of Public Health, is a co-investigator on this project. Ten to twenty percent of all children suffer from a diagnosable mental health condition, the
majority of which will remain undiagnosed and untreated. Innovative care models are urgently needed to address this challenge. We are conducting a trial to establish the feasibility of training classroom teachers to deliver evidence-based mental health care as a first step in overcoming the treatment gap and increasing access to care for children in resource-limited settings. This intervention is being  tested in rural primary schools of the Darjeeling Himalayas of India. This project will be completed in December 2018.

BIRD Past Research Projects

Task-shifting children's mental health treatment to classroom teachers

Date: 1/1/18 - 12/31/18
Principal Researchers: Matergia, M. Location: India

Michael Matergia, MD, Senior Investigator at the Center for Global Health, Colorado School of Public Health, is a co-investigator on this project. Ten to twenty percent of all children suffer from a diagnosable mental health condition, the
majority of which will remain undiagnosed and untreated. Innovative care models are urgently needed to address this challenge. We are conducting a trial to establish the feasibility of training classroom teachers to deliver evidence-based mental health care as a first step in overcoming the treatment gap and increasing access to care for children in resource-limited settings. This intervention is being  tested in rural primary schools of the Darjeeling Himalayas of India. This project will be completed in December 2018.