North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has joined the Center for Inte­gra­tion of Med­i­cine and Inno­v­a­tive Tech­nology (CIMIT), a pio­neering con­sor­tium of teaching hos­pi­tals, research lab­o­ra­to­ries, and engi­neering schools in the Boston area. Northeastern’s excel­lence in use-​​inspired research across mul­tiple areas of sci­en­tific dis­covery will advance the consortium’s mis­sion to make a pro­found impact on grand chal­lenges in health care through engi­neering solutions.

The greatest inno­va­tions are born from the col­lab­o­ra­tion of sci­en­tific dis­covery, tech­no­log­ical break­through and com­mer­cial imple­men­ta­tion,” said North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun, who is joining CIMIT’s exec­u­tive com­mittee. “Northeastern’s ambi­tious research port­folio in areas of health, nan­otech­nology and engi­neering will be crit­ical to the suc­cess of the inno­va­tions cre­ated by this partnership.”

Tap­ping into Northeastern’s inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research strengths, including nanomed­i­cine, sensing and imaging, neu­roin­for­matics, health­care sys­tems engi­neering, and robotics, the col­lab­o­ra­tion builds upon the University’s research pri­or­i­ties that lead to break­throughs in health, secu­rity and sus­tain­ability. Most recently, North­eastern has been des­ig­nated as a Center of Cancer Nan­otech­nology Excel­lence by the National Cancer Institute.

CIMIT acts as an infra­struc­ture to enable inter-​​institutional col­lab­o­ra­tion between sci­en­tists, engi­neers and clin­i­cians, and helps fund early-​​stage, high-​​risk ideas in the first phase of inno­va­tion. Through this mem­ber­ship, North­eastern will build upon its robust net­work of existing clin­ical part­ner­ships by forging new col­lab­o­ra­tions in trans­la­tional research. In addi­tion, the part­ner­ship will present new oppor­tu­ni­ties for under­grad­uate and grad­uate stu­dents in areas such as co-​​op, research, and the cap­stone program.

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity brings addi­tional excel­lence in bio­med­ical engi­neering into the con­sor­tium,” said John A. Par­rish, M.D., exec­u­tive director and chief exec­u­tive officer of CIMIT. “This oppor­tu­nity to col­lab­o­rate more closely with research fac­ulty at North­eastern offers addi­tional state-​​of-​​the-​​art tech­nology and engi­neering research resources for clinically-​​based inno­va­tors in the Boston area. In the years ahead, we look for­ward to working with many North­eastern sci­en­tists and engi­neers as we pursue our shared goal of finding novel solu­tions to improve patient care.”

North­eastern joins CIMIT’s other con­sor­tium mem­bers: Beth Israel Dea­coness Med­ical Center, Boston Med­ical Center, Boston Uni­ver­sity, Brigham and Women’s Hos­pital, Children’s Hos­pital Boston, Charles Stark Draper Lab­o­ra­tory, Har­vard Med­ical School, Mass­a­chu­setts Gen­eral Hos­pital, Mass­a­chu­setts Insti­tute of Tech­nology, Newton-​​Wellesley Hos­pital, Part­ners Health­Care, and VA Boston Health­care System.