At the University of Cincinnati, we measure success through the metrics of innovation, impact, and inclusion. It’s a mindset that takes classroom equations into the community—for powerful results.

And nowhere is it exemplified more than by our faculty—dedicated people like Dr. Chris Lewis, professor of medicine and founder, Village Life Outreach Project. As a young medical school graduate with an interest in global health, he traveled to Tanzania with visions of giving back. Instead, he discovered that he had much to learn about the needs, values and vision of this special community.

Sixteen years and 20 trips later, Lewis and more than 500 UC students, faculty and volunteers have continued to partner with Tanzanian villagers to create improved living conditions and outcomes. And the most important lesson of these life-changing experiences? They’re also changing the world.

Sustainable solutions. Global Impact.

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And that’s exactly what University of Cincinnati design professor Claudia Rebola built when she and her team of graduate students created Anti-OD, a naloxone-dispensing smart device.

After joining UC’s faculty in 2017, Rebola was surprised by the crippling extent of the area’s opioid crisis—and quickly became determined to take action. Thinking beyond the classroom or a research paper, Rebola went to work on a “simple design intervention” which included an informational component to help the public recognize the signs of an overdose.

Modeled after accessible equipment such as fire extinguishers and defibrillators, Anti-OD is a three-step process providing access, knowledge, and empowerment. And most important, life-saving medicine to overdose victims.

Real-world solutions. Urban impact.

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Or tracking fertility or improving wellness. University of Cincinnati professor and Venture Lab leader Jason Heikenfeld has developed a wearable biosensor that promises to do just that. It’s the world’s first continuous-testing monitor that samples sweat as effectively as blood—without needles or invasive procedures.

Heikenfeld’s breakthrough research suggests that sweat can provide virtually the same information as blood, allowing doctors to easily and more comfortably track a patient’s condition over time.

It’s one of the many inspired inventions supported by UC’s new 1819 Innovation Hub — a place where researchers and corporate leaders come together to turn bold ideas into new products and solutions. It’s where industry meets university. And it’s where next begins.

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