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Dr. Webster Awarded Over $200K to Accelerate ITN-Funded Simulation Project

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Dr. Roger Webster of Millersville University and Dr. Joseph Sassani of the Penn State College of Medicine have been awarded a $213,550.00 grant from Department of Defense for development of an "Ocular Trauma MicroSurgical Simulator". This builds on earlier work, simulating cataract surgery, which was funded by an ITN Seed Assistance Grant.

They and their team will design a simulator that can be utilized to refresh the microsurgical skills of the experienced ophthalmic surgeons, and to train medical residents, specifically, in the repair of wounds of the cornea and sclera. The open architecture of the system will facilitate its adoption for other types of microsurgical simulation. Development includes the hardware platform, input devices, and software. Other advantages come from the use of “off the shelf” components to contain cost and to facilitate repairs in the field, compactness, portability, and adaptability.