Research Highlights

RIT Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition
Massive health care reform was on the horizon, fueled by a national challenge to deliver better quality and safety for patients while keeping costs down. It was against that backdrop that an alliance was formed between two organizations, a partnership that would focus on employing technology and collaborative clinical research to redefine health care education and delivery.
Meghan Sessler tests the resting metabolic rate of fellow student Julia Spier for coursework on exercise physiology.
Modern medicine excels at treating disease, but what about helping us avoid it in the first place?
Mariana Pinheiro
Mariana Pinheiro designs products that will make a difference for children with developmental and physical challenges. Her most recent creation, Otto, is a series of interactive instruments designed to stimulate the senses of children with low-motor coordination skills through the use of textures, sounds, vibrations, and light patterns. And it’s just one example of how RIT students and faculty are innovating with impact when it comes to the university’s commitment to access technology.
Person exhaling smoke from a hookah pipe.
Is inhaling tobacco through a hookah pipe a benign way of smoking? Many college students think so, and the perceived safety has made the water pipes increasingly popular. But RIT professor Risa Robinson, an expert in the behavior of inhaled particles, believes more research is needed to determine how this sort of inhalation method affects nicotine addiction and inhalation of carcinogens.
Barbara Lohse, Director of the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition at RIT
“Just try two bites.” “Doesn’t it taste good?” “Clean your plate.” What parent hasn’t tried to coax a child to try different foods or eat all his dinner? But those tactics actually build up resentment in the child, and RIT researchers are working with kids, parents, and teachers on better ways to approach eating and ultimately adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Interpreter in an exam room with a doctor and patient.
The first-of-its-kind degree in health care interpretation has been developed by RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. It also marks the first collaborative venture between NTID and the College of Health Sciences and Technology to create and implement a program that will take advantage of the equipment and expertise in both colleges.
Are we alone in the universe? How does the human brain develop? Can we extend the lives of breast cancer survivors? Can we “see in the dark” and through obstructions to ensure national security? Partners in the Future Photon Initiative hope to develop new photonic devices to pursue the answers.
RIT scientists made fundamental contributions to the breakthrough detection of gravitational waves—ripples in the fabric of space time—from black holes that collided 1.3 billion years ago. The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) announced the discovery earlier this year.