Research & Development

Research is ubiquitous at the Simulation and Integrative Learning Institute.

Please use the links to the left for examples of funded research, publications, presentations and innovations.

Award-Winning Presentations

Research and development efforts at SAIL result in local, national, and international presentations, including three award-winning abstracts and presentations in 2015:

First Place Award for Technology Innovation Abstract

Luciano C, Van meter A, Matulaquaskas M, Kania P, Banerjee P, Yudkowsky R: Haptic augmented reality lumbar puncture simulator: pilot evaluation (Abstract) Simulation in Healthcare 2015; 10:473.

Certificate of Distinction Award

Wang S, Shadrake L, Milena L, Hajwa K, Hernandez C: Improving Dermatology Residents’ Communication Skills with Non-English Speaking Patients via Collaboration with Medical Interpreter Services. Poster and oral presentation presented at the 23rd World Congress of Dermatology, Vancouver, Canada, June 2015.

First Place Poster Award​

Nathan JB, May A, Volpe K, Bock K, Hurm M, Kiser R, Shadrake L, Zar FA, Blitzstein SM, Fox GS: C.A.R.E.S.: Clinicians
Acting to Reinforce Empathic Skill. Poster presented at the UIC Quality and Safety Fair, Chicago, IL, November 2015.

Society For Simulation in Healthcare
1st Place – Research Abstract Award in 2012

The research was to develop and pilot a library of virtual brains developed for the Immersive Touch simulator, have neurosurgery residents practice on the simulator, and measure outcomes both on the simulator and in live surgery.

The research was funded by AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality), and conducted in SAIL by an interdisciplinary team including faculty from SAIL, Department of Medical Education, and Department of Neurosurgery in the COM, from the College of Engineering, and from the UIC Institute for Patient Safety Excellence.

Yudkowsky R, Luciano C, Banerjee P, Alaraj A, Lemole M, Schwartz A, Charbel F, Smith K, Rizzi S: Ventriculostomy Practice on a Library of Virtual Brains Using a VR/Haptic Simulator Improves Simulator and Surgical Outcomes. Simulation in Healthcare, 2011; 6(6):395