Pri-Med Midwest

Rosemont, IL | October 30-November 2, 2019

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Soft Electronics for the Human Body


Biological systems are mechanically soft, with complex, time-dependent 3D curvilinear shapes; modern electronic technologies are rigid, with simple, static 2D layouts. Eliminating this profound mismatch in physical properties will create vast opportunities in man-made systems that can integrate with the human body intimately--for diagnostic, therapeutic, or surgical function--with important, unique capabilities in biomedical research and clinical healthcare. Over the last decade, a convergence of new concepts in materials science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and advanced manufacturing has led to the emergence of diverse, novel classes of "biocompatible" electronic systems with skin-like physical properties. This talk will describe key ideas and present some of the most recent device examples, including wireless, battery-free skin-integrated devices with applications in maternal, fetal, and neonatal care; in sleep monitoring; and in tracking of patients with aphasia and dysphagia.

Learning Objectives

Describe technology trends in digital health monitoring

Recognize the latest in clinical applications of body-integrated electronics


John A. Rogers, PhD

John A. Rogers is the Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Medicine at Northwestern University, with affiliate appointments in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer En...

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