Engineering better tools for surgeons treating gastroschisis, a serious birth defect
About the department
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) is a private university founded in 1961 by a group of students and professors who opposed the politicization of Peru’s public universities.
In 2017, UPCH and the Pontificia Universidad de Católica de Perú (PUCP) joined forces to create a joint program in Biomedical Engineering. The new BSc training program is the first of its kind in Peru. Students takes courses both at UPCH and PUCP in the same semester, with full access to the labs and professors at both universities. Both institutions are also involved with the program’s required independent research component.
Impact on development
By promoting new techniques for addressing a fatal birth defect, the department is helping increase life expectancy in Peru.
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Why Seeding Labs?
Concerned with solving problems, biomedical engineering has great potential to transform healthcare systems and delivery at every level. Peru currently lags behind its Latin American peers in number of qualified biomedical engineers. UPCH needs equipment to expand and adapt existing engineering laboratory capabilities to support the nation’s first biomedical engineering program for undergraduates.
Did you know?
The department established Peru’s first training program in biomedical engineering.