David Van Sickle, PhD
The work of David Van Sickle, PhD, as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Wisconsin enabled him to start developing a new generation of medical devices that have public health benefits. In particular, he created a device to track the time and location that asthma inhalers are used (Asthmapolis.com).
With his new device, Van Sickle hopes to improve the management of asthma and to map inhaler use in order to better understand the environmental exposures that trigger asthma symptoms. Recently he has been working on the design and development of an open-source, very low-cost spirometer (OpenSpirometry.org), and has launched a project to bring public health surveillance and epidemiology to high school classrooms (EpiLab.org).