Charlene Chu recognized with Connaught Innovation Award
Assistant Professor Charlene Chu of the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing has received a Connaught Innovation Award for the development of Nightingale.ai, a smartphone-based application that will increase access to gold-standard rehabilitation after orthopedic surgery.
Leah Cowen, U of T’s vice-president, research and innovation, and strategic initiatives, praised Chu for her innovative work.
“Professor Chu’s work is cutting-edge,” she says. “With Nightingale.ai, her team will apply data-driven research to increase patient access to rehabilitation, mobilize post-surgery care, and ultimately improve health system efficiency.”
With support from the Connaught Fund, the Connaught Innovation Awards recognize research that helps accelerate the development and commercialization of promising technologies. Projects were selected for their strong socio-economic and commercial potential, and because they are expected to make a positive impact on society.
There are 12 additional Connaught Innovation Award recipients across the university – nine from the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, and one each from U of T Mississauga, the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and the Temerty Faculty of Medicine.