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Florida International Receives NSF Grant to Conduct Trial of Medical Health Avatar

A chance encounter at FIU’s Faculty Club has resulted in an exciting collaboration between faculty from FIU Stempel College and the College of Engineering & Computing on an innovative computer program that can help people to better understand a host of medical issues.


Engineering professor Dr. Christine Lisetti has developed a medical avatar, which is an interactive computer program that will stand in when doctors and nurses are not available.

After Dr. Lisetti unexpectedly shared a table at the aforementioned Faculty Club with FIU Stempel College’s Dr. Mark Williams, he became fascinated with her research. As a part of the Health Policy & Management faculty, he offered to help Dr. Lisetti put together a clinical trial.

So far, their collaboration has proven successful. Dr. Williams and Dr. Lisetti submitted their idea to the National Science Foundation and received a $497,000 grant to conduct the trial. They are expecting to start testing the program in a clinical setting early next year.

Read out more about the Medical Health Avatar and watch the video on FIU News: