February 10, 2021

Dr. Claire Kalpakjian's UM PROWHD team collaborates with student group MedLaunch

Dr. Claire Kalpakjian's UM Program for Research on Women's Health and Disability (UM PROWHD) is currently serving as a community partner for a team of students involved in the student organization, MedLaunch.

The MedLaunch Periods Made Simple team is working with UM PROWHD to design a product to help individuals with limited mobility manage their periods. This partnership and the design process and next steps were discussed in a recent Medium.com article. Read more here: Switching Gears: From Sensing Period Flow to Menstrual Pad Placement.

Claire Kalpakjian

Claire Kalpakjian, PhD

Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Associate Chair for Research
Co-Director of the Practice-Oriented Research Training Program, MICHR
Board Member, Medical Institutional Review Board (IRBMED)
Research Non-Clinical Psychologist



UM Program for Research on Women’s Health and Disability (UM PROWHD) is a group of researchers from fields such as rehabilitation psychology, neuropsychology, gynecology, and social work working together to examine important concerns related to women’s health specifically for women with disabilities. Based within Michigan Medicine’s Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, they hope to reduce barriers and empower women with disabilities by conducting research and sharing the results with patients and health care providers.


Who is MedLaunch?

MedLaunch is a community of students at the University of Michigan passionate about healthcare and biomedical innovation. Students of different backgrounds from Engineering, LSA, STAMPS, the School of Music, and many more participate in a year-long Biodesign Challenge to work on developing assistive technology for local community partners with disabilities, in order to solve problems commonly faced by these individuals. MedLaunch has enabled students to become leaders on campus and connect with people who are curious and want to make a difference, so that together we can make the world a healthier place.