Discoveries Magazine



From Idea to Innovation

Every novel idea from a scientist’s imagination holds the potential to help countless people around the world, making the route from discovery to delivery critical. Enter the Cedars-Sinai Technology Transfer Office, which brings researchers’ innovations to the marketplace. The tech Read On

Innovation 9: (Out on) a Better Limb

The next step in prosthetic technology revolutionizes mobility for one amputee—and may help countless others. Thanks to an innovative new technique that increases stability and range of motion in prosthetics, Chris Rowles enjoys renewed confidence and mobility. Photo: Max Gerber Read On

Innovation 4: The Smart Hospital Room

Cedars-Sinai aims to boldly go where few medical centers have gone before. Discoveries asked Patricia “Peachy” Hain, MSN, RN, executive director of Medical and Surgical Nursing Services—and an ardent Star Trek fan—to imagine the ideal hospital room, with innovations already Read On

Short List of Failed Innovations

Some drugs and devices catapult medical science into previously unfathomable heights of greatness. Others, not so much. Here, an incomplete collection of treatments that failed, sooner or later.

Innovation 8: Pro Solutions to Antibiotics Problems

Medicine is supposed to move in just one direction—forward. But the growing problem of antibiotic resistance threatens to take us back to darker ages of medical care by triggering outbreaks of infections once easily cured. Fortunately, the days of resistant Read On

Innovation 7: A Very Patient Device

A hockey-puck sized assistant aims to smarten up the patient experience. Illustration: Jan Feindt Virtual personal assistants perch in our homes, eager to indulge our whims and curiosities: “Alexa, play me a song”; “Siri, should I bring an umbrella?” The Read On

Innovation 10: The XR Files

Virtual reality, augmented reality, and other forms of video immersion—collectively known as extended reality or “XR”—promise to revolutionize medicine. TRAINING GROUND Just as flight simulation experience prepares pilots, XR could heighten future medical training. Cedars-Sinai is experimenting with “mixed reality” Read On

Innovation 3: The Mundane and the Fantastic

Photo: Max Gerber Mark Vrahas, MD, Chair of Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedics, on Hips, Slips, and the Limits of Medical Innovation Discoveries: People are constantly on the lookout for the next “big thing.” Is innovation always for the good? Mark Vrahas: In Read On