Developing Smart Textiles for Healthcare: Textile Fundamentals

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A poster advertising the peer-to-peer workshop "Developing Smart Textiles for Healthcare Textile Fundamentals. On the left is a photo of the guest speaker, Dr. Kirsten Schaefer. On the right is a photo of some smart textile fabric with a sensor patch visible. Text in the middle reads "Learn textile fundamentals for applications in wearable technology for healthcare."


March 3 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Developing Smart Textiles for Healthcare: Textile Fundamentals

Smart textiles offer promising new opportunities to provide remote care to patients and reduce the impact on hospital resources. However, engineering specialized sensing technologies and conductive components to monitor or treat patients is only half of the challenge; the textile itself must also support the needs of the technology and the person wearing it. Whether manufacturing your own yarns or working with ready-made fabrics, choosing the right textile for the task is a critical part of developing wearable technology.

FIBRE, the Fabric Based Research Platform at KITE, is dedicated to designing, introducing and integrating textile-based technologies as solutions for a healthier world.

In this Peer-to-Peer workshop, Dr. Kirsten Schaefer will present a snapshot of textile fundamentals from fibres to fabrics and highlight some helpful tips for incorporating textiles in wearable medical devices.

This webinar is free and open to UHN trainees and staff. The webinar recording will be sent to all registrants after the event.

All event registrants are asked to make sure they have read and agree to abide by the ORT’s Code of Conduct.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Kirsten Schaefer is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at KITE and a sessional instructor at the School of Fashion at Ryerson University. She has over 12 years of experience in interdisciplinary, human-centred apparel design and education, and an interest in new textile technologies including 3D knitting. Her current research at KITE is focused on developing smart textile applications for healthcare and wellbeing.

Register here.