Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s new dean has helped to launch a new center that will develop, test, and certify extended reality technologies in medicine and health care, leveraging the power of three academic institutions, the federal government, and industry.

According to PR Newswire, Dr. Mark Cohen – the new dean of Carle Illinois College of Medicine — is among the leaders of the new Center for Medical Innovations in Extended Reality, known as MIXR. The center unites University of Maryland computer scientists and engineers with physicians and clinicians at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore and the University of Michigan. Before coming to Carle Illinois, Cohen led the Center for Surgical Innovation at UM, where he was also heavily involved in training new physicians. The aim of the new MIXR center is to improve medical training, patient management, and health care outcomes across all areas of clinical practice.

Cohen plans to collaborate with the MIXR Center and apply to add the University of Illinois and the Carle Illinois College of Medicine this next year as a fourth academic institution to join the center in its efforts and leverage local strengths including the NSF-funded supercomputing center at Illinois to enhance artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities for extended reality in medical and nursing education and healthcare delivery.

PR Newswire says with $5 million from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the MIXR center is meant to advance medical innovations and regulatory science for extended reality technology through a collaboration with industry and the federal government. The effort includes a key partnership with the FDA as well as technology titans including Google, Microsoft, and Meta.

Read PR Newswire’s full article the MIXR center here.