The MBRU Design Lab is an evolving space where students are empowered to move around and create their own content for learning rather than just memorizing facts delivered from faculty. The Design Lab hosts lectures and events to pursue and encourage innovation, including health design bootcamps, healthcare innovation seminars and workshops, and undertakes both faculty and student research projects while building communities of practice. The Design Lab’ interests notably include: improving the patient experience, increasing medical outcomes, changing lifestyle behaviors, educating innovators, rethinking processes and ultimately connecting patients with physicians.


Nurture and accelerate life-changing innovations at the point of care



At the MBRU Design Lab we truly believe in the benefits of human-centered approaches. Whenever possible we integrate all stakeholders (e.g., patients, nurses, physicians, technicians, admin staff) along the design process in order to increase the desirability, the usability and the efficiency of the proposed solutions. Our Design Thinking process follows fives steps that encourages short iterative cycles of designing and testing that allow stakeholders to build on feedback rather than intuitions.

Understand and empathize

What does the person feel when confronted to the problem? How does s/he feel, behave? What are the impacts on his/her daily routine?


What are the needs? What is the scope of the problem? What will we focus on?


Generate radical design alternatives as potential answers to the problem. No idea is big enough.


From a mental model to a physical abstraction. Materializing pushes the idea on step forward. How can it be used? How can it look like?


What do the people (end-users) think of it? How do they use it? How can it be improved?

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