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Simaan honored as IEEE Fellow for robotics advancements

Dec. 3, 2019—Nabil Simaan, professor of mechanical engineering, has been elevated to IEEE Fellow by the Board of Directors of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

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Sandler, Landman Awarded Martineau Innovation Fund Grant

Dec. 2, 2019—Vanderbilt University Medical Center Assistant Professor of Radiology Kim Sandler, MD, and Vanderbilt University Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Computer Science Bennett Landman, PhD, were recently awarded the Martineau Innovation Fund Grant by the Vanderbilt Thoracic Working Group for their project, “Utilization of Machine Learning to Predict Incidence Lung Cancer in a Screening Population.”

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VISE affiliates design robot prototype for microsurgery on eyes and aneurysms

Nov. 18, 2019—A new continuum robot designed by Vanderbilt engineers achieves multi-scale motion and may open up a huge world of previously impossible complex microsurgeries.

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VISE Fall Seminar – Raj Shekhar, PhD

Nov. 1, 2019—VISE Fall Seminar to be led by Raj Shekhar, PhD, Principal Investigator, Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National Health System             Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019 Time: 12:15 p.m. lunch, 12:25 p.m. start Location: Stevenson Center 5326 Title:  Improved Visualization and Navigation for Image-Guided Interventions Abstract:  Although image-guided interventions are...

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VISE Fall Seminar – Kathryn Nightingale

Oct. 11, 2019—VISE Fall Seminar to be led by Kathryn R Nightingale Theo Pilkington Professor of Biomedical Engineering Duke University         Date: Thursday, October 31 Time: 12:15 p.m. lunch, 12:25 p.m. start Location: Stevenson Center 5326 Title:  Ultrasonic Elasticity Imaging with Acoustic Radiation Force Abstract:  Elasticity imaging involves introducing a mechanical tissue perturbation, imaging the resulting tissue...

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$2.3 million NIH grant allows collaborators to focus on advancing liver cancer surgical care

Oct. 10, 2019—A multi-year collective effort between engineers, surgeons and scientists has resulted in a $2.3 million, four-year grant awarded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health to improve laparoscopic liver surgery and liver cancer ablation therapy. The grant, “Deformation Corrected Image Guided Laparoscopic Liver Surgery,” supports a next-generation...

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VISE Summer Fellowship provides hands-on lab experience to seven outstanding undergrads

Oct. 2, 2019—Seven talented undergraduates spent 10 weeks over the summer working on research projects in areas that included endoscopic devices for gastroenterology uses, cochlear implant surgery, and brain, ultrasound and retinal imaging. The 2019 Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (VISE) Summer Fellowship Program provided students with hands-on experience in laboratory settings, and they worked alongside...

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VISE affiliates awarded $1.8 million grant to improve surgical guidance during eye surgery

Oct. 2, 2019—A team of Vanderbilt University engineers and clinicians were recently awarded a five-year $1.8 million National Eye Institute grant to develop and translate of novel intraoperative imaging technologies to the ophthalmic surgical suite to enable real-time surgical guidance. Yuankai Kenny Tao, assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering, is the principal investigator. Clinical collaborators at the Vanderbilt...

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VISE Fall Seminar – Zion Tse, PhD

Sep. 27, 2019—Fall Seminar to be led by Zion Tse, PhD Associate Professor School of Engineering and Computer Science University of Georgia               Date: Thursday, October 10 Time: 12:15 p.m. lunch, 12:25 p.m. start Location: Stevenson Center 5326 Abstract:  Image-guided therapy is a clinical procedure under 2-D or 3-D image guidance...

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VISE Fall Seminar – Dan Brown, MD and Brett Byram, PhD

Sep. 6, 2019—VISE Fall Seminar to be led by Daniel B. Brown, MD Director of Interventional Oncology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Brett Byram, PhD Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University Date: Thursday, September 26 Time: 12:15 p.m. lunch, 12:25 p.m. start Location: Stevenson Center 5326 Title: Personalizing Interventional Oncology Options for Hepatocellular Carcinoma Abstract: Responses...

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VISE Fall Seminar – Walter Jermakowicz, MD, PhD

Aug. 29, 2019—VISE Fall seminar to be led by Walter Jermakowicz, MD, PhD Department of Neurological Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center                   Date: Thursday, September 5, 2019 Time: 12:25pm start, 12:15pm Lunch Location: Stevenson Center 5326 Title: Predictive Modeling of Brain Tumor Laser Thermal Ablations Abstract: Laser interstitial thermal...

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VISE affiliates secure $3 million NIH grant to study sustained attention in epilepsy patients

Aug. 28, 2019—A team led by a neurosurgeon-scientist and an engineering professor who specializes in techniques for analyzing functional neuroimaging data has received a $3 million basic research grant (R01) from the NIH to study disturbances in brain networks related to attention lapses and cognitive deficits in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). Dr. Dario Englot and...

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A Concentric Tube Robot System for Rigid Bronchoscopy

Aug. 14, 2019—A Feasibility Study on Central Airway Obstruction Removal

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VISE affiliate receives Early Career Award

Jul. 25, 2019—Catie Chang, PhD, has received the 2019 Early Career Achievement Award from a society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Chang, an assistant professor of computer science, electrical engineering and computer engineering, was honored this week at the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBS) conference. Specifically, the award cites her “innovative contributions...

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Hand-held robot points to less invasive prostate surgery

Jul. 18, 2019—Vanderbilt collaborators focused on minimally invasive prostate surgery are developing an endoscopic robotic system with two-handed dexterity at a much smaller scale than existing options.

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Ipek Oguz selected as one of the 2019-2020 Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows

Jul. 16, 2019—Three engineering faculty have been named to the Center for Teaching’s Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows program. Audrey Bowden Audrey Bowden, associate professor of biomedical engineering and associate professor of electrical engineering; Justus Ndukaife, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science; and Ipek Oguz, assistant professor of computer science and computer engineering; will receive $2,000...

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VISE affiliates Tao, Oguz, and Barth awarded 2019 Discovery Grants

Jun. 28, 2019—Eleven faculty-led proposals have been selected by the Office of the Provost for 2019 Discovery Grants, which advance new ideas and cutting-edge scholarship in the university’s core disciplines.

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VISE affiliates Dr. Ilwoo Lyu and rising senior Lingyan Hao participate in Data Science Institute Summer Research Program

Jun. 17, 2019—The Vanderbilt Data Science Institute welcomed its first cohort of undergraduate summer research fellows in early June. The Data Science Institute Summer Research Program aims to engage students who are interested in data science-related research with Vanderbilt faculty.

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VISE Summer Seminar – Irina Roof, PhD

Jun. 6, 2019—VISE Summer Seminar to be led by Irina P. Roof, PhD Staff Applications Scientist, Zeus Industrial Products, Inc.                   Date: June 20, 2019 Time: noon lunch, 12:10 p.m. start Location: Stevenson Center 5326 Title: “Polymer Extrusions in Catheter Based Delivery Devices: an Introduction to Materials, Properties and...

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VISE affiliates Bennett Landman and Will Grissom named 2019 Chancellor Faculty Fellows

May. 17, 2019—The faculty members will hold the title of Chancellor Faculty Fellow for two years and will be supported by an unrestricted allocation of funds which can be used to support innovative research, scholarship and creative expression activities that advance the career of the awardee.

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Two VISE affiliates named 2019 NSF Graduate Fellows

Apr. 22, 2019—Two biomedical engineering graduate students who participate in the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering have received three-year fellowships from the National Science Foundation. The prestigious awards aim to identify individuals who will contribute significantly to scientific innovation and teaching. Sarah Goodale, a VISE affiliate in the Chang Lab, said she is extremely honored to...

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VISE team seeks to develop new robot to ease prostatectomies

Apr. 15, 2019—The Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (VISE) team of Robert Webster III, PhD, and Duke Herrell, MD, have received a $2.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a new surgical robot for endoscopic transurethral prostatectomy.

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Researchers collaborate on $3.9 million NIH study of child-specific cochlear implant programming

Apr. 10, 2019—Researchers from the School of Engineering and Vanderbilt University Medical Center are working to improve outcomes for children with significant hearing loss by providing individualized, prescription-like programming for their cochlear implants.

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Benoit Dawant receives Harvie Branscomb Distinguished Professor Award

Apr. 5, 2019—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos presented prestigious university awards to seven faculty members at the Spring Faculty Assembly. The awards recognize teaching, research, service and commitment to diversity, and recipients are honored for their contributions and commitment to the university.

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VISE affiliate takes part in Capitol Visit Day with the OSA Foundation

Apr. 5, 2019—An assistant professor of biomedical engineering was part of the National Photonics Initiative delegation for Capitol Visit Day. Yuankai Kenny Tao, a VISE affiliate and director of the DIIGI Lab, was invited by the Optical Society of America Foundation (OSAF). “It was a really unique opportunity to understand the research and development funding priorities, not...

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VISE affiliates to develop hand-held surgical robot for minimally invasive prostate surgery

Apr. 2, 2019—The Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (VISE) team of Robert Webster III PhD and Duke Herrell MD is developing a surgical robot for endoscopic transurethral prostatectomy. The collaboration between a mechanical engineer (Webster) and a urologic surgeon (Herrell) resulted in an award of $2.1 million from a National Institutes of Health R01 grant to...

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VISE Spring Seminar – Catie Chang, PhD

Apr. 1, 2019—VISE Seminar to be led by Catie Chang, PhD Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Engineering Vanderbilt University             Date: April 11, 2019 Location: Stevenson 5326 Time: 12:25 p.m. start, 12:15 p.m. lunch Title: Multimodal imaging of human brain activity Abstract: Functional MRI is a powerful and...

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Women of VISE to host Wikipedia edit-a-thon

Mar. 26, 2019—The Women of VISE, a group of graduate students associated with the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering, will hold a Wikipedia edit-a-thon on Friday, March 29, to develop Wikipedia pages for women in science. The event will be held in Jacobs Believed in Me Auditorium at Featheringhill Hall from 5 to 9 p.m. The event is...

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Flexible robot for surgery

Mar. 26, 2019—Brain cancer is one of the deadliest cancers. The surgery to remove the tumor is often very invasive. But now engineers at Vanderbilt University have designed a device that can make surgery easier for both doctor and patient, and the same technology also holds promise for lung cancer diagnosis.

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Health Beat: Flexible robot for surgery

Mar. 25, 2019—NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Removing a brain tumor in the center of the head is not an easy task for surgeons. “Basically, you’re having to go through a lot of healthy brain tissue to get to that central part of the head,” said Andria Remirez, a PhD student at Vanderbilt University.

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