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Vanderbilt engineers mine EMRs and clinical journals for novel disease associations and new research paths

Feb. 21, 2020—The idea of simultaneously analyzing medical diagnosis codes with electronic medical records has been much like knowing valuable treasure is buried under miles of rock but lacking the tools to mine it. The payoff—connections that may detect disease earlier and identify new research paths—has tantalized engineers and clinicians alike, remaining largely out of reach. But...

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VISE Spring Seminar – Timothy Kowalewski, PhD

Feb. 14, 2020—VISE Spring Seminar to be led by Timothy Kowalewski, PhD, Richard and Barbara Nelson Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota Date: February 27, 2020 Location: Stevenson Center 5326, Time: 12:15 p.m. lunch, with a 12:25 p.m. start Title: To Err is Human – Surgical Skills and Robotics   Abstract: Surgical robots enjoy widespread adoption. This...

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2020 VISE Physicians-in-Residence selected

Feb. 12, 2020—Alexander Langerman, MD, SM, FACS, and Rohan Chitale, MD, have been selected as the 2020 Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (VISE) Physicians-in-Residence. The six-month program provides an opportunity for physicians to collaborate with engineering colleagues in developing technologies that can advance surgery and other procedures. Langerman will continue his work on the “Cleopatra” wearable...

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VISE Spring Seminar – Junzhong Xu, PhD

Jan. 31, 2020—VISE Spring Seminar to be led by Junzhong Xu, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, VUIIS, VUMC Date: February 13, 2020 Location: Stevenson Center 5326, Time: 12:15 p.m. lunch, with a 12:25 p.m. start Title:  Where physics meets medicine: non-invasive assessment of tumor therapeutic response using cell size MR imaging Abstract:  Biological tissue microstructural information...

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VISE Spring Seminar – Cathy Eng, MD

Jan. 17, 2020—VISE Spring Seminar to be lead by Cathy Eng,MD, FACP, FASCO, David H. Johnson Chair in Surgical and Medical Oncology, Co-Leader, Gastrointestinal Cancer Research Program, Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology), VUMC Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020 Location: Stevenson Center 5326 Time: 12:15 p.m. lunch, with a 12:25 p.m. start Title Neoadjuvant Strategies: Locally Advanced Rectal...

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Vanderbilt University and Hillsboro High School Researchers Debut Augmented Reality Exhibit at Nashville Science Center

Jan. 7, 2020—A partnership between Dr. Bennett Landman’s MASI lab and the Interdisciplinary Science and Research Program at Hillsboro High School results in an augmented reality exhibit (think magic mirror) at the Nashville Science Center.

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Ipek Oguz receives Provost Research Studio for 2019-20

Jan. 6, 2020—Thirteen outstanding faculty members from across the university have been awarded a Provost Research Studio for the 2019-20 academic year. The goal of the Provost Research Studios is to support the professional development of full-time faculty (tenured, tenure track, and non-tenure track) who are not full professors or otherwise at the top of their promotion...

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Labadie, Rivas inducted into international otolaryngology collegium

Jan. 6, 2020—Two Vanderbilt University Medical Center physicians were recently inducted into Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum (CORLAS), an international otolaryngology society created to facilitate collaboration and the open sharing of discoveries and ideas.

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VISE Spring Seminar – Jose´ A. Diaz, MD

Jan. 6, 2020—VISE Spring Seminar to be led by Jose´ A. Diaz, MD Director, Division of Surgical Research, Research Associate Professor of Surgery, VUMC Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 Time: 12:15 lunch, 12:25 seminar start Location: Stevenson Center 5326 Title: Surgical Research, Deep Vein Thrombosis, and Preclinical models Short bio: José A. Diaz, MD, FAHA is a...

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A team of Vanderbilt University researchers fight against Crohn’s disease gets a boost from $3M grant to create a ‘gut cell atlas”

Jan. 6, 2020—Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has been awarded a three-year, $3 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to map — in unprecedented detail — the biology of Crohn’s disease.

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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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