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Fall Seminar – Chris West

Nov. 19, 2018—to be led by Chris West President, ZeroTo510 Medical Device Accelerator Title: “What we’ve learned in device innovation (the hard way): Practical tips in translation” Abstract: ZeroTo510 is a Memphis-based medical device Accelerator, and is annually ranked among the top programs in the country. We’ve taken 30 startup teams through our program in 7 cohorts,...

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VISE affiliates awarded $2.5 million NIH grant for epilepsy project

Nov. 15, 2018—A team of Vanderbilt University engineers and surgeons were recently awarded a five-year, $2.5 million National Institutes of Health R01 grant to continue research into epilepsy-related seizures and brain networks. Victoria Morgan, associate professor of radiology and radiological sciences, is the principal investigator. Bennett Landman, associate professor of electrical engineering and Dario Englot, assistant professor...

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VISE Fall Seminar – Erdem Erdemir, PhD

Nov. 6, 2018—Erdem Erdemir, PhD , Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Tennessee State University Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018 Location: Stevenson Center 5326 Time: 2:45 p.m. for snacks, 3:00 p.m. start   Title: Design and Implementation of Intelligence in Biomechatronic Systems Abstract: In the future, biomechatronic robotic systems will need to accomplish more complex tasks in increasingly...

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Fall Seminar – Jonathan Sorger, PhD

Oct. 12, 2018—to be led by: Jonathan Sorger Vice President, Research, Intuitive Surgical Title: “Surgical Robotics – A History of Intuitive + Opportunities for Research and Collaboration” Abstract: Intuitive Surgical was founded 23 years ago as a spinoff from SRI in Menlo Park, CA to create innovative, robotic-assisted systems that help empower doctors and hospitals to make...

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Brett Byram to participate in NAE’s Frontiers of Engineering symposium

Sep. 12, 2018—A Vanderbilt University engineering professor has been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s 24th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium Sept. 5-7 in Lexington, Mass. Brett Byram, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, is one of 84 engineering researchers chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants – ages 35 to 45 –...

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VISE Fall Seminar – Seth Smith, PhD

Aug. 24, 2018—to be led by Seth Smith, PhD, Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, and Ophthalmology, Director of Human Imaging Core, VUIIS, Vanderbilt University Medical Center                   Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018 Location: Stevenson Center 5326 Time: 12:10 p.m. start, 12:00 p.m. lunch Title:  Spinal Cord MRI:  From...

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VISE Summer Seminar: Kenneth B. Bader, PhD

Jul. 24, 2018—VISE Seminar to be led by Kenneth B. Bader, Ph.D. Department of Radiology and the Committee on Medical Physics, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL                   Date: Thursday, July 31, 2018 Location: Stevenson Center 5326 Time: 12:10 p.m. start, 12:00 p.m. lunch Title: Passive Cavitation Imaging for Monitoring Histotripsy-Enhanced Thrombolysis Abstract:...

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Vanderbilt Engineers Building Robots For Minimally-Invasive Lung Surgery

Jul. 20, 2018—Bouncing back from surgery is no easy task. But what if a robot could make an incision so small, you’d barely notice it? The next generation of medical robots are being built right here in Nashville.

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Brett Byram talks to UPI about his new National Science Foundation grant

May. 21, 2018—Ultrasound helmet to help scientists image the brain, tap into neural networks

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VISE symposium explores interoperative fluorescence to light up tumors

Jan. 2, 2018—Using fluorescently labeled antibodies as a contrast agent can give cancer surgeons highly specific real-time detection of tumors that may accelerate diagnosis, preserve more healthy tissue, and improve patient outcomes. Dr. Eben Rosenthal, keynote speaker at the VISE symposium, discusses using near-infrared fluorescence to improve detection of cancer margins. (Joe Howell/Vanderbilt) “There is a tension...

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VISE Spring Seminar: David Sarment, DDS, MS

Jan. 2, 2018—VISE Spring Seminar to be led by David Sarment, DDS, MS President, Xoran Technologies           Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018 Location: Stevenson Center 5326 Time: 12:25 p.m. start, 12:15 p.m. lunch Title: “Point of Care Computed Tomography: Imaging Where You Need It” Abstract: Intra-operative Computed Tomography (iCT) in head and neck surgery is scarcely...

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VISE team wins $1.4 million NIH grant to reboot robotic surgery system

Nov. 2, 2017—A Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (VISE) team is developing an image guidance interface for the da Vinci robotic surgery system to make partial kidney removal a less invasive “gold standard” when small tumors are involved.

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VISE collaboration results in NIH grant to develop steerable robotic needle to safely biopsy hard-to-reach lung nodules

Oct. 27, 2017—Collaboration between a mechanical engineer at Vanderbilt University and a pulmonologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has resulted in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 grant that will be used to develop a steerable robotic needle to safely biopsy hard-to-reach lung nodules.

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ARMA lab members among the exhibitors who helped make the Maker Faire a success

Oct. 11, 2017—The Nashville Mini Maker Faire, held for the first time at The Wond’ry, attracted more than 4,000 visitors and 93 exhibitors – a jump in attendance of more than 50 percent and double the maker participation over 2016. At least 25 percent of the exhibits had Vanderbilt ties and many of them involved students, organizations...

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VISE sponsors new group for women in science, medicine, and engineering

Sep. 5, 2017—Twenty women recently celebrated the creation of the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering’s new group designed to support women in the STEM fields. The group adds a new way for women to build community among the ten VISE-affiliated labs as well as host discussion about translational research, networking, mental health, and navigating work environments....

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NIH appoints Miga to scientific review panel

Aug. 2, 2017—Michael Miga has been appointed to serve a four-year term on the Bioengineering, Technology, and Surgical Sciences Study Section of the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review beginning July 1, 2017.

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VISE Summer Seminar: Megan Poorman and Patrick Anderson

Aug. 1, 2017—VISE Research in Progress (RiP) Summer Instructional Seminar Series Date: Thursday, August 10, 2017 Location: Stevenson Center 5326 Time: 12:10 p.m. start, Noon lunch to be delivered by Megan Poorman, doctoral candidate, biomedical engineering RiP Title: Orientation-independent Z-shimmed MR thermometry near ablation probes RiP Abstract: MR guidance of thermal ablation is hindered by signal loss...

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New tools help surgeons find liver tumors, not nick blood vessels

Jul. 17, 2017—The liver is a particularly squishy, slippery organ, prone to shifting both deadly tumors and life-preserving blood vessels by inches between the time they’re discovered on a CT scan and when the patient is lying on an operating room table. Surgeons can swab the exposed liver lightly on the surface with a special stylus, capturing the shape of...

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Kudos: Read about graduating VISE affiliates

May. 10, 2017—Neal Dillon, doctorate in mechanical engineering Hunter Gilbert, doctorate in mechanical engineering Gilbert’s thesis project was about the modeling and design of concentric tube robots, which are needle-sized robots that can perform minimally invasive surgeries in places too difficult to reach with larger robots. The title of his thesis is “Concentric Tube Robots: Design, Deployment,...

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Vanderbilt joins 40 academic partners to create, deploy robotic technology in critical manufacturing sectors

May. 3, 2017—Vanderbilt University is one of 40 academic institutions participating in a new robotics manufacturing institute in Pittsburgh that will be funded with $80 million from the Department of Defense and $173 million in matching funds from more than 200 participating partners. Eric Barth, associate professor of mechanical engineering, is quoted. Vanderbilt participants include Nabil Simaan, associate...

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Alphabet’s new plan to track 10,000 people could take wearables to the next level

May. 3, 2017—Verily – the life sciences research arm of Google parent company Alphabet –announced April 19 that it was starting to recruit for Project Baseline, its initiative to track the health of 10,000 people. Over the course of four years, Project Baseline will sequence participants’ genomes, test their blood, survey them and track biometric data such...

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VISE Summer Instructional Seminar – Michael Insana, PhD

May. 2, 2017—VISE 2017 Summer Instructional Seminar – Provost Research Studio in Ultrasound Imaging Research to be delivered by Michael Insana, PhD, Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering, Professor of Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Adventures with machine-learning methods for reconstructing ultrasonic elasticity images Seminar to be moderated by Brett Byram, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering...

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Previous Symposiums

May. 1, 2017—Annual Surgery, Intervention, and Engineering Symposium 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 2019 Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 Delivered by Louis Kavoussi, MD Chairman of Urology for Northwell Health and Waldbaum Gardner Professor of Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Title: “End Game” A surgeon’s perspective on the future of technology...

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Spring Seminar: Smita De, MD/PhD and Ryan Hsi, MD

Apr. 10, 2017—Speakers: Smita De, MD/PhD VISE Fellow, Instructor of Urologic Surgery and Ryan S. Hsi, MD Assistant Professor of Urologic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017 Time: 12:15pm lunch, 12:20pm start Place:  Stevenson Center 5326 Title: Needs and Progress in Urologic Surgery Speaker Bios: Dr. Smita De is currently the VISE fellow...

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VISE Seminar: Computational Modeling to Enable Therapeutic Intervention: Applications in Radiation Oncology

Jan. 9, 2017—Title:  Computational Modeling to Enable Therapeutic Intervention: Applications in Radiation Oncology Dual Speaker Format:  Albert Attia, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, VUMC and Jared A. Weis, PhD, Research Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, VU Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017 Time: 12:20pm start, 12:15pm lunch Place:  Stevenson Center 5326 Abstract:  Patients with intracranial metastasis treated...

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NIH’s chief of translational tech is fifth annual VISE Symposium speaker

Dec. 7, 2016—An engineering symposium dedicated to translational technology will host a national figure in that field as its keynote speaker, plus give visitors a first look at the devices coming out of Vanderbilt’s labs.

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Vanderbilt is at the forefront of robotic surgery

Sep. 9, 2016—Robots are used in many large hospitals to deliver supplies and assist doctors with delicate surgical procedures. In the future, robotic surgery will become the routine rather than the exception. Some of those tools of tomorrow are being developed today at Vanderbilt University’s Medical Engineering and Discovery Lab (MED). It is one of several labs...

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Mayor appoints faculty, staff representatives to Metro boards

Jul. 22, 2016—Metro Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has made a number of appointments to boards, committees and advisory committees in recent weeks. Among them are a number of members of the Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center communities, including: Sri Pallavaram, research associate for the Vanderbilt Institute in Surgery and Engineering (VISE), to the Nashville New...

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STORM Lab Hydrojet Team wins Best Overall Award at the Surgical Robot Challenge 2016

Jul. 7, 2016—The Science and Technology of Robotics in Medicine (STORM) Lab Hydrojet Team won Best Overall Award at the Surgical Robot Challenge 2016 for the Hamlyn Symposium of Medical Robotics. The international competition, held at the Imperial College in London, showcases the latest developments in Surgical Robotics. STORM Lab’s project “Low-cost gastric cancer screening in low...

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VISE affiliates win Best Paper Award at 2016 IEEE BHI

Jun. 13, 2016—Yuan Liu, PhD candidate in computer science, and Benoit Dawant, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering and Director of the Vanderbilt Institute in Surgery and Engineering, won the 2016 IEEE BHI Best Paper Award. The award was presented during the third IEEE EMBS International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics. The BHI is a special topic...

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