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VISE celebration includes technology ‘show and tell’ and symposium

Dec. 5, 2018—The Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering—dedicated to cross-disciplinary collaborations that advance discoveries from the laboratory to the patient—will celebrate its new physical space at 2323 Medical Center North with an open house and symposium Dec. 12.

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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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VISE summer fellowship program supports nine outstanding undergraduates in 2018

Oct. 9, 2018—Nine students worked with VISE faculty and graduate students over the summer on research projects that ranged from cochlear implantation and modeling to vessel phantom creation and imaging, ultrasound beamforming and deep whole brain segmentation. They took part in the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering’s 2018 Summer Fellows program, which gives undergraduates hands-on experience...

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VISE Fall Seminar – Erin A. Gillaspie, MD, MPH

Sep. 28, 2018—to be led by Erin Alexis Gillaspie, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018 Location: Stevenson Center 5326 Time: noon lunch, 12:10 p.m. start Bio: Erin Gillaspie was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario Canada and moved to the US with her family at the...

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Hernán González, VISE trainee, awarded Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31)

Sep. 25, 2018—VISE trainee and biomedical engineering MD-Ph.D. student Hernán González is among those awarded a prestigious fellowship from The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The fellowship González received is given to support the research training of exceptional pre-doctoral students. Award recipients receive up to five years of research training support leading to a PhD...

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Fall Seminar – Emad Ebbini, PhD

Sep. 14, 2018—to be led by Emad Ebbini, PhD Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota                 Date: September 27, 2019 Location: Stevenson Center 5326 Time: 12:10 p.m. start, 12:00 p.m. lunch Title: Precision Image-guided Interventions Using Dual-mode Ultrasound Array Systems Abstract:   Focused ultrasound (FUS) is gaining wider acceptance as...

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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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BME professor and DIIGI lab director named Junior Faculty Teaching Fellow

Aug. 13, 2018—Kenny Tao, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and Vanderbilt Institute in Surgery and Engineering (VISE) affiliate, has been named a 2018-19 Junior Faculty Teaching Fellow. The Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University awards yearlong fellowships to faculty to enhance their teaching skills as become active members of the campus teaching community. Structured professional development activities...

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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 makes waves in the science community with NSF grant

Jun. 29, 2018—Scroll to page four. From Bishinik: Brett Byram, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, received a $550,000 grant for the development of a brain machine interface. Byram is quoted.

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New Video: Honoring Immigrant Researchers: Nabil Simaan

Jun. 25, 2018—Nabil Simaan is a professor of mechanical engineering, computer science and otolaryngology and leads the Advanced Robotics and Mechanism Applications lab. His research includes human-robot interaction, robotic systems for surgical assistance, robot-assisted manufacturing, theoretical kinematics of mechanisms, synthesis and optimization of robots and mechanisms, design of flexure mechanisms and flexible robots, parallel robots, actuation redundancy...

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Yuankai Huo, MASI Lab quoted in Nvidia article “Making Ultrasound Ultra-Speedy with Deep Learning”

Jun. 19, 2018—Abdominal ultrasound tests for organ abnormalities haven’t changed much in the past decade, with a doctor moving a wand over the patient’s abdomen to gaze at blurry images. But the process could get accelerated by a thousand times with improved accuracy, based on deep learning work by U.S. researchers.

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Benoit Dawant awarded Vanderbilt University Discovery Grant

Jun. 14, 2018—Congratulations to Benoit Dawant, director of VISE and Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Engineering, recently awarded a Discovery Grant for his project, “Automated Analysis of Skin Images”. The grant supports new ideas, cutting-edge research, & serves as a catalyst for significant external funding sources.

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VISE and Siemen’s researchers develop AI system that automatically examines abdominal ultrasounds

Jun. 5, 2018—Sixty to seventy million people in the U.S. suffer from gastrointestinal diseases and the best way to clinically diagnose the exact problem is to perform an abdominal ultrasound. However, the process is labor intensive and sometimes inefficient. To help solve the issue, researchers from Siemens and Vanderbilt University developed a deep learning-based system that can automatically interpret...

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VISE affiliates team up with multiple collaborators to investigate brainstem connectivity in epilepsy

Jun. 5, 2018—New research from Vanderbilt suggests that repeated seizures reduce brainstem connectivity, a possible contributor to unexplained neurocognitive problems in epilepsy patients

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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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Nabil Simaan specializes in getting robotic surgical tools from the lab to the operating room

May. 9, 2018—The path from university lab to commercialization is especially complex in the biotech industry. Challenges range from long lead times, sometimes measured in decades, to the costs of transforming ideas into innovations, as well as issues of intellectual property, patenting and licensing.

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Brett Byram leads team to develop ultrasound technology for the brain that could mean real-time images during surgery

May. 8, 2018—Ultrasound technology for the brain could mean real-time images during surgery, a better idea of which areas get stimulated by certain feelings or actions and, ultimately, an effective way for people to control software and robotics by thinking about it.

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Brett Byram receives NSF career development award

Apr. 12, 2018—Brett Byram, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development grant. The five-year, $549,995 grant – Ultrasound Brain-Computer Interface – begins May 1, 2018. The award funds the development of a next-generation ultrasound device to enable real-time ultrasonic visualization, without the use of contrast agents, of brain perfusion...

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VISE Spring Seminar – Mitch Edgeworth, MBA

Apr. 4, 2018—VISE Seminar to be led by Mitch Edgeworth, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Vanderbilt University Hospital and Clinics Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018 Location: Stevenson Center 5326 Time: 12:25 p.m. start, 12:15 p.m. lunch Title: Addressing the Challenges of the Healthcare Landscape, Today and Tomorrow Short Bio: Mitch Edgeworth serves as the Chief Executive Officer for...

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Engineering faculty to lead two new University Courses

Mar. 28, 2018—School of Engineering faculty will lead two of the five newest University Courses, which are designed to promote new and creative trans-institutional teaching and learning and advance Vanderbilt’s mission.

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VISE affiliate wins Best Student Paper Award at ISMR2018

Mar. 16, 2018—Two graduate student affiliates of the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering were recognized for their innovative work at the inaugural IEEE International Symposium in Medical Robotics. Nicolo Garbin, a graduate student in mechanical engineering and member of the STORM Lab, won the Best Student Paper Award as lead author for the paper, “A Disposable...

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VISE Spring Seminar – Eric Tkaczyk, MD, PhD

Mar. 16, 2018—VISE Spring Seminar to be led by Eric Tkaczyk, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Cutaneous Imaging Clinic (VCIC) Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Biomedical Engineering Attending Dermatologist, VA Medical Center         Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018 Location: Stevenson Center 5326 Time: 12:25 p.m. start, 12:15 p.m. lunch Title: Bringing New Technology to Dermatology Patients: Initial Experiences of the Vanderbilt...

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SPIE 2018 Special Workshop organized by VISE steering committee member, Michael Miga

Mar. 6, 2018—Last year, when SPIE put out a Special Issue Call for Papers in SPIE’s Journal of Medical Imaging, Harvie Branscomb Professor of Biomedical Engineering Michael I. Miga, PhD, proposed the first issue ever devoted specifically to image-guided procedures, robotic interventions and modeling. Not only did SPIE welcome the idea, but it has become the largest...

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VISE affiliates honored at the February 2018 SPIE Medical Imaging Conference

Mar. 5, 2018—Four VISE affiliates were recognized for their outstanding work this year at the annual SPIE Medical Imaging meeting. Meg Bobo, a sophomore in electrical engineering, won the Cum Laude Poster Award in the Image Processing conference for her poster, “Fully convolutational neural networks improve abdominal organ segmentation.” Posters are reviewed by conference committees and chosen...

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VISE takes SPIE Medical Imaging 2018 by storm

Mar. 2, 2018—Research is a huge component of involvement with Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (VISE) but affiliation also comes with sharing that research and meeting like-minded scientists to make significant impacts in healthcare. Each year VISE participates in the SPIE Medical Imaging meeting, which is internationally recognized as the premier forum for relating state-of-the-art research...

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