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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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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 – 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 – 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 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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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 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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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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VISE affiliates are using machine learning to recognize affected skin in photos and help enhance automation

Mar. 21, 2019—Bioengineers and dermatologists join forces with help from machine learning. One challenge in developing new treatments for skin conditions is reliably quantifying affected areas. Research dermatologists must pore over images to demarcate lesion boundaries—and stay consistent in their assessments between images and patients. Researchers in pathology and radiology rely on similar approaches. New research suggests...

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