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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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Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering, Nashville, Tenn

Mar. 20, 2019— Intended to expand collaborations among engineering professors, physicians and students in engineering and medicine, The Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (ViSE) Laboratory is a 7,000 sf translational research center and workshop surrounding a transparent mock-operating room, where new medical technologies are studied and developed.

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Flexible robot for surgery will save more lives

Mar. 19, 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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Skin diseases study uses crowdsourcing to gather data

Mar. 12, 2019—For any number of diseases involving the skin, research into causes and cures requires isolating and quantifying in a reliable way the proportion of affected skin, one research subject after another, the more the better. This is achieved with medical photography, computer monitors, and mouse-dragging by a research dermatologist to carefully demarcate affected areas. With...

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ISMRM highlights Kurt Schilling and Bennett Landman

Mar. 8, 2019—For our first Editor’s Pick for March, we were pleased to talk with Dr Kurt Schilling and Dr Bennett Landman about their new model for high angular resolution functional imaging.

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Endowed chair holder celebration honors eight faculty members

Mar. 1, 2019—Vanderbilt University’s eight newest endowed chair holders were celebrated for their path-breaking scholarship and research by family members, donors, colleagues and friends during a Feb. 25 ceremony at the Student Life Center.

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VISE Spring Seminar – Punit Prakash, PhD

Mar. 1, 2019—VISE Spring Seminar to be led by Punit Prakash, PhD, Paul L. Spainhour Professorship in Electrical Engineering, Kansas State University                 Date: March 14, 2019 Location: Stevenson 5326 Time: 12:25 p.m. start, 12:15 p.m. lunch Title: Devices and energy-delivery strategies for precise image-guided microwave thermal therapy Abstract: Image-guided...

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Study takes personal approach to cochlear implant programming

Feb. 21, 2019—Vanderbilt University Medical Center recently received a $3.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 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 featured keynote speaker during the Image-Guided Therapies Network+ Meeting

Feb. 20, 2019—Hosted by Network Director, Professor Seb Ourselin, the event will consist of the ECR Workshop which will run in the first half of the day, followed by the main Network+ Meeting which will feature keynote speaker Benoit Dawant (Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering | Director, Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering). In addition, the event will...

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VISE Spring Seminar – Steven Hetts, MD

Feb. 8, 2019—VISE Spring Seminar to be led by Steven Hetts, MD Professor of Radiology, Chief of Interventional Neuroradiology at the UCSF Mission Bay Hospitals, University of California, San Fransisco             Date: February 28, 2019 Location: Stevenson 5326 Time: 12:25 p.m. start, 12:15 p.m. lunch Title: ChemoFilter and MARC: A Tale of Two Translational...

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VISE affiliate and VU Biophotonics lab member, Laura Masson making headlines with her PhD project

Feb. 5, 2019—Every one in nine babies is born too early here in Tennessee. Now there’s a medical breakthrough, a device created in our own backyard, that Vanderbilt doctors say could be a game changer.

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MASI Lab to host multi-year MRI white matter challenge

Feb. 1, 2019—Submissions are due March 7 for a new global challenge hosted by the Medical-imaging Analysis and Statistical Interpretation Lab that focuses on a complex issue in brain mapping – microstructure validation using diffusion MRI. Diffusion MRI, which is non-invasive, has emerged as a key modality for studying normal and abnormal brain development, aging, and brain...

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VISE Spring Seminar – Kristy Brock, PhD

Jan. 25, 2019—VISE seminar to be led by Kristy Brock, PhD, Professor, Department of Imaging Physics, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center                   Date: February 7, 2019 Location: Stevenson 5326 Time: 12:25 p.m. start, 12:15 p.m. lunch Title: Biomechanical Modeling for Image Guided Cancer...

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VISE Spring Seminar – Matthew Bacchetta, MD, MBA, MA

Jan. 17, 2019—VISE Seminar to be led by Matthew Bacchetta, MD, MBA, MA, William Scott, Jr. Chair in Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center               Date: January 24, 2019 Location: Stevenson Center 5326 Time: 12:25 p.m. start, 12:15 p.m. lunch Title: Cross Circulation for Organ Recovery, Biohybrid Lungs and New Devices for...

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VISE affiliate awarded 2019 AHA Predoctoral Fellowship

Jan. 16, 2019—A biomedical engineering graduate student who is participating in the Medical Scientist Training Program has received a two-year fellowship aimed at improving global cardiovascular health. Camilo Bermudez Noguera, a VISE affiliate in the MASI Lab, received the 2019 Predoctoral Fellowship from the American Heart Association. “I am incredibly excited for this opportunity. I believe this...

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VISE Spring Seminar – Workshop with three guest speakers

Jan. 7, 2019—VISE Spring Seminar to be led by Todd Peterson, PhD, Director of Nuclear Imaging, Associate Professor of Radiology & Radiological Sciences, VUIIS, and Anna Fisher, CNMT, PET Technologist, VUIIS and Michael I. Miga, PhD, Harvie Branscomb Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, VU Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019 Time: 12:25pm start, 12:15pm lunch Place:  Stevenson Center...

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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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