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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 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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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MASI Lab teams up with EnvoyAI to develop segmentation algorithms

Jan. 9, 2018—The MASI lab is collaborating on the development of deep learning algorithms for abdomen segmentation that leverage artificial intelligence to better understand and diagnose disease. The MASI lab, affiliated with the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering, is working with a team from EnvoyAI, which aims to simplify access to new AI algorithms by providing...

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VISE Summer Instructional Seminar – Stanislav Emelianov, PhD

May. 24, 2017—Provost Research Studio in Ultrasound Imaging Research to be delivered by Stanislav Emelianov, PhD, Professor, Joseph M. Pettit Chair, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech & Emory School of Medicine Moderator: Brett Byram, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Date: Friday, June 2, 2017 Time: 1:40pm start, 1:30 pm snacks Title: Clinical Translation of Emerging Ultrasound Imaging...

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Megan Poorman, BME doctoral student, says we’re all scientists, regardless of what our degree says

May. 15, 2017—Today I take a break from writing my usual graduate school advice to think about what being a researcher in higher education means. As a PhD student, I can easily just focus on my research, on the goal of graduating, and on my next abstract submission. However, there’s so much more to research than just...

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Magnetic capsule robot designed to explore the colon

May. 11, 2017—At Digestive Disease Week 2017, Keith Obstein, MD, MPH, FASGE & Piotr R. Slawinski, talked to DDW TV about the exciting new innovation in performing colonoscopies using a “capsule robot.”  Obstein and Slawinski, both VISE affiliates, collaborated on the project with medical researchers from the University of Leeds. Watch the video here:

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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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VISE rocks SPIE Medical Imaging Conference racking up five student awards

Mar. 7, 2017—Twenty-five students from five laboratories affiliated with the Vanderbilt Institute in Surgery and Engineering (VISE) attended the SPIE Medical Imaging 2017 Conference in mid-February. Five Vanderbilt students across Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering were selected for scientific awards out of almost 450 papers presented this year. The week-long conference showcases cutting edge-research, world-class...

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VISE Fall Seminar Series: Fabien Maldonado, MD

Nov. 1, 2016—Speaker: Fabien Maldonado, MD Associate Professor of Medicine and Surgery, VUMC Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016 Time: 12:05 start, noon lunch Place: Stevenson Center 5326 Title:  Interventional Pulmonology: How the changing landscape of lung cancer provides unprecedented opportunities for translational and clinical research Speaker Biography: Fabien Maldonado, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Surgery...

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Fall VISE Seminar: Michael I. Miga, PhD

Oct. 19, 2016—Speaker: Michael I. Miga, PhD Harvie Branscomb Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016 Time: 12:05 start, noon lunch Place: Stevenson Center 5326 Abstract: Being able to obtain an independent National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant award can be daunting even to the most accomplished investigators.  While having great research is...

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VISE names first fellow: Smita De explores the intersection of surgery and engineering

Sep. 8, 2016—The Vanderbilt Institute in Surgery and Engineering is pleased to announce its first VISE Fellow, a biomedical engineer and M.D. who specializes in urology and spent a research year at the manufacturer of the da Vinci surgical robot. Smita De first developed an interest in medical device development as an undergraduate at Duke University, majoring...

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Six profs attract National Institutes of Health grants for wide-ranging research

Jul. 21, 2016—Five biomedical engineering professors and an electrical engineering and computer science professor are celebrating news about newly approved or resubmitted Research Project Grants (R01) from the Nationals Institutes of Health. With the grants, their teams – in collaboration with Vanderbilt University Medical Center — are performing groundbreaking research in areas as diverse as percutaneous heart...

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