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Simaan honored as IEEE Fellow for robotics advancements

Dec. 3, 2019—Nabil Simaan, professor of mechanical engineering, has been elevated to IEEE Fellow by the Board of Directors of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

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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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$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 Fall Seminar – Dan Brown, MD and Brett Byram, PhD

Sep. 6, 2019—VISE Fall Seminar to be led by Daniel B. Brown, MD Director of Interventional Oncology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Brett Byram, PhD Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University Date: Thursday, September 26 Time: 12:15 p.m. lunch, 12:25 p.m. start Location: Stevenson Center 5326 Title: Personalizing Interventional Oncology Options for Hepatocellular Carcinoma Abstract: Responses...

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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 affiliates secure $3 million NIH grant to study sustained attention in epilepsy patients

Aug. 28, 2019—A team led by a neurosurgeon-scientist and an engineering professor who specializes in techniques for analyzing functional neuroimaging data has received a $3 million basic research grant (R01) from the NIH to study disturbances in brain networks related to attention lapses and cognitive deficits in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). Dr. Dario Englot and...

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A Concentric Tube Robot System for Rigid Bronchoscopy

Aug. 14, 2019—A Feasibility Study on Central Airway Obstruction Removal

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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 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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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 receive R01 grant aimed to predict treatment response in epilepsy patients

Mar. 14, 2019—With the aid of $2.5 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Vanderbilt researchers are on a quest to develop early biomarkers of treatment outcomes for patients with temporal lobe epilepsy based on their individual brain networks.

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Engineering and surgical collaborators celebrate new ‘home’

Dec. 18, 2018—The Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering celebrated its opening of dedicated space in Medical Center North Dec. 12 with a technology showcase of more than two dozen cross-disciplinary collaborations advancing healthcare techniques from the lab to patient.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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BONUS VISE Seminar: Elena A. Kaye, PhD

Dec. 4, 2017—VISE Seminar to be delivered by Elena A. Kaye, PhD, Assistant Attending Physicist, Department of Physics, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center             Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 (notice different day) Time: 12:10pm start, noon – folks, cookies and coffee on this one… Place: Stevenson Center 5326 Title: Achieving Sufficient Margins...

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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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Eye surgery: DIIGI lab members, discuss their work to improve imaging for ophthalmic microstructures on VU BreakThru blog

Sep. 27, 2017—The Diagnostic Imaging and Image-Guided Interventions (DIIGI) lab is located in the Vanderbilt School of Engineering and is part of the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (VISE) and the Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center (VBC). Led by Dr. Yuankai (Kenny) Tao, our lab focuses on using light to visualize ophthalmic structures for research, diagnostic, and intraoperative...

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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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