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Shining a light on the nervous system to thwart disease

Nov. 16, 2017—Researchers believe they can address problems stemming from heart rate, respiration and digestion by untangling which nerves control which bodily functions and then stimulating them with light.

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Detecting inflammatory bowel disease during a colonoscopy

Feb. 1, 2017—Vanderbilt researchers have developed a new optical sensor that can accurately detect different types of inflammatory bowel disease and can be easily integrated into routine colonoscopy exams.

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Committee named for Ingram Commons dean search

Nov. 20, 2014—A committee with representatives from many facets of campus life has been named to conduct the search for the next dean of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt.

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Mahadevan-Jansen elected chair of Gordon Research Conference

Aug. 22, 2014—Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Orrin H. Ingram Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has been elected chair of the Gordon Research Conference in Lasers in Medicine and Biology.

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Competition showcases commercial viability of ideas

Apr. 17, 2014—A strategy for commercializing an optical 3-D scanner that can ensure all cancerous breast tissue is removed during surgery, thereby avoiding the need for a second operation, has won top honors at this year’s TechVenture Challenge.

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Mahadevan-Jansen elected a director of international optics society

Oct. 23, 2013—Anita Mahadevan-Jansen has been elected to the Board of Directors of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. Her three-year term begins Jan. 1, 2014.

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NSF grant helps develop next generation of STEM instructors

Oct. 2, 2013—A national experiment to develop a new generation of college science and engineering faculty, one equipped to excel in the classroom as well as the lab, is about to shift into high gear. The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, of which Vanderbilt University is a member, has received a three-year, $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. CIRTL is partnering with Vanderbilt’s Center for Teaching to offer The Blended and Online Learning Design Fellows program.

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Leading Light: Anita Mahadevan-Jansen pioneers ways to use light in medicine and biology

May. 23, 2012—More than 100 years ago, the discovery of X-ray revolutionized medical care by opening a window into the human body. Today biomedical photonics—the application of light in medicine and biology—promises to be equally groundbreaking. At the forefront of the revolution is Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, the School of Engineering’s Orrin H. Ingram Professor of Engineering.

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New group of endowed chairs celebrated

Nov. 10, 2011—The outstanding academic achievements of 11 faculty members who have been named to endowed chairs were praised during a celebration at the Student Life Center.

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Glowing gland can reduce endocrine surgery risk

Jun. 20, 2011—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered that parathyroid glands have a natural fluorescence that can be used during surgery to identify these tiny organs, which are hard to find with the naked eye.

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New initiative to develop a system that controls prosthetic limbs naturally

Nov. 17, 2010—Using beams of light to allow amputees not only to control but also to feel the movement of prosthetic limbs is the ambitious goal of a new $5.6 million Department of Defense initiative. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is tapping the new and rapidly growing field of “neurophotonics” to overcome one the biggest technical...

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