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On-the-move cancer cells prefer a “comfort cruise,” follow predictable paths of least resistance

Sep. 13, 2019—New research from a group of Vanderbilt biomedical engineers reveals that while cancer cells metastasize quickly, they generally choose pathways that use the least amount of energy.

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Chang, Englot receive $3M NIH grant for epilepsy imaging work

Aug. 29, 2019—A team led by an engineering professor who specializes in techniques to analyze functional neuroimaging data and a neurosurgeon-scientist has received a $3 million National Institutes of Health grant for epilepsy research.

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ORAU award supports BME professor’s work on whole brain statistical modeling

Aug. 26, 2019—Mika Rubinov, whose research involves building statistical models of whole brain data sets, has received a competitive research grant from Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

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Mahadevan-Jansen elected to global photonics society’s presidential track

Aug. 16, 2019—Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Orrin H. Ingram Professor of Engineering and director of the Biophotonics Center at Vanderbilt University, has been elected to serve as the 2020 vice president of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. Mahadevan-Jansen will serve as president-elect in 2021 and as the society’s president in 2022.

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Cellular soldiers designed to kill cancer cells that get loose during surgery, stop metastasis

Jul. 24, 2019—Cellular soldiers created using the body’s own defenses can track down and kill escaping cancer cells during surgeries, preventing metastasis and saving lives, a Vanderbilt University biomedical engineer has discovered, particularly in cases of triple negative breast cancer. Michael King, J. Lawrence Wilson Professor of Engineering and chair of the biomedical engineering department, and his...

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Cellular soldiers designed to kill cancer cells that get loose during surgery, stop metastasis

Jul. 24, 2019—Cellular soldiers created using the body’s own defenses can track down and kill escaping cancer cells during surgeries, preventing metastasis and saving lives, a Vanderbilt University biomedical engineer has discovered, particularly in cases of triple negative breast cancer.

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App prototype combines neural network, photos, burn patient info

Jul. 9, 2019—Evaluating the severity of a burn injury – and whether it requires transfer to a Burn ICU or not – has been more art than science. About 79 percent of Total Burn Surface Area calculations are incorrect, sending more patients than necessary to specialized facilities, straining resources and compromising resuscitation and patient care.  A senior...

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Five engineering faculty awarded Discovery Grants

Jun. 29, 2019—Five proposals from School of Engineering faculty 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. “Discovery Grants serve as a key internal funding vehicle for fostering research that has the potential to improve lives and address society’s complex problems—a vital part...

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Weiss to lead VINSE starting July 1

Jun. 27, 2019—Sharon Weiss (Vanderbilt University) Sharon Weiss, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering, professor of electrical engineering and physics and deputy director of the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE), will become the new director of VINSE, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente announced today. Weiss’ appointment will begin on July...

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Nine engineering design projects earn awards for seniors

Jun. 18, 2019—Nine exceptional student design projects have been recognized as winners in the School of Engineering’s annual design competition for the 2018-2019 academic year. More than 70 teams of senior engineering students in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science presented their final projects on April 22—Design Day 2019. The...

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VU engages Lewis-Burke to connect faculty with federal sponsors

Jun. 14, 2019—Vanderbilt University has engaged Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a specialty consulting firm based in Washington, D.C., to afford faculty more opportunities for enhancing their research and scholarship. Through this engagement, Lewis-Burke will collaborate directly with faculty, provide advice on funding trends, identify new opportunities, discuss strategies to overcome funding challenges, and connect faculty with federal decision-makers...

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BME team develops quick DNA test for malaria drug resistance

Jun. 13, 2019—One of the keys to quickly diagnosing anti-malarial drug resistance — potentially saving lives — lies in testing whole blood instead of extracting DNA, eliminating processing steps that can take hours or days. A team of Vanderbilt University biomedical engineers cracked the code to doing just that and are working on applying the method to...

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