Biomedical Engineering

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    NSF grant helps develop next generation of STEM instructors

    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. Read More

    Oct 2, 2013

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    Free online course on data management for clinical research now underway

    Vanderbilt University's latest offering on the online learning platform Coursera, "Data Management for Clinical Research," went live this week. More than 33,000 number of students have registered for the massive open online course or MOOC. Read More

    Sep 18, 2013

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    Vanderbilt Medicine: Robotics revolution

    In the foreseeable future, robots will be sticking steerable needles in your brain to remove blood clots; capsule robots will be crawling up your colon as a painless replacement for the colonoscopy; and ultra-miniaturized snake robots will remove tumors from your bladder and other body cavities. Read More

    Sep 11, 2013

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    Eight engineering students receive NSF graduate fellowships

    Meghan Bowler, Erica Curtis, Melanie Gault, Samantha Saratt and Chelsea Stowell, biomedical engineering; Kirsten Heikkinen and Richard Hendrick, mechanical engineering; and Thushara Gunda, civil and environmental engineering, have received graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation. Read More

    Sep 4, 2013

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    Vanderbilt startup BioNanovations gets accelerated

    Vanderbilt graduate student Charleson Bell, who is the president of the high tech startup BioNanovations, is participating in a 12-week accelerator program in Silicon Valley specifically designed to encourage underrepresented tech entrepeneurs. Read More

    Aug 30, 2013

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    Seven engineering students receive NSF graduate fellowships

    Seven current engineering graduate students have received graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation. Read More

    Aug 27, 2013

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    Robot uses steerable needles to treat brain clots

    Surgery to relieve the damaging pressure caused by hemorrhaging in the brain is a perfect job for a robot. That is the basic premise of a new image-guided surgical system under development at Vanderbilt University. Read More

    Aug 8, 2013

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    Predicting cancer’s response to therapy

    Researchers are developing imaging methods to predict patient outcome early in the course of chemotherapy for breast cancer – to allow clinicians to adjust therapy for patients who are not responding. Read More

    Jun 24, 2013

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    Genetics may have played a role in student’s cancer research grant award

    In July, Alex Walsh will step up to a podium in Saarbrucken, Germany and deliver a talk on optical metabolic imaging at an international workshop on Advanced Multiphoton and Fluorescence Lifetime Techniques. It’s her prize for winning this year’s JenLab Young Investigator Award – one of several awards recently bestowed… Read More

    Jun 21, 2013

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    Aladine Elsamadicy wants to bridge cultural divides

    Aladine Elsamadicy (Lauren Holland/Vanderbilt) Aladine Elsamadicy says he didn’t feel singled out for his Egyptian heritage or Muslim faith while growing up in Alabama—not until Sept. 11, 2001, that is. He was in the fifth grade at the time. Elsamadicy and his siblings were suddenly more conspicuous at their… Read More

    May 6, 2013

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    John Wikswo at TEDx Nashville: The Homunculi and I

    John Wikswo, Gordon A. Cain University Professor of biomedical engineering and A. B. Learned Professor of Living Physics, presented "Homunculi and I: Lessons from building organs on chips" at TedX Nashville April 6, 2013. Read More

    May 6, 2013

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    Josh Shannon wants to pioneer biomedical discoveries

    Josh Shannon (Lauren Holland/Vanderbilt) Growing up in Spring Hill, Fla., Josh Shannon did almost everything with his identical twin, Michael. So when it was time for the academically talented brothers to apply to colleges, naturally there was some overlap. “We weren’t set on going to the same school, but… Read More

    May 6, 2013

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    Telerobotic system designed to treat bladder cancer

    An interdisciplinary collaboration of engineers and doctors at Vanderbilt and Columbia Universities has designed a robotic microsurgery system specifically designed to treat bladder cancer, the sixth most common form of cancer in the U.S. and the most expensive to treat. Read More

    Apr 2, 2013

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    High Fidelity: Cochlear implant users report dramatically better hearing with new Vanderbilt process

    Longtime cochlear implant users are reporting such dramatic improvements in their hearing, thanks to new image-guided programming methods developed by Vanderbilt University researchers. Read More

    Mar 5, 2013

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    Cell connections key in valve disease

    A protein that connects cells together participates in the calcification that occurs in heart valve disease. Read More

    Feb 14, 2013

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    Grissom selected as Frontiers in Bioengineering Workshop Young Investigator

    Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering William Grissom has been selected as one of the 2013 Frontiers in Bioengineering Workshop Young Investigators and will participate in the event Feb. 25-26 at Georgia Tech’s Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience. Read More

    Feb 8, 2013

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    Grissom selected as Frontiers in Bioengineering Workshop Young Investigator

    Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering William Grissom has been selected as one of the 2013 Frontiers in Bioengineering Workshop Young Investigators and will participate in the event Feb. 25-26 at Georgia Tech’s Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience. Read More

    Feb 6, 2013

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    Director of German nanosciences institute is NanoDay! keynote speaker

    Oliver Schmidt, director of the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research in Dresden, Germany, is the keynote speaker at the 13th Annual Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Forum Oct. 24 at Vanderbilt University. The Forum and NanoDay! activities are sponsored by the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Materials Science. Read More

    Oct 16, 2012

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    Merryman selected to attend U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium

    David Merryman, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, is among 78 of the nation's brightest young engineers selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's 18th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium. Read More

    Jul 3, 2012

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    Gates grant to fund mobile phone-based detection tool for newborn jaundice

    Chetan Patil, research assistant professor of biomedical engineering, has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to test the ability of an adapted mobile phone to diagnose jaundice in newborns in developing countries. Read More

    Jun 5, 2012