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Vanderbilt Medicine: Robotics revolution

Sep. 11, 2013—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.

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Prosthetic limb advances could help victims of the Boston Marathon bombings

Apr. 19, 2013—Within the next one to three years, "bionic" prosthetic devices will become available for the people whose limbs were amputated in the Boston Marathon bombing that are substantially smarter, more capable, more active and more interactive than those currently on the market.

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Amputee sets stair climbing record with Vanderbilt prosthetic leg

Nov. 8, 2012—An amputee using a prosthetic leg designed at Vanderbilt made history by climbing 103 flights of stairs to the top of a Chicago skyscraper.

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Advanced exoskeleton promises more independence for people with paraplegia

Oct. 30, 2012—A team of Vanderbilt engineers has developed a powered exoskeleton that enables people with severe spinal cord injuries to stand, walk, sit and climb stairs. Its light weight, compact size and modular design promise to provide users with an unprecedented degree of independence.

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Mechanical engineering team wins Wyss-IEEE award for robotic leg prosthesis

Sep. 20, 2012—Two mechanical engineering graduate students and their professor have received the Wyss Institute-IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Award for Translational Research for their work on a robotic leg prosthesis, selected from submissions by biomedical engineers and scientists from academic institutions worldwide.

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Subscribe to ‘VUToday’ and find out who’s in the news

May. 4, 2012—VUToday is a daily report of Vanderbilt’s presence in the local and national news media, plus the latest press releases, athletics, research and higher education news. VUToday is a must-read for subscribers, who include faculty, administration, staff, alumni, community members, students and even parents who want to stay on top of how the media covers...

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National Science Foundation: Bionic leg makes amputee faster on his feet

Jan. 24, 2012—Two years after losing his leg in a shark attack, Craig Hutto became the test pilot for a unique and powerful new prosthetic leg being developed by mechanical engineer Michael Goldfarb and his team at Vanderbilt University.

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Nashville innovations

Aug. 23, 2011—Last week when the Nashville Scene’s annual Innovations Issue hit the newsstands, three of its ten “forward-thinking ideas that are pushing Nashville – and the world – into the future” came from Vanderbilt. The three campus projects that impressed the Scene editors were: Digging for Drugs: Cave Chemistry. This is an effort of Associate Professor...

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New ‘bionic’ leg gives amputees a natural gait

Aug. 17, 2011—A new lower-limb prosthetic uses the latest advances in computer, sensor, electric motor and battery technology to give it bionic capabilities.

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Out of the Deep

Aug. 1, 2011—A shark attack leads to a collaboration that could transform the lives of amputees It was an overcast June morning at Cap San Blas, Fla., and 16-year-old Craig Hutto had nothing but fishing on his mind. Situated about 50 miles south of Panama City on a peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico, the quiet beach...

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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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