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CZI grant expands training and access to high-end imaging techniques

Dec. 2, 2020—With a grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Imaging Scientists program, a research assistant professor of biomedical imaging will extend the accessibility of specialized microscopy equipment and expertise within Vanderbilt University to a broader pool of researchers, including students. Bryan Millis, also a research assistant professor of cell and developmental biology, develops microscopy and imaging technologies...

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$1 million CZI grant bolsters VUIIS ‘deep tissue’ imaging research

Dec. 2, 2020—Researchers in the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS) have received a $1 million grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to develop “deep tissue” imaging methods that can peer into the furthest corners of the body. Through the application of magnetic resonance microscopy, VUIIS Director John Gore and colleagues Adam Anderson, Mark Does, and Junzhong...

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Alumnus-founded GreenLight Medical expands to answer COVID-related needs

Nov. 30, 2020—As the COVID-19 crisis hit, businesses around the world pushed pause. GreenLight Medical CEO Austin Dirks saw things differently. “If we could double down and get aggressive, this could be an opportunity,” he says. “As medical supplies became scarce, we could connect the dots—linking hospitals and health care systems with suppliers.” GreenLight bills itself as...

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Imaging brain’s white matter is predictive “biomarker” for Alzheimer’s disease progression

Nov. 20, 2020—Measuring changes in functional connectivity of the brain’s white matter, which is made up of nerve fibers and their protective myelin coating, can predict Alzheimer’s disease progression, researchers in the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science have found. Previous studies have correlated variations in blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) signals detected by functional magnetic resonance...

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Engineering scholar Katherine Russo receives AAUW fellowship

Nov. 17, 2020—AAUW programs aim to tackle barriers women face in education Graduate student Katherine Russo has been awarded a 2020-2021 fellowship from the American Association of University Women. The AAUW awards grants and fellowships to scholars who pursue academic work and lead innovative community projects to empower women and girls. It is one of the world’s...

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Researchers create technique that corrects distortions in MRI images

Nov. 11, 2020—Perfecting MRI images with deep learning, Vanderbilt and VUMC researchers have created a technique that corrects image distortions, which provides more accurate information for researchers, radiologists and neuroscientists to better interpret brain scans. The work by Bennett Landman, professor of electrical engineering and computer science and radiology and radiological sciences, and Kurt Schilling, research assistant...

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Team receives $4 million NIH grant for rapid test of COVID-19, other respiratory infections

Oct. 13, 2020—Twice in 2019, Nick Adams and his colleagues applied for federal grant money to develop a rapid, precise, in-office test for respiratory infections. This test would skip the time-consuming and expensive steps of purifying the samples for testing or sending them to a lab. Doctors and their patients would not have to wait days, sometimes...

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BME student’s new sci-fi novel, written pre-COVID-19, imagines life in an epidemic

Oct. 12, 2020—Vanderbilt first-year student Morgan Butts was raised with a belief that having the “it” factor means far more than a popularity contest. For Butts, “it” stands for “independent thought.” The biomedical engineering major used this idea as a launching point for her newly published science fiction novel, Raeth Thower and the Four Princes. Vanderbilt first-year...

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