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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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Engineering grad student guides Google’s 2020 elections results experience

Dec. 1, 2020—Meet Troy Kensinger, Technical Program Manager responsible for Google’s election results experience. Troy also is a Vanderbilt student pursuing a master’s degree in computer science—online. Troy is from College Station, Texas, and currently resides in Los Angeles. What was your professional path to Google? The path started right after my undergrad from Texas A&M (S-E-C!)....

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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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Engineering professor Ndukaife wins award in Rising Stars of Light global competition

Nov. 30, 2020—Justus Ndukaife, assistant professor of electrical engineering, spent 20 minutes describing his optical nanotweezers to a panel of five distinguished professors from the United States, Australia, and China during a live online competition—Rising Stars of Light—that has drawn 260,000 viewers worldwide. After two sessions in which 10 finalists presented their research in a global campaign...

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Vanderbilt is key partner as Chattanooga named G20 Alliance ‘pioneer city’ for global smart tech roadmap

Nov. 23, 2020—Chattanooga, Tennessee is one of only two U.S. cities that will pioneer a smart technology policy roadmap as part of the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance and Vanderbilt researchers are playing a significant role in shaping the city’s roadmap. The announcement came last week from the World Economic Forum amid the global broadcast of the Smart...

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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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Vanderbilt researchers bring paradigm-shifting technology to endoscopic procedures

Nov. 19, 2020—A collaboration between international and Vanderbilt University researchers is helping to update a tried-and-true medical technology for the 21st century. The development of an intelligent and autonomous Magnetic Flexible Endoscope holds the promise of making colonoscopies safer, less painful, more widely available and less expensive. The article “Enabling the future of colonoscopy with intelligent and...

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