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Vanderbilt researchers’ surgical robots could make radical prostatectomy safer, less invasive

Feb. 10, 2021—Researchers at the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering have developed a minuscule robot that could revolutionize surgical procedures for treating prostate cancer, which affects one in nine men in the United States. Using a lifelike model, the team demonstrated that the surgical robot could not only remove the prostate gland and tissues through the...

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Trans-institutional collaboration receives $2 million BRAIN Initiative grant, developing brain organoids to map neurological development

Feb. 3, 2021—Vivian Gama, assistant professor of cell and developmental biology, and Leon Bellan, associate professor of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering, have won a $2.3 million, three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative. Vivian Gama Leon Bellan (Vanderbilt University) The researchers will be developing three-dimensional brain organoids and...

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Dozens of engineering professors among world’s top 2% of working scientists

Jan. 25, 2021—Nearly 40 School of Engineering faculty members have been named among the top 2 percent of 7 million working scientists in the world. More than 60 percent of the school’s full professors are in this elite group, based on a recent study by a Stanford University professor and his colleagues. The study combines several different...

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Cancer Institute grant funds new integrated approach to early lung cancer detection

Jan. 22, 2021—Vanderbilt researchers have received a National Cancer Institute grant to develop a novel, integrative approach to detect early signs of lung cancer. The four-year project builds on a related, recent study that established the value of using three separate measures—structural imaging, a protein marker and information available from electronic health records—to predict lung cancer in...

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Optical computing at sub-picosecond speeds developed at Vanderbilt

Jan. 19, 2021—Vanderbilt researchers have developed the next generation of ultrafast data transmission that may make it possible to make already high-performance computing “on demand.” The technology unjams bottlenecks in data streams using a hybrid silicon-vanadium dioxide waveguide that can turn light on and off in less than one trillionth of a second. The article, “Sub‐Picosecond Response...

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Brunger leads $1.5 million NSF project to develop advanced brain organoids

Jan. 7, 2021—Vanderbilt engineers have received a $1.49 million National Science Foundation grant to advance the science of organoids with cells that organize themselves and mimic development of human brain structures. Organoids are lab-produced groups of cells that serve as research models for human physiology in development and disease, including design and testing of drugs and other...

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Vanderbilt civil engineer partners with TDOT to seek ways to mitigate opioid epidemic

Jan. 6, 2021—One of the largest obstacles for patients seeking effective substance abuse treatment is a lack of transportation to the treatment facilities. Vanderbilt University researcher Janey Camp, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is working on a project to help clear those roadblocks. Janey Camp (Vanderbilt University) Camp is leading an 18-month, in-depth analysis of...

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Neuroengineer joins School of Engineering Jan. 1, 2021

Dec. 16, 2020—Christos Constantinidis has been appointed professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering beginning Jan. 1, 2021. At Vanderbilt, he also will be a member of the university’s Brain Institute and the Vision Research Center. He joins the School of Engineering from the Wake Forest School of Medicine. Constantinidis’ research focuses on uncovering how neuronal activity...

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