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VISE affiliates awarded $2.3M NIH grant to combat childhood blindness

Jul. 31, 2023—A team of Vanderbilt engineers are working to breach the critical barrier to timely clinical intervention of blindness in preterm infants. One of the major causes of childhood blindness is a rapidly growing retinal vascular disease called Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). “Clinical intervention options for ROP exist, but our limited ability to detect ROP and...

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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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VISE researchers receive $3.1M grant for customizable cochlear implant programming

Jun. 26, 2020—By Michelle Bukowski A team of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers has received a $3.1 million NIH grant to develop advanced patient-specific cochlear implant stimulation models for customized implant programming. Traditional cochlear implant programming is done by expert audiologists using a guess-and-check approach based on subjective patient feedback regarding sound quality as...

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Hand-held robot points to less invasive prostate surgery

Jul. 18, 2019—Vanderbilt collaborators focused on minimally invasive prostate surgery are developing an endoscopic robotic system with two-handed dexterity at a much smaller scale than existing options. A key part of the design – telescoping, curved, concentric tubes – received U.S. patent protection in March 2019, the same month the principal investigators secured a $2.1 million R01...

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Vanderbilt engineer’s novel research explores way to restore silenced voices

Mar. 27, 2018—A swarm of cicadas that left thousands of insect carcasses across the Vanderbilt University campus in 2011 is leading to transinstitutional research at the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering and Vanderbilt University Medical Center to develop a surgical planning tool to help restore speech for people with vocal fold paralysis. Haoxiang Luo, Ph.D., who...

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