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Simaan honored as IEEE Fellow for robotics advancements

Dec. 2, 2019—Nabil Simaan, professor of mechanical engineering, has been elevated to IEEE Fellow by the Board of Directors of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The award – effective January 1, 2020 – recognizes Simaan for contributions to dexterous continuum robotics for surgery. Technologies developed by his group have advanced surgical robotics by enabling steerable...

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Neuromodulation device studied as non-addictive option for chronic pain

Nov. 11, 2019—With $3.6 million in funding, researchers from the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science are developing a focused ultrasound neuromodulation device as a non-invasive and non-addictive method for treating chronic pain. The funding was awarded by the National Institutes of Health as part of the Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative, also known as the...

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VISE affiliates awarded $1.8 million grant to improve surgical guidance during eye surgery

Oct. 7, 2019—A team of Vanderbilt University engineers and clinicians have won a five-year $1.8 million National Eye Institute grant to develop and translate novel intraoperative imaging technologies to the ophthalmic surgical suite to enable real-time surgical guidance. “Our group has spent quite a few years working on developing the underlying imaging technology,” said Yuankai Kenny Tao,...

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Chang, Englot receive $3 million NIH grant for epilepsy imaging work

Aug. 29, 2019—A team led by an engineering professor who specializes in techniques to analyze functional neuroimaging data and a neurosurgeon-scientist has received a $3 million NIH grant for epilepsy research. This is the third major NIH R01 basic research grant Vanderbilt School of Engineering and Vanderbilt University Medical Center teams have received in less than a...

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Chang receives Early Career Award for advancing fMRI data analysis

Jul. 25, 2019—Catie Chang has received the 2019 Early Career Achievement Award from a society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Chang, an assistant professor of computer science, electrical engineering and computer engineering, was honored this week at the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society conference. Specifically, the award cites her “innovative contributions to...

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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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Women of VISE to host Wikipedia edit-a-thon to creates pages for women in science March 29

Mar. 26, 2019—The Women of VISE, a group of graduate students associated with the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering, will hold a Wikipedia edit-a-thon on Friday, March 29, to develop Wikipedia pages for women in science. The event will be held in Jacobs Believed in Me Auditorium at Featheringhill Hall from 5 to 9 p.m. The...

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Women of VISE engage Whitsitt Elementary students in optics and ultrasound basics

Feb. 24, 2019—Gummy bears, laser pointers, slinky toys and gooey, stretchy hands illustrated basics in optics, wave propagation and tumor registration to more than 100 Nashville public elementary students by biomedical engineering graduate students who took E-Week on the road. The hands-on activities were organized by Women of VISE – Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering –...

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