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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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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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Smith’s spinal cord imaging work lauded

Jan. 10, 2019—In recognition of his research contributions to improve magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods for detecting and quantifying spinal cord damage, Seth Smith, associate professor of radiology and radiological sciences, biomedical engineering, and ophthalmology and visual sciences, was recently awarded a 2018 Distinguished Investigator Award by the Academy for Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Research (ARR). Seth...

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Team shows MRI technique detects spinal cord changes in MS patients

Apr. 25, 2018—Magnetic resonance imaging can detect changes in resting-state spinal cord function in patients with multiple sclerosis, a new study by a Vanderbilt University Medical Center-led research team has shown. This first application of these measures in patients living with MS, reported recently in the journal Brain, could lead to new ways to monitor the effectiveness of...

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VUIIS team shows white matter has encoded neural activity

Jan. 18, 2018—Researchers from the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS) have detected signals in the white matter of the brain that suggest it has more neural activity than previously thought. The findings of Zhaohua Ding, research associate professor of electrical engineering, computer science and biomedical engineering, and colleagues suggest a new way to investigate diseases...

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What happens when collaborations go awry? Ph.D. student’s blog post offers solutions

Jan. 24, 2017—Our researchers seek collaborations across campus, the nation and the world, and those often lead to life-changing — and sometimes life-saving — technology coming out of their labs. But what happens when those collaborations go awry? asked Megan Poorman, a Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering who is affiliated with the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging...

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Open-source instructions for focused ultrasound provide cancer research boost

Jun. 8, 2016—Focused ultrasound is FDA-approved to treat three medical conditions and under investigation to treat dozens more. Just this week, popular TV journalist and surgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta explored the topic of focused ultrasound (FUS) as an experimental treatment for Parkinson’s disease. But the needed equipment costs hundreds of thousands of dollars and is tough to...

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