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Diagnostic Imaging and Image-Guided Interventions (DIIGI) Laboratory

Written by Yuankai (Kenny) Tao, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering The Diagnostic Imaging and Image-Guided Interventions (DIIGI) Laboratory develops novel optical imaging systems for clinical diagnostics and therapeutic monitoring in ophthalmology and oncology. Biomedical optics enable non-invasive, subcellular visualization of tissue morphology, biological dynamics and disease pathogenesis. Our ongoing research primarily focuses on clinical translation of therapeutic…

Posted by on September 11, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015


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The Ice Water Phantom Cometh

Written by Vishwesh Nath, PhD Student, MASI lab, and Colin Hansen, PhD Student, MASI lab A quick look at this device brings an unforgettable memory, and an initial reaction might leave one wondering: Is that dangerous? It is not. Known as diffusion phantoms, these spherical devices serve as a benchmark for assessing the performance of…

Posted by on August 23, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015


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VISE Project Vault – Manual Surgical Tools with Robot-like Dexterity

Written by Patrick Anderson, Vanderbilt University doctoral candidate in Mechanical Engineering In the Medical Engineering and Discovery (MED) Lab, we work with surgeons to design surgical robots and medical devices that make surgery less invasive, more accurate and more effective. One project that I have worked on in the MED Lab is a laparoscopic tool…

Posted by on July 19, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015


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Identifying Innate Antimicrobial Strategies during Pregnancy-Related Infections

Written by Jennifer Gaddy, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Dept. of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases Group B Streptococcus (GBS) infections during pregnancy cause serious complications that can lead to preterm labor as well as maternal and neonatal sepsis. These outcomes carry serious financial and emotional burdens for families around the globe. A better understanding of…

Posted by on June 21, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015


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VISE Project Vault

Written by Ahmet Cakir, PhD candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science In the Medical Image Processing (MIP) lab, two main research areas we work on are related to Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) and Cochlear Implants (CIs). Some of the projects include DBS assistance, assessing the impact of several factors on CI hearing…

Posted by on June 14, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015


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A Musical Awakening

Written by Alexander Chern, M.D. candidate at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine About a year ago, in a crosswalk at the corner of Natchez and Blakemore, I was hit by a car. I was hospitalized for a month after sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other serious injuries. When I woke from my…

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015


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VISE Supports Medical Projects that Directly Impact Patients

Written by John Mendoza, B.E. Biomedical Engineering 2016, M.S. Biomedical Engineering 2017 Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (VISE) is a prime example of one of the university’s invaluable resources available to engineering students looking to hit the ground running. Because it lies at the university’s forefront of surgical excellence and engineering solutions, VISE understands…

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015


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VISE affiliated lab: Computer-Assisted Otologic Surgery (CAOS) – Part II

Written By Neal P. Dillon, PhD (Post-doctoral researcher) Loris Fichera, PhD (Post-doctoral researcher) Trevor L. Bruns (PhD Student) The Computer-Assisted Otologic Surgery (CAOS) lab is a unique collaboration between Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Vanderbilt School of Engineering. Unlike most engineering labs, the lab is located in the Medical Center just a few floors…

Posted by on April 17, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015


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Music Cognition as a Window into Development

Written by Miriam Lense, PhD, Research Instructor, Department of Otolaryngology Twin A wailed as the nurse administered the heel stick. His heart rate jumped up nearly 70 beats per minute and he tightly squeezed his eyes shut. Nine weeks premature, he endured painful heel sticks and neurologic examinations as part of his daily routine. He…

Posted by on April 10, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015


Rene Gifford, seated, along with Benoit Dawant, left, Robert Labadie, right, and Jack Noble work on a research project about reprogramming existing Cochlear implants.

VISE affiliated lab: Computer-Assisted Otologic Surgery (CAOS)

Written by professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Robert F. Labadie, MD, PhD and ME PhD student Neal Dillon The aim of the Computer-Assisted Otologic Surgery (CAOS) lab is to develop novel methods and tools to improve otologic surgery. Our multi-disciplinary team consists of members with both surgical and engineering backgrounds and expertise in Otolaryngology, Audiology, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical…

Posted by on April 5, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015