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December 15, 2014

Sri Sarma named inaugural recipient of the Krishna Kumar Award

The North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) awarded BME assistant professor Sridevi V. Sarma the first Krishna Kumar Award at their Dec 12, 2014 annual meeting held in Las Vegas. Dr. Sarma set the bar high for subsequent recipients by addressing the 2000 or so attendees with a lecture entitled “On the Therapeutic Mechanisms of Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease: Why High Frequency?” where she managed to make complicated modeling approachable and significant for everyone in the audience.

Sarma’s research focuses on three key areas: closed-loop deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease (PD); closed-loop stimulation for epilepsy; and brain-machine interactive control of fast movement.

The North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) is dedicated to promoting multidisciplinary collaboration among clinicians, scientists, engineers, and others to advance neuromodulation through education, research, innovation and advocacy.

December 12, 2014

CBID redesigned healthcare worker suit selected for funding in Fighting Ebola Challenge

The October 2014 Ebola ChallengeLed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAid), the recent "Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development" contest received submissions from around the world focused on personal protective equipment (PPE) solutions to increase the protection and comfort of healthcare workers battling Ebola. After a rigorous review process, CBID’s healthcare worker suit — redesigned for quicker and safer removal with integrated cooling features — was one of three projects selected for funding. View USAid press release or Learn more..

December 11, 2014

Natalia Trayanova research: insight into mechanisms of alternans in human atrial fibrillation

In a research paper available today, BME professor Natalia Trayanova, BME grad student Kelly Chang and researcher Jason Bayer reveal insights into the mechanisms of proarrhythmic alternans — electrical signals in the heart that alternate from beat to beat&#8212 and the role they play in atrial fibrillation. The study, entitled “Disrupted Calcium Release as a Mechanism for Atrial Alternans Associated with Human Atrial Fibrillation,” was published by PLOS Computational Biology. In this study the researchers use computational models to conduct a detailed examination of the causes and contributors to alternans associated with human atrial fibrillation.

December 8, 2014

Christopher Douville awarded NRSA Fellowship

Christopher Douville, a fourth-year BME PhD student in the lab of Dr. Rachel Karchin, associate professor of Biomedical Engineering, has been awarded a National Research Service Award from the NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute. The award will support his project “Predicting Impact of Genetic Variation on Splicing,” which aims to substantially improve the ability to interpret the consequences of exonic mutations on pre-mRNA splicing, as the impact of genetic variation on splicing is not well understood. The fellowship will provide three years of support for Christopher’s research training.

November 19, 2014

A comparative encyclopedia of DNA elements in the mouse genome

Journal NatureIn a research paper published today in the journal Nature, BME Assistant Professor Michael Beer and research colleagues set out to understand and compare the “mission control centers” found throughout the large stretches of DNA flanking mouse and human genomes. Because almost all human genes have a clearly related gene in mice, mice have been considered a good model for studying questions in biology that cannot be studied in human beings. But research findings suggest why studies in mice cannot always be reproduced in humans. Hopkins Medicine Press Release 

November 18, 2014

AccuSpine Probe wins again at Collegiate Inventors Competition Expo

AccuSpine Design TeamA product of a BME under­gradu­ate project and a star at the 2014 Design Day, the designers of the AccuSpine probe have been on a winning streak. In their latest win, Anvesh Annadanam and his team presented their invention to a panel of the most influential inventors and invention experts in the nation at the 2014 Collegiate Inventors Competition Expo. The AccuSpine Probe took second place and the team was awarded a $10,000 cash prize. Learn more 

November 14, 2014

Dr. Sri Sarma discusses intuition on NatGeo’s “Brain Games”

Intuition is the brains most powerful tool to solve complicated problems. In episode 11 of National Geograpic’s popular “Brain Games” series, Dr. Sri Sarma describes how the adaptive unconscious uses past experiences in present problem-solving. (Original air date August 25, 2014.)

October 3, 2014

AccuSpine probe design team chosen as finalists in 2014 Collegiate Inventors Competition

Johns Hopkins BME undergraduates, Anvesh Annadanam, Ravi Gaddipati, Luis Herrera and Eric Xie have been selected as finalists in the 2014 Collegiate Inventors Competition for their AccuSpine invention. The AccuSpine device was one of 99 concepts submitted in the competition. Finalists are chosen based on originality of the idea, the level of development technology and student initiative, as well as the potential value to society. The team will compete against six other undergraduate-developed prototypes at an Expo (open to the public) for the winning honor on November 17, 2014. The Expo will be held at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in the Madison Building Auditorium in Alexandria, VA. The AccuSpine probe is designed to improve spinal fusion surgery by providing real-time feedback for accurate surgical screw placement.

September 30, 2014

Sri Sarma discusses compassion as guest on NatGeo series

Dr. Sri Sarma appeared in Epidsode 11 of National Geographic’s Emmy-nominated series "Brain Games." She discussed what makes one feel compassion— then explains a calming exercise to help stretch your compassion muscles.
The original air date was July 15, 2014.

September 26, 2014

BME grad students Iraj Hosseini, Joel Sunshine and Carmen Kut named 2015 Siebel Scholars

The Department of Biomedical Engineering congratulates graduate students Iraj Hosseini, Joel Sunshine and Carmen Kut, who have been named to the 2015 class of Siebel Scholars. The eighty-three 2015 Siebel Scholars are from prominent graduate schools around the world. Iraj, Joel and Carmen are three of the five Johns Hopkins University student who received this honor. Other Johns Hopkins awardees were Mustafa Ankarali, Mechanical Engineering; and Tuo Zhao, Computer Science. The merit-based Siebel program provides $35,000 to each student for use in his or her final year of graduate studies. View BME news article.

Iraj Hosseini, Iran  |   Mentor: Dr. Feilim Mac Gahbann
Thesis:   Multiplexed Component Analysis to Identify Genes Contributing to the Immune Response during Acute SIV Infection

Carmen Kut, Baltimore, MD  |   Mentor: Dr. Xingde Li
Thesis:   How Critical Is the Blood-Brain Barrier to the Development of Neurotherapeutics?

Joel Sunshine, Pikesville, MD  |   Mentor: Dr. Jordan Green
Thesis:   Biodegradable Nano- and Microparticles for Gene Delivery and Immune Activation

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