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October 13, 2015

BME undergrad team named finalist in 2015 Collegiate Inventors Competition with their entry of a uterine contraction monitor

TocoTack - uterine contraction monitorA BME undergraduate team has been named a finalist in the 2015 Collegiate Inventors Competition with their entry of the TocoTrack, a low-cost uterine contraction monitor. The device, designed to assist midwives in diagnosing labor complications, measures muscle stiffness and can filter out other movements, such as the patient’s breathing. The work is conducted within the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design.

The biomedical engineering undergraduate team, Malvi Hemani, Melissa Lin, Kunal Patel, and Huilei Wang, Jason Park, Yunchan Chen, Nolan Benner, and Wooyang Son, worked under the guidance of Dr. Robert Allen. They have already sent ten test devices to hospitals in India. The team will begin partnering with NGOs to distribute the devices.

The 2015 finalists will present their inventions before a panel of judges at the Collegiate Inventors Competition Expo and Awards at the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Nov. 17. Read the full article.

October 2, 2015

Johns Hopkins awarded $10 million for Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute for brain study

A joint effort to apply for a Kavli Foundation Neuroscience Institute led by Richard Huganir, professor and director of the Department of Neuroscience, and Michael Miller, BME Herschel and Ruth Seder Professor and Director of the Center for Imaging Science has resulted in Johns Hopkins’ selection as one of three universities to be funded to form a new Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute.

A $10M gift from the Kavli Foundation and $10M in matching funds from the University will support the Institute. Rick Huganir and Michael Miller will co-direct the Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute at Johns Hopkins — drawing together faculty experts in neuroscience, engineering, data science to study the brain.

The thrust of the proposal was a vision of synergy between Schools of Medicine and Homewood — with focus on data science and computational modeling. By drawing on the university’s expertise in "big data" analytics, Hugarin and Miller expect that researchers will be better equipped to leap to a new level to understand the brain. Read the full article.

September 23, 2015

Four BME graduate students named 2016 Siebel Scholars

The Department of Biomedical Engineering congratulates the newly-named 2016 Scholars: Hao Dang, Shadi Eshghi, David Herzfeld and Dong Shin. The 90 Class of 2016 Siebel Scholars will join a vibrant community of global leaders who collaborate, communicate, and institute meaningful change. Today, more than 1,000 Siebel Scholars are active in the program that promotes leadership, academic achievement, and the collaborative search for solutions to the world’s most critical issues.

The Siebel Scholars program was established by the Siebel Foundation in 2000 through grants to 16 universities in the United States, China, France, Italy, and Japan. Each year, top graduate students from 25 partner programs are honored as Siebel Scholars and receive a $35,000 award for their final year of studies. 

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September 9, 2015

U.S. News again ranks Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering #1 in the nation

Johns Hopkins University’s biomedical engineering program has once again ranked first — ahead of Duke, MIT, Stanford and Georgia Tech — on the U.S. News & World Report “best engineering programs” list, released today. The ranking evaluates undergraduate programs at national universities where the highest degree is a doctorate. Overall, Johns Hopkins University moved up two notches from last year to share the 10th place spot for “best national universities” with California Institute of Technology. Hopkins now sits ahead of both Dartmouth and Northwestern (tied for 12th) and Brown (14th). Learn more on The Hub 

July 15, 2015

Jordan Green named 2015 AIChE NSEF Young Investigator Award winner

Department of Biomedical Engineering Associate Professor Jordan Green has been selected by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Nanoscale Science & Engineering Forum (NSEF) as their 2015 Young Investigator Award winner!  Dr. Green was selected for this honor based on his “significant achievements to nanoscale science and engineering.”

He will receive the award at the 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting scheduled to be held November 8–13, 2015 in Salt Lake City. Dr. Green will present an award lecture in the November 9th NSEF Plenary Session: Chemical Engineering Principles for Nanotechnology.

Leslie Tung, Professor and Interim Director of the Department of Biomedical Engineering commented, “This is wonderful news, and richly deserving.”

The Department of Biomedical Engineering congratulates Dr. Green on this achievement. Read the full article. 

July 6, 2015

Joel Bader and Winston Timp receive JHU Discovery Awards

With support from Johns Hopkins University’s Discovery Awards, many young Johns Hopkins scholars will be empowered to use the power of partnerships to fuel important discoveries and solve global challenges. Selected to receive the award from the Department of Biomedical Engineering was Joel Bader and Winston Timp. The new Discovery Awards are part of a $15 million commitment to cross-university, faculty-led research over three years. Twenty-three teams were among the first chosen for the program, each composed of members from at least two Johns Hopkins divisions.

Associate Professor Joel Bader was selected for his collaborative project: High throughput discovery and domestication of bacteriophages for human microbiome engineering.

Assistant Professor Winston Timp will be furthering research on his initiative, “Sequencing-based transcription factor binding quantification for synthetic biology.”

They will receive up to $75,000 each to pursue their research. Congratulations to both! Learn more on The Hub.

June 23, 2015

Johns Hopkins BME graduate student Jennifer Xu, receives 2014 Best Paper Award in Medical Physics

Lead Researcher Jenniver Wu

Jennifer Xu

The Medical Physics journal has selected the paper, “Cascaded systems analysis of photon counting detectors" by Jennifer Xu et al. to receive this year’s Sylvia & Moses Greenfield Award for the Best Paper Published in Medical Physics. Jen is a PhD student in the Johns Hopkins Department of Biomedical Engineering working under the supervision of Professor Jeffrey H. Siewerdsen at the I-STAR Lab.

Jen’s research involves breakthrough work in modeling the imaging performance of new x-ray photon counting detectors. Her image quality model gives analytical insight into the benefits of photon counting, low electronics noise, and the potential for high-quality x-ray spectral imaging. "The model agreed with measurements of the image noise and spatial resolution of photon counting detectors," says Jen, "and it quantifies the conditions for which photon counters have a benefit in comparison to conventional flat-panel x-ray detectors – and even the conditions where their performance is expected to be worse." The research was conducted with support from an NIH R01 grant led by Dr. Siewerdsen on spectral / dual-energy x-ray imaging.

The winning paper was co-authored by a collaborative team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University and Philips Healthcare. In addition to Jennifer Xu and Jeffrey H. Siewerdsen, coauthors include: J. Webster Stayman, Assistant Professor; Wojciech Zbijewski, Research Associate; Grace Gang, postdoctoral fellow; Katsuyuki (Ken) Taguchi, Associate Professor in Radiology; John A. Carrino (Associate Prfessor in Radiology; and Mats Lundqvist and Erik Fredenberg at Philips Healthcare.

The award will be presented at the annual Awards & Honors ceremony at the 57th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) in July in Anaheim, California.

Congratulations to Jennifer and the entire research team on this outstanding achievement!

June 10, 2015

BME grad team develops in-home device to control Parkinson’s symptoms

The student design team, Tremtex, has invented a headband-shaped device to deliver noninvasive brain stimulation to curb debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Their design has already received recognition at several prominent competitions. Learn more. 

May 18, 2015

ICM postdoc Hermenegild Arevalo wins Young Investigator Award at Boston scientific meeting

Hermenegild J. Arevalo, a postdoctoral Fellow in the Natalia Trayanova’s Computational Cardiology Laboratory, has won a 2015 Young Investigator Award at the Heart Rhythm Scientific Sessions in Boston. Arevalo was given this award for his clinical research, “Virtual Electrophysiological Study Improves Risk Prediction of Adverse Cardiac Events in Post-Infarction Patients.”

Trayanova commented: “This is a breathtaking achievement, in a meeting of 12,000 people. Hermenegild was first selected as one of the 6 finalist in the Young Investigator Award, which represent 1.6% of the submissions for the award. Hermenegild then delivered a perfect presentation with amazing slides. What is particularly astonishing is that he is the winner in the clinical category, based on our first translation of cardiac simulations to the clinic, using a cohort of 32 patients. I have never been more proud!”

May 15, 2015

Sri Sarma receives Robert B. Pond, Sr. Excellence in Teaching Award

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Sridevi Sarma has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Robert B. Pond, Sr. Excellence in Teaching Award for outstanding undergraduate teaching. The award recognizes “commitment to and excellence in instruction in the Whiting School of Engineering, success in instilling the desire to learn, and dedication to undergraduate students.” In testimonials supporting Sri’s nomination, students repeatedly described Sri as enthusiastic, approachable, and highly knowledgeable. They lauded her for her ability to elucidate complex topics, such as the Controls section of Systems and Controls, a course she co-teaches with fellow Institute of Computational Medicine core faculty members Michael Miller and René Vidal.

The Department of Biomedical Engineering congratulates Dr. Sarma and thanks her for dedication to teaching excellence.