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DEKA Luke arm named one of the best inventions of 2 2014

The new prosthetic arm made by the R&D firm DEKA allows users to do more complicated tasks than an ordinary prosthetic. For example, the ability to open the hand while rotating the wrist. Users get the knack for operating the arm within 10 minutes, and soon are unlocking doors, using chopsticks and doing other things they hadn’t been able to since losing a limb. The Luke was approved by the FDA in May and should soon be on the market.

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Dr. Nicole Steinmetz
Dr. Steinmetz named 2015 Young Innovator in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering.In recognition of this award, Dr. Steinmetz is invited to present her work in a special platform session at the 2015 Fall BMES Conference and she is invited to contribute a full-­length research article to the 2015 Young Innovators Special Issue of the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering journal. 
Science Translational Medicine Article Features Prosthetic Limbs Research

A neural interface provides long-term stable natural touch perception

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Dustin Tyler featured in Nature, International Weekly Journal of Science

Dr. Dustin Tyler, BME Professor, is featured in Nature. Read more about Dr. Tyler's reaserch here:

Translational health technology student Allison Kipling launches her own company to turn a class project into a real product.

For some students, an assignment ends with the final grade. For Allison Kipling, the assignment was just a place to start—she’s parlaying her graduate school education into a real-world business. Kipling is a second-year student in Case Western Reserve University’s master’s degree track in translational health technology within the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Earlier this year, she and her classmates launched a company to take what started as a class project into the medical marketplace.

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Case Biomaterials Faculty and Students Win Research Awards and Officer Elections at SFB 2014 in Denver

An excellent team of 10 students and 7 faculty from Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering attended the Society For Biomaterials (SFB) Annual Conference in Denver during April 16-19. This meeting is the nation’s largest and most prestigious annual meeting of biomaterials engineers and scientists.

The students presented on their research while the faculty networked with their colleagues, took part in SFB officer elections and Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings. Two graduate students (Christopher Hernandez from Dr. Agata Exner’s lab and John Hermann from Dr. Jeff Capadona’s lab) as well as one undergraduate student (Victor Pan from Dr. Anirban Sen Gupta’s lab) received the prestigious STAR (Student Award for Outstanding Research) award, while graduate student Christa Modery-Pawlowski (also from Dr. Anirban Sen Gupta’s lab) received an honorable mention in the student awards. 

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CTSC/Coulter grant awarded to biomedical engineering, medicine faculty

Anant MadbhushiAnant Madabhushi, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and investigators at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, including Lyndsay Harris, professor of medicine-hematology and oncology, and Hannah Gilmore, assistant professor of pathology, were awarded a one-year Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative and Case Coulter Translational Research Partnership grant for their proposal titled, “Computerized Histologic Image-based predictor of recurrence in breast cancers following treatment.” Additional key personnel included Ajay Basavanhally, research associate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Additional key personnel included Ajay Basavanhally, research associate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.   The goal of this $50,000 pilot project is to develop a histologic image based predictor of treatment response in estrogen receptor positive breast cancers using advanced computer vision and machine learning tools to quantitatively extract patterns of tumor morphology, vascular density, proliferation index from immunohistochemistry and hematoxylin and eosin digitized histological images of biopsy specimens.

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BME's Nicole Seiberlich Wins Diekhoff Award

Nicole SeiberlichNicole Seiberlich, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, wants her PhD students to make painful discoveries—to struggle and find answers on their own.
For that—and teaching, listening and counseling them—Seiberlich won the John S. Diekhoff Award for Graduate Student Mentoring this spring.
Case Western Reserve University created the award in 1978 to recognize faculty who are outstanding mentors to graduate students, connect them with experts in their discipline, engage them academically and promote their professional development. Two faculty members are chosen annually for the award.

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CWRU Faculty Named AIMBE Fellows

Akkus, Triolo, Basilion, Lu and Lavik with BME department chair and 2009 AIMBE fellow Robert Kirsch (third from left)

Five Case Western Reserve University faculty members have been inducted into the 2014 class of the prestigious American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)’s College of Fellows.

This year’s inductees include Ozan Akkus, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, James Basilion, associate professor of biomedical engineering, Erin Lavik, the Elmer Lincoln Lindseth Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering, Zheng-Rong Lu, the M. Frank and Margaret Domiter Rudy Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Ronald Triolo, professor of orthopaedics and biomedical engineering.

The AIMBE College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country, and fellows are regularly recognized for their contributions in teaching, research and innovation.

Robert Kirsch, Ph.D. named BME Chair

Jeffrey Duerk, Dean of the Case School of Engineering and Pamela Davis, Dean of the School of Medicine,announce that Professor Robert F. Kirsch has accepted the offer from the president and provost to serve as the chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), which is based in both the Case School of Engineering and the School of Medicine.




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Announcing a new master's degree in Translational Health Technology

Become a leader in translating biomedical engineering innovations into
clinical practice. Learn to apply the fundamental principles of
product development, entrepreneurship and commercialization in this
yearlong, 27-credit-hour program.

Now accepting applications for Fall 2013

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President Obama Honors BME Researcher Jeffrey Capadona

Presidential Early Career Award (PECASE)

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In Memoriam

Roger Marchant, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, passed away on January 31, 2014. Roger was a valued colleague, a world renowned scientist, an outstanding mentor to 27 PhD students and more than 50 undergraduate students, and a skilled and popular teacher. He filled numerous leadership roles at Case and on the national scene across his career, and the excellent biomaterials program in BME resulted in no small part from his guidance and efforts over many years. Roger will be sorely missed.

Roger's obituary is below, including  a link to a site where you can write in a guestbook and find directions to the services. Roger's family has asked that any donations be made to a fund that will establish a lectureship in biomaterials in his memory - information regarding this is included in his obituary.




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