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In Memoriam: Martin E. Anderson

October 17, 2011

Martin E. Anderson, Ph.D. passed away unexpectedly on October 17, 2011. Martin completed his graduate and post-graduate training at Duke University in the lab of Gregg Trahey. In 2000, Martin came to the University of Rochester and was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering from 2000-2003. During his time at the UR, Martin led a productive laboratory in the area of biomedical ultrasound imaging, and was an active member of the RCBU.

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In Memoriam: Wesley Nyborg

September 25, 2011

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The biomedical ultrasound community has sadly lost one of its most important pioneers. Wesley Nyborg passed away on September 24, 2011 at the age of 94. Wes was a member of the Physics Department at the University of Vermont for over 50 years. Wes' seminal theoretical and experimental work forms the foundation for our understanding of the biological effects of ultrasound. He developed fundamental theories of the physical mechanisms of interaction of ultrasound with tissues including acoustic cavitation, ultrasound heating, and acoustic radiation force. He was a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and was recognized with the highest awards from numerous scientific societies. Wes was a Charter Member of the RCBU and was a long-time friend and colleague for many of us.

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Kevin Parker Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

September 20, 2011

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Kevin J. Parker, Ph.D. was awarded the Hajim School Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes Professor Parker's long-standing contributions to the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Dean Rob Clark presented the award and recognized Professor Parker's outstanding scientific research accomplishments, patents, teaching, and dedicated service to the university, including Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Director of the Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound. The award was presented on September 1, 2011 at the annual Hajim School Reception held at Oak Hill Country Club.

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Himanshu Shekhar’s Paper Recognized at Acoustical Society of America Meeting

June 8, 2011

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Congratulations to RCBU student member Himanshu Shekhar, who was awarded Second Place—Best Student Paper in Biomedical Acoustics at the 161st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, held on June 23rd-27th in Seattle, Washington. Himanshu was recognized for his poster titled A Coded Excitation Technique for the Functional Imaging of Coronary Atherosclerosis Using Ultrasound Contrast Agents. Himanshu is an ECE doctoral student in the lab of Marvin M. Doyley, and his research focuses on the prediction of the risk of acute cerebrovascular events such as heart attacks and stroke using intravascular ultrasound imaging.

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Students and Faculty Recognized at the Undergraduate Research Symposium

April 15, 2011

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Congratulations to the RCBU and BME students whose work was recognized at the prestigious annual University of Rochester Undergraduate Research Exposition 2011. Undergraduate students from RCBUand BME research laboratories participated in the symposium. BMEundergrads Benjamin Freedman '11 and Kelli Summers '11 were both invited to speak at the Engineering and Applied Sciences Symposium Talks.

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Denise Hocking Appointed to NIH Study Section

March 30, 2011

Professor Denise Hocking (Pharmacology & PhysiologyBMERCBU Member) has been appointed to serve a four-year term on the Bioengineering, Technology, and Surgical Sciences (BTSS) Study Section of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review (CSR). The BTSS Study Section focuses on the interdisciplinary fields of surgery and bioengineering to develop innovative medical instruments, materials, processes, implants, and devices to diagnose and treat disease and injury.

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Wei Jiang Successfully Defends PhD Thesis

March 23, 2011

Wei Jiang (ECE) successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis titled Ultrasound Focusing by Use of Apertures with Different Pitches and Ultrasound Imaging by Use of a Hemispheric Transducer Array. Wei's research was completed under the supervision of Professor Robert C. Waag, Ph.D. of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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Vikram Dogra Appointed Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Imaging Science

February 7, 2011

Professor of Imaging SciencesBiomedical Engineering and UrologyVikram Dogra, M.B.B.S., has been appointed editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Imaging Science (JCIS). The open-access, multidisciplinary journal deals with every aspect of imaging, enabling radiologists to clearly comprehend concepts and practices, and encouraging further research and technical innovation. Dogra also serves as consulting editor of the journal Ultrasound Clinics.

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Kevin Parker, Marvin Doyley and Deborah Rubens Publish Elastography Review Article

January 17, 2011

In January, a review of elastographic imaging over the last 20 years by RCBUmembers Kevin ParkerMarvin Doyley and Deborah Rubens will be published in Physics in Medicine and Biology (Phys Med Biol. 2011 Jan 7;56(1):R1-R29. Epub 2010 Nov 30.) The article covers the progression of elastography techniques from initial research, to improved imaging, to clinical trials, and ultimately translated to patient care. The full article can be viewed at Journal of Physics in Medicine and Biology and the abstract can be viewed at PubMed.

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Hocking & Dalecki Research Image Featured on Cover of Tissue Engineering

December 10, 2010

An immunofluorescence image captured by two-photon microscopy by Carlos Sevilla, has been featured as the cover for the December issue of Tissue Engineering. The image is featured in an article by BME graduate student Carlos Sevilla, co-authored by Dr. Dalecki and Dr. Denise Hocking.

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RCBU Members attend the Ninth Annual International Conference on the Ultrasonic Measurement and Imaging of Tissue Elasticity

November 1, 2010

The Ninth International Conference on the Ultrasonic Measurement and Imaging of Tissue Elasticity was held in Snowbird, Utah from October 16-19, 2010. Co-organized by Kevin Parker, past RCBUDirector, the annual conference provides an international forum for the advancement of knowledge and methods for the measurement and imaging of elastic properties of tissues with ultrasound.

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RCBU Member Dan Phillips to Head New BME Program at RIT

September 1, 2010

RCBU member Dan Phillips, Ph.D., has been selected to head the new biomedical engineering program in the RIT Kate Gleason College of Engineering. This new five-year program allows students to earn a B.S. degree in biomedical engineering; the inaugural class of about 40 students will begin this fall. Students take courses in biomedical engineering, science, mathematics, technical and free electives. An important aspect of the curriculum is the incorporation of a total of a year of flexible cooperative employment starting in the third year of the five-year program.

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BME Students Participate in the David T. Kearns Symposium

July 26, 2010

Six current BME students participated in the summer session of the David T. Kearns Research Symposium for Leadership and Diversity in the Arts, Sciences, and Engineering by presenting posters about their research. The symposium was held on Thursday July 29, 2010 in the Sloan Auditorium at Goergen Hall, and was sponsored by the David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering.

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Sally Child Celebrates 45th Anniversary at the University of Rochester

July 1, 2010

This month the RCBU recognizes Sally Child's 45 years of employment at the University of Rochester! Sally began employment at the University of Rochester in June 1965 in the Department of Electrical Engineering. She was first hired by Professor Edwin Carstensen as a technician for his laboratory that was dedicated to studying the biological effects of ultrasound and electric fields. Sally worked with Professor Carstensen for over 30 years, and in that time established herself as a key member in the broader community of scientists involved in advancing the use of ultrasound in medicine and biology. Upon the retirement of Professor Carstensen, Sally began to work with Professor Diane Dalecki and moved to the Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2000. Again, her efforts focused on researching the use of ultrasound in diagnostic imaging and developing new therapeutic applications of ultrasound.

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Scientists Rate University a Best Place To Work

June 30, 2010

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Denise Hocking Wins University Dean's Award

May 20, 2010

Denise Hocking (Pharmacology and PhysiologyBME) was recognized with the University Dean's Award for Meritorious Service in Ph.D. Defenses. She was one of four faculty members so honored for their commitment to graduate education. Recognition and presentation of this award occurred at the commencement ceremony of Doctoral degree candidates held on May 15th.

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BME Graduate Diana Ladkany Awarded Tau Beta Pi Graduate Fellowship

May 5, 2010

Diana K. Ladkany, BME class of 2009, has received a graduate fellowship from Tau Beta Pi for the 2010-11 year. Tau Beta Pi, the world's largest engineering society, awarded Ladkany a cash stipend of $10,000 to pursue her medical education at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. An honors student, Ladkany is the president of the New York Kappa Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, a member of the Rochester Early Medical Scholars, a member of Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society, and a Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient. Tau Beta Pi membership represents the highest honor that can be obtained by an engineering student and is awarded on the basis of high scholarship and exemplary character. Tau Beta Pi Fellowships are awarded on the basis of high scholarship, campus leadership and service, and the promise of future contributions to the engineering profession.Through her junior and senior years, Diana has been involved in research on the effects of biomedical ultrasound on cellular processes as a member of Professor Diane Dalecki's laboratory.

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Kelley Garvin Wins Best Student Paper Competition

April 28, 2010

Kelley Garvin won the Best Student Paper Competition at the 159th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America held in Baltimore, MD from April 19-23. Her invited paper, titled Ultrasound standing wave fields induce endothelial cell sprouting within three-dimensional engineered tissues was recognized as the Best Student Paper in the Biomedical Ultrasound/Bioresponse to Vibration Technical Section. This was the second year in a row that Kelley has won this award. Kelley presented her recent work demonstrating the use of ultrasound standing wave fields to spatially organize cells and induce endothelial cell sprouting in three-dimensional engineered tissues.

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BME Undergraduate Nicholas Berry Wins Research Award

April 26, 2010

Nicholas Berry (UR BME class of 2010) was awarded the Professors' Choice Award for Undergraduate Research in Engineering at the UR Undergraduate Research Expo held on April 23, 2010. Nick was awarded this honor for his scientific poster titled, High Frequency Pulse-Echo Ultrasound for Three- Dimensional Engineered Tissue Characterization. In his research, Nick has developed a high-frequency ultrasound system to be used to characterize the biological, structural, and mechanical properties of three-dimensional engineered tissues. Nick has been working on this project for a summer and two semesters. His coauthors on this work are Diane DaleckiMaria Helguera, and Denise Hocking.

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Dr. Diane Dalecki honored as Professor of the Year in Engineering

April 13, 2010

During the Undergraduate Research Exposition, on April 23rd, an awards ceremony will be held, in part, honoring Dr. Diane Dalecki as Professor of the Year in Engineering. This award is presented by the University of Rochester Students' Association for excellence in undergraduate teaching.

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Dr. Kevin Parker named Engineer of the Year

April 13, 2010

Dr. Parker, dean emeritus of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, past director of the Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound (RCBU), and the William F. May professor of engineering in the department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) has received the 2009 Engineer of the Year Award given by the Rochester Engineering Society.

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RCBU Members at the AIUM Annual Convention

March 29, 2010

The RCBU was well represented at the AIUM Annual Convention held in San Diego, CA on March 25-28. RCBU members Kevin ParkerDeborah Rubens, Shweta Bhatt, Vikram Dogra, Liwei An, Susan Voci, John Strang, Marvin Doyley, and Ralf Thiele were authors on scientific numerous presentations at this year's convention. Deborah Rubens, RCBU Associate Director, organized a pre-convention course titled Elastography: Where it is, where it is going, and how to apply it to your practice. The course focused on current and emerging applications of elastography. Another pre-convention course, titled Musculoskeletal Ultrasound: Core Curriculum, was organized by Ralf Thiele. Other scientific sessions were moderated by RCBU members Kevin Parker, Deborah Rubens, Ralph Thiele, Vikram Dogra, and Sweta Bhatt.

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BME Undergraduate Jasmine Carvalho Awarded a Xerox Undergraduate Fellowship

March 22, 2010

BME undergraduate student Jasmine Carvalho has been awarded a Xerox Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Jasmine will be working in the laboratory of Diane DaleckiRCBU Director and Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, on a project related to the use of ultrasound in cell and tissue engineering. The UR SEAS Xerox Undergraduate Fellows Program is a highly competitive program that provides engineering students with research experience. The program begins during the summer preceding the senior year, and continues as an independent research course in the fall and spring semesters of the senior year.

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RCBU Member Develops Collaborative Research Opportunities with UR BME and Peru

February 8, 2010

In 2009, RCBU member Ben Castaneda successfully defended his PhD thesis, Extracting Information from Sonoelastogrphic Images. He returned to his home country of Peru, where he accepted a new faculty position in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP). He was also appointed as the director of a newly created Medical Imaging Research Laboratory. In that capacity, Ben heads PUCP's new master's degree program in Signal and Digital Image Processing. The program is research oriented, with an emphasis on developing new mathematical models and their application to solving real problems.

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Congratulations to Dr. McAleavey!

December 16, 2009

Congratulations to Dr. Stephen McAleavey on the birth of his first child. Stephen and his wife welcomed a daughter, Laura Katherine McAleavey, on December 15. She weighed in at 7 pounds 3 ounces, was 20.7 inches long, arrived at 9:29 AM. Mom and baby are both doing well.

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Floyd Dunn Receives Fry Award from the International Society on Therapeutic Ultrasound

November 11, 2009

Floyd Dunn, an honorary member of the Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound (RCBU), received the William J. and Francis J. Fry Award for his contributions to the general area of biophysics and bioeffects of ultrasound, from the International Society on Therapeutic Ultrasound on September 12, 2008 in Minneapolis, MN. An award plaque and honorarium were presented. Dr. Dunn (Professor Emeritus of the University of Illinois) has been an honorary member of the RCBU since its inception in 1986.

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Dr. Diane Dalecki Elected Fellow of Acoustical Society of America

October 29, 2009

Diane Dalecki, Ph.D. (BMERCBU) has been elected a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. She was recognized by the society for her contributions to the bioeffects of sound and ultrasound. Professor Dalecki's election to Fellow was acknowledged at an awards ceremony during the 158th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America that was held in San Antonio, TX on October 26-30, 2009.

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New Collaboration between the Helguera (RIT), Dalecki, and Hocking Labs

October 1, 2009

A new collaboration, funded by the NIH, brings together the expertise of Professor Maria Helguera (Center for Imaging Sciences, RIT), Professor Diane Dalecki(BME, UR), and Professor Denise Hocking (Pharmacology & Physiology, UR). The collaborative effort focuses on developing novel, ultrasound tissue characterization techniques for engineered tissues. This work is part of a larger project, led by Drs. Dalecki and Hocking and funded by the NIH, that aims to develop ultrasound-based technologies for the field of tissue engineering.

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Marvin Doyley Receives NIH Funding for IVUS Research

July 15, 2009

Marvin Doyley (ECE) has been awarded a new NIH R01 grant titled IVUS Detection of Rupture Prone Plaques. The overall goal of the project is to develop ultrasonic methods to assess the functional and structural properties of life-threatening atherosclerotic plaques and the arterial wall. Dr. Doyley will measure the functional properties of coronary arteries using a prototype intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) system, equipped with a dual frequency IVUS transducer (15 MHz and 30 MHz), to visualize molecules that are expressed preferentially by life-threatening atherosclerotic plaques. Ultrasound contrast agents will be used to target specific blood vessels. The outcome of the project will advance the use of ultrasound for the diagnosis of atherosclerosis.

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Carol Raeman - 20 Years with the RCBU!

June 30, 2009

This month the RCBU recognizes Carol Raeman's 20 years of employment at the University of Rochester! Carol is currently a Technical Associate I working in the laboratory of Professor Diane Dalecki in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Carol started her employment with the University in 1989 working with Professor Ed Carstensen in the Department of Electrical Engineering. During her early years of employment, Carol played a key technical role in many studies on the biological effects of lithotripter fields. Only one year after her initial hire, Carol was already a co-author on 5 papers dealing with the bioeffects of lithotripter fields and pulsed ultrasound on the kidney, chick embryo, and lung. As her career progressed, Carol contributed to many significant studies on the effects of ultrasound on tissues containing contrast agents, the mechanisms for ultrasound-induced lung damage, effects of ultrasound on the heart and neural tissue, and the interaction of very low frequency underwater sound with biological tissues. Recent areas of Carol's work include applications of ultrasound in wound healing and cell and tissue engineering. Carol is highly skilled in both our biological and acoustic techniques, and contributes to the design and completion of a wide variety of research projects in our lab. Her experience, ingenuity, technical ability, and collaborative skills make her an enormously valuable member of our laboratory team. She has made outstanding contributions to the field of biomedical ultrasound over the years and we are very fortunate that she is a member of our lab. said Dr. Diane Dalecki.

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Dr. Hocking and Dr. Dalecki Receive NIH Funding for Summer Students

June 16, 2009

Dr. Denise Hocking and Dr. Diane Dalecki have received funding from the NIH to support the summer research projects and career development of undergraduate and high school students for two years. The funding is in response to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) initiatives of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). Research areas of student projects focus on studying the effects of ultrasound on cell growth and protein conformation, and novel applications of acoustic radiation force. This work will contribute to a larger, multidisciplinary project, led by Drs. Hocking and Dalecki and funded by the NIH, that aims to develop novel ultrasound technologies for the field of tissue engineering.

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Carlos Sevilla Awarded NIH Pre-doctoral Fellowship

June 16, 2009

Carlos Sevilla was awarded a prestigious NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Pre-doctoral Fellowship. This three-year award will provide funding for Carlos' thesis research project, titled ,Promoting Chronic Wound Healing with Ultrasound and Fibronectin. In his research, Carlos is investigating the ability of ultrasound to produce conformational changes in the extracellular matrix protein fibronectin that, in turn, stimulate cellular processes important for accelerating soft tissue wound repair. Carlos is a third year graduate student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and his thesis research is co-advised by Dr. Denise Hocking and Dr. Diane Dalecki. Carlos is also a student member of the Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound (RCBU). Carlos' research is part of a larger, multidisciplinary project, led by Drs. Dalecki and Hocking and funded by the NIH, that aims to develop the use of ultrasound for chronic wound therapy.

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Kelley Garvin Wins Best Student Paper Competition

June 5, 2009

Kelley Garvin won the Best Student Paper Competition at the 157th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America held in Portland, OR from May 18-22. Her paper, titled Ultrasound standing wave fields control the spatial distribution of cells and protein in three-dimensional engineered tissue, was recognized as the best student paper in the Biomedical Ultrasound / Bioresponse to Vibration Technical Section. Kelley presented her recent work demonstrating the use of ultrasound fields to non-invasively control the spatial locations of cells in collagen-based engineered tissues. Ultrasound standing wave fields were used to organize cells into planar bands within collagen gels, resulting in a significant two-fold increase in cell-mediated gel contraction, suggesting that ultrasound-induced cell organization leads to a differential extracellular matrix remodeling. Further, using ultrasound to spatially band endothelial cells within collagen gels resulted in vessel sprouting. These novel technologies have important applications to the fabrication of engineered tissues with desired tissue characteristics. Kelley is a third year graduate student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) and her thesis research is co-advised by Dr. Diane Dalecki and Dr. Denise Hocking. Kelley is also a student member of the Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound (RCBU). Kelley's research is part of a larger, multidisciplinary project, led by Drs. Dalecki and Hocking and funded by the NIH, that aims to develop novel ultrasound technologies for the field of tissue engineering.

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RCBU Members Attend Acoustical Society of America Meeting

May 18, 2009

The RCBU was well represented at the Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America held in Portland, Oregon on May 18-22, 2009, with the following presentations: Ultrasound Standing Wave Fields Control the Spatial Distribution of Cells and Protein in Three-Dimensional Engineered Tissue by Kelley A. Garvin, Denise Hocking, and Diane Dalecki. Kelley Garvin won the Best Student Paper Competition in the Biomedical Ultrasound/Bioresponse to Vibration Technical Section with this paper. Lung Hemorrhage Produced by Exposure to Underwater Acoustic Impulses by Diane Dalecki, Sally Z. Child, and Carol H. Raeman. Comparison of Unconfined Compression and Spatially Modulated Ultrasound Radiation Force Estimates of Shear Modulus by Stephen McAleavey, Erin Collins, Johanna Kelly, Etana Elegbe, and Manoj Menon.

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Rochester's Engineering School Named for Edmund A. Hajim

May 15, 2009

The University announced that its engineering school will, effective July 1, be officially named the Edmund A. Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

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Senior Design Students Take on Ultrasound Problem for Final Project

May 13, 2009

For the last nine years, senior engineering students have helped real-life customers solve biomedical engineering problems through a two-semester Senior Design course taught by Amy Lerner, Ph.D., and Scott Seidman, Ph.D. This year, BME seniors Aaron Gelinne, Bo Wang, Andrew Bochenko, and Tony Broyld solved Dr. Paul Bigeleisen's need for a system to stabilize an ultrasound imaging transducer when inserting a needle into tissue. According to Dr. Lerner, The UltraNeedle team was a great example of the kind of successful design process our students use to develop medical innovations. The students worked extensively with their clinical 'customer', learning about the technical challenges of the medical setting, and the demands of the end-user. They developed a simple, but elegant prototype that allowed for significant testing by representative customers. At the same time, they thoroughly considered the challenges that may be faced in manufacturing, marketing and obtaining regulatory approval for their device. We are very proud of their success, and look forward to continued development of their proposed solution.

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Scientists Rate University of Rochester a Best Place to Work

October 30, 2008

Not only is the University of Rochester the region's largest employer - it's also one of the best places in the nation for scientists to work, according to The Scientist magazine.

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SEAS Receives $30 Million Gift from University of Rochester Engineering Alumni, Edmund A. Hajim

October 17, 2008

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New Five-Year NIH Grant to Study Ultrasound and Wound Healing Awarded to a Multi-Disciplinary Team of Engineers, Scientists, and Physicians

October 15, 2008

Diane Dalecki, Ph.D. (BME) and Denise Hocking, Ph.D. (Pharmacology and Physiology) are multi-PIs on a new, R01 NIH grant entitled "Mechanisms for Wound Healing with Ultrasound." The grant was awarded by the NIBIB for a five-year period. The overall goal of the project is to identify key biological and physical mechanisms for ultrasound-enhanced soft tissue wound healing in order to develop the use of ultrasound for chronic wound therapy. The guiding hypothesis of the work is that mechanical forces associated with ultrasound propagation are capable of triggering conformational changes to extracellular matrix proteins that in turn enhance cell growth and contractility, stimulate cellular migration, promote collagen organization and mechanical strength, and increase blood flow to tissues. The multi-disciplinary team of engineers, basic scientists, and physicians on the project are Ingrid Sarelius, Ph.D. (Pharmacology and Physiology), Sheryl Gracewski, Ph.D. (ME), Sabine Brouxhon, M.D. (Emergency Medicine), Charles Francis, M.D. (Medicine/Hematology), and Edwin Carstensen, Ph.D. (ECE).

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Grant received to develop ultrasound technologies to detect, monitor, and assist in the treatment of breast lesions

August 30, 2008

Through the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Dr. Kaisar Alam and Dr. Deborah Rubens (RCBU Associate Director) received a grant to develop ultrasound technologies to detect, monitor, and assist in the treatment of breast lesions. The project is a collaborative effort between the Riverside Research Institute and the University of Rochester. Dr. Alam, an alumnus of the University of Rochester, received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering under the supervision of Kevin Parker, Ph.D. Through this three-year project, the team will develop elastography and ultrasound tissue characterization techniques to detect and monitor breast lesions with the ultimate objective of developing a reliable, clinically practical method of identifying benign breast lesions.

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Robert Clark to Lead Rochester's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

July 15, 2008

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University of Rochester Licenses Ultrasound Technology to General Electric

February 25, 2008

Research published in 1997 by Dr. Ted Christopher, a former UR doctoral student advised by Kevin Parker, Ph.D., has led to the licensing of tissue harmonic imaging to General Electric, the world's top manufacturer of ultrasound equipment. The modality will be used in 80% of the US ultrasound market.

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Benjamin Castaneda Wins Honorable Mention at SPIE!

February 22, 2008

Benjamin Castaneda received an honorable mention for his presentation of measurement of thermally-ablated lesions in sonoelastographic images using level set methods.

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Karl Schwarz, M.D., receives the UR Board Excellence Award in the Physician Category

January 28, 2008

Karl Schwarz, M.D., professor of Medicine in the Cardiology Division and Director of the UR Echocardiography Laboratory, and RCBU member, received the UR Board Excellence Award in the Physician category. The Chairman's Excellence Awards are received by employees whose professional and personal standards exemplify quality patient care, mirroring the values of the institution's Strong Commitment initiative: integrity, compassion, accountability, respect and excellence.

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UR a National Leader in Technology Commercialization

December 21, 2007

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The Stanford Center on Longevity Awards Stephen McAleavey, Ph.D. Grant to Study Incontinence Management

December 1, 2007

Stephen McAleavey (PI) was awarded a grant from the Stanford Center on Longevity for research on a Wireless Urine Monitor and Aids for Bladder Training and Incontinence Management. The goal of this project is to develop an assistive device for bladder training. The device, which incorporates a disposable sensor and wireless monitor, records the time of incontinence episodes. Urinary incontinence affects at least 10% of the age 65 or older population, and as many as 60% of those living in nursing homes.

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RCBU Members Receive Grant to Develop Tool for Early Detection and Monitoring of Liver Disease

December 1, 2007

RCBU members Kevin Parker (PI), Robert Lerner, Stephen McAleavey, and Diane Dalecki received funding from the Stanford University Center on Longevity for the project titled, Elastography in the Early Detection and Management of Liver Disease. The goal of this project is to develop a safe, non-invasive, inexpensive tool for the early detection and monitoring of liver disease.

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David Blackstock, Ph.D. receives the Rossing Prize in Acoustics Education from the ASA

November 11, 2007

David Blackstock was awarded the Rossing Prize in Acoustics Education from the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). The award was presented at the fall 2007 ASA Meeting in New Orleans. Dr. Blackstock presented the following paper in response to the award: D.T. Blackstock, Songs my students sang to me, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 122, 3026, 2007.

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NIH awards grant to study Ultrasound Technologies for Tissue Engineering

September 24, 2007

Diane Dalecki, Ph.D. and Denise Hocking, Ph.D., serve as multi-PIs on a grant from the NIH NIBIB titled Ultrasound Technologies for Tissue Engineering. The overall goal is to develop ultrasound-based enabling technologies for the fabrication and monitoring of functional, 3D artificial tissues. Through the project, they will develop the use of ultrasound to regulate the structure and organization of the extracellular matrix in order to stimulate cell processes that are critical for engineering functional tissue constructs. Current studies are testing the ability of ultrasound to produce conformational changes in fibronectin, an extracellular matrix protein that plays key roles in regulating cell growth and migration. Working with co-investigators Stephen McAleavey, Ph.D. and Sheryl Gracewski, Ph.D., the team is also developing and applying new ultrasound imaging and tissue characterization techniques to noninvasively monitor the material and biological properties of engineered tissues, and to validate the measurements through mechanical testing and finite element modeling.

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U.S. Navy Awards Grant to Study Neural Effects of Underwater Sound to John Olschowka, Ph.D. and Diane Dalecki, Ph.D.

September 19, 2007

John Olschowka (PI, Dept. of Neurobiology & Anatomy) and Diane Dalecki (co-I) received a two-year grant from the U.S. Navy titled Neural Effects of Underwater Sound. Underwater sound fields are used for numerous commercial and military applications, including imaging, oil exploration, mapping the ocean, and harbor surveillance. Sponsored by the U.S. Navy, Drs. Olschowka and Dalecki have embarked on a new collaborative project that will investigate the interactions of continuous and impulsive underwater sound fields with the brain and spinal cord. The Olschowka lab, in the UR Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, has long-standing expertise in examining injury to neural tissues, including trauma, using molecular, protein, and immunohistochemical techniques. Using the acoustic sources and technical expertise of the Dalecki lab, the team will investigate neural bioeffects of sound fields at frequencies ranging from 500 Hz-30 kHz. To also study the effects of acoustic impulses, the facilities and expertise available at Hydroacoustic, Inc. will be employed to generate underwater impulsive sound fields using an air gun system. Neural tissues of animals exposed to these continuous and impulsive underwater sound fields will be assessed for vascular damage, axonal injury, and glial activation. Results of this project will help to establish safe exposure guidelines for human divers and marine life exposed to underwater sound fields.

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National Science Foundation awards grant to Study Dynamic Response of Constrained Bubbles to Acoustic Excitation

September 1, 2007

Sheryl Gracewski (PI) and Diane Dalecki (co-PI) were awarded an NSF grant from the CMMI division titled Dynamic Response of Constrained Bubbles to Acoustic Excitation. This project will theoretically and experimentally characterize the linear and nonlinear dynamics of acoustically excited bubbles that are constrained within tubes and channels. The results of this work will be directly relevant to the use of ultrasound microbubble contrast agents in diagnostic imaging and new ultrasound-based therapies.

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Researchers receive NIH grant to study 3D Prostate Cancer Imaging Based on Crawling Wave Excitation

September 1, 2007

Deborah Rubens (PI) and Kevin Parker (co-I) were awarded a grant from the NIHtitled 3D Prostate Cancer Imaging Based on Crawling Wave Excitation. The goal of this project is to develop a novel 3D scanner, based on crawling wave technology, for application to prostate cancer.

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Edwin Carstensen, Ph.D., receives ASA’s Helmholtz-Rayleigh Interdisciplinary Silver Medal

July 7, 2007

The Acoustical Society of America's Helmholtz-Rayleigh Interdisciplinary Silver Medal was awarded to Edwin Carstensen (Founding RCBU Director) at the spring 2007 Acoustical Society of America Meeting in Salt Lake City. The award recognizes Dr. Carstensen's outstanding contributions to the physics of biomedical ultrasound.

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University of Rochester Dedicates Goergen Hall

May 16, 2007

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Benjamin Castaneda recognized in several worldwide competitions

March 15, 2007

Benjamin Castaneda was the winner of the Predictive Model Contest 2007 sponsored by Humana, Inc. Ben was also a finalist in the New Investigator Award Competition at the 2007 AIUM Annual Convention. He also received an honorable mention in the Mondialogo Engineering Award 2007 sponsored by UNESCO and Daimler.

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Dalecki to Direct Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound

January 23, 2007

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Dean of School of Engineering Named William F. May Professor

June 17, 2005

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Distorted Ultrasound Waves Produce Clearer Images: University Technology Licensed to Medical Ultrasound Company

July 29, 2002

A technology that greatly sharpens ultrasound images by capitalizing on a distortion that arises in tissue has been licensed to Acuson Corporation in Mountain View, Calif. The technique was developed at the University of Rochester's Center for Biomedical Ultrasound by several researchers over the course of three decades. Acuson, which has been granted a nonexclusive right to the patent, is a leading worldwide manufacturer and service provider of diagnostic medical ultrasound systems that generate, display, archive, and retrieve ultrasound images.

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Technology-Transfer Revenue 10 Times What it was Two Years Ago

June 28, 2001

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Hewlett-Packard Licenses University's 'Blue Noise Mask'

December 10, 1999

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University Dean Recognized for Ultrasound Research

July 27, 1999

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New Airway's 'Smarts' Ensure that Patients Get Plenty of Oxygen

May 8, 1998

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Hugh G. Flynn, Expert on the Physics of Bubbles, Dies at 84

June 6, 1997

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A New "Phantom" for Testing the Vision of Ultrasound Scanners

October 18, 1996

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Halftone Technology Makes its Way to the Marketplace

April 27, 1995

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Ultrasound Expert Robert Waag Named Yates Professor

March 7, 1995

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