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November 24, 2015

New pain mechanisms revealed for neurotoxin in spinal cord injury

A toxin released by the body in response to spinal cord injuries increases pain by causing a proliferation of channels containing pain sensors, new research shows, and this hypersensitivity also extends to peripheral nerves in the limbs far from the injury site. Findings could point to a new route for treating pain in people with spinal cord injuries, said Riyi Shi (pronounced Ree Shee), a professor of neuroscience and biomedical engineering in Purdue University's Department of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering.
November 24, 2015

Integrating a flipped lecture into a laboratory course

The flipped classroom model allows for active student learning by 'reversing' the traditional classroom structure. The content traditionally delivered inside the classroom (i.e. lectures) is recorded and provided to students online, while the in-class time is dedicated to identifying knowledge gaps and problem-solving.
November 20, 2015

Wireless sensor enables study of traumatic brain injury

A new system that uses a wireless implant has been shown to record for the first time how brain tissue deforms when subjected to the kind of shock that causes blast-induced trauma commonly seen in combat veterans.
"Blast-induced traumatic brain injury, already one of the most significant wounds throughout Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, has become increasingly prevalent," said Riyi Shi, a professor in Purdue University's Department of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, and Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. "About 167,000 blast-induced traumatic brain injury cases have been documented during both deployments alone."
November 20, 2015

Purdue preeminent teams tackling head trauma, 'label-free imaging,' advanced materials

Purdue University's College of Engineering has named three preeminent teams to focus on research ranging from medical imaging and head trauma to advanced composite materials. Two of the teams have Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering connections. One team is led by Ji-Xin Cheng, professor in Purdue's Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Chemistry and scientific director of the Label-free Imaging lab at Purdue's Discovery Park. The second team is led by Thomas M. Talavage, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering and a founding co-director of the Purdue MRI Facility.
November 19, 2015

Purdue-related startup creates smart camera tech that could automate cars, home, security settings

A startup that licenses Purdue University technology has created a deep-learning camera and hardware package that can be taught to recognize objects or perform tasks that could be used in security, automotive, industrial and defense applications. Eugenio Culurciello, associate professor in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and co-founder of TeraDeep, said deep-learning technology is inspired by the human brain.
November 17, 2015

Purdue-based startup could make high-quality scientific and industrial imaging systems less expensive

A Purdue innovation that could help improve efficiency and lower the costs of selective scientific imaging equipment is being commercialized by High Performance Imaging LLC. Charles Bouman, a professor in Purdue's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Purdue's Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and a co-founder of High Performance Imaging, said that the company's technology can be of great value in advanced scientific imaging by reducing cost and increasing access.
November 17, 2015

Three Purdue women exemplars of startup success

Three women with Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering connections--Jessica Huber, professor of speech, language, and hearing sciences; Alyssa Panitch, the Leslie E. Geddes Professor of Biomedical Engineering; and Sherry Harbin, professor of biomedical engineering, serve as role models and mentors for faculty and student researchers who seek to transition their ideas into commercial products.
November 4, 2015

Sherry Harbin receives 2015 Outstanding Commercialization Award for Purdue Faculty

Sherry Harbin, professor of biomedical engineering and basic medical sciences, was named winner of the 2015 Outstanding Commercialization Award for Purdue Faculty. The award is given annually to a faculty member in recognition of outstanding contributions to, and success with, commercializing Purdue research discoveries.
October 20, 2015

Kinzer-Ursem selected to participate in NAE's Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

Tamara Kinzer-Ursem, an assistant professor in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University has been selected among seventy of the nation's most innovative, young engineering educators to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's seventh Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium. This symposium is designed to facilitate the sharing of best practices in research and education to bring about improvements in each participant's respective institution.
October 19, 2015

Purdue startup commercializes assistive wheelchair technology, develops first prototype

A Purdue startup is commercializing an assistive wheelchair technology that could provide people with disabilities an efficient and easy-to-use method to more easily position and remove an iPad or other mobile device without being limited by a table or moving in and out of the chair. The company has recently developed its first prototype.
September 25, 2015

Rucha Joshi selected as Burton D. Morgan Fellow

Rucha Joshi, a doctoral student in biomedical engineering, has been selected to join the first cohort of the Burton D. Morgan Fellowship Program, a student-driven initiative focused on thought leadership, mentorship, and community building. This program includes eleven undergraduate and graduate students from diverse majors across campus that demonstrate great merit and leadership aptitude.
September 24, 2015

Kinzer-Ursem receives 2015 Showalter Trust Award

Professor Tamara Kinzer-Ursem has been selected to receive research funding from the Ralph W. and Grace M. Showalter Trust Fund. The award will fund her research project entitled "Surface Optimization for Selective Protein Capture and High-Throughput Assay Development".
September 23, 2015

Kinzer-Ursem receives Outstanding Alumni Award

Tamara Kinzer-Ursem, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Toledo Bioengineering Department. The award recognizes alumni from the UT College of Engineering that have made significant contributions to their respective fields.
September 8, 2015

Two outstanding staff members receive Bravo Award

Asem Aboelzahab and Jo Gelfand have been awarded Purdue’s Bravo Award for their remarkable work the past year. This award is granted to faculty and staff members that have demonstrated excellence beyond their expected duties.
July 24, 2015

Purdue University innovation wins FDA Food Safety Challenge

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that technology discovered at Purdue University that could help government agencies and the food industry detect salmonella more quickly has won the grand prize in the 2014 FDA Food Safety Challenge.
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