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    1. Researchers advance image-guided robotic surgical tools for delicate eye procedures

      Researchers advance image-guided robotic surgical tools for delicate eye procedures

      Molecular, gene and cell-based therapies targeting eye diseases could prevent and potentially reverse cell degeneration that leads to loss of sight. However, delivering injections safely and accurately into targeted ocular layers remain concerns that affect the advancement of life-changing new treatments. To address the safety and reliability challenges, researchers in the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering are joining their expertise to enable the use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging for assistive robot control feedback aimed at enabling extreme precision subretinal drug delivery. Front, Mechanical Engineering Professor Nabil Simaan and Karen Joos, Joseph and Barbara Ellis Professor of Ophthalmology ...

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    2. VISE affiliates awarded $1.8 million grant to improve surgical guidance during eye surgery

      VISE affiliates awarded $1.8 million grant to improve surgical guidance during eye surgery

      A team of Vanderbilt University engineers and clinicians have won a five-year $1.8 million National Eye Institute grant to develop and translate novel intraoperative imaging technologies to the ophthalmic surgical suite to enable real-time surgical guidance. “Our group has spent quite a few years working on developing the underlying imaging technology,” said Yuankai Kenny Tao, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and a faculty researcher in the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering, is the principal investigator. “This grant will support our translational efforts and allow us to identify ophthalmic surgeries that will directly benefit from real-time guidance and to ...

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    3. Biomedical engineering professor named a Fellow of optics society

      Biomedical engineering professor named a Fellow of optics society

      Audrey Ellerbee Bowden has been named a Fellow of SPIE, international society for optics and photonics, “for achievements in optical coherence tomography.” Audrey Bowden Bowden, associate professor of biomedical engineering, has developed several new system designs that advance optical coherence tomography, an imaging technique that provides high-resolution imaging of subsurface tissue structures. She works with clinicians to apply these new tools for early detection of skin and bladder cancer. She also focuses on developing and deploying low cost point-of-care technologies for rural and resource-constrained global health applications. “Being named a Fellow is a great honor, and I am in very ...

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