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Researchers create vest that would detect cancers before symptoms arise

A group of researchers from Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science are lining a vest with ultrasound sensors, signal processing electronics and other high-tech gear. Their goal is to provide a portable and inexpensive means for detecting common cancers much earlier than the typical diagnosis based on symptoms, thereby enabling treatment options to be more effective.

The diagnostic vest is designed for use at home or to be carried into rural areas, particularly in developing countries.

EECS's Jing Li delivered keynote talk at Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference

Jing Li, associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, recently gave a keynote speech at the Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference (GLBIO), which was held May 14-16 on the Carnegie Mellon campus, co-hosted by Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.

In his talk, Li presented recent advances in haplotype inference from large pedigrees developed by his lab. Among many applications of their approach, researchers can use their program to search for disease genes from large pedigree data, knowledge of which can aid in disease diagnosis and prevention.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Maurice Adams to give keynote address of the Vibration Institute's annual conference

Maurice AdamsProfessor of mechanical and aerospace engineering Maurice Adams is giving the keynote address of The Vibration Institute's 2013 annual conference, held this year in Jacksonville, Florida, June 18-22. 

Adams' talk is entitled "Analysis and Measurement Tools to Diagnose and Cure Rotating Machinery Vibration Problems in Power Generation and Aerospace Machinery."

Learn more about the conference now.

CSE-led scientists build material that could lead to safer, more comfortable implants

Led by scientists at Case Western Reserve University, researchers have turned to an unlikely model to make medical devices safer and more comfortable: a squid’s beak.
Many medical implants require hard materials that have to connect to or pass through soft body tissue. This mechanical mismatch leads to problems such as skin breakdown at abdominal feeding tubes in stroke patients and where wires pass through the chest to power assistive heart pumps. Enter: the squid.
The tip of a squid’s beak is harder than human teeth, but the base is as soft as the animal’s Jell-O-like body. In order to connect these two mechanically dissimilar parts of the squid, a major part of the beak has a mechanical gradient that acts as a shock absorber so the animal can bite a fish with bone-crushing force, yet suffer no wear and tear on its fleshy mouth.

Biomedical engineering's Anant Madabhushi awarded NIH R21 clinical trial grant

Anant Madabhushi, associate professor of biomedical engineering and director of the Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics (CCIPD), has been awarded a National Institutes of Health R21 Quick Clinical Trials grant for his project titled “Decision Support for MRI Guidance and Evaluation of Laser Ablation of Prostate Cancer.”

In collaboration with interventional radiologist Dan Sperling from the New Jersey Institute of Radiology, Madabhushi and his team will develop and apply advanced computerized image analysis and pattern recognition methods for targeting the focal lesion via laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT), a novel focal ablative therapy for treating low to intermediate risk of prostate cancers.