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Find out how translational research impacts health care at Ford Distinguished Lecture Oct. 26

The fall Ford Distinguished Lecture will feature a panel discussion on the topic of “Forward Thinking: How Biomedical Engineering Can Positively Impact Health and Health Care.” The event will be held Monday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Tinkham Veale University Center.
The lecture features a panel of faculty experts from the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Macro’s Eric Baer accepts APS William Fowler Award

Eric Baer, Distinguished University Professor and the Herbert Henry Dow Professor of Science and Engineering in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, accepted the William Fowler Award for Distinguished Research in Physics from the Ohio-Region Section of the American Physical Society at the organization’s awards dinner on Friday, Oct. 16.
The William Fowler Award honors the society’s members who have done outstanding research in the field, and there have been just 12 recipients since the award’s inception 25 years ago. 

Hear from NASA engineers at upcoming lecture, film screening

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Physics and Astronomy Club will sponsor a lecture with NASA engineer Matt Melis Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 12:30 p.m. in the Millis Schmitt Auditorium.
Melis will talk about the Space Shuttle Columbia accident in 2003, and his role in the investigation.
Presented in conjunction with the lecture, the Case Western Reserve University Film Society will sponsor a showing of Ascent: Commemorating Shuttle Sunday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium.

Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership awards $1 million for promising biomedical engineering projects

The Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership has announced more than $1 million in funding and support for the 2015 cycle. This includes six full biomedical engineering projects, from an affordable and easy method to screen for Barrett’s esophagus, to synthetic life-saving blood platelets, to a technology that reduces pain after joint-replacement surgery.
The 9-year-old program, a partnership between Case Western Reserve University and the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, invests more than $1 million a year in direct funding and support services to help research teams from Case Western Reserve advance products from the laboratory to the marketplace, where they can be available to improve patient care.

BME researcher to transform clot makers into clot busters

A Case Western Reserve University researcher has been awarded a five-year, $1.9 million grant from National Institutes of Health (NIH) to transform clot-forming synthetic platelet technology into devices that dissolve clots to prevent strokes and heart attacks.
Anirban Sen Gupta, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Case School of Engineering, and his collaborators Samir Mitragotri, PhD, at University of California Santa Barbara; and Wei Li, MD, PhD, at Cleveland Clinic; believe that platelet-inspired synthetic particles can be used to deliver anti-clotting medicines directly to clots that pose a serious health risk.