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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.

IEEE EnergyTech Conference on campus May 21-23

Attend the third annual Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) EnergyTech Conference, held on the campus of Case Western Reserve University May 21-23.

The conference offers presentations from members of academia, government and industry on advances in energy systems concepts and electrical energy technology, including generation, control, transmission, storage and efficient use. Deliberately broad, this forum is an opportunity to view energy issues across the spectrum. Participants will include experts in energy fields, as well as attendees desiring to bring themselves up to date with the current frontiers and emerging promises in power and energy.

May 21 will feature four tutorials about energy systems and grid technologies. The following two days will be packed with information in an attempt to answer the major questions surrounding green energy.

Prof. Melissa Knothe Tate elected American Society of Mechanical Engineers fellow

Melissa Knothe Tate, professor of biomedical and mechanical and aerospace engineering, was elected as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, an honor lauding the top 3 percent of the profession.

Knothe Tate was elected as a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in 2010.

Biomedical engineering student Asha Singanamalli received runner up for paper at SPIE Medical Imaging 2013

Asha Singanamalli, a biomedical engineering student, received runner up for best student paper at SPIE Medical Imaging 2013. SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics.

She beat out 40 other student papers and 7 other finalists with her paper, titled “Identifying in Vivo Dce MRI parameters correlated with ex Vivo quantitative microvessel characteristics: a radiohistomorphometric approach.”