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Device Could Speed Diagnosis of Infections

Jeong-Yeol Yoon and Dustin Harshman work on a device that can analyze pathogens in real time.

A new diagnostic device created by a collaborative team of UA researchers, including BME's Jeong-Yeol Yoon, may significantly reduce the amount of time necessary to diagnose tissue infections. The device’s novel approach to molecular diagnostics, called DOTS qPCR, is faster, more efficient and less expensive than options currently being used in clinics.

Read more in UANews.

Wolfgang Fink Named da Vinci Fellow for 2015

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Like many men of science, Wolfgang Fink works in diverse disciplines and enjoys eclectic avocations. He’s a physicist, an engineer, an educator, an inventor, a licensed helicopter pilot and a classically trained pianist. You might call him a Renaissance man.

Read more in Arizona Engineer.

Providing Tomorrow's Medicine Today

Dr. Marvin SlepianDr. Marvin Slepian, professor of cardiology and associate department head of biomedical engineering, knows how to bridge the gap between the bench and the bedside.

Slepian has made the connection between creative entrepreneurship and significant health care issues to innovate and deliver solutions, such as the artificial heart, that enhance and save lives. In his latest venture, he will help extend the linkages between UA research and the public as director of the Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation.

The center, also known as ACABI, will help researchers form collaborations, find applications for new discoveries, develop their technologies and access resources to move their innovations forward. It will focus primarily on the development of translational biomedical technologies.

Read more in UANews.

UA Innovation Hub Headed by Slepian to Accelerate Translational Medical Research

The University of Arizona has announced the creation of a center focused on accelerating the development and commercialization of translational biomedical technologies.

The Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation, or ACABI, will be headed by Dr. Marvin Slepian. Read more from Tech Launch Arizona.

UA Biomedical Engineering Student Earns SynCardia Scholarship

Justine Bacchus, a junior studying biomedical engineering at the University of Arizona College of Engineering, has received the 2014 Anna Salazar Memorial Engineering Scholarship for Women from SynCardia Systems Inc.

The scholarship was created in honor of Anna Salazar, a senior quality engineer who joined SynCardia in 2012 and made a lasting impression on her colleagues at the company before her death later that year at the age of 49. 

Read more in Arizona Engineer.

Art Gmitro Appointed Chair of Biomedical Engineering Department

Arthur F. Gmitro, a professor and researcher in the University of Arizona colleges of medicine and optical sciences, became chair of the UA College of Engineering department of biomedical engineering, or BME, effective Nov. 24. He succeeds associate professor and interim department head Urs Utzinger.

“Strongly supported by the University of Arizona provost and vice president for research, the appointment of Arthur Gmitro as head of the BME department reflects the University’s growing recognition of biomedical engineering’s increasing importance to effective health care,” said College of Engineering dean Jeff Goldberg. “This appointment will showcase the synergies between BME and other departments on campus, not only in the College of Medicine but throughout the University.”

He added, “Art is taking over from Urs Utzinger, who has given selflessly in his role as interim head of BME. He cannot be thanked enough for what he has done over the past couple of years.”

Gmitro, who has been on the UA faculty since 1987 and a full professor since 1996, is known to many in the College of Engineering. Generations of students have taken his courses in medical imaging and biomedical optics in the College of Optical Sciences. Faculty members know him through research collaborations, as a member of the UA Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Engineering and from his service on the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program Advisory Committee, which he led from 2005 to 2006.

Read more in Arizona Engineer.

Congratulations to Outstanding Senior Ana Lourdes Enriquez

The UA College of Engineering announced its outstanding undergraduate and graduate students for the fall 2014 semester at a commencement luncheon on Dec. 3. Ana Lourdes Enriquez was named the Outstanding Senior for the department of biomedical engineering.

Read more in Arizona Engineer.

Turning Smartphones into Eye-Screening Tools

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The University of Arizona's Wolfgang Fink, whose innovations have helped restore partial sight to the blind, takes on a new challenge: creating telemedical devices that can prevent blindness.

Read more in Arizona Engineer.

The University of Arizona's Wolfgang Fink, whose innovations have helped restore partial sight to the blind, takes on a new challenge: creating telemedical devices that can prevent blindness. - See more at: http://news.engr.arizona.edu/news/ua-engineering-turns-smartphones-eye-s...
The University of Arizona's Wolfgang Fink, whose innovations have helped restore partial sight to the blind, takes on a new challenge: creating telemedical devices that can prevent blindness. - See more at: http://news.engr.arizona.edu/news/ua-engineering-turns-smartphones-eye-s...
The University of Arizona's Wolfgang Fink, whose innovations have helped restore partial sight to the blind, takes on a new challenge: creating telemedical devices that can prevent blindness. - See more at: http://news.engr.arizona.edu/news/ua-engineering-turns-smartphones-eye-s...

Making MRI a Potent Weapon in the War on Cancer

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Time is critical when it comes to diagnosing and treating cancer.

Aggressive cancer tumor cells often produce enzymes that cut into healthy tissues surrounding the tumor, providing routes for tumor cells to escape and create new, difficult-to-treat metastatic tumors. These enzymes could be ideal targets for diagnosing and treating aggressive tumors early on, but they are seldom investigated because accurately measuring their performance has been difficult – until now.

Associate professor Marty Pagel and his multidisciplinary research team are developing MRI techniques for early detection of cancer and for monitoring effectiveness of anticancer drugs.

Read more in Arizona Engineer.

Celebration of Life for Dean Emeritus Smerdon

The College of Engineering is holding a Celebration of Life for Dean Emeritus Ernest T. Smerdon, who passed away on Aug. 11, 2014. Please join us on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in Room S202 of the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Building.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ernest and Joanne Smerdon Scholarship Endowment.

Read more in Arizona Engineer.

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