NEWS & EVENTS
Exercise, Stress, and the Brain
Dr. Paul Thompson talks about how imaging has revealed the positive effects of exercise on the brain as well as the detrimental effects of stress and cortisol on the brain. For more information visit: http://www.loni.ucla.edu/ http://www.humanconnectomeproject.org/ Photos courtesy of: LONI, the Human Connectome Project
DEBUT Winner: Low-Cost Spirometer
Low-Cost Spirometer In the category of Technology to Aid Underserved Populations and Individuals with Disabilities the winning project, Low-Cost Spirometer, addressed the lack of devices to measure lung function for the diagnosis and monitoring of respiratory diseases in the developing world. Andrew Brimer, Abigail Cohen, Braden Eliason, Olga Neyman, and Charles Wu from Washington University in St. Louis designed a fluidic oscillating spirometer that costs under $10. The device offers a significant cost reduction compared with traditional spirometers costing $1,000-$2,000, without compromising accuracy or precision. With respiratory diseases like COPD on the rise, the durable low-cost spirometer could improve healthcare in the developing as well as the developed world. For more information on DEBUT visit: www.nibib.nih.gov/Training/UndergradGrad/debut
Picturing the Brain
Dr. Paul Thompson talks about the work that he does at the Lab of Neuro Imaging (LONI) at UCLA. He discusses brain health, the latest brain imaging technology and projects like ENIGMA, which involves a world-wide effort to create a brain database. For more information visit: http://www.loni.ucla.edu/ http://www.humanconnectomeproject.org/ Photos courtesy of: LONI lab, the Human Connectome Project, and iStock
Dr. Carla Pugh: Use of Sensors and Simulation Technology to Quantify Clinical Palpation
NIBIB grantee Dr. Carla Pugh discussed the need for practical, tangible educational tools for doctors and surgeons that can give quantifiable information on the effectiveness of the exam or procedure being performed. Some of the tools she developed to help doctors learn to diagnose breast tumors were on display at the technology showcase.
Replacing Biopsies with Sound
Research funded by the NIH at the Mayo Clinic has resulted in a new, noninvasive way to diagnose liver fibrosis. Using a new technique developed by Richard Ehman, Ph.D called MR Elastography which uses sound waves to determine tissue firmness, doctors are able to see inside the liver without biopsies.
Instant Mobile Cervical Cancer Diagnosis
Research funded by the NIH at Rice University has resulted in a portable, fiber optic microscope that non-invasively characterizes and diagnoses precancerous and cancerous cells. Both low cost and battery-powered, this point-of-care device is ideally suited to low resource settings and facilitates immediate outpatient therapy.