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Collegiate Inventors Competition Selects Georgia Tech/Emory Team as 2016 finalists

The Collegiate Inventors Competition has selected a team of two Georgia Tech and Emory graduate students as finalists in its 2016 annual competition. Aaron Blanchard and Kevin Yehl are students in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University and in Emory’s Laney Graduate School. Their advisor, Khalid Salaita, Ph.D., is associate professor of chemistry in Emory College. The team is one of only six graduate teams and five undergraduate teams selected nationally.

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Rehabilitative Dance Alters Balance Control in Parkinson's Disease Patients 

Researchers from Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology have found that balance responses in people with Parkinson's disease (PD) are altered after a three-week Adapted Tango dance rehabilitation program. The study, published in the October issue of the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, also show that the three–week program may be as effective as longer programs with similar amounts of class time.

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Bleeding Disorders Could One Day Be Diagnosed By Putting Platelets Through Strength Tests

Bleeding disorders could one day be diagnosed by putting platelets through strength tests, researchers have proposed. Biomedical engineers from Georgia Tech and Emory have devised a microfluidic testing ground where platelets can demonstrate their strength by squeezing two protein dots together. Imagine rows and rows of strength testing machines from a carnival, but very tiny. Platelets are capable of exerting forces that are several times larger, in relation to their size, in comparison with muscle cells.

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Gabe Kwong Receives $1.5M NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

Gabe Kwong, assistant professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory, was named a recipient of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) New Innovator Award. The High-Risk, High-Reward Research (HRHR) program, supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s Common Fund, awarded 88 grants to highly creative and exceptional scientists with bold approaches to major challenges in biomedical research. 
 
“The program continues to support high-caliber investigators whose ideas stretch the boundaries of our scientific knowledge,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

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Manu Platt Honored with Atlanta Business Chronicle's "40 Under 40 Award"

Manu Platt, associate professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory, honored as an Atlanta Business Chronicle 40 Under 40 awardee in 2016. This Atlanta area award honors 40 leaders under the age of 40 who have made significant career achievements and have demonstrated substantial involvement in community service.
 
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BioID Master’s Program Begins Fourth Year; Student Teams Participate in Leadership Training Workshop

The Georgia Tech Master of Biomedical Innovation and Development (MBID) degree program (a.k.a. BioID program) enters its fourth year with 28 students. Two of the students are international and 48% of this year’s class are women. So far, 61 students have graduated from the program and all 61 previous graduates entered the medical field—a placement success of 100 percent. The current class is divided into five project teams that will spend a year in this full-time program. This program addresses a gap in current professional biomedical education: the crucial “bench-to-bedside” progression that transforms biomedical research into practical, usable techniques and products for improving patient care.  

Learn more about this unique master’s program here.
View pictures of their October 17 leadership challenge course experience here.
 

Biotechnology Career Fair Attracts Record Number of Students

The Georgia Tech 2016 Biotechnology Career Fair was held on Thursday, Sept. 15. The fair had 22 companies participate and the largest number of student attendees to date with 575 registrations.
 
The Biotech Fair is organized and run by a 23-member committee of graduate and undergraduate students from BME, ME, and BioE. They solicit company participation, plan career/job search prep seminars, coordinate company info sessions, recruit volunteers, set-up, host companies and tear down the fair, in addition to other responsibilities.

Beyond the committee, more than 60 students volunteered to help run the fair. Approximately 250 students attended seven different career development sessions that were offered. Among registrants, 81 percent were undergraduates, 10 percent were master's students, six percent were Ph.D. students, and three percent were alumni.

View pictures of this year's biotechnology career fair here.
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