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Coulter Foundation Awards $1.6 Million to Accelerate Research

Nine Georgia Tech-Emory biomedical projects receive Coulter Foundation funding

Nine Georgia Tech and Emory University biomedical research projects have been chosen to receive funding from the Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program. The $1.6 million in seed funding is intended to accelerate promising technologies developed in research laboratories with the goal of improving patients’ lives. This year’s projects include a rehabilitation device for children, a heart drug delivery catheter and a disposable kit that checks for anemia.

The Coulter program, which partners with the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory, provides annual awards to research teams that develop products with great commercial potential and meet a well-defined health care need. Each research team pairs scientists or engineers with physicians.

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Congress Briefed on Biomedical Technology Research

AIMBE President Ravi Bellamkonda briefs congress on brain cancer

On June 15, Ravi Bellamkonda, president of The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and chair of the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, gave a briefing to congressional members in Washington D.C. He was joined by Robert Kirsch of Case Western Reserve University and Milan Yager from AIMBE. 

Some highlights from his presentation included:
* The United States is a world leader in biomedical engineering (BME)
* Traditional engineering is 20% female, while half of BME students are women
* Biomedical engineering is impacting healthcare in meaningful ways
* The Georgia Tech/Emory partnership is ranked #2 nationally for BME graduate programs
* Bellamkonda’s lab is using nanotechnology to make chemotherapy more effective

 You can view his congressional presentation below.

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National Science Foundation I-Corps for Learning Grant

NSF grant program encourages innovation in interactive learning

Stem cells are the foundation of an organism’s normal growth and development, serving as a biological repair system for the body, shape shifters that can turn into other types of cells through a process called “differentiation.” 

But how does a stem cell decide what type of cell to turn into? A group of graduate students in the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience set out to help young students answer that question through an interactive Plinko game, designed to demonstrate how scientists control stem cell differentiation. And thanks to their low-tech, innovative education tool, these students have received a National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps for Learning (I-Corps L) grant for this summer.

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Making Tracks Across Europe - Lizzie Marr

BME undergrad caps banner year by studying abroad in Oxford program

Catching up with Lizzie Marr could be a challenge this summer. Following a year at the Georgia Institute of Technology that saw her earn multiple honors and accolades, she’s giving her passport a good workout and making tracks across Europe as part of the Oxford Study Abroad Program.

“A once in a lifetime experience,” is how Marr, an undergraduate in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), describes her summer following several weeks of jaunting from city to city, as part of “a highly interactive study abroad program that exposes students to a vast range of European cities, as well as historical art, architecture and music.”

Overall, not a bad way to cap a busy and eventful year of university study and research. The highlights for Marr during the 2014-2015 academic campaign include the President’s Undergraduate Research Award and being named Mentor of the Year in BME Mentoring Program. The culmination of it all for Marr was taking first place for research poster presentation in the College of Engineering’s annual Undergraduate Research Spring Symposium.

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Tracie Dinkins Recognized by the College of Engineering

Tracie Dinkins Receives the Staff Hero Award from the College of Engineering

Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering recognized Tracie Dinkins with this year’s Hero Award. Dinkins is the financial manager for the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME). She was one of three staff members recognized for exceptional service to the college. The Hero Award recognizes an individual who:
* Is a role model and sets a positive work example
* Is the person that everyone turns to for support or solutions
* Demonstrates that no job is too big or too small
* Is committed to the delivery of excellent service at all times
* Produces exemplary work

A cash award accompanies the recognition. Dinkins has worked for Georgia Tech for more than 16 years and is responsible for grants management, Georgia Tech foundation accounting, and procurement compliance. The College of Engineering has approximately 350 staff members providing critical support to our faculty, researchers and students. Picture above is Dinkins with Gary May, Dean of the College of Engineering.

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