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Biomechanics Researchers Use Computational Modeling

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Researchers in the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory are analyzing the musculoskeletal system in normal, injured and repaired states and devising creative ways to restore normal function. Under the direction of Jennifer Wayne, Ph.D., professor of biomedical engineering, graduate students are using computational modeling to improve joint function and surgical outcomes.

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NIH Funds Epithelial
Cell Research

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Daniel E. Conway, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has received a National Institutes of Health grant for his investigation into the role of force across proteins in epithelial cells. Conway is studying cell-cell, cell-matrix, and nuclear forces with the five-year, $1.8 million grant.

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First HealthHacks

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Students from VCU and other universities developed solutions for unmet medical needs at VCU’s new medical hackathon, HealthHacks. Hosted by the schools of Engineering and Medicine, more than 30 teams worked collaboratively throughout the intense 24-hour period and presented their solution concepts.

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Meet Lauren Griggs

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Meet BME doctoral student Lauren Griggs, winner of the Susan E. Kennedy award for advancing the presence of women in higher education. Griggs, who inspires other students as a researcher and mentor, says they shouldn't get discouraged by rejection letters.

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Custom Medical Devices

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Using sophisticated 3D printers, Peter Liacouras, Ph.D., BME ’06, is helping shape the next generation of medical devices for service members. Liacouras is director of services at the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s 3D Medical Applications Center.

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