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Crossing Elmwood: Hajim School/Med Center collaborations

dalecki_hockingTwo years ago, Jiebo Luo, Professor of Computer Science, and Yousef Khalifa, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, had never met, and didn't know anything about each other.

"But one day Yousef called me up and said he'd like to talk to me because he found out on my home page that I work on computer vision, and in particular video analysis," Luo related at a recent Crossing Elmwood seminar series presentation. The series, sponsored by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, highlights research collaborations between River Campus and Medical Center investigators.

"Given the olive branch, I grabbed it," Luo related.

"I crossed Elmwood."

The result is a collaborative research project to develop computerized, automatic analysis systems that can "look" at videos of residents performing cataract surgery and "grade" them in a more timely, objective fashion. (Read more . . .)

    This presentation, and several others in the series, have illustrated the unique opportunities for Hajim School faculty and their students to embark on multidisciplinary research projects that could lead to dramatic improvements in health care -- especially given that "crossing Elmwood" from the Hajim School to the University's world-class Medical Center involves no more than a five-minute walk.

Previous presentations have also included the collaboration of Danielle Benoit, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, with Stephen Dewhurst, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, and Catherine Ovid, Associate Professor of Biomedical Genetics, on a project to bind noninterfering RNA to polymer nanoparticles to protect salivary glands from radiation damage. (Read more . . . )

During another presentation, Diane Dalecki, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound -- who works in Goergen Hall -- described her ongoing collaboration with Denise Hocking, Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology, who also has an appointment in Biomedical Engineering and works at the Medical Center. They're exploring the use of ultrasound to enhance tissue engineering. (The image above from their project shows ultrasound-fabricated vascular networks formed in three-dimensional collagen hydrogels.)

The collaboration, Dalecki noted, has not only produced some exciting research, but provided a"really wonderful multidisciplinary environment for training our graduate students in our labs."

Four of the remaining five presentations in the series will involve Hajim faculty and their Medical Center collaborators, including:

All of the lectures will take place in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W-304), from 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm.