2015 News Archive

Nayak Wins UR CFAR World AIDS Day Scientific Symposium Poster Award

December 1, 2015

Rohit Nayak, a Ph.D. candidate supervised by Prof. Marvin Doyley, presented a poster titled “Visualizing principal strains of the carotid artery using plane wave imaging” at the University of Rochester Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) World AIDS Day Symposium on December 1st.  Rohit was awarded “Best Graduate Student Poster” in the Clinical/Translational/Public Health Category for his work!  Co-authored by Rifat Ahmed and Marvin Doyley (Electrical & Computer Engineering), Prashant Verma (Physics & Astronomy) Nancy Carson and Vikram Dogra (Imaging Sciences), Meera Singh and Sanjay Maggirwar (Microbiology & Immunology), and Giovanni Schifitto (Neurology), the poster presented the promising results from an ongoing NIH-supported HIV/vascular aging project.  Congratulations to Rohit and his co-authors on a job well done!

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Steve Huntzicker successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis

July 29, 2015

Congratulations to Steve Huntzicker who successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis titled “Quantitative Vascular Elastography: Stiffness and Stress Estimation for Identifying Rupture-Prone Plaques”.  Steve’s public defense took place on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, immediately followed by a closed-door defense session.  Steve has been advised by Prof. Marvin Doyley.  His Ph.D. committee was chaired by Prof. Laurel Carney; other committee members were Prof. Kevin Parker, Dr. Giovanni Schifitto, and Prof. Akhtar Khan.  Again, congratulations to Steve and many thanks for his hard work and significant contributions to Prof. Doyley’s Parametric Imaging Research Lab!

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Richards/Perucchio/Doyley Paper Published

May 1, 2015

Congratulations to Prof. Michael Richards (URMC Department of Surgery), Prof. Renato Perucchio (UR Mechanical Engineering Department), and Prof. Doyley on the publication of their manuscript titled "Visualizing the stress distribution within vascular tissues using intravascular ultrasound elastography: a preliminary investigation."  The article appears in the June 2015 issue of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.

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Multidisciplinary team including Prof. Doyley awarded NIH grant

January 5, 2015

Prof. Marvin Doyley is part of a multidisciplinary team which was recently awarded a new $3.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to better understand why individuals who receive anti-retroviral treatment for HIV are at greater risk for heart disease and stroke.  Scientists speculate that this occurs due to some combination of the infection and treatments themselves, which may be damaging cells in the body’s blood vessels.  One of the key measures in the study will be the thickness and stiffness of the carotid artery – the major blood vessel that serves the head and brain.  The researchers will employ a new ultrasound technology developed by Prof. Doyley’s group to track changes to the vessel over time.  UR neurologist Giovanni Schifitto is one of the principal investigators of the study, along with Sanjay Maggirwar, (UR Department of Microbiology and Immunology) and Jun-Ichi Abe (M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Texas).  Vikram Dogra (UR Imaging Sciences), Amneris Luque (UR Infections Disease Unit), and Xing Qiu (UR Biostatistics and Computational Biology) are also members of the research team.  Congratulations to Prof. Doyley and the entire team!

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