Calendar of Events

December 9, 2014

Graduate School of Medicine: Research Seminar

Research: What’s Your Story

Jim Neutens, Ph.D. and Tim Self, Director – Major Gifts

Light lunch provided – come early enjoy the fellowship!

Start: December 9, 2014 12:00 pm
End: December 9, 2014 1:00 pm
Venue: Morrison’s Conference Room
Cost: Free

December 3, 2014 – December 5, 2014

NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Heart Rhythm Disorders

HeartRhythmDisorders_268x224NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Heart Rhythm Disorders

Topic: Mathematical Modeling of Heart Rhythm Disorders

Meeting dates: December 3-5, 2014

Location: NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Organizers:
Alena Talkachova, Biomedical Engineering, Univ. of Minnesota
John Wesley Cain, Mathematics and Computer Science, Univ. of Richmond, Virginia
Xiaopeng Zhao, Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville

Co-sponsored by: the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (iBME), Univ. of Tennessee

Objectives: The heart is a complex nonlinear system, whose function involves the interaction between mechanical contractions of cardiac muscles and waves of electrical excitation propagating in the heart. Heartbeats are the result of the nonlinear coupling between these electrical and mechanical functions of the heart. Cardiovascular diseases, which are often associated with heart rhythm disorders, are the leading cause of death in the Western world. A complete understanding of heart rhythm disorders requires a complex system-level approach that incorporates the interaction between electrical, chemical, and mechanical activities of the heart on a variety of biological scales: ion channels to single cells to multi-cellular tissue to organ. Given the difficulty of monitoring and controlling all these factors in the lab, mathematical modeling provides a useful tool for this purpose. The goal of this workshop is to unite researchers from different disciplines – clinicians, mathematicians, physicists, biomedical engineers, and industrial practitioners – in order to better understand the existing mathematical challenges and to explore new directions in modeling of cardiovascular dynamics. As a result of the workshop, we will identify challenges and frontiers in mathematical modeling, statistics and prediction, dynamics and control, stability analysis, as well as data acquisition and analysis for heart rhythm related diseases. We will also foster new interdisciplinary collaborations.

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Application deadline: August 1, 2014. To apply CLICK HERE.
Participation in the workshop is by application only. Individuals with a strong interest in the topic are encouraged to apply, and successful applicants will be notified within two weeks of the application deadline. If needed, financial support for travel, meals, and lodging is available for workshop attendees.

Start: December 3, 2014
End: December 5, 2014
Venue: NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

November 25, 2014

Graduate School of Medicine: Research Seminar

Lipid Droplet Organelle Formation and Distribution in Eukaryotic Cells

Paul Dalhaimer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

Light lunch provided – come early enjoy the fellowship!

Start: November 25, 2014 12:00 pm
End: November 25, 2014 1:00 pm
Venue: Morrison’s Conference Room
Cost: Free

November 18, 2014

Graduate School of Medicine: Research Seminar

Personal Quest

Mitchell Goldman, M.D.
Assistant Dean of Research

Light lunch provided – come early enjoy the fellowship!

Start: November 18, 2014 12:00 pm
End: November 18, 2014 1:00 pm
Venue: Morrison’s Conference Room
Cost: Free

November 14, 2014

Distinguished Research Lecture Series

The Office of Research & Engagement and the College of Nursing are pleased to announce a Distinguished Research Lecture Series presented by Dr. Kathleen Dracup, who will present two open lectures on Securing NIH Funding and Team Science. The lectures will be held Friday, November 14, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. – noon in Hodges Library, Room 213.

Dr. Dracup, RN, FNP, PhD, FAAN is Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus, at the UCSF School of Nursing. Dracup earned a PhD from UCSF, a Master of Nursing degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from St. Xavier University, Chicago, Illinois.

A member of the Institute of Medicine, she is a leader in the field of cardiovascular nursing; she has been an influential mentor for cardiovascular clinical researchers for the past three decades. She is recognized nationally and internationally for her investigation in the care of patients with heart disease and the effects of this disease on spouses and other family members. She has tested a variety of interventions designed to reduce the emotional distress experienced by cardiac patients and their family members and to reduce patient mortality. Her most recent research has been in the heart failure population, focusing on interventions to improve self-care and health-related quality of life and reduce morbidity and mortality.

Dracup has published her research in more than 400 articles, chapters and books. She served as the editor of Heart & Lung for over a decade and as the co-editor of the American Journal of Critical Care from 1992 until 2009.

Please click here for a detailed schedule. Those interested in attending should register by November 3 at the following link: http://bit.ly/1wk3bRF. Attendance is open but space is limited. For more information, please contact Janet Benson at 865-974-7603 or jbenson@utk.edu.

Start: November 14, 2014 8:30 am
End: November 14, 2014 12:00 pm
Venue: Hodges Library
Address:
room 213
Cost: Free

November 12, 2014

Graduate School of Medicine: Research Seminar

Light chain amyloidosis: A journey from thermodynamics and structural biology to cell toxicity and (the initial glimpses of) a cure

Marina Ramirez-Alvarado, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/Consultant
Departments of Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Immunology
Mayo Clinic

Start: November 12, 2014 2:00 pm
End: November 12, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: Morrison’s Conference Room
Cost: Free

November 11, 2014

Graduate School of Medicine: Research Seminar

Light Chain Amyloidosis and Novel Theranostic Agents, etc. etc.

Jonathan Wall, PhD

Light lunch provided – come early enjoy the fellowship!

Start: November 11, 2014 12:00 pm
End: November 11, 2014 1:00 pm
Venue: Morrison’s Conference Room
Cost: Free

November 6, 2014

University of Tennessee College of Engineering: Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering Graduate Seminar

A Platform for Dynamic Simulation and Neuromuscular Control of Movement: Application in Predictive Simulations of Balance in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Misagh Mansouri Boroujeni
PhD Candidate
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering

Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 12:40 PM
406  Min Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building

Abstract

Numerical simulations are playing an important role in solving complex problems and have the potential to revolutionize medical decision making and treatment strategy. This area could greatly benefit from computational tools offering greater understanding of human movement and predictive capabilities for optimal treatment planning.

Stiff-knee gait is a troublesome neuromuscular disorder among children with cerebral palsy. Patients experiencing stiff-knee gait typically adopt energy-inefficient movements and are prone to falling and tripping. Currently, corrective procedures are based on qualitative observations during clinical examination and gait analysis, and the experience of the clinicians. Unfortunately, successful outcomes of such procedures are variable. Combining clinical movement analysis and simulation-based approaches may lead to a better understanding of biomechanical consequences of stiff-knee gait and its treatments.

In this research, a platform is created to combine musculoskeletal modeling, forward dynamic simulation, and neuromuscular control system design to test hypotheses related to balance recovery and movement control. Balance is among the most challenging tasks for patients with neuromuscular disorders such as children with cerebral palsy. Using the platform, researchers hope to develop scientific guidelines for understanding and improving balance recovery in patients with neuromuscular disorders.


Biography

Misagh Mansouri Boroujeni is a PhD candidate in Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering at University of Tennessee. Since 2009, he has been a Graduate Research Assistant under supervision of Dr. Jeffrey Reinbolt. His work seeks to develop an integrated research foundation to understand human balance and movement control through a design, control, and simulation environment to uncover the principles that govern the coordination of muscles during normal and abnormal movement.

His graduate research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation and the University of Tennessee. He had some of his graduate works published in peer-reviewed journals (Journal of Biomechanics and Journal of Biosystems & Biorobotics) and presented his work in multiple conferences (ASB, BMES, IEEE SMC and WCB). His PhD work, titled “Feedback for the Brain and Body: A New Freely Available Interface between MATLAB and OpenSim” also, featured in Biomedical Computation Review Magazine, published by SimBios, in June, 2012.

Mansouri is a student member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) and the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and a member of Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Start: November 6, 2014 12:40 pm
End: November 6, 2014 1:55 pm
Venue: Min H. Kao Building
Address:
Room 435
Cost: Free

October 28, 2014

Graduate School of Medicine: Research Seminar

Metabolomics at UT: Capabilities and Advances in the Systems Biology of Small Molecules

Shawn Campagna, PhD

Light lunch provided – come early enjoy the fellowship!

Start: October 28, 2014 12:00 pm
End: October 28, 2014 1:00 pm
Venue: Morrison’s Conference Room
Cost: Free

October 14, 2014

Graduate School of Medicine: Research Seminar

Regenerative Medicine in Large Animals: Basic and Clinical Research Update

Madhu Dhar, PhD

Light lunch provided – come early enjoy the fellowship!

Start: October 14, 2014 12:00 pm
End: October 14, 2014 1:00 pm
Venue: Morrison’s Conference Room
Cost: Free
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