December 13, 2008
A summit at the U of R was aimed at encouraging interest among high school students and connecting college graduates to some cutting edge local jobs.
October 30, 2008
Not only is the University of Rochester the region's largest employer - it's also one of the best places in the nation for scientists to work, according to The Scientist magazine.
It's gratifying to be recognized for the research environment that we've worked hard to create,said Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D., CEO of the Medical Center.
This is an institution founded on the principle of interdisciplinary collaboration. Our scientists' satisfaction plays an important role in the ultimate success of our research enterprise, and helps us truly achieve
Medicine of the Highest Order.
October 28, 2008
The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) recently broke ground on the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) - a facility that will help accelerate scientific discoveries into new ways to understand, treat, prevent, and cure diseases.
October 17, 2008
Edmund A. Hajim, University of Rochester Chairman of the Board of Trustees and a 1958 engineering school graduate, announced his plans to give to the SEAS $30 million. The gift, which will be paid over several years, will provide scholarships for students with significant financial needs; it will also be put towards the endowment.
August 22, 2008
Researchers have discovered key details of how rheumatoid arthritis (RA) destroys bone, according to a study published in the Aug. 22 edition of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The findings are already guiding attempts to design new drugs to reverse RA-related bone loss and may also address more common forms of osteoporosis with a few adjustments.
The significance of our study is that it identifies SMURF1 as the signaling partner through which TNF does damage in RA-related bone loss,said Lianping Xing, Ph.D., assistant professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
That has enabled researchers to begin designing small molecule drugs to shut down the action of SMURF1 and its relatives. Furthermore, since mice engineered to have less SMURF1 expression develop thicker bones, future drugs that shut down SMURF1 may be also useful against more common forms of osteoporosis simply by changing the dose. Of course, this is early-stage work with many obstacles ahead, but it is exciting nonetheless.
Along with Xing, the study was led by Ruolin Guo, Motozo Yamashita, Qian Zhang, Quan Zhou, Di Chen, David G. Reynolds, Hani Awad, Laura Yanoso, Lan Zhao, Edward Schwarz, Ying Zhang and Brendan Boyce within the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at University of Rochester.
August 11, 2008
SiMPore, Inc., a spin-off company founded by engineers on River Campus, recently won the Golden Horseshoe Business Challenge, a $100,000 prize recognizing its business plan as the best in a region encompassing western New York and eastern Ontario.SiMPore also attracted $1.25 million in investments financed primarily by local Rochester high net worth individuals. In addition to VP of Life Sciences Tom Gaborski, (BME Ph.D. 2008), this venture involves interactions with numerous BME faculty members and students.
July 15, 2008
Robert L. Clark, Ph.D., former Dean of Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering, has been named Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at the University of Rochester. He succeeds Kevin Parker, Ph.D., who served as Dean of the School since 1998.
June 29, 2008
Laura Yanoso Scholl wins Award at the SBC 2008 meeting
Laura Yanoso Scholl won the First Prize in the MS Student Poster Competition at the Summer Bioengineering Conference (June 25-29, 2008), Marco Island, FL, for her paper and poster entitled
Evaluation of Poly-Lactic Acid/Beta-Ticalcium Phosphate Scaffolds as Segmental Bone Graft Substitutes.
June 2, 2008
University of Rochester's Forbes Entrepreneurial Awards this year are going to a pair of health-monitoring inventions and an identity confirmation system designed by senior engineering students.
June 1, 2008
The Mark Ain Business Model Workshop Series and Competition provides aspiring student entrepreneurs at the University of Rochester an opportunity to attend a series of three workshops that cover the following topics: articulation of their concept, sizing up market dynamics, development of business and operational models, and exposure to startup implementation issues. At the conclusion of the workshops, student finalists present their concept, analysis, and recommended business model to a panel of distinguished alumni entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship professionals in a competition with a first-place cash prize of $10,000. The competition is made possible by support from Simon alumnus and entrepreneur Mark S. Ain '67, founder of Kronos Incorporated, the Chelmsford, Massachusetts-based market leader in the workforce management industry. In 2008, the 2nd and 3rd place prizes were awarded to interdisciplinary teams involving four BME graduate students.
May 13, 2008
The Senior Design Program introduces undergraduate students to real-life problem-solving, resulting in the development of prototype medical devices or research instruments. Students are presented with problems posed by UR faculty, clinicians from the medical center, the local community, or local industry during the remainder of the year. As students explained their solutions to faculty, fellow students, staff members, and clients, they also found themselves the center of media attention. R-News reporter and anchor Diana Palotas talked with students and faculty about their projects.
May 9, 2008
Babak Razavi is a trainee in the Medical Scientist Training Program pursuing an M.D. as well as a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. His passion with photography began at a young age when his father taught him how to take pictures using a Canon AE-1 back in Iran. Anne Razavi worked as a medical physicist at the Wilmot Cancer Center and Department of Radiation Oncology. She trained at the CharitÃ© Hospital, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. She is now a product marketing manager with Siemens Medical Solutions. Babak and Anne both enjoy capturing a variety of themes including abstracts, nature, candids, weddings, and each other.
April 28, 2008
Graduating senior Rachel Hawe (B.S., Biomedical Engineering, 2008) has been selected to receive an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to pursue her Ph.D. at Northwestern University. Rachel, who is from Alexandria, Virginia, pursued neuroengineering research with Martha Gdowski in the Neurobiology & Anatomy Department during all four of her years at the University of Rochester. She also had a summer research experience at Marquette University, and plans to pursue research in Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University. When she wasn't in the research laboratory, Rachel was also very active in the Society of Women Engineers, serving as president during her junior year, and providing leadership and outreach all four years. The BME Department also awarded Rachel the BME Faculty Prize at our Annual Student / Faculty Dinner to recognize her outstanding contributions to the Biomedical Engineering Department.
April 15, 2008
On April 1, 2008 UR/SiMPore, Inc. began a NYSTAR-sponsored collaboration to commercialize pnc-Si membranes. The Technology Transfer Incentive Program (TTIP) award was one of only 2 University-based technologies supported by NYSTAR this year. Specifically, University of Rochester was awarded $473,000 to work with SiMPore to use previously developed porous-silicon ultra filtration technology in biochemical separation.
March 19, 2008
Katie Ann Bush, B.S. '03, takes first place in the Graduate Achievement awards at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is a fifth year grad student in the joint Ph.D. program between WPI and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is completing her thesis project
Designing Microfabricated Basal Lamina Analogs to Enhance Skin Regeneration.
February 13, 2008
Bioengineers have developed an implantable device that captures very pure samples of stem cells circulating in the blood. The device, a length of plastic tubing coated with proteins, could lead to better bone-marrow transplants and stem-cell therapies, and it also shows promise as a way to capture and reprogram cancer cells roaming the bloodstream.
January 9, 2008
A combination of gene therapy and tissue grafts could offer an improved way to repair ruptured tendons and ligaments, including common sports injuries such as season-ending knee and shoulder problems, according to a new study in mice.
January 8, 2008
Donated, freeze-dried tendon grafts loaded with gene therapy may soon offer effective repair of injured tendons, a goal that has eluded surgeons to date. According to study data published online today in the journal Molecular Therapy, a new graft technique may provide the first effective framework around which flexor tendon tissue can reorganize as it heals. Such tissue-engineering approaches could significantly improve repair of anterior cruciate ligaments and rotator cuffs as well, researchers said. The study was in a mouse model designed to resemble hard-to-repair flexor tendons in human hands, and the results should provide an impetus for future clinical trials.
Along with Dr. Hani Awad, study authors were Patrick Basile, M.D., Tulin Dadali, B.S., Justin Jacobson, M.D., Yasuhiko Nishio, Ph.D., M. Hicham Drissi, Ph.D., Howard Langstein, M.D., David Mitten, M.D., Regis J O'Keefe, M.D., Ph.D., and Edward Schwarz, Ph.D. from the University of Rochester Medical Center as well as Sys Hasslund, Michael Ulrich-Vinther and Kjeld Soballe from Aarhus University.