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Postdoc Hermenegild Arevalo wins Young Investigator Award at Boston scientific meeting

Date: May 18, 2015

Hermenegild J. Arevalo, a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Natalia Trayanova, Murray B. Sachs Professor of Biomedical Engineering and the Institute for Computational Medicine, has won a 2015 Young Investigator Award at the Heart Rhythm Scientific Sessions in Boston. Arevalo was given this award for his clinical research, “Virtual Electrophysiological Study Improves Risk Prediction of Adverse Cardiac Events in Post-Infarction Patients.”

Trayanova commented: “This is a breathtaking achievement, in a meeting of 12,000 people. Hermenegild was first selected as one of the 6 finalist in the Young Investigator Award, which represent 1.6% of the submissions for the award. Hermenegild then delivered a perfect presentation with amazing slides. What is particularly astonishing is that he is the winner in the clinical category, based on our first translation of cardiac simulations to the clinic, using a cohort of 32 patients. I have never been more proud!”

Congratulations Hermenegild!

Karchin Co-edits Special Issue of Human Genetics

Date: May 8, 2015

William R. Brody Faculty Scholar Rachel Karchin, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and ICM core faculty member, proudly accepted a recent invitation to guest edit the May 2015 Special Issue of the journal, Human Genetics on Computational Molecular Medicine. Alongside colleague Melissa Cline, Associate Project Scientist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Rachel had the pleasure of designing the issue, selecting topics, inviting authors, and reviewing all submissions.

From the abstract:

In this Virtual Issue of Human Genetics, we present reviews on progress and some of the remaining challenges in several broad areas of modern and medically relevant genomic and transcriptomic—and other “omics”—interpretation, which we define as computational molecular medicine.

To view the full electronic release, click here.

Sri Sarma receives Robert B. Pond, Sr. Excellence in Teaching Award

Date: May 8, 2015

Dr. Sridevi Sarma, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Robert B. Pond, Sr. Excellence in Teaching Award for outstanding undergraduate teaching. The award recognizes “commitment to and excellence in instruction in the Whiting School of Engineering, success in instilling the desire to learn, and dedication to undergraduate students.” In testimonials supporting Sri’s nomination, students repeatedly described Sri as enthusiastic, approachable, and highly knowledgeable. They lauded her for her ability to elucidate complex topics, such as the Controls section of Systems and Controls, a course she co-teaches with fellow ICM core faculty members Michael Miller and René Vidal.

The award was presented to Sri at the annual Whiting School of Engineering Convocation Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 4.

Congratulations, Sri, on this well-deserved achievement!

Don Geman elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Date: May 6, 2015

Donald Geman, Professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics and core faculty member in the Institute for Computational Medicine and the Center for Imaging Science, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors that can be given to a scientist or engineer in the United States.

The honor is bestowed upon Don in recognition of his development of computational methods for solving multi-dimensional and complex problems in machine learning. His lab is working in the area of artificial intelligence, as well as on developing computer programs capable of analyzing large amounts of clinical and biological data. Their goal is to discern new formulas for predicting a patient’s response to treatment and prognosis. In particular, they hope to discover new biomarkers that will aid in the diagnosis of cancer.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare. Founded in 1863, the Academy acts as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or technology.

Don will be inducted into the Academy at its annual meeting next spring. Later this year, the Whiting School of Engineering will hold an event to honor Don for this outstanding and well-deserved achievement.

Natalia Trayanova gives Frank Howard Distinguished Lecture at GWU

Date: April 27, 2015

Natalia A. Trayanova, Murray B. Sachs Professor of Biomedical Engineering and the Institute for Computational Medicine, presented the 2015 Frank Howard Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, April 23 at George Washington University, Washington, DC. Dr. Trayanova's presentation, entitled "Your Personal Virtual Heart", discussed how personalized computer models can save lives.

Click here to view the full abstract for her talk on the George Washington University Website. Dr. Trayanova’s talk was also featured in GWU’s news site here: “This Engineer Can Design Your Virtual Heart”.

ICM’s First Computational Medicine Night was a Hit

Date: April 17, 2015

Computational Medicine Night receptionThe Institute for Computational Medicine successfully hosted its very first Computational Medicine Night on March 24th. Thirty-five posters wrapped the third floor of Hackerman Hall, as nearly eighty attendees waited enthusiastically for the night to begin. Dr. Raimond Winslow, the Director of the Institute for Computational Medicine, kicked things off with a warm welcoming speech. The night was then divided into three parts – undergraduate presentations, meet and eat, and panel discussion.

Ten ICM undergraduates presented their current lab research. With coconut chicken skewers in hand, guests then toured ICM labs, viewed posters, and mingled with members of the ICM community. The night concluded with a panel discussion led by Assistant Professor Feilim Mac Gabhann.

This open house-like event served as the perfect opportunity for JHU undergrads to enhance their understanding of ICM and the Computational Medicine minor that ICM anticipates will be available in the fall.

Look for more information regarding next year’s Computational Medicine Night in the spring of 2016.

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Kaitlyn Whyte awarded Student Employee of the Year

Date: April 13, 2015

Biomedical Engineering junior Kaitlyn Whyte has received 3rd place honors for Johns Hopkins University 2015 Student Employee of the Year. For the past year, Kaitlyn has been working in the lab of Natalia Trayanova, Murray B. Sachs Professor of Biomedical Engineering and the Institute for Computational Medicine, under the supervision of Assistant Research Scientist Patrick Boyle and predoctoral student Sohail Zahid.

Congratulations, Kaitlyn!

Postdoc Arevalo wins Merit Award at Gordon Research Conference

Date: April 10, 2015

Hermenegild Arevalo, a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Natalia Trayanova, Murray B. Sachs Professor of Biomedical Engineering and the Institute for Computational Medicine, received a merit award in the poster competition at the 7th Gordon Research Conference on Cardiac Arrhythmia Mechanisms held in Il Ciocco, Italy on March 22-27, 2015. Hermenegild’s poster was entitled “Virtual electrophysiological study improves risk prediction of adverse cardiac events in post-infarction patients”.

Hermenegild’s research aims to translate computational tools into clinically utility. His approach utilizes simulations with patient-specific computer models to predict the susceptibility of patients to lethal arrhythmias. This methodology provides a non-invasive, safe, and accurate way to identify patients that could benefit from prophylactic implantable cardioverter defibrillators.

Congratulations, Hermenegild!

Sohail Zahid receives NSF Fellowship

Date: April 9, 2015

Sohail Zahid a predoctoral student in the lab of Murray B. Sachs Professor of Biomedical Engineering and ICM core faculty member Natalia Trayanova, has been awarded a 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based graduate degrees in the United States. Under the fellowship, Sohail will continue his research in tools to noninvasively identify where atrial arrhythmias occur using patient-specific, MRI-based computer models and investigate potential ablation therapies which can be translated to improve clinical outcomes. “I am incredibly honored to receive this award,” said Sohail. “I am fortunate to learn in such an amazing atmosphere.” The fellowship provides a stipend of $34,000 and $12,000 in tuition support each year, for up to three years.

Congratulations on your award, Sohail!

Dr. Natalia Trayanova to give plenary lecture at 2015 Cardiac Electrophysiology Satellite Program

Date: April 8, 2015

Natalia A. Trayanova, Murray B. Sachs Professor of Biomedical Engineering and the Institute for Computational Medicine, is scheduled to present the plenary lecture at the 2015 Cardiac Electrophysiology Satellite Program on Saturday, April 11. This program is a satellite of the 2015 Cardiac Physiome Society Workshop being held at the ANZ Viaduct Events Center, Auckland, New Zealand. Dr. Trayanova's lecture is entitled "How heart modeling can improve patient care".

For more information on the 2015 Cardiac Physiome Society Workshop, view their website here.

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