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Kwan-Liu Ma Receives Prestigious Honor from Association for Computing Machinery

For leadership and contributions to large-scale data visualization, the Association for Computing Machinery, or ACM, has named Distinguished Professor Kwan-Liu Ma to its 2023 cohort of fellows.  

The ACM Fellow is the international association's most prestigious member grade. It is reserved for the top one percent of society members, recognizing outstanding contributions in computing and information technology or service to ACM and the larger computing community. 

UC Davis Health surgeons use FLIm imaging to detect head and neck cancer during surgery

By Nadine A Yehya

A UC Davis Health team of surgeons and scientists has integrated a novel imaging technology with robotic surgical systems to help detect primary cancerous tissue during head and neck cancer surgeries. The technology, known as Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIm), allows surgeons to identify and remove malignant primary tumors more precisely and thoroughly.

Primary tumors are cells where the cancer first starts. It is important to locate these tumors for appropriate treatment and to improve the chance for cure.

College of Engineering faculty innovations spur creation of national center focused on optical imaging technologies

The NCIBT team is delighted and proud to be featured in the Fall 2022 issue of Engineering Progress magazine.

By Sarah Colwell

A new center that stands to transform surgical procedures and brain monitoring on a national scale using light-based, artificial intelligence-informed technologies is now part of UC Davis thanks to the efforts of an interdisciplinary team led by Laura Marcu, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Meet Dr. Robot

By Russell Nichols

The Operating Room of the Future

Medical technologies and health practitioners need training before broad adoption can happen. This is a key component of the National Center for Interventional Biophotonic Technologies planned for Aggie Square. The P41 grant from National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering was awarded in June. The next phase involves creating the infrastructure, says Marcu, who is also the founding director of NCIBT.

NCIBT Team Leaders Awarded Grants from NINDS and NHLBI

Dr. Griff Harsh was notified in September of an award to him as MPI of 1 R25 NS124520-0 by NINDS under the NINDS Research Education Programs for Residents and Fellows in Neurological Disorders and Stroke. This 5-year grant will support 1-2 years of research training for 1-3 UC Davis residents annually. The program was found to be extremely impressive and comprehensive, evidencing extraordinary thoughtfulness in a design that incorporates all aspects required of a training program. Some of these residents will participate in NCIBT activities.

Marcu Lab Receives Grant from National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for Interventional Cardiology

Research in Laura Marcu’s laboratory promotes better diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of human diseases through advancements in biophotonics technology – a field at the interface of physical sciences, engineering, biology, and medicine.  

They have received their third National Institutes for Health grant for continuing work on the clinical applications of fluorescent lifetime imaging (FLIm) for diagnostic and surgical purposes.  

Measuring Brain Blood Flow and Activity With Light

Originally posted by Andy Fell

A new, noninvasive method for measuring brain blood flow with light has been developed by biomedical engineers and neurologists at the University of California, Davis, and used to detect brain activation. The new method, functional interferometric diffusing wave spectroscopy, or fiDWS, promises to be cheaper than existing technology and could be used for assessing brain injuries, or in neuroscience research. The work is published May 12 in Science Advances.