Honors & News
September 28, 2012
Professor Axel Wismüller receives NIH R01 Award
Axel Wismueller, M.D., Ph.D.
Axel Wismueller, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering has received an RO1 award from the National Institutes of Health for his project,
Exploring large scale functional connectivity in the human brain: from bench to bedside.Supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and its AIDS research program, this three-year project will focus on developing a novel computational framework to explore directed information transfer in the human brain, which will permit connectivity analysis in large time-series ensembles obtained from functional MRI neuro-imaging studies.
To demonstrate the clinical applicability of this innovative framework, an associated clinical study will also investigate changes in brain networks observed in patients with HIV-related cognitive impairment under anti-retroviral therapy. The overall goal is to establish a clinical model for evaluating whole-brain functional connectivity as a novel biomarker for disease progression and therapy effectiveness. Embedded in the Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience program of the National Science Foundation, the project launches a transatlantic network that promotes teaching, training and career mentoring activities for young researchers at undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels.
March 11, 2011
BME and Radiology Professor Axel Wismüller "Goes Green"
Biomedical Engineering and Radiology Professor Axel W. E. Wismueller, M.D., Ph.D. explains to his students why a mathematical understanding of ecosystems can help to improve environmental awareness. Instead of thoughtlessly spraying pesticides, it may be better to rely on natural enemies for plant protection.
Such future-oriented multidisciplinary teaching activity supports the University of Rochester in its leadership endeavor to promote sustainability in research, curricular, clinical, and outreach efforts, and to play a proactive and collaborative role in contributing to an environmentally healthy community.
This vision for sustainability is promoted by the University's 'Go Green!' initiative, which began in 2008 with the creation of a University Council on Sustainability. In 2007, a Council Task Force developed 25 recommendations and timeframes for the implementation of university-wide programs for improvements in areas such as waste management, purchasing, and land use. Student initiatives have included the award-winning UR BioDiesel project and the EcoReps program. Read more about Sustainability @ the University of Rochester and its quest to 'Go Green'.
The Biomedical Engineering Department is uniquely poised to contribute to the University's overall initiatives. With its combined emphasis on theoretical understanding of science and its engineering focus of solving real-world problems, the BME Department plays an important part in the Sustainability endeavor.