Caption Reads: Breaching the Blood-Brain Barrier to Deliver Precious Payloads
Caption Reads: The Science of Sound, Vibration to Better Diagnose, Treat Brain Diseases
Excerpt from the news article:
Thanks to NSF funding Alper Erturk (ME), Costas Arvanitis (ME/BME), Brooks Lindsey (BME), and their colleagues are exploring ways to use vibrations and waves to develop enhanced imaging, diagnosis, and therapy of the skull-brain system, potentially paving the way for the treatment of brain tumors, detection of traumas and skull-related defects, mapping of the brain function, and neurostimulation, as well as new methods of drug delivery for treatment of diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Scott and Dr. Arvanitis’ work was selected to be summarized in a plain-language format for wider audiences at the 179th (and first virtual) meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Check out their (and others’) work here.
Henry Lee’s work was highlighted at the 7th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound. His abstract “A Benchtop Focused Ultrasound System for Drug Screening Investigations in Central Nervous System” earned the highest peer-reviewed rating among the Foundation’s recent Global Interns.
You can see the presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StLW4nnGnsE&feature=youtu.be
Dr. Arvanitis has received an R37 MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Cancer Institute; the first MERIT award for Georgia Tech (the MERIT Award grants support to “investigators with stellar records of research accomplishment”).
The grant will support further research into novel closed-loop image guidance methods and targeted drug delivery, with co-investigators Prof. Levent Degertekin (Woodruff School at Georgia Tech), Dr. Chetan Bettegowda (Johns Hopkins University), Dr. Tobey MacDonald (Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University), and Dr. Anton Bryksin (Georgia Tech).