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On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, Dean Nada Anid, Ph.D., of NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences (SoECS), Dr. Marta Panero, SoECS Director of Strategic Partnerships, and a group of SoECS faculty members including Drs. Aydin Farajidavar, Wei Ding, Ziqian Dong, Huanying Gu, and Tao Zhang, attended the “Centricity Series” conference on Bioelectronic Medicine at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research (a North Shore Long Island Jewish Health Systems affiliate).
The emerging and cross-disciplinary field of bioelectronic medicine is a promising research thrust for collaboration between NYIT’s Engineering and Computer Science faculty and researchers at the Feinstein Institute. Hailed as the next generation of medical treatment, bioelectronics is the synergy between biology and technology, using electronics to harness the power of nerve signals to treat a spectrum of inflammatory conditions and other health ailments. The Centricity Series on Bioelectronic Medicine included panels on a variety of medical conditions, and highlighted many avenues for exploring the use of bioelectronics in both diagnosis and treatment. Among the panels were “Bioelectronics and Intestinal Motility,” “Robotics and Neuro-Recovery,” “Integrated Biosensors,” and “Monitoring the Injured Brain.”
The series allowed SoECS faculty members who are engaged in research in electrical and biomedical engineering and medical devices development to explore collaborations with researchers at FIMR, including Dr. Aydin Farajidavar (ECE), who specializes in biomedical instrumentation (wearable and implantable medical devices for wireless acquisition of gastric electrical activity), and biological signal processing, and Dr. Helen Gu (CS) who is working on medical informatics with an emphasis on controlled medical terminologies.
Several other promising synergies between NYIT and FIMR research were discussed at the conference. For example, Dr. Tao Zhang (ECE) discussed potential collaborations with researchers at Cushing Neuroscience Laboratory on developing medical technologies such as wireless catheters or microfluidic devices. Dr. Wei Ding (CS) discussed the possibility of working with researchers at FIMR on the development of wireless surgical devices. Dr. Chung Hyuk Park (ECE) also found that rehabilitation via a robotic system at FIMR can be aligned with his haptic and assistive robotics through expanded research methodologies. Dr. Ziqian Dong (ECE) suggested collaborating on assistive devices and efficient signal processing techniques for real-time data collection and analysis to understand and assist in the rehabilitation of Parkinson’s Disease patients.
The Feinstein Institute is a state-of-the-art medical research and training facility in Manhasset, New York, with pioneering discoveries and cutting-edge clinical research on the areas of immunology, inflammation, neuroscience, behavioral medicine, and Alzheimer’s disease. The Institute’s Centricity lecture series is a good platform for sharing of knowledge, expertise, and innovative ideas among clinicians and the larger research community, by presenting novel biomedical research and clinical observations and enabling key collaborations between medical practitioners and other scientists.
The presence of SoECS faculty at this exciting and pioneering conference is a first step towards a research partnership between NYIT’s SoECS and the Feinstein Institute.