Colloquia Series

2015-16 Colloquia Teams

 Six teams of medicine and engineering faculty will hold meetings in 2015-16 year with the goal of sparking new collaborations and pilot research projects. Areas of focus include surgical robotics, cancer screening, neuroengineering, modeling cardiac defects, microbiome synthesis and clinical mobile and wireless technologies.

These colloquia are made possible in part by a gift from the Julius H. Caplan Charity Foundation and Pamela Rosenau.

Duke Surgical Robotics

Patrick Codd (Neurosurgery) and Kris Hauser (ECE)

Codd and Hauser have proposed a multidisciplinary discussion focused on the delineating the steps necessary to create the next innovative generation of surgical robotics and tools. The event will bring together clinical and engineering faculty with entreprenuer, venture capital and think-tank collaborators from the greater Research Triangle area.

CHeSS: Challenges Seeking Solutions in Primary Care, Cancer and Engineering

Sharon Hull (Community and Family Medicine) and Nimmi Ramanujam (BME)

The team's series of sessions will discuss key challenges in cancer prevention and screening as they apply to primary care patients. Hull and Ramanujam seek to create a venue to implement innovative patient-centered and community-based solutions to the challenges that the initial discussions identify.

Bringing Neuro-engineering to the Clinic

Nandan Lad (Neurology) and Craig Henriquez (BME)

The goal of this colloquia series is to bring faculty and clinicians working in neuroscience and neuroengineering  together to explore areas of mutual research interest, to better understand the unmet clinical needs related to neuromodulation, and to explore new ways to train students better to develop expertise in multiple relevant areas.

Use of Computational Fluid Dynamics in Virtual 3D Models of Cardiac Defects in Children with CHD

Piers Barker (Pediatrics) and Amanda Randles (BME)

The team seeks to create sustainable research collaboration among the Duke Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Center (DCMRC), the Division of Pediatric Cardiology in the Duke School of Medicine and the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the Pratt School of Engineering to investigate the application of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in virtual 3D models of cardiac defects in children with congenital heart disease. The secondary goal is to expand the project to include collaboration with experts pursuing similar work at New York University.

Microbiome Synthesis

John Rawls (MGM), Lawrence David (MGM) and Claudia Gunsch (CEE)

The team is planning a one-day symposium to explore research synergies between Pratt School of Engineering and School of Medicine investigators in the area of microbiome synthesis. The proposed symposium will highlight research and educational activities related to the recently funded NSF IBIEM (Integrative Bioinformatics for Investigating and Engineering Microbiomes) Training Program, a joint program among 28 faculty from across Duke and North Carolina A&T University.

Mobile and Wireless Technologies

Ryan Shaw (School of Nursing) and Tuan Vo-Dinh (BME)

Shaw and Vo-Dinh have proposed a meeting series focused on bringing together Medicine, Engineering and Arts & Sciences faculty to examine collaborative possiblities related to the emerging technology of wearable sensors, including show-and-tell sessions in which researchers and clinicians demo products and give presentations on their work with the devices.