NEWS

May 25, 2020

We are excited to announce that our collaborative team (PI: Dr. Kurt, co-PIs: Dr. Zhang, Dr. Weickenmeier, and Dr. Balchandani) was awarded $2,000,000 by the National Science Foundation for the project titled "Tackling Brain Diseases with Mechanics: A Data-Driven Approach to Merge Advanced Neuroimaging and Multi-Physics Modeling"! This proposal will support research to understand the biomechanics of the brain through a combination of ultrahigh field MR techniques and multi-physics modeling to tackle and understand brain diseases, such as traumatic brain injury. We can't wait to get started!

April 2, 2020

We are excited to share the news that our collaborative team (PI: Dr. Uedo, co-PI: Dr. Kurt) was awarded $200,000 for our project titled "Tunable Resonant Actuation for Magnetic Resonance Elastography of Active Tissues".

February 20, 2020

KurtLab is pleased to announce that we have been awarded $35,000 for our “Real-time Concussion Monitoring in Contact Sports through Wearable Sensors” proposal by the New Jersey Health Foundation. This project will combine state-of-the-art wearable sensors with machine-learning algorithms to learn and predict neuromechanical responses in soccer players. This one year award will sponsor this research project from February 2020 through February 2021.

December 20, 2019

Dr. Kurt gave BMEII’s 5th Annual Medical Imaging and BioEngineering named lecture at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The talk titled “A Look into the Brain Through the Lens of Mechanics” gave insight into how mechanics principles can help us understand the function and health of the brain.

December 10, 2019

Stevens Institute of Technology launched the new Center for Neuromechanics in the Schaefer School of Engineering & Science. Dr. Mehmet Kurt founded this new center and will serve as its director. This new facility is dedicated to applying the fundamental principles of mechanics and engineering to understand the function, structure, and health of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system. 

Read more about the center’s launch here.

October 1, 2019

Our recent paper titled Isolation and Immunofluorescent Staining of Fresh Rat Pia-Arachnoid Complex Tissue for Mechanical Characterization was featured on the cover of the journal Current Protocols in Neuroscience Volume 89, Issue 1. Congratulations to the first authors Zeynep and Gloria!

Find the article here: https://doi.org/10.1002/cpns.83 

July 2, 2019

Xenith comprises independent experts in athlete health and wellness, neurology, biomechanics, and sport technology. The inaugural advisory board is responsible for contributing to product development through scientific research and offering clinical perspectives. Additionally, board members advise Xenith team on state-of-the-art athlete care and pertinent scientific developments in athlete health and performance. 

March 21, 2019

Kurtlab was awarded an R21 grant by the National Institute of Health (NIH) to study Chiari malformation type I (CM1), a pathology characterized by structural defects in the cerebellum, through amplified MRI. Continued development of this method paves the way for earlier diagnosis and intervention of brain pathologies such as TBI, hydrocephalus, Alzheimer's disease, and other neurodegenerative diseases. 

To learn more, check out: Amplified MRI (aMRI): A novel way to investigate the pathophysiology ...grantome.com/grant/NIH/R21-NS111415-01

November 8, 2018

The novel MRI imaging technique called aMRI (amplified MRI) has been recognized in the Vizzies Visualization Challenge and awarded the meritorious Peoples' Choice Award. This technique which was developed by Kurtlab, in collaboration with Stanford University and the University of Auckland (New Zealand), elucidates the hidden motions of the brain tissues following periodic blood pressure variations. Not only does this technique enable the visualization of once-imperceptible motions, but it also offers insight into the brain's mechanical properties and how it moves in relation to its respective blood circulation. 

Collaborators: John Martinez, Itamar Terem, Kambiz Nael, Samantha Holdsworth 

Check it out: https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/scivis/vizzies_winners_2018.jsp

August 7, 2018

We are delighted to announce that Kurtlab was awarded $275,000 by National Science Foundation CMMI Dynamics, Control and System Diagnostics program to investigate the mechanics of bio-interfaces by shear wave scattering through a synergy of theoretical and experimental approaches. Further information about the grant can be found at the webpage:

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1826270&HistoricalAwards=false

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