The study led by Samantha Holdsworth (Professor at the University of Auckland) and Itamar Terem (visiting student at Stanford University) where Dr. Kurt is a co-author has caught media attention. The stunning aMRI video (prepared by I. Terem) showing the amplified motion of the brain upon heart pulsatility has caught the attention of various media outlets, including The Daily Mail, Medical Xpress.
Dr. Kurt's paper "Mechanistic Insights into Human Brain Impact Dynamics through Modal Analysis", recently published on Physical Review Letters, featured in Science Magazine.
The study analyzed data on 189 head collisions acquired during football games (thanks to special mouth guards equipped with accelerometers and gyroscopes) and simulated how the brain responded mechanically to each hit. This allowed to identify the most important frequencies of brain oscillations during the impacts, with profound implications for the understanding of concussion mechanisms and the design of protective helmets.
You can read a commentary on the study written by Prof. P. Bayly (Washington University, St. Louis) for the American Physical Society’s website here.
Our lab's work on concussion recently featured on the main Stevens' website: among others, Dr. Kurt explains why measuring the brain’s mechanical properties in vivo could give us new hints on brain function and pathology. Find the full story at https://www.stevens.edu/news/concussions.
Dr. Kurt's paper "In vivo Evaluation of Wearable Head Impact Sensors" published on the Annals of Biomedical Engineering wins the Editor's Choice Best Paper Award at the 2017 BMES conference held in Phoenix, AZ. Congratulations Dr. Kurt!
Kurtlab postdoc Gloria Fabris wins the best presentation award at the 1st International MRE Workshop on Elastography held at the Charité University Hospital in Berlin, Germany. She presented the work on amplified MRI (aMRI) arising from a collaboration between Kurtlab and the Radiology Department at Stanford University. Congratulations Gloria!
We are honored to share the news that Kurtlab and our collaborators in U of Illinois at Urbana Champaign are awarded $500,000 by National Science Foundation CMMI Dynamics, Control and System Diagnostics program to develop novel nonlinear-dynamics based model updating strategies for studying the mechanics of biomaterials. This project is in collaboration with Prof.s Alexander Vakakis and Lawrence Bergman from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Further information about the grant can be found in the below links.
Kurtlab graduate students Efe Ozkaya and Zeynep Suar win competitive Stevens graduate fellowships.
Efe received the Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) Fellowship, a 2-year fellowship offered by the Stevens Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship. His proposal on developing advanced actuation and inversion techniques for magnetic resonance elastography was one of the 4 proposal chosen out of 45.
Zeynep received the Provost Fellowship offered by the Provost Office at Stevens, a one-year fellowship offered only to the top student admitted to the ME PhD program. She is joining Kurtlab in August'17.
Dr. Gloria Fabris graduated from the University of Trieste (Italy) with a Bachelor's degree in Physics in 2010 and went on to earn a Master's Degree in Biophysics from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) in 2012. During her Ph.D. in Cellular Biomechanics, she focussed on studying the role of cytoskeleton and basement membranes for the mechanical properties of single epithelial cells and 3D microtissues. After graduating from the University of Bonn (Germany) in Nov. 2016, she joined Kurtlab as a Postdoctoral fellow working on cellular and multiscale brain biomechanics.