A competition to develop bold new methods for treating blindness resulted in a win for BMRL researchers Sheng-Kwei (Victor) Song, PhD, and Yong Wang, PhD. The pair received one of five grants awarded by the National Eye Institute as part of its ‘Audacious Goals Initiative' to restore vision by regenerating neurons and neural connections in the eye and visual system. Song and Wang are adapting two technologies to noninvasively visualize the optic nerve, most of which lies deep in the recesses of the brain.
Congratulations to Barbara Monsees, MD, who was featured as one the Top 25 Radiology Professors on the blog of MedicalTechnologySchools.com . Monsees is the Ronald and Hanna Evens Professor of Women's Health, Radiology.
Vamsi Narra, MD, was one of four physicians at the medical school to receive a Distinguished Clinician Award at the 2015 Faculty Recognition reception on February 18th. He is a professor of radiology and chief of abdominal imaging at Mallinckrodt.
The FDA has approved a new imaging agent that may identify artery-clogging plaque in people at risk for heart attacks and strokes. The nanoparticle-based imaging agent was jointly developed at Washington University and the University of California (Santa Barbara), in collaboration with Texas A&M University. MIR professor Pamela Woodard, MD, led the multi-university team effort.
MIR professor Samuel Achilefu, has been named as the recipient of the St. Louis Award for his work in creating goggles that enable surgeons to see cancer cells as they operate. Achilefu is the 87th resident of the metropolitan area to receive the annual award established by St. Louis philanthropist David P. Wohl in 1931.
Three ancient Egyptian mummies from the Saint Louis Art Museum were transported to the medical center in mid-October for CT scans by Mallinckrodt Institute radiologists. The aim was to provide the most up-to-date information on the preserved remains using 3D technology. Details are in the latest edition of Focal Spot.