The BME 600 seminar series is an opportunity to practice the presentation skills BME graduate students will need for the defense of their thesis, or for presentation of their research at scientific meetings. It is also a forum where you will learn to critically review the scientific and presentation skills of your peers.

Next Upcoming Seminar:

Date: 2019 October 23

Time: Noon - 1PM

Location: ECHA L1-220

Presentation Topic: Rapid Quantitative Susceptibility Mapping of Intracerebral Hemorrhage

Presenter: Ashmita De, PhD Student, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering


Stroke is a leading cause of disability and death worldwide. Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is a type of stroke where blood vessels rupture and lead to leakage of blood in the brain. Quantitative Susceptibility Mapping (QSM), a post-processing technique for MRI, offers a means to study the iron changes in hematoma. Previous ICH studies have proved QSM to be useful for distinguishing hemorrhage versus calcification, measuring volume and examining various stages of hematoma. The standard MRI sequences used for QSM usually require on the order of 5 minutes of acquisition time. However, clinical stroke studies are not always amenable to long acquisition times and may suffer from motion artifacts particularly in cases of severe disease, when patients may lack the capability to follow instructions.
The purpose of this study is to examine the value of single shot gradient Echo Planar Imaging (EPI) sequence for QSM of ICH. 27 patients with confirmed ICH from CT received MRI at 3T using standard sequence with 4.54 minutes acquisition and the rapid EPI sequence with 27 seconds acquisition. High correlation was observed for area and susceptibility values of the ICH regions between standard QSM and EPI-QSM in hemorrhage. Moreover, EPI-QSM minimized effects of patient motion relative to standard QSM. Hence, in future, the rapid EPI-QSM method has potential to be used in clinical ICH studies where time acts as a limiting factor.

All are welcome!

11-Sept GSA/FGSR/FoMD/BME Orientation Presentations

25-Sept         Rajeev Jaundoo
09-Oct           Azzam Hazim
16-Oct           Diana Valdes Cabrera
23-Oct           Ashmita De
6-Nov            Christopher Tsui
20-Nov          Karan Vats
4-Dec             Gitanjali Chhetri

NOTE that it is mandatory for all BME graduate students to attend BME600 seminars (whether registered for the current course, or not). In the event of an unexpected time conflict, please let me know by email that you will not be able to attend.

RTF Table Tennis Tourney April 2018!

Want to play table tennis (ping-pong)?
Want to meet other people from RTF/Imaging Research?
Why not kill 2 birds with 1 stone?
If you're interested, e-mail Prayash and Kevin (or let them know in person)

Update 4 April 2018:

The paddles are here, the table is set, and the nets are waiting!

Tentatively, we are planning the tournament day during the week of April 23-27, but please use our Table Tennis Tourney Doodle Poll to indicate which day works best for you. The tourney bracket will include everyone who signs up.

We will also have a practice session some time prior to the tournament. We will use this to go over the rules, wipe some of the rust off, and make sure everyone is on the same page! Everyone who is interested can fill out the Practice Day Doodle Poll.

Keep a look out for an e-mail next Friday (April 13) confirming the date and time!

Please feel free to forward this to anyone in BME who may not have received it.

Prayash - room 1-086 RTF

Kevin - room 1-113 RTF

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