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  • Functional Optical Brain Imaging: The Journey from Concept to Commercialization

    Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    4:00 PM-5:30 PM

    Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (PISB), Room 120

    • Undergraduate Students
    • Graduate Students
    • Faculty
    • Staff

    BIOMED Seminar

    Title:
    Functional Optical Brain Imaging: The Journey from Concept to Commercialization

    Speaker:
    Banu Onaral, PhD
    H. H. Sun Professor
    School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
    Senior Advisor to President, Global Innovation Partnerships
    Drexel University

    Abstract:
    Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) based optical imaging systems have been widely used in functional brain studies as a noninvasive tool to study brain physiology and brain function by monitoring changes in the concentration of oxygenated hemoglobin (oxy-Hb) and deoxygenated hemoglobin (deoxy-Hb).

    Drexel University’s Optical Brain Imaging team has commercialized two incarnations of the NIRS platform in the form of devices that detect hemodynamic changes under various field conditions:
    — A first-in-class hand-held point-of-care screening device to identify patients most likely to suffer from brain injury such as hematoma and edema, namely Infrascanner.
    — A wearable functional brain monitoring system (fNIR) to assess cognitive activity of patients in clinical settings as well as healthy subjects in natural environments.

    The audience will be introduced to the Cognitive Neuroengineering and Quantitative Experimental Research (CONQUER) CollabOrative that hosts the core Optical Brain Imaging team and welcomes all regional, national and international partners dedicated to the research, development, integration, translation, productization, field deployment and commercialization of functional imaging techniques to monitor human brain health and activation in natural environments. A brief overview of the Coulter Translational Research Partnership program, a university-wide initiative endowed by the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, that facilitated the translation of the above technologies will also be provided.

    Biosketch:
    Banu Onaral is H. H. Sun Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA (PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania). She served as the founding director of the School from 1997 until 2014. In this capacity, Dr. Onaral led the translational research initiative for rapid commercialization of biomedical technologies developed at Drexel University. The program has been awarded the Coulter-Drexel Translational Research Partnership Endowment in 2011.

    Her academic focus both in research and teaching is centered on information engineering with special emphasis on complex systems, biomedical signal processing in ultrasound and functional optical brain imaging. She has led major research and development projects and founded several laboratories including the CONQUER (Cognitive Neuroengineering and Quantitative Experimental Research) Collaborative.

    Throughout her career, she actively forged international academic and translational partnerships with universities as well as science and technoparks, primarily in China and Turkey. She currently serves as the Senior Presidential Advisor for ‘Global Innovation Partnerships’ at Drexel University and leads the development of the Global Innovation Partnership endowment created under her name.

    She is the recipient of a number of academic excellence awards and honors. She is a Fellow of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a Founding Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Among her many national and international professional responsibilities, she served as President of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), the largest member-based biomedical engineering society in the world.

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  • Using Technology for Mental Health Evaluation, Treatment, and Patient Engagement

    Wednesday, May 2, 2018

    4:00 PM-5:30 PM

    Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (PISB), Room 120

    • Undergraduate Students
    • Graduate Students
    • Faculty
    • Staff

    BIOMED Seminar

    Title:
    Using Technology for Mental Health Evaluation, Treatment, and Patient Engagement

    Speaker:
    Adam Pardes
    Chief Operating Officer
    NeuroFlow Inc.
    PhD Candidate in Bioengineering
    University of Pennsylvania

    Abstract:
    Quantifying mental health is difficult to do. Providers are limited by how accurately patients can self-report their feelings and symptoms through interviewing or questionnaires. But what if our minds and bodies could speak for themselves? With recent advances in technology, this idea is no longer science fiction. While we will not be reading anyone’s thoughts any time soon, it is certainly now possible to objectively measure how patients are physiologically responding to treatment protocols. Using techniques such as electroencephalography (EEG) and heart rate variability (HRV), mental health providers can instantly see changes in a patient’s stress during an imaginal exposure or relaxation during a mindfulness exercise. We will explore how once confusing or frustrating situations can now be improved through the use of innovative technology, empowering both providers and patients alike.

    We know that treatment does not end when patients leave the four walls of a provider’s office. Engaging patients and collecting data from everyday life can give providers added insight into how well patients are generalizing their treatment and feeling between sessions. It is a balancing act to make remote patient monitoring (RPM) data-rich and valuable, yet sensitive and unobtrusive. We will highlight some of the key opportunities and challenges related to RPM, including electronic health record integration and insurance reimbursement.

    Biosketch:
    Adam Pardes is a published scientific researcher, with extensive experience in academic settings and leading SaaS-based product growth. After earning a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at Tufts University, he enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania to complete a doctoral degree in bioengineering. He has spent the last three years in various operations and analytics roles at high-growth startups, including Sidecar (which has raised 30 million in venture capital), prior to co-founding NeuroFlow, alongside Chris Molaro.

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