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Special Biomed Seminar with Dr. Frank Krueger from George Mason University

November 27, 2018

Dr. Frank Krueger, Associate Professor of Systems Social Neuroscience in the School of Systems Biology at George Mason University (GMU), will give a Biomed Special Seminar titled, "Intrinsic Functional Brain Dynamics and Brain Morphology Predict Individual Differences in Interpersonal Trust" on Friday, November 30, 2018 at 9:00 AM at the CONQUER Collaborative, Monell Chemical Senses Center, Room 114, located at 3508 Market Street.

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Making Art Activates Brain’s Reward Pathway – Drexel Study

June 13, 2017

Your brain’s reward pathways become active during art-making activities like doodling, according to a new Drexel University study.

Girija Kaimal, EdD, assistant professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, led a team that used fNIRS (functional near-infrared spectroscopy) technology to measure blood flow in the areas of the brain related to rewards while study participants completed a variety of art-making projects.

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Dr. Hasan Ayaz’s interview on the future of education

May 11, 2017

“… and it tells us if there’s an increase or decrease of oxygenation in that area of the brain,” Dr. Hasan Ayaz was saying, holding up what looked like a neoprene scuba hood covered in plastic nodes and protruding wires. It reminded me of Doc Brown’s mind-reading helmet in Back to the Future. I tried to picture Ayaz with bug eyes and his hair grown out to mad-scientist wildness, but he’s a real-life scientist in Drexel University’s biomedical engineering department, with a firm handshake, a neatly trimmed dark beard, and designer eyeglasses. And, as my mind wandered to movie scientists, he’d been talking in measured tones about how the space-age scuba hood in his hands—as well as an equally sci-fi node-covered headband connected to another monitor nearby—can show him whether its wearer is engaged or disengaged in what he or she is doing; if the wearer is really listening to a lecture, say, or if her thoughts have wandered off …

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Innovative Optical Brain Scanner designed to save Marines’ lives on the battlefield

May 10, 2017

The Infrascanner is a portable, medical diagnostic device that provides early detection of intracranial hematomas—or bleeding within the skull—in the field, potentially saving lives and improving casualty care and recovery. The handheld device uses near-infrared light—invisible light that is nearly visible to the naked eye—to effectively check for intracranial hematomas on different parts of the skull. With the device, medical personnel at battalion aid stations can quickly assess Marines who may have suffered a head injury.

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Drexel Is Helping the FAA Modernize Technical Training

March 30, 2017

You might not think, when you fly, about the air traffic controllers helping to guide you safely to your destination. But their jobs are essential and their training needs to be as advanced as possible to keep your flight smooth. As part of a new Federal Aviation Administration Center of Excellence (COE) led by the University of Oklahoma and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Drexel is doing its part to ensure workers are trained with the most up-to-date methods and technologies to make flying as safe and efficient as possible.

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On the Same Wavelength: Brain Imaging Headband Measures How Our Minds Align When We Communicate

February 27, 2017

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Dr. Hasan Ayaz is quoted in a Philly Voice story discussing how the brain processes information when immersed in virtual reality

August 23, 2016

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Dr. Hasan Ayaz is Quoted in an Inc.com Story on Augmented Reality Wearable Displays during Outdoor Navigation with fNIRS

August 12, 2016

Dr. Hasan Ayaz, Assistant Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University, CONQUER Collaborative, was Quoted in an Inc.com Story on Augmented Reality Wearable Displays during Outdoor Navigation with Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy.

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Drexel Researchers Bring fNIRS ‘Into the Wild’ to See How Our Brains React to Google Glass

August 10, 2016

Wearable displays also have the potential to enhance cognitive ergonomics, or more simply, make it less mentally taxing to complete certain tasks. But before technologies like Google Glass become a part of daily life, engineers need a way to monitor exactly how they affect the brain in everyday situations.

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Drexel Professors Design Games For Cerebral Palsy Patients

February 22, 2016

A new responsive videogame from Drexel’s RePlay Lab for game research might change the way patients with Cerebral Palsy undergo physical therapy. Kollect utilizes motion sensor technology and adaptive gameplay to make physical therapy a more engaging experience, especially for children, in addition to improving patient data collection and analysis for physical therapists. Kollect is currently entering a rigorous patient study phase with children who have Cerebral Palsy. Dr. Trish Shewokis, a professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions and Dr. Hasan Ayaz, a professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, are assisting with brain monitoring during the testing and data analysis of brain activity, which will be used to help improve the game.

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Intel Engineering Leadership Program Visit

October 02, 2015

The ELP is Intel’s flagship technical development program designed to prepare top engineering talent for Intel’s leadership positions. We are looking for individuals with a can-do attitude in the fields of embedded systems, machine learning, user experience, computer vision, bioengineering, security, and software engineering to join projects chosen by Intel’s CEO & executives. Please visit our website for more detailed information on the ELP, as well as all the backgrounds we are hiring. This is a full-time position, and we are looking for candidates to start with Intel no later than July 2015. I look forward to meeting with you and discussing a future with Intel!

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Video Game Physical Therapy

February 17, 2015

A new responsive videogame from Drexel’s RePlay Lab for game research might change the way patients with Cerebral Palsy undergo physical therapy. The game, called Kollect, recently received funding of $130,000 through the Coulter-Drexel Translational Research Partnership Program, which helps researchers commercialize discoveries that improve human health. Kollect utilizes motion sensor technology and adaptive gameplay to make physical therapy a more engaging experience, especially for children, in addition to improving patient data collection and analysis for physical therapists.

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Recent Optical Brain Imaging Applications showcased in Exel Magazine

August 01, 2014

The article published in Exel provides an overview of the interdisciplinary innovation partnerships across Drexel University and illustrates few of the deployment opportunities of the fNIR technology by giving examples of collaborators from different academic units who have joined forces to push the fNIR frontier in neuroimaging said Dr. Banu Onaral, director of School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems and founder of CONQUER Collaborative. And, ended with wishing all the teams best success in translating the functional optical brain monitoring technology into lifesaving and life changing solutions. The article is available here.

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Grace Varughese won state science fair first place award for her project ‘Smart Play’ advised by Dr. Hasan Ayaz

June 23, 2014

Grace Varughese, a senior at Philadelphia Central High School, accepted into the science program called Advanced Research, where high-achiever students get a chance to volunteer at different university research labs to encourage interest in the science field. During the summer of 2013, Grace worked under the supervision of Dr. Hasan Ayaz, Assistant Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University, CONQUER Collaborative for an opportunity to learn about the various research projects.

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A Personal Trainer For Learning To Read

January 21, 2014

One of the challenges of teaching children to read is knowing when to push them and when to be patient as they slowly acquire their linguistic knowledge. Skilled teachers are able to read the body language and verbal cues of their students and shepherd them accordingly through this often arduous, but seminal, part of the education process...

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Dr. Banu Onaral: Global Innovation Partnership Forum

November 25, 2013

The second annual Global Innovation Partnership Forum organized at Drexel was dedicated to the centennial celebration of the late Wallace H. Coulter’s birth, and his impact on the development of life-saving solutions. The organizing team leaded by Dr. Onaral aimed for two days of learning, sharing and collaboration. The event provided a platform for local and international partners to share experiences and ideas about academic innovation ecosystem.

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CONQUER Collaborative in Philadelphia Inquirer

November 03, 2013

A news piece in Philadelphia Inquirer described various applications of fNIR: optical brain imaging technique. The article features the eating disorder study and also discusses roots and the wide range of applications of fNIR brain imaging.

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Visit by Dr. Brian Litt

July 31, 2013

CONQUER Collaborative hosted a visit by Dr. Brian Litt, M.D. Professor of Neurology, Professor of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Litt discussed the translational research his lab has been working on.

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CONQUER Collaborative was featured in Exel Magazine

June 28, 2013

Researchers at CONQUER Collaborative has been developing portable and safe optical brain imaging tools that can be used in a variety of application areas.

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Visit by Dr. Dylan Schmorrow and Dr. Jill McQuade

April 11, 2013

CONQUER Collaborative hosted a visit by Dr. Dylan Schmorrow, Captain, Medical Service Corps, US Navy Deputy Director, Human Performance, Training and BioSystems at Office of the Secretary of Defense; and Dr. Jill McQuade, Assistant Director, Human Performance at Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research and Engineering). Dr. Schmorrow presented a special seminar titled “Human Performance and Human-Machine Systems"

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