A medical technology consortium
focused on moving innovation to the marketplace has announced more than $600,000
in a third round of grants to Dallas-Fort Worth area researchers in critical
health care fields.
The six awards from Texas
Medical Research Collaborative carry about $100,000 each and aim to propel
research in the areas of brain imaging, gas detection through sensors and
auditory devices that may reduce the risk of falling. Research award topics
also include developing imaging devices for skin cancer diagnosis, computerized
infusion and monitoring system for fetal blood transfusion, and developing a
wireless implantable device to treat depression.
TxMRC was founded in 2009 as a
collaborative research partnership among The University of Texas at Arlington,
The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Instruments, Texas Health Research
& Education Institute, the research and medical education arm of Texas
Health Resources, and the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
Carolyn Cason, UT Arlington’s interim
vice president for research, said the consortium has proved to be a worthwhile
venture for all the participants and a significant pipeline that accelerates
the process of moving university research from the labs to consumer markets.
“These are the kinds of
technologies the marketplace needs,” Cason said. “This is the kind of research
we believe the marketplace will embrace.”
Clinical work on the projects
generally takes place at Texas Health hospitals and other facilities.
“Our collaborative gives researchers
a boost in their work to solve real-world medical problems in a relatively
short timeframe,” said Marsha Barnhart, Texas Health Research & Education’s
director of research development.
TMAC, a UT Arlington affiliate
formerly known as the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, manages the TXMRC
partnership. TMAC provides businesses with the tools to be successful.
The annual grants are awarded to
research teams that have identified technologies that can solve real-world
problems in a relatively short time frame. Grant recipients work with
representatives of the consortium's academic, industry and health care partners
to develop pilot programs aimed at attracting sustained funding from external
sources, such as federal, state or private agencies.
The 2012 TxMRC award winners,
project titles and award amounts are:
Alexandrakis, UT Arlington bioengineering assistant professor, for “A
Near‐Infrared Brain Imaging System for the Continuous Bedside Monitoring of
Intracranial Pressure Buildup in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury,”
Beardsley, TMAC research associate, for “Sleep Related SUID Monitoring
System based on CO2 Sensor Technology,” $100,000.
Bugnariu, an associate professor at
the University of North Texas Health
Science Center and a physical therapist/neuroscientist, for "Good
Hearing, Steady Feet: Development of Auditory Devices that Improve Hearing and
Decrease the Risk of Falls," $100,000.
- Hanli Liu,
UT Arlington bioengineering professor, for “Implementation, Validation, and
Translation of a Hyper-spectral Imaging Device for Fast Skin Cancer Diagnosis,"
- Issa M.
S. Panahi, UT Dallas associate professor of electrical engineering, for “Computerized
Infusion and Monitoring System for Fetal Blood Transfusion,"
- Yuan Bo
Peng, UT Arlington associate professor of psychology, for “Development of A
Wireless Implantable Closed-Loop Device for Major Depressive Disorder,” $105,900.
to find out more about the Texas Medical Research Collaborative.
The University of Texas at
Arlington is a comprehensive research institution in the heart of North Texas.
Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.
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