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Health & the Human Condition

A century ago, the average American lived about 55 years. Today, we are likely to make 80. Unrelenting scientific curiosity and exploration have made this dramatic increase possible and led to life-saving breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and other ailments. But progress that improves our quality of life extends beyond the physical realm. Examination of the arts and humanities helps us understand the nature of the human condition and the cultural and social fabric that characterizes our existence and contributes to our well-being.

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Juhyun Lee

Juhyun Lee, bioengineering assistant professor, is developing an imaging technique and a special electrocardiogram for zebrafish to determine why they are able to regenerate their heart tissue after cardiac arrest.

Kate Hyun

A research team led by Kate Hyun, assistant professor of civil engineering, is developing a study to help older adults lead more active lifestyles. Co-principal investigators are Kathy Lee, Angela Liegey-Dougall, Christoph Csallner, Xiangli Gu, and Steve Mattingly.

Mingwu Jin

Physics Associate Professor Mingwu Jin is leading a study to improve the accuracy of stress tests to better diagnose heart disease. His project is funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

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