Biomedical Engineering Faculty Research Highlighted on Journal Covers
When it comes to imaging, brain and heart research, Stony Brook faculty have it covered — literally. In 2012 the work of six researchers from the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) was featured on the covers of six of the nation’s premier peer-reviewed scientific journals.
The researchers are Professor Danny Bluestein, Associate Professor Congwu Du, Assistant Professor Jonathan T.C. Liu, Associate Professor Lilianne R. Mujica-Parodi, Professor Yingtian Pan, and SUNY Distinguished Professor and BME Chair Clinton Rubin.
Bluestein’s work appeared on the cover of two journals: the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering and Annals of Biomedical Engineering. In the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, published in April, Bluestein and his colleagues studied a way to control high blood pressure in patients for whom medication was ineffective, using a stent to mechanically stimulate sensors located in carotid arteries that help regulate blood pressure.
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In the Annals of Biomedical Engineering, published in July, Bluestein’s research centers on finding a better diagnostic tool to assess whether a patient is at risk for rupture of plaques in the coronary arteries, a condition that could lead to stroke and heart attack.
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Pan and Du teamed up on a research paper featured on the October cover of Molecular Psychiatry to detail a novel neuroimaging technique that demonstrated how cocaine affects blood flow in the brain — a promising method to investigate functional changes in the small neurovascular network that may be implicated in stroke.
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Mujica-Parodi’s research, which appeared front and center in the July issue of Human Brain Mapping, has important ramifications in the study of paranoid schizophrenia. The team performed neuroimaging scans of the prefrontal cortex of the brains of patients with paranoid schizophrenia, comparing them with scans of those without the disease. Her research suggests that those with paranoid schizophrenia have "less supple responsiveness" — in other words, less control — in a part of the prefrontal cortex.
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Research that could potentially lead to advances in neurosurgery to treat brain tumors is the focus of Liu’s work, published on the cover of Translational Oncology in December. Lu and his team developed a new contrast agent to identify brain tumors and differentiate between normal and cancer cells.
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Cited on the March cover of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Rubin’s paper illustrates how radiation exposure depletes stem cell populations and compromises bone marrow, which greatly increases the risk of fractures and can damage key organ systems.
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"The faculty of the Department of Biomedical Engineering have consistently produced work of the highest quality, and therefore it is not a surprise to me that a number of journal editors found their studies very meritorious and worthy to feature on the cover," said Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP, Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine. "As a former editor-in-chief of a biomedical journal (Blood), my greatest joy was culling through each issue and identifying the best articles with the most appealing illustrations. I congratulate each of the featured authors and their Chair, Dr. Clinton Rubin."
"These impressive results across the continuum from research to diagnosis and treatment demonstrate the immense promise of the multidisciplinary strategies being pioneered in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, a joint effort between the School of Medicine and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences," said Yacov A. Shamash, Vice President for Economic Development, and Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.