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The Cancer Equation: Thomas Yankeelov Leads New Center for Computational Oncology Search for Mathematics Behind the Disease The Cancer Equation: Thomas Yankeelov Leads New Center for Computational Oncology Search for Mathematics Behind the Disease

An immense amount of biomedical research goes into understanding how cancer works. However, the results are often inconclusive, confusing, and difficult to apply to other studies or in clinical settings—so much so that half of clinical trials don’t publish their findings in scientific journals.

ICES researcher Thomas Yankeelov thinks cancer research could benefit from a new approach: treating the disease like a math problem. Read more.

Posted: July 6, 2016
Philip Varghese Receives Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award Philip Varghese Receives Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award

ICES Professor Philip Varghese, holder of the Stanley P. Finch Centennial Professorship in Engineering and member of UT Austin’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers, has been selected to receive a prestigious 2016 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.

Established in 2008 and the Board of Regents’ highest teaching honor, the awards are offered annually in recognition of faculty members of the University of Texas System academic institutions who have demonstrated extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate instruction. Read more.

Posted: June 28, 2016
Michael Sacks leads $2.2 million NIH grant to develop simulation technologies for improved replacement heart valve durability Michael Sacks leads $2.2 million NIH grant to develop simulation technologies for improved replacement heart valve durability

ICES Professor Michael Sacks has received a $2.2 million National Institutes of Health grant to develop the first detailed computer simulations of how to improve bioprosthetic heart valves’ durability.

Roughly 300,000 Americans have one of the valves in their heart replaced annually because of aging, congenital defects or disease-related damage. The aortic valve is often the target, with follow-up surgeries occurring in about 9 years as the original replacement heart valve deteriorates from the work of opening and closing hundreds of millions of times. Yet little is known about how the material and shape of a bioprosthetic aortic valve contribute to its deterioration over time. Read more.

Posted: June 21, 2016
Student Amir Khalighi receives the Best Poster prize Student Amir Khalighi receives the Best Poster prize

Student Amir Khalighi received the Best Poster prize at the 2016 Frontiers in Medical Devices conference held at the University of Maryland May 23-25.

Amir's poster, "A Multi-resolution Analysis of the Mitral Valve Geometry for the Development of Personalized Models," was the product of research at the ICES Center for Cardiovascular Simulation. Collaborators on the research were Amir Khalighi; Andrew Drach, ICES postdoc; Ajit Yoganathan (Georgia Tech), Robert Gorman (University of Pennsylvania), Joseph Gorman (University of Pennsylvania) and Michael Sacks, director of the ICES Center for Cardiovascular Simulation. Read more.

Posted: June 10, 2016
ICES Alumnus Tarek Zohdi promoted to endowed chair ICES Alumnus Tarek Zohdi promoted to endowed chair

ICES Alumnus Tarek Zohdi has been promoted to the endowed position of the Will C. Hall Endowed Chair at the University of California, Berkeley. Zohdi serves as a professor of mechanical engineering, and chair of the university's Computational and Data Science and Engineering Program. He is also a chancellor's professor, and holds a staff scientist position at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs and an adjunct scientist position at the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute. Read more.

Posted: June 10, 2016