DECEMBER - NOVEMBER 2006
CIMIT-MIT Medical Engineering Fellow to Apply Engineering to Clinical Practice
Olumuyiwa Ogunnika, a graduate student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, will use the $50,000 award...
UPI: Better Virtual Biopsy Technology Developed
U.S. researchers have developed an optical imaging technique that can provide 3D microscopic views...
NECN Boston: Covers the CIMIT Innovation Congress [video: wmv]
NECN investigates the future of modern medicine at the 2006 CIMIT Innovation Congress...
MIT Technology Review: Tiny Souped-Up Scope
It's the first hair-thin endoscope to image in 3-D, and researchers say it could provide a better picture of the more delicate parts of our bodies...
The Boston Globe: More in Mass. Get Drug for Stroke
Massachusetts hospitals have increased significantly the number of stroke patients who get a potentially life-saving drug, two years after the state set quality standards for hospitals providing stroke care...
CIMIT's Dr. Jonathan Rosen Takes on New Opportunity at Boston University
Dr. Jonathan Rosen is now the Executive Director of the new Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (ITEC) at Boston University School of Management...
Call for Nominations due October 15th for New MIT/CIMIT
Medical Engineering Fellowship
The MIT/CIMIT Medical Engineering Fellowship offers multi-year support for graduate engineering students to work in highly innovative yet classically
under-funded areas of healthcare research...
MedGadget.com: Preemptive Treatment of Seizures by VNS
VNS (Vagus Nerve Stimulation) therapy has been approved by the FDA as an adjunctive treatment for medically refractory partial onset seizures. Now scientists from the MIT and clinicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are trying to "upgrade" a VNS device...
Researchers at MIT are developing a device that could detect and prevent epileptic seizures before they become debilitating. Epilepsy affects about 50 million people worldwide, and while anticonvulsant medications can reduce the frequency of seizures, the drugs are ineffective for as many as one in three patients. The new treatment builds on an existing treatment for epilepsy...
CIMIT Announces Recipients of the 2006 Young Clinician Research Awards
It was announced by CIMIT director John A. Parrish, MD, that four physicians will be among the first CIMIT-Johnson & Johnson Young Clinician Research Award recipients. The funding was made possible through the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Office of Science and Technology (COSAT)...
Recipient of Special Study Award:
Yolonda Colson, MD, PhD, Brigham and Women's Hospital
FEBRUARY - MARCH 2006
High Connectivity Systems, Inc., Joins ILP
CIMIT Projects Receive "Posters of Distinction" Awards at MGH SAC
A poster session kicked off the 2006 MGH SAC meeting, and featured 156 posters by MGH investigators. Eleven were named posters of distinction, three of which were CIMIT projects.
Boston University and Boston Medical Center Partner with CIMIT
The Boston University-Boston Medical Center academic medical center is the newest partner of the CIMIT consortium.
News from Forbes, MarketWatch and MomMD:
Children's Hospital Boston and CIMIT Set Saturday Workshop: Preventing Knee Injuries in Young Female Athletes
CIMIT investigator Martha Murray, MD, spearheads clinic for coaches, athletic trainers, and physical education teachers.
News from Finance Canada, Forbes, Marketwatch and Pharmanexus:
John Abele and Argosy Foundation Give Gift to CIMIT for "Experiment in Convening"
The gift enables development of an experimental design at the CIMIT Forum that will encourage interaction among speakers, moderators, and the audience.
Omniguide Renews ILP Membership
Quantia Communications Joins ILP
TNCO Renews ILP Membership
Air Liquide Joins ILP
Creare Joins ILP
Mass High Tech: CIMIT's Julian Goldman Speaks on Plug-and-Play and Technology in Operating Rooms
Julian Goldman, MD, one of CIMIT's principal investigators, is "part of a growing trend of CIMIT physicians who see systemic problems and pursue solutions to be commercialized."
News from Biospace.com, Forbes, Marketwatch, Morningstar, and NewsKnowledge: CIMIT-Russia Avian Flu Team Honored: Edward M. Kennedy Award for Healthcare Innovation
The 2005 Kennedy award was presented to the CIMIT-Russia Avian Flu team for their work developing and Avian Flu surveillance program in Siberia that coordinates the efforts of American and Russian scientists.
News from Forbes, Marketwatch, Morningstar, PharmaNexus, and WorldPharmaweb.com
CIMIT and Johnson & Johnson Announce Research Award for Young Clinicians
Johnson & Johnson has given CIMIT a $250,000 gift for an award to encourage young physicians to create novel life-saving medical devices and technologies.
News from The Boston Globe:
Summary: Bush Plan Offered to Fight a Flu Epidemic
Dr. Michael Callahan of CIMIT pointed out that flu pills are "to be used literally after the flu bomb has gone off to shorten the period of infection."
ABC: More Details Emerge on Bush's Flu Plan - Preparedness Plan Meets Mixed Reaction
" It's a question of timing. We're way behind in terms of manufacturing," Dr. Michael Callahan said . . . "It's a lengthy process, and the reality is that the current vaccine could not be made or scaled up . . ." Dr. Jeffrey Gelfand said.
The Register: German Boffins Snap Hi-Res Rat Brain Activity
". . . Some help might come Fromherz's way through contacts he has begun forming through CIMIT, a consortium of hospitals and colleges that includes MIT and Harvard Medical School, with the aim of seeing this technology find real-world applications."
News from Hospimedica International:
Coming Soon: Operating Room of the Future
"CIMIT has been driving the adaptation of the technology . . . CIMIT officials say the ORF will be one of the first ORs in the country to use this type of data integration in the operating theater."
News from Boston Globe IDEAS 2005 Conference:
Highlights of talks by Steve Dawson, MD, CIMIT Simulation (Webcast -Real Media format) and Conor James Walsh, Mechanical Engineer, CIMIT Award Recipient. (Webcast -Real Media format)
News from Bizwire:
CIMIT Hosts State Senators Jack Hart and Richard T. Moore
During Fact-Finding Mission on Technologies to Improve Health
Senator Jack Hart and Senator Richard T. Moore visited CIMIT to learn how collaborative teams successfully overcome barriers to bringing new technology to health care – from bench to bedside.
News from Bizwire:
"CIMIT and Dartmouth to host ATNS conference"
The ATNS conference will focus on the unique aspects involved in advancing technologies related to the neurosciences, translational research and health policy.
News from ABC Channel 5:
"Steve Dawson, MD, Program Leader at CIMIT featured on Channel 5's CityLine"
Dr. Dawson, Director of CIMIT's Simulation program, appeared on CityLine to discuss his extensive work in creating medical simulation techniques to improve patient safety.
News from Mass High Tech:
"Serial entrepreneur takes software success to life sciences startup"
The design and development of a wearable continuous dialysis system will dramatically help dialysis patients,” said John Parrish, founder and a director of CIMIT.
JUNE - AUGUST 2005
News from Mass High Tech:
"Emergency makeover: 'OR of the Future' set to go live at Mass General"
Officials involved with a data-integration system at Massachusetts General Hospital say they will launch the project called the Operating Room of the Future on patients next month.
News from Associated Press:
"Cambridge group makes medical simulation dreams into reality"
The virtual intubation system -- nicknamed VIRGIL™ -- is just one of CIMIT's innovations, which include simulators to provide training for smallpox inoculations and laparoscopic surgery.
News from Bizwire:
"LiveData: US Army Award to Enhance Patient Safety at MGH/CIMIT Operating Room of the Future"
Aspiring to create a patient zone of safety within the operating room, LiveData, Inc, ... received a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the United State Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.
News from Mass High Tech:
"Cambridge company lands $800,000 SBIR grant"
LiveData Inc. of Cambridge has received a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant of $800,000 from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.
News from ABC Channel 5 and TheBostonChannel.com:
"New Laser May Identify Deadly Plaques"
NewsCenter 5's Liz Brunner reported Thursday that plaques are fatty buildups within the coronary artery wall that can rupture and lead to a heart attack.
News from Business Wire, Financial Times, Forbes, Market Watch from DowJones, and Yahoo!
"MGH and CIMIT Researchers Use Laser Light To Identify Atherosclertotic Plaques That Cause Heart Attacks"
The team with Drs. Tearney and Bouma, at the Wellman Center, at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have developed a new technique that uses laser light, called Laser Speckle Imaging, to identify atherosclerotic plaques that cause heart attacks, according to a report that will appear in the August issue of Circulation.
Tyco Renews Membership with ILP
Payload Joins ILP
APRIL - MAY 2005
The New Yorker: "A MODEL PATIENT: How simulators are changing the way doctors are trained"
CIMIT's Simulation Director, Steve Dawson, MD, highlighted in The New Yorker Magazine.
News from the White House:
"CIMIT NEWS - Education Issue"
The VIRGIL™ development team was invited to participate in a demonstration of advanced technologies for the White House Medical Unit and the Interagency Council, by the Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, TATRC.
Fort Detrick Standard: "White House demo showcases advanced technologies"
Telemedicine aficionados at Fort Detrick took their wares on the road Feb. 3 to show the White House Medical Unit the latest breakthroughs in medical advanced technologies.
News from Life Sciences Business and Technology Review:
"Automated Angels: Safety Innovation in the Operating Room of the Future"
The MGH/CIMIT ORF is featured in this new magazine.
The Boston Globe: "The power of perseverance"
Dr. Joesph Murray virtually created new field of medicine. Scientists of today could learn from his example. According to Dr. John Parrish, CIMIT Director, ''people who are passionate and relentless, clinicians who are not going to stop until they achieve a breakthrough."
News from the Terumo Corporation:
Terumo Initiates Vulnerable Plaque Program with Exclusive License from Massachusetts General Hospital
John A. Parrish, MD, director of CIMIT, called the agreement a “visible sign of the power of collaboration,” adding that bringing together scientists, engineers and clinicians to improve patient care is the mission of CIMIT.
The Boston Globe: "MIT grows beating heart tissue"
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported yesterday that by using cells harvested from rats, they have grown dime size swatches of heart tissue that twitch like a beating heart when an electrical current passes through.
Mass High Tech: "Hospitals cut the cord, boost wireless trials"
Two wireless companies focusing on patient care recently launched pilot programs at New England medical centers, and a state health-care association is studying the feasibility of importing prescription information wirelessly into emergency rooms...
Mass High Tech: "MGH researchers recognized for new imaging technology"
Two life scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital are close to commercializing their innovative...
Mass High Tech: "Biomed Rounds: CIMIT wages revolution on pair of medical fronts"
The threat of terrorism blurs the distinction between civilian and military needs for new technology. CIMIT can be part...
Indoor Positioning System Can Track Equipment and People
October 2004 issue of Anesthesiology News features article on the ORF usage of tracking technology...
Proven Process, Inc. Joins CIMIT ILP
The company offers device development, validation, and manufacturing to the healthcare industry...
The Boston Globe: Bioterror Research Spurs Ideas in Medicine
Boston Globe front-page story on CIMIT's collaborative efforts in applying bioterrorism technology to medical problems...
Andromed Joins CIMIT As Newest Member of Industry Liaison Program
Andromed...is a Montreal-based medical device company focused on creating value-added applications for the patient monitoring market. The company developed the world’s first fully electronic stethoscope...
Precision Dynamics Corporation (PDC) Joins CIMIT ILP
PDC, based in San Fernando, CA, is a global leader in automatic wristband identification. Through collaborative research among PDC engineers and CIMIT investigators, the efficacy of RFID wristband solutions will be tested to improve patient safety...
Business Wire: BioIndustry Group from Russia and the US State Department to Visit Santa Cruz
A delegation of Russian scientists working through the US State Department's BioIndustry BioIndustry Initiative will be presenting a full day program at the University of California, Santa Cruz on Thursday, June 10...
Wired.com: Weapons Makers Turn to Medicine
A little more than a decade ago, Amir Maksyutov was developing virulent strains of influenza and other infectious agents for potential use as bioweapons against the United States. Today, he's working on vaccines for HIV, flu and malaria.
Russian Scientists Help Combat Bioterrorism Through BioIndustry Initiative
The US Department of State is sponsoring more than 100 leading scientists and biotechnology industry representatives from Russia...
MARCH - APRIL 2004
Medtronic Joins CIMIT Vulnerable Plaque Program as Contributor
Medtronic is the world's leading medical technology company, with deep roots in the treatment of heart disease...
Percardia, Inc. Renews ILP Membership
Percardia is a venture-funded medical device company focused on the development of novel therapies for the treatment of coronary ...
"Webcasts of Surgeries Help Cut Through Distances"
Jan 22nd article by Health-IT World provides in-depth review of the OR of the Future live webcasts...
NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2003
Tyco Healthcare Group Joins CIMIT's Industry Liaison Program (ILP)
Tyco Healthcare is a global manufacturer, designer and distributor of medical devices and supplies. The Tyco Healthcare umbrella encompasses...
Mass High Tech: Biomed Rounds - Medicine and innovation come together in CIMIT
In an era in which health care leaders are pushing for greater efficiency in the implementation of medical technology, the name of CIMIT is gaining significant recognition...
CIMIT Simulation Group Receives Edward M. Kennedy Award
for Health Care Innovation
The Edward M. Kennedy Award for Health Care Innovation was presented at CIMIT's 5th Annual Stakeholder Briefing to the CIMIT Simulation Group, headed by Steve Dawson, MD...
CIMIT to Co-host Swiss Panel on 9/15/03
SHARE – Boston, the Consulate of Switzerland, is holding an exciting seminar with the Swiss and American Medtech company representatives, researchers, and venture capitalists on September 15 from 6 to 8:30 p.m...
MIT Technology Review: Operating Room of the Future Highlighted
Today’s operating rooms are rats’ nests of equipment and wires, overpopulated with doctors and nurses who must constantly elbow past one another to actually see what’s happening with a patient, adjust an instrument, or read a monitor. Not necessarily the ideal environment for the staff, let alone for the person on the table...
JUNE - AUGUST 2003
OmniGuide Communications Inc. Joins CIMIT Industry Liaison Program
CAMBRIDGE, MA - August 18, 2003 - OmniGuide Communications, Inc. has recently joined CIMIT (Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology) as the newest member of its Industry Liaison Program...
Mass High Tech: Dr. Janey Pratt featured on front page
A Massachusetts General Hospital surgeon has combined a new, new thing (laparoscopic surgery) with an old, old problem (obesity) to create a thriving national practice at the hospital...
Dr. Craig Thompson Leads New Study for CHF: Noted in Cardiology Journal Article
Heart Disease, the nation's number one killer, affects $8 million per year. Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) affects 5 million who currently live with the disease...
Collaborations Key to protection from Biological Agents, CIMIT Expert Says
Cambridge, MA - April 14, 2003 - With Biologic weapons creating a climate for the threat of mass casualties, physicians working with the Department of Defense are creating and testing devices to detect airborne pathogens...
CIMIT Physician, Steve Dawson Featured on News 7
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. April 2, 2003 - Steve Dawson, MD, Simulation Program Leader for CIMIT, Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, spoke with WHDH's health reporter, Janet Wu today about his work with VIRGIL®, the soldier training system...
Recent Gains In Treating Battle Wounds Seen Paying Off
BOSTON, Mass. - March 25, 2003 - As the first major wave of casualties from the fighting in Iraq arrived at a military hospital in Germany yesterday, authorities and specialists in battlefield medicine said recent advances in rapid treatment were paying dividends only a week into the war...
CIMIT and MGH Physician Named to Medicare Committee, Reports in Annals of Surgery Cost Effective Treatment for Liver Cancer Patients
G. Scott Gazelle, MD, MPH, PhD, was recently named to The Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee (MCAC), which provides guidance to The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on clinical topics under review for Medicare coverage...
Draper Labs Sets its Sights on Biomedical Initiative
Draper Laboratory, a $250 million nonprofit research organization in Cambridge with a traditional focus on defense and aerospace projects, has announced the formation of a Biomedical Engineering Center...
Leaders in Coronary Stent Technology Speak About Revolutionary New Designs at CIMIT Forum
There was a quiet revolution in cardiovascular technology and care when stents were introduced less than 10 years ago. Today they are being implanted in more than 1 million patients per year...
Mass High Tech Features CIMIT-Ascension Collaboration
A company that was born of an unusual combination of successes in the defense and animation worlds, has since moved into the medical imaging space...
Partners Newsletter Highlights OR of the Future and how "CIMIT Reaps Rewards for Patients" (PDF)
The operation took place on a Thursday in the "OR of the Future," the patient went home the same day, and returned to work on Monday. Normally six weeks of recovery is required...
CIMIT Forms Partnership with Museum of Science, Boston
A new partnership with the Museum of Science will result in a new series of public conversations about cutting edge medical technology issues that affect all of our lives...
Boston's WHDH TV (Ch. 7) Covers High-tech Operating Room
Boston's Channel 5 Features Hospital Opens Operating Room of Future
ABC News Talks to CIMIT Researcher Dr. I.K. Jang about OCT
David Rattner, MD, Featured in Business Week on "Minimal Medicine"
CIMIT's Dr. James Muller Featured in June Issue of Fortune Magazine
Eugene Braunwald, MD, Wins 2002 King Faisal International Prize
CIMIT & MGH Dept. of Neurosurgery Announce New Program: Neurotechnology