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October, 2011: Prof. Siddhartha Sikdar receives the 2011 Mason Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award

The selection committee is composed of University Professors representing a broad range of academic disciplines. The award provides each recipient with $3,000 and was presented to Dr. Sikdar at the Celebration of Achievements ceremony on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 in the Center for the Arts concert hall main lobby, at 3:00pm.

August, 2011: BENG Students received URSP support

Congratulations to our students who successfully competed for Undergraduate Research Scholars Program support. Von Botteicher (Bioengineering) is working with Professor Siddhartha Sikdar (Bioengineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering) on “Detecting Brain Micromotion and Its Effect on an Implanted Electrode Using Diagnostic Ultrasound”.

April, 2011: New Funding from Department of Veterans Affairs

Our lab received $48,580.00 from the Department of Veteran Affairs for the project "Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis: Cognitive Function and Plaque Correlates (ACCOF)". The anticipated funding is $194,392.00 and the period of performance is April 1, 2011 through March 31, 2015.

June, 2010: BMIL research highlighted

Campus Buzz has an article about our lab's research.

April, 2010: BMIL and collaborators receive NIH R01 award

Our research group has been awarded an NIH R01 award. The PI is Dr. Siddhartha Sikdar. Other investigators on the grant are Dr. Lynn Gerber (CHHS), Dr. Nadine Kabbani (COS), Dr. William Rosenberger (VSE), Dr. Saleet Jafri (COS) and Artann Laboratories. The title of the project is “Pathogenesis and Pathophysiological Mechanisms of Myofascial Trigger Points”. Myofascial trigger points are palpable nodules in muscle that are associated with chronic pain, a critical public health issue. This project is designed to characterize the physical, biochemical and vascular properties of myofascial trigger points using novel ultrasound imaging, mechanical imaging and microanalytic techniques in conjunction with clinical examination, and evaluate how these properties change in response to treatment. The period of performance is April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2014.

April, 2010: Dr. Siddhartha Sikdar receives an NSF CAREER award.

The title of the project is “An Integrated Systems Approach to Understanding Complex Muscle Disorders”. This will further our research in new imaging methods for understanding musculoskeletal disorders and function. The period of performance is May 1, 2010 to April 30, 2015.