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UI receives $309, 000 Whitaker Foundation grant for biomedical engineering
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A $309,000 Special Opportunity award from the Whitaker
Foundation will provide funding to enhance biomedical engineering research
and teaching at the University of Iowa College of Engineering.
Professor of biomedical engineering and project director Krishnan B.
Chandran, who, along with his colleagues has been working on the proposal
for two years, said that he is happy to see the university receive the
money. "I am pleased. This is the largest Whitaker Foundation grant
that the university has received," Chandran says. "It will greatly
enhance the program in biomedical engineering."
The grant will enable the biomedical and the electrical and computer
engineering departments in the College of Engineering and the department
of radiology and the cardiology division of the department of internal
medicine in the UI College of Medicine to conduct collaborative research
in functional cardiovascular image analysis. The research will involve
acquiring images in the cardiovascular area, image processing, three-dimensional
reconstruction, and quantitative functional analysis.
Chandran also plans to use the grant to hire a new faculty member who
will hold a joint appointment with the department of biomedical engineering
in the College of Engineering and the department of radiology in the College
Students will benefit from the Whitaker grant as well. "The project
will also enhance the course work for undergraduates and graduates in biomedical
engineering," Chandran says. "A series of courses in medical
image processing and functional analysis will be offered with faculty from
engineering and medicine participating in this endeavor."
The UI's Special Opportunity award, which took effect March 1, is a
single-year grant. At the end of the one-year period, the Whitaker Foundation
will conduct a site visit. Future funding will be determined following
the visit and the research team's submission of a progress report. Based
in Rosslyn, Va., the Whitaker Foundation is dedicated to enhancing biomedical
engineering programs across the country.