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Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Announce Academic Collaboration
Date:5/22/2013

medicine, the linkage between technological universities and medical schools has never been more urgent,” said Jonathan S. Dordick, Ph.D., Vice President for Research and Howard Isermann Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Rensselaer. “The impact of technological breakthroughs in imaging, data acquisition, analytics, and new therapeutics – among others – are rapidly re-shaping medical paradigms and education. We also share a common entrepreneurial spirit.”

The institutions also will work together in the development and utilization of novel neuroimaging techniques and neurotechnologies that help better understand and treat neurological disorders. These areas are a national priority, with the White House announcing the launch of the BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies)—through which Rensselaer and Mount Sinai will apply together for funding.

“This partnership will allow our neuroscientists and Rensselaer’s engineers to work together to identify shortcomings in imaging, develop new diagnostic tools, and even treatment tools, such as a system for helping paralyzed people walk and manipulate their environment with the assistance of robotics,” said John Morrison, Ph.D., Dean of Basic Sciences at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professor of Neuroscience at Mount Sinai. “The federal government has recognized the unmet need for neurotechnologies in helping understand, diagnose, and treat some of the world’s most devastating neurological disorders, and Mount Sinai and Rensselaer hope to be at the forefront in addressing that need.”

Mount Sinai and Rensselaer plan to create the Mount Sinai and Rensselaer Collaborative Center for Research Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which will foc
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