Featured Updates

    • BSEC members mentored several undergraduate and graduate DOE summer interns. The students presented their work during a poster session hosted at ORNL  on August 10, 2012. More ....

      RAMS Students 2012

Recent News

    • Dr. Patton and his colleagues will present a technical exhibit at the Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), November 2012. More...
    • Drs. Tourassi and Paquit will present at 2012 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) 2012 Annual Meeting, October 24−27, 2012, Atlanta, GA. More...
    • ORNL’s Tim McKnight has been invited to the National Academy of Engineering’s annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium to be held Sept. 13−15 in Warren, Mich. More...

Recent Publications

    • J. G. Railsback, A. Singh, R. C. Pearce, T. E. McKnight, R. Collazo, Z. Sitar, Z., Y. G. Yingling,  and A. V. Melechko, (2012), “Gold Nanoparticles: Weakly Charged Cationic Nanoparticles Induce DNA Bending and Strand Separation (Adv. Mater. 31/2012)”. Adv. Mater., 24: 4221.  (Note this article is featured in the cover art in Volume 24(31).
    • S. Xu, R. Fan, and W. Geng, “Example-Based Automatic Music-Driven Conventional Dance Motion Synthesis” IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG), 18(3): 501–515, 2012.
Data Analytics for Medicine Using SEmi-supervised LearningORNL researchers developed a semi-supervised learning environment that incorporates disparate medical text and images in order to provide a computational framework for data analytics. Full story
The Retinal Image Screening and Analysis Network (RISANET)Diabetes is an epidemic disease in the USA and worldwide. There are presently 21 Million diabetics in the US and the number is expected to double by 2050

Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is the leading cause of blindness in the world today

We have developed a web-based method that that uses a patient archive to estimate the posterior probability of disease in the primary care health setting Full story
Awake Imaging BSEC researchers, in collaboration with Jefferson Lab and the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) school of Medicine, have developed a one-of-a-kind scanner that can image and compensate for the motion of an awake, unanesthetized, unrestrained, untrained radiotracer injected mouse.
Full story
Human-Centered Decision Support in MammographyBSEC researchers are working on a novel human-computer integration paradigm according to which the computer system provides personalized decision support adapted to the radiologist's perceptual and cognitive pattern for the specific medical image under reviews. Full story
Development of Computational Methods for Neurobiological Imaging Research Neurobiologists lack the computational tools necessary to quantitatively and efficiently analyze the large volume of 3D and 4D microscope imagery collected for the purpose of studying the shape and migratory characteristics of developing neurons. Full story
Investigation of Nanostructured Materials as a Multimodal Tissue Interface for Neural ProsthesesThe McKnight Laboratory investigates the interaction of nanostructured materials with cellular and tissue matrices for applications in biosensing, tissue scaffolding, medical prostheses, and gene/drug delivery. Full story
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Welcome Message from the Director

Welcome to our new website of the Biomedical Science and Engineering Center (BSEC) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). This website provides you with the latest information regarding the BSEC mission, people, resources, research portfolio, scientific outcomes, and activities.

We are a growing center committed to promote interdisciplinary research and effectively engage the scientific community inside and outside of ORNL to address contemporary biomedical challenges. With our broad core expertise and state-of-the-art research facilities, we undertake complex biomedical projects that range from basic knowledge discovery to technology development to licensing of new technology. Our goal is to offer innovative solutions to challenging problems and facilitate their clinical translation. Fostering collaborations and building partnerships with academia, industry, and federal agencies are central to our mission. Please feel free to contact us for more information and for opportunities to engage with our center.

Best Regards,

Georgia Tourassi, PhD
BSEC Director