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Duke joins in creation of endowment for biomedical research

20 April 2011

Duke University and the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation are partners in a new $20 million endowment to foster research collaboration between bioengineers and clinicians, the university has announced. SPIE Fellow Tuan Vo-DinhTuan Vo-Dinh is a participant in the new Duke-Coulter Translational Partnership in biomedical engineering.

Vo-Dinh and other Duke researchers including SPIE Member Nirmula Ramanujam have played lead roles in projects involving the foundation and the university with the aim of accelerating the movement of biomedical engineering research into commercial products and clinical practices, the university noted in a press release announcing the new endowment.

Vo-Dinh is the R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of The Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics at Duke. He has served as chair for nearly 50 SPIE conferences, including upcoming conferences on Biomedical and Clinical Diagnostic Systems, and Plasmonics in Biology and Medicine to be presented at SPIE Photonics West next January in San Francisco. He has published nearly 150 conference proceedings papers and several journal articles with SPIE.

Ramanujam is chair of the conference in May at on Clinical and Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging at the European Conferences on Biomedical Optics sponsored by SPIE and the Optical Society at Laser World of Photonics in Munich, and author of three papers to be presented at the event. He has published 16 journal articles and more than 3 dozen conference proceedings papers with SPIE.

Read the full press release from Duke University.