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      Summer Research

      Biomedical Engineering Students Gain National Attention for Findings

      Dr. Anita Singh, biomedical engineering

      Student and Faculty Research

      Senior Shania Shaji, front, researches neonatal brachial plexus with Dr. Anita Singh.

      Students in the newly accredited biomedical engineering program are gaining national attention for the research they are working on with Dr. Anita Singh, assistant professor.

      Not only will these students have a chance to show off their research to the Widener community this Friday at the Summer Research Symposium, but they will also present their findings at the National Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) annual meeting.

      In recognition of her research with Singh, Shania Shaji, '17, received the BMES Best Undergraduate Design and Research Award for her extended abstract "Biomechanical Properties of Neonatal Brachial Plexus." She will present the work she has completed thus far Oct. 7 at the BMES meeting in Minneapolis.

      "No data exists on the biomechanical and physiological responses of neonatal brachial plexus," said Singh. "The research with the Widener undergraduates truly advances the science of obstetrician care by better understanding the extent and mechanism of birth-related brachial plexus injuries."

      The first part of Singh and Shaji's research is also under review for publication in the Journal of Biomechanics. The second stage will continue this fall when they study the role of hypoxia in causing brachial injuries and possible treatment using hypothermia.

      Gabrielle Gehron,'19, has also worked closely with Singh over the summer to address the needs of individuals with spinal cord injuries who suffer from osteoporosis in body parts used to compensate for their injured parts. Their research provides a better way to understand recovery mechanisms for these injured individuals. Gehron will also attend the BMES meeting to deliver the presentation "Changes in Bone Mass After Body Weight Supported Treadmill Training In Spinal Cord Injury Rats."

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      Learn more about these research projects at the Summer Research Symposium on Friday, Sept. 23 from 4:30–7 p.m. in the University Center.


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