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December 15, 2016 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Integrative Biosciences Center IBio Conference Center | Map
6135 Woodward Ave.
Detroit , MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The Wayne State University community is invited to attend an IBio Seminar with guest speaker, Carolyn Harris, assistant professor of Neurosurgery at Wayne State University’s School of Medicine, Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the first floor seminar room of IBio, located at 6135 Woodward.

Dr. Harris will present “Biomaterials in the brain: key initiatives to improve brain-device interactions in the treatment of hydrocephalus”

Hydrocephalus is a disorder causing excess accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain, treated by using shunts to divert cerebrospinal fluid out of the cranial cavity. Nearly all shunts fail requiring patients to undergo multiple if not dozens of shunt revisions in their lifetime. Despite our efforts for 60 years, shunts still have the highest failure rate of any neurological device: 98% of all shunts fail after ten years. By integrating quantitative big-data analysis of the cells and tissues that cause shunts to fail, real-time analyses of patient data, and innovative concepts tested in novel in vitro bioreactors, Dr. Harris and her research team have begun piecing together how and why shunts fail. The collaborative team of engineers, neurosurgeons, students, and small businesses collaborators is actively seeking strategies to remediate shunt failure using these identified mechanisms of shunt failure.

Dr. Harris received her B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University in 2006 and her Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Utah in 2011. Mid-way through her career at Purdue, she began her research career in hydrocephalus with Dr. Pat McAllister at Wayne State University.

From 2011-2014, she was a post-doctoral fellow at University of Washington / Seattle Children’s Research Institute with Dr. William Shain where her research was focused on the brain’s interaction with electrodes, albeit deep brain stimulating or recording.

Dr. Harris is currently an assistant professor of Neurosurgery in the School of Medicine at Wayne State University. Her research interests, generally, include the analysis of the brain’s interaction with devices in an effort to improve treatment of all neurologic disorders. Her specific projects are currently concentrated on understanding shunt failure and improving treatment management, using tools centered around a new-age spinning disk confocal microscope. In addition, her group is also working to identify cells and tissues on electrocorticography grids and collaborating with teams to improve other neurological disease treatments in epilepsy, spasticity, and cancers. Dr. Harris is a well-respected member of the hydrocephalus research community, and is consistently given top prizes at international societies. Her research has been broadly funded by the National Institutes of Health and focused foundations. You can learn more about Dr. Harris and her research team at www.healinghydrocephalus.com.

We hope you can join us for this interesting IBio seminar!

For more information about this event, please contact Anne-Marie Poltorak at 313-577-4442 or anne-marie.poltorak@wayne.edu.