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30 p.m. Dr. Brookshire’s family will host a memorial on the UH campus at the Student Center, Houston Room. Friends and family are invited.

UH alumnus William A. Brookshire, Ph.D. (BSChE '57), co-founder and chairman of the board of S&B Engineers and Constructors, died on April 21, 2016.

Joseph Tedesco, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Dean of the Cullen College of Engineering said, “Dr. Brookshire was a fine gentleman and one of our great philanthropists, always in search of new ways to help students and professors. We will forever feel his generosity and his loss in equal measures.”

William A. Brookshire Leaves Legacy of Generosity and Dedication to the Cullen College
With high-density electrodes placed on the arm of grad student Nick Dias, Yingchun Zhang (far right) monitors muscle contractions to pinpoint the neuromuscular junction. Grad student Chuan Zhang, far left, observes.

A UH biomedical engineer is zeroing in on the gap where nerve meets muscle to bring more precise treatment to stroke patients. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded more than $434,000 to Assistant Professor Yingchun Zhang to delve deep into the neuromuscular junction, the connector of the nerve and muscle fiber, to calculate the exact spot to deliver the dose of motion-restoring Botox.

Treating Stroke Patients at the Intersection of Nerve and Muscle
From left, Dr. Lintao Cai, Dr. Guanglin Li, Dr Metin Akay, chair, UH BME department, Dr. Hairong Zheng, Dr Yingchun Zhang, UH BME Department

The Cullen College department of biomedical engineering hosted a roster of distinguished international guests.

Global Visitors Come To Cullen College Biomedical Engineering Department
Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of electrical and computer engineering, will head the new NSF-funded BRAIN Center

Neurological disorders like Parkinson’s, the aftermath of stroke, limb loss and paralysis significantly diminish the length and quality of life – affecting about one in six people worldwide. But a growing number of biomedical innovations, driven in large part by an aging population dealing with debilitating health issues, are improving both cognitive and motor function.

Academia, Industry Collaborate on Solutions to Neural Disease, Injury

Students at the University of Houston are eligible to participate in the Moscow Summer Intern Program as part of a student initiative of the Baker Institute Space Policy Program. The program is a wonderful opportunity for all UH students, but especially those with engineering expertise and an excitement for space exploration.

Space-Savvy UH Students May Apply for Moscow Summer Intern Program
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A biomedical engineer from the University of Houston will use a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to determine how best to spur nerve regeneration in the nervous system.

UH Biomedical Engineer Pursues Nerve Regeneration
In the blood lab, where everything seems cast in red, are from left, Sergey Shevkoplyas, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and post doc fellows Hui Xia and Briony Strachan

Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood, according to America’s Blood Centers, generating a fundamental need to keep the blood supply healthy. A significant part of that process is to remove the white cells (leukocytes) from donated blood.

The Clot Thickens: UH Engineer's New Method To Help Keep Donated Blood Supply Safe

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Professor Joe Francis is dedicated to making people feel whole again through brain work

If it has to do with the brain, Associate Professor of biomedical engineering Joe Francis’ neurons are crackling. While he continues teaching robots to sense what humans want through brain research, he’s just published a paper in the Journal of Neural Engineering where he shares his ideas to restore the lost sense of touch by electrical stimulation of the central nervous system.

Restoring the Sense of Touch Makes Professor Joe Francis Sensational
In a galaxy on UH campus, Professor Joe Francis is perfecting Jedi mind control

To the unfamiliar, it might seem a Jedi mind trick – the notion of controlling robots by simply thinking of what you wish for them to do. If so, then Joe Francis, associate professor of biomedical engineering, is Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Professor Joe Francis’ Mind is Teeming with Ways to Team with Robots

Student Success

Biomedical engineering Ph.D. student Taha Salim studies the synergistic relationship between two proteins that are key drivers of immune responses following an infection.

A biomedical engineering professor and doctoral student published a paper in the journal PLOS One that reveals new insights into the synergistic relationship of two proteins that are key drivers of immune responses following an infection.

Biomedical Engineers Publish Paper on Key Drivers of Immune Response Following Infection
 Tianxiao Jiang studies brain and brings home prize

Of all the concepts that a Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering has to grasp, grasping is at the top.

Biomed Grad Student Develops Algorithm for How Brain Controls Hand, Wins Award at International Brain Conference

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Biomedical engineering Ph.D. student Taha Salim studies the synergistic relationship between two proteins that are key drivers of immune responses following an infection.

A biomedical engineering professor and doctoral student published a paper in the journal PLOS One that reveals new insights into the synergistic relationship of two proteins that are key drivers of immune responses following an infection.

Biomedical Engineers Publish Paper on Key Drivers of Immune Response Following Infection
Cullen College doctoral student Nathaniel Piety with award given by Donna M. Regan, president of AABB

UH biomedical engineering doctoral student Nathaniel Piety, who studies under Associate Professor Sergey Shevkoplyas, has been awarded for his work by the AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks) at the AABB Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida in October.

Bloody good award goes to UH Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. student

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