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Nicholas Durr receives NIH’s Trailblazer Award

August 29, 2018

Nicholas DurrNicholas Durr, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been selected to receive NIH’s Trailblazer Award.

The two-year, $623,000 award, administered through the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, supports innovative early-career researchers tackling high-risk, potentially high-impact projects. The ultimate goal is to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open new avenues of research.

Durr and his team will use the award to improve the ability of colonoscopy procedures to detect subtle lesions that frequently are missed. Tens of millions of colonoscopy procedures are performed each year, but they offer patients only moderate protection in preventing deaths from colorectal cancers. Using the grant, Durr’s team will develop new widefield endoscopy technologies that use structured light to enable sensitive and quantitative measurements of the colon shape from a conventional video.

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