Newswise — Biomedical engineering pioneer James J. Collins, known for his work in improving the brain functions of stroke victims, has been named the recipient of Drexel University's inaugural Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award, Drexel University Interim President C.R. "Chuck" Pennoni announced May 14.
Collins, University Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Center for BioDynamics in the College of Engineering at Boston University, accepted the $100,000 award at the Translational Medicine Alliance Forum on May 14, 2009, in Philadelphia.
The Anthony J. Achievement Award was created to recognize collaborative, multidisciplinary research focused on real-world solutions that change society. Collins' research led to the development of a new class of medical devices that addressed complications resulting from diabetic neuropathy, restored brain function following stroke and improved balance in the elderly.
"We have established the Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award to build new connections to the national research community and celebrate the transformative work going on in American labs. Drexel is committed to translational or "use-inspired" research," said Pennoni.
Collins' research combines elements of physics, mathematics and bioengineering to study and improve the function of physiological and biological systems. Besides a distinguished record as a researcher, Collins has also demonstrated an entrepreneurial drive and desire to apply his research to improve medical science.
"Collins exemplifies the translational researcher, developing new fields of study in biomedicine geared not only toward intellectual pursuits but also toward developing solutions," said Pennoni.
A recipient of the National Institutes of Health Director's Pioneer Award, Collins has been named to the Technology Review TR100 and the Scientific American 50. He is an elected fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Collins is also the recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship and MacArthur "Genius" Award and was recently selected as an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a first for a Boston University faculty member.
Collins co-founded Afferent Corporation to commercialize his patented neurostimulation technology. His work in systems biology on the reverse-engineering of gene networks to identify drug targets, biological mediators and disease biomarkers led him to cofound Cellicon Biotechnologies. And he recently invented and reduced to practice a network biology platform for identifying targets for combination therapies involving RNA interference molecules. This platform has been licensed by NetEffect Pharmaceuticals, a company he co-founded with Flagship Ventures. Collins is known as an exemplary faculty member, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses continuously and serving as research supervisor and mentor to students and postdoctoral fellows.
He has received numerous teaching awards including the 2000 Metcalf Cup and Prize for Excellence in Teaching, which is the highest teaching honor awarded by Boston University and was named Professor of the Year in the College of Engineering in 1999 and 2008.
The Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award is presented to recognize a member of a U.S. institution whose work transforms both research and the society it serves. The innovative translational research of this individual advances the frontiers of the field, with outcomes that address unmet problems in health care or otherwise touch the lives of people. This inaugural year, the award is devoted to biomedical engineering or the life sciences. The $100,000 prize was donated to Drexel by an anonymous alumnus. The award is named for Drexel University founder Anthony J. Drexel.
This inaugural year, the award was devoted to biomedical engineering or the life sciences. The selection was based on criteria that included impact of an individual's research and discovery on new medical treatments to address societal needs, effectiveness in translating basic research and development of new technology to clinical trials and/or treatment approaches.
1.) If you've got an itch in your throat, scratch your ear. When the nerves in the ear get stimulated, they create a reflex in the throat that causes a muscle spasm, which cures the itch.
2.) Having trouble hearing someone at a party or on the phone? Use your right ear it's better at picking up rapid speech. But, the left is better at picking up music tones.
3.) If you need to relieve yourself BADLY, but you're not anywhere near a bathroom, fantasize about RELATIONS. That preoccupies your brain and distracts it.
4.) Next time the doctor's going to give you an injection, COUGH as the needle is going in. The cough raises the level of pressure in your spinal canal, which limits the pain sensation as it tries to travel to your brain.
5.) Clear a stuffed nose or relieve sinus pressure by pushing your tongue against the roof of your mouth then pressing a finger between your eyebrows. Repeat that for 20 seconds it causes the vomer bone to rock, which loosens your congestion and clears you up.
6.) If you ate a big meal and you're feeling full as you go to sleep, lay on your left side. That'll keep you from suffering from acid reflux it keeps your stomach lower than your esophagus, which will helps keep stomach acid from sliding up your throat.
7.) You can stop a toothache by rubbing ice on the back of your hand, on the webbed area between your thumb and index finger. The nerve pathways there stimulate a part of the brain that blocks pain signals from your mouth.
8.) If you get all messed up on liquor, and the room starts spinning, put your hand on something stable. The reason: Alcohol dilutes the blood in the part of your ear called the cupula, which regulates balance. Putting your hand on something stable gives your brain another reference point, which will help make the world stop spinning.
9.) Stop a nose bleed by putting some cotton on your upper gums right behind the small dent below your nose and press against it hard. Most of the bleeding comes from the cartilage wall that divides the nose, so pressing there helps get it to stop.
10.) Nervous? Slow your heart rate down by blowing on your thumb. The vagus nerve controls your heart rate, and you can calm it down by breathing. 11.) Need to breathe underwater for a while?
Instead of taking a huge breath, HYPERVENTILATE before you go under, by taking a bunch of short breaths. That'll trick your brain into thinking it has more oxygen, and buy you about 10 extra seconds.
12.) You can prevent BRAIN FREEZE by pressing your tongue flat against the roof of your mouth, covering as much surface area as possible. Brain freeze happens because the nerves in the roof of your mouth get extremely cold, so your brain thinks your whole body is cold. It compensates by overheating which causes your head to hurt. By warming up the roof of your mouth, you'll chill your brain and feel better.
13.) If your hand falls asleep, rock your head from side to side. That'll wake your hand or arm up in less than a minute. Your hand falls asleep because of the nerves in your neck compressing so loosening your neck is the cure. If your foot falls asleep, that's governed by nerves lower in the body, so you need to stand up and walk around.
14.) Finally, this one's totally USELESS, but a nice trick. Have someone stick their arm out to the side, straight, palm down. Press down on his wrist with two fingers. He'll resist, and his arm will stay horizontal. Then, have him put his foot on a surface that's half an inch off the ground, like a stack of magazines, and do the trick again. Because his spine position is thrown off, his arm will fall right to his side, no matter how much he tries to resist.
15.) Got the hiccups? Press thumb and second finger over your eyebrows until the hiccups are over - usually, in a short while.
Pernahkan anda terlupa di mana letaknya barang yang anda simpan di dalam rumah kerana terlalu lama disimpan ataupun barang itu hilang di kawasan halaman rumah ataupun di mana juga? Untuk mencarinya bukanlah perkara yang mudah dan mungkin sehingga berpeluh dibuatnya pun masih belum berhasil untuk menemuinya. Untuk membantu anda mudah untuk mencari sesuatu yang anda cari, amalkanlah petua ini:
Baca SELAWAT (berulang-ulang kali) ketika anda sedang mencari barang itu sambil fikiran anda ingatkan kembali bilakah waktu akhir anda Nampak atau pegang barang itu. Sekiranya barang itu masih ada di dalam rumah anda, anda akan menemuinya semula.
1. Al-Fatihah 7 kali
2. Al Fath 1-3 7 kali
3. Al Khafi Ayat 19 7 kali
4. Surah Al-Ikhlas 7 kali
5. Selawat 7 kali
6. Ya Allah 3 kali.
7. Kemudian wirid 'Ya Hafiz' 119 kali
8. Sesudah selesai semuanya, tadahkan tangan lalu berdoa, mohon dari ALLAH pertolongan supaya dipulang/digantikan barang yang hilang tersebut.
Petua 3: Doa yang menjadi amalan para awliya’ dan solihin yang terdapat di dalam kitab Bustanul Arifin (Taman Orang-orang yang A’rifin / Ahlillah / Awliya’ Allah) tulisan Imam an Nawawi. Imam Nawawi meriwayatkan doa ini daripada kitab Risalah al Qusyairiah tulisan Imam Abul Qasim al Qusyairi radiyAllahu anhu di dalam bab ‘Karamah Awliya’.
“ Ya Jami’an Naasi li yaumil la raiba fihi, ijma’ alayya dhollati”
Maksudnya: “ Wahai Tuhan yang menghimpunkan manusia pada hari yang tiada keraguan padanya,himpunkanlah aku dengan barang aku yang hilang itu.”
Berkata Imam Nawawi: “ Sebenarnya doa ini telah saya cuba maka saya mendapatinya sangat bermanfaat dan menjadi sebab untuk mencari barang yang hilang itu dengan tidak bersusah payah mencarinya. Barang itu juga tidak jauh dari tempat yang kita sangka. Saya juga telah mendengar perkara yang sama daripada Sheikh al Hafiz Abu Baqa’ ketika beliau mengajarkan doa ini dahulu kepada saya.”