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Celebrating an innovative collaboration
By Barbra Alan
Dr. Stephen Spielberg, the dean of Dartmouth Medical School, joined Joseph Helble, the dean of Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering, and Jouko Karvinen, the president and CEO of Philips Medical Systems, at a reception at DHMC on December 19.Together with faculty and friends of the institution, they were celebrating a $5-million multiyear collaborative research agreement in biomedical imaging.The agreement brings together researchers from DMS,Thayer, and Philips to develop innovative imaging capabilities aimed at earlier detection and treatment of heart disease, cancer, and neurological diseases.
The agreement will accelerate research in areas where Dartmouth College as well as its schools of medicine and engineering are already breaking new ground.Among the projects under way are the use of advanced cardiovascular imaging to identify molecular changes that may signal malignant tumor growth at earlier stages; the creation of alternative methods of breast cancer imaging to increase the accuracy of detection and treatment and to reduce patient discomfort; and the development of technologies aimed at improving our understanding of the basic processes that lead to neurological disease.
"Without industry partners, translation of discovery and new knowledge cannot happen in real time," Dean Spielberg stated at the reception."Improving diagnosis and treatment options for cardiovascular disease, cancer, and neurological conditions represents one of the biggest challenges of medicine. The role of medical imaging in these areas has grown exponentially in recent years, with groundbreaking work taking place in imaging the brain, the heart, and other organs.
"Working with our colleagues from the Thayer School and Philips," Spielberg continued," Dartmouth sees the opportunity to combine the intellectual strengths of academia with industry as a key to further unlock advances in medical imaging.We look forward to developing a long and productive relationship with Philips in hopes of continually improving patient care not just in northern New England, but throughout the nation."
"The Friends of CHaD has really positioned CHaD to grow in ways that would not have been possible without their support," says Sharon Brown, the director of community relations for CHaD.
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Barbra Alan is assistant director of development communications for the Medical School and Medical Center.
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