CARE researchers have spearheaded multiple campus-wide initiatives:
Multimodal Neuroimaging Initiative
Functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) can detect the absorption of harmless near-infrared light in the underlying blood vessels of the brain, indirectly showing neural activity with a accuracy of centimeters. FNIRS is easy and inexpensive to use, ideal for children, and less susceptible to movement than other neuroimaging technologies. Combined with electroencephalography (EEG), the resulting picture of brain activation can reveal new knowledge about the brain in people and situations never before seen. Led by CARE's Bharath Chandrasekaran (Communication Sciences and Disorders) and James Sulzer (Mechanical Engineering), with support from 27 other faculty and financially supported by UT's Vice President of Research, the Cockrell School of Engineering, the Moody College of Communications, the College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Education, UT now has a multimodal neuroimaging facility located in a comprehensive facility in the Moody College of Communications.
Intelligent HealthCARE Facilities
Aging-in-place is one of the key desires for our growing aging population and an important societal challenge. Led by CARE's Zoltan Nagy (Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering), Li-Chen Lin (Nursing) and David Schnyer (Psychology), UT Austin is aiming to become a leader of Aging-in-place innovation.
The interface between brain and body is the future of neurological medicine. Bob Buchanan (Neurosurgery), Ahmed Tewfik (Electrical Engineering) and Chong Xie (Biomedical Engineering) are leading the charge of UT researchers towards this end. This consortium of researchers are looking to improve the state-of-the-art in brain-machine interface and electroceuticals.