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MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
FACULTY OF APPLIED SCIENCE
Robert Rohling is a Professor with a joint appointment in Electrical and Computer Engineering & Mechanical Engineering at UBC. Dr. Rohling's research is in the field of biomedical engineering with specialization in medical ultrasound. Dr. Rohling is also the Director of the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS).
Current Research Focus
Dr. Rohling’s general area of interest is biomedical engineering with specific interests in ultrasound imaging, surgical robotics and medical information systems. In ultrasound imaging, he is developing new acquisition techniques for both accurate diagnosis and successful therapy. In surgical robotics, he is working on the integration of ultrasound guidance. In medical information systems, he is using automated processing tools, such as artificial intelligence, to provide actionable information to the user. All of these topics have a strong translational component.
“Quantifying Organ Health Using Ultrasound”
Together with Dr. Salcudean, Dr. Rohling has created a spinoff company (Sonic Incytes) to produce a commercial device to quantify organ health using the ultrasound elastography inventions developed in the pair’s labs. Elastography provides a quantitative measure of tissue elasticity that is directly related to organ health (e.g., via liver fibrosis and fat content). The potential impact of this work is to provide an early diagnosis of organ disease, provide thresholds for determining start of treatment, and monitoring disease regression.
“Using Ultrasound to Monitor the Health of the Placenta During Pregnancy”
The placenta forms the interface between the mother and the fetus, so abnormal placental development or damage can have profound implications on the pregnancy and life-long health of mother and child. Preeclampsia and fetal growth restriction are examples of two diseases that are strongly linked to placental abnormalities and would benefit from early detection to improve outcomes. Our research develops and studies new ultrasound measurements of placental abnormalities, in particular the elasticity of the placenta. Elastography has shown promising results in preliminary research. The hope is that the combination of standard ultrasound and elastography will provide better measures for placental abnormalities, helping to identify at-risk pregnancies earlier.
Aria is a co-founder and microbiologist specializing in metagenomic analyses. With a background in metagenomics and bioinformatics, she is a Research Analyst and collaborates with a talented team of scientists to write and design software and analytical solutions for processing Big (genomic) Data. At Koonkie, Aria is passionate about the application of high performance data analytics and believes that combined with intelligent statistical and computational technologies, data holds the answers to many burgeoning questions facing multiple industries today.
Kristine Theurer, PhD, is a researcher who has worked in the long term care sector for over 20 years and pioneered the use of standardized peer support and peer mentoring groups within senior living.
She is a published author of a number of research articles, including "The Need for a Social Revolution in Residential Care", the most downloaded article in the Journal of Aging Studies. She is founder and president of Java Group Programs, which offer three programs that build a culture of peer support to end loneliness: Java Music Club, Java Memory Care and Java Mentorship. www.JavaGP.com
Kristine is a PhD graduate at the University of British Columbia and recipient of numerous research awards including the SSHRC doctoral grant and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research grant. She is currently living in Vancouver, BC with her husband Clayton MacKay and their sheepdog, Molly.
Zeitgeist Program: A Storytelling Project With Residents & Student Designers: A collaboration with Vancouver Coastal Health, which connects design students in a third year communication design course at Emily Carr University of Art + Design with residents at local care homes, to create a series of publications. This co-design process provides care home residents with the opportunity to make meaningful/therapeutic connections, while building design students’ skill-set in a real-world setting. The Zeitgeist program fosters intergenerational exchange and highlights the value of storytelling + building connections — a mutually beneficial model of social innovation.
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