Center for Integrative Biomedical Computing

sc15 parkinsonsAn enlightening video series launched by the SC conference steering committee in 2013 aims to illustrate how high performance computing is impacting everyday life – from manufacturing to storm prediction to the making of Hollywood blockbusters. The latest in the series is a short video highlighting the innovative work being done at the University of Utah's Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute in regards to helping Parkinson's patients lead more normal lives through deep brain stimulation (DBS). The Institute helps doctors pinpoint brain stimulation sites that relieve tremors in Parkinson's patients and drastically improve quality of life.

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Dr. Christopher Butson Interviewed for AMS

butson-amsIt may not sound like much fun having an electrode implanted in your brain, yet it's much better than not being able to hold anything even for a second, which can happen to someone with Parkinson's disease or essential tremor. Deep brain stimulation is effective in treating these conditions, but determining the proper stimulating parameters can take many hours and can require multiple visits by patients. Mathematics is part of a new approach that reduces the time needed to find optimal settings of the electrodes from several hours to a few minutes. First, mathematical models describe a person's brain accurately. Then systems of differential equations that represent neuron behavior are solved numerically. This combination allows doctors to see the results of different strategies in real time and speed their patients' return to normal lives.
future-of-medicineCIBC Software freatures prominently in Scientific Computing World's interview of Chris Johnson "Visualizing the Future of Medicine."
See: Scientific Computing World - "Visualizing the Future of Medicine" (pdf version)
Christopher ButsonDr. Butson received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Utah. He completed post- doctoral training at the Cleveland Clinic and for the last six years has been a member of the Biotechnology & Bioengineering Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) where he was an Associate Professor in the Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry & Behavioral Health at MCW, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Marquette University. He is an active member of the Society for Neuroscience (SFN), the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBS).
waf-2012The Western Atrial Fibrillation Symposium is a comprehensive education meeting focused exclusively on atrial fibrillation. The conference features distinguished faculty and physicians from eight countries and 20 renowned clinical and research centers across the United States.

The symposium has grown greatly since it's origination in 2007. This year's symposium hosted over 300 scientists from around the world. The success of the symposium is due in large part to the hard work and dedication of the University of Utah's Dr. Robert MacLeod, Dr. Nassir F. Marrouche, Dr. Mohamed H. Hamdan and the CARMA Team.