Spiral Wave Teleportation Theory Offers New Path to Defibrillate Hearts, Terminate Arrhythmias 

A spiral wave of electrical activity in the heart can cause catastrophic consequences. One spiral wave creates tachycardia — a heart rate that’s too fast — and multiple spirals cause a state of disorganized contraction known as fibrillation. Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology offer a new method to disrupt spiral waves that uses less energy and that may be less painful than traditional defibrillation.

GCMI and T3 Labs Support Novel Therapy to Reduce Heart Injuries

Heart attacks and surgeries like angioplasty, bypass, or transplants can lead to organ and blood vessel damage called reactive oxygen species (ROS). ROS is generated from four sources in cardiac tissue after heart attacks or reperfusion injury, the restoration of blood flow to previously deprived tissue: mitochondria, NADPH oxidase, uncoupled endothelial nitric oxide synthase, and xanthine oxidase. But a new treatment could prevent these damaging effects.

First Large-Scale Study of Covid-Era Birth Data Finds Significant Drop in Premature Cesarean, Induced Deliveries

Premature births from cesarean (C-sections) and induced deliveries fell by 6.5% during the first month of the Covid-19 pandemic and remained consistently lower throughout — a likely result of fewer prenatal visits due to efforts to slow the spread of the virus, according to new research from Georgia Tech's School of Economics.  

New Startup Makes Developing Gene Therapies Faster and Easier

Today, cell and gene therapies treat and could even cure terminal diseases like leukemia and spinal muscular atrophy, but unlocking their full potential is still a challenge for therapy developers.

Both types of therapies rely on living cells comprised of hundreds of thousands of biomolecules to work in unison. And in order for therapy developers to meet safety and production standards, they must rely on complex and time-consuming analytical approaches that are slow and inaccurate.

Environmental Health Engineering Graduate Student Wins CRIDC Innovation Competition

Mo Jarin, a doctoral student in Georgia Tech’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering has won the Career, Research, and Innovation Development Conference’s Innovation Competition for her VoltaPure water disinfection technology.

Jarin, who is pursuing her degree in environmental health engineering, earned a $1,000 cash prize for her efforts.

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