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Robert "Smitty" Oakes Awarded $600K Veterans Affairs Grant for MS Research
Oakes was recognized for his continued efforts to advance treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease that causes the body’s immune system to incorrectly recognize components of the central nervous system.
Fischell Institute Director Bill Bentley (BIOE/IBBR) is co-prinicipal investigator of M-CERSI, alongside James Polli, the Shangraw/Noxell Endowed Chair in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy. M-CERSI's efforts are funded by the FDA.
Johns Hopkins Medicine's online newsroom featured OtoPhoto - the smart otoscope that quickly and accurately aids diagnosis of ear infections. Fischell Institute chief engineer John Rzasa is a part of the OtoPhoto development team, which originated from the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
The team was recently awarded $20,000 in funding from a National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Development (NCC-PDI) competition. The medical innovation, dubbed a vehicle for “safer ear exams in a COVID-19 world” leverages machine learning technology, and is intended for home telehealth use.