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Dunn Receives TAMEST's 2017 O'Donnell Award in Engineering

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Andrew Dunn
, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and director of the Center for Emerging Imaging Technologies, will receive the 2017 Edith and Peter O'Donnell Award in Engineering from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas (TAMEST) at its annual conference on Jan. 11.

The O'Donnell Awards were established to recognize and promote outstanding scientific achievements of the state's most promising researchers.

Dunn has developed technology that allows us to see things we haven't seen before in the human brain. Through his laser speckle imaging technique, we can now see blood flowing in the brain in real time, allowing us to see where clots are forming. This allows neurosurgeons to easily identify areas suffering from reduced blood flow and prevent strokes.

"He has developed this magnificient laboratory and exceptional research," says Nicholas Peppas, the director of UT Austin’s Institute for Biomaterials, Drug Delivery and Regenerative Medicine and a Cockrell School professor who also holds appointments in the Dell Medical School and School of Pharmacy. "He’s been able to use advanced optical techniques to really see the very early stages of clots in the brain. This was not possible before he started working on it."

TAMEST will present the awards on Jan. 11 during its annual conference in San Antonio. The awards were named in honor of Edith and Peter O'Donnell for their support of TAMEST, and include a $25,000 honorarium, a citation and an inscribed statue.