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$23.3 Million NIH Grant Helps Morgan State Invest in BodyViz 3D MRI/CT Anatomy Software Solution

Morgan State's solution will include 19 laptops in a collaborative workspace setting, alongside a cutting edge stereoscopic 3D projection environment with 135-inch screen that will further enhance instruction.

February 01, 2016

We are pleased to announce Morgan State University has acquired BodyViz for use in their new ASCEND Center for Biomedical Research. MSU received the prestigious $23.3 million Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) award as part of the National Institute of Health’s ongoing efforts to attract minorities to the biomedical sciences. Through allocations from the grant, their BodyViz solution will include 19 laptops in a collaborative workspace setting (schematic below), alongside a cutting edge stereoscopic 3D projection environment with 135-inch screen that will further enhance instruction. BodyViz CEO Curt Carlson noted, “This is a prime example BodyViz’s scalability; MSU had an existing classroom they wanted to transform and we are able to make their vision a reality.  Our experts worked closely with their team to customize a BodyViz solution that best suits their needs.” MSU is also partnering with Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, the Intramural Program of NIH, Tufts University, Lehigh University, and Northeastern University in their mission to increase diversity in the biomedical sciences.

Integrating BodyViz into their leading-edge “A Student-Centered Entrepreneurship Development” (ASCEND) training model provides students with a dedicated environment for creative entrepreneurial growth within scientific research. Students can choose a subject for research and move the project forward following a process similar to that of any research organization: developing research methods, grant writing, and progression of projects. BodyViz allows students and researchers to use state-of-the-art software for virtual dissection and anatomical visualization. The stereoscopic 3D environment and laptop software will be used by ASCEND students and as well as in standard curricula at MSU. Morgan State will receive $2.90 million from the NIH in the first year and an excess of $5 million annually for the next four years. Pending successful project results, funding may be renewed for up to five years. The BUILD award is the second largest competitive award in the university’s history and the highest ever received from the NIH.

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About Morgan State University

Morgan State University, originally named Centenary Biblical Institute, is Maryland’s designated Public Urban University, and is a historically black institution. Located in northeast Baltimore, Maryland, MSU enrolls almost 7,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral candidates from many regions of the United States as well as from the international community. MSU offers a comprehensive range of academic programs from the undergraduate through doctorate level. Undergraduate students enjoy a comprehensive curriculum, traditionally taught with a strong emphasis on the arts and sciences and on preparing students for advanced study. In addition, MSU offers a variety of programs in professional fields, including engineering, business, education, architecture, hospitality management, and social work. Originally founded as a historically black institution, MSU continues to uphold its mission of producing competitive graduates from culturally and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds. Today, MSU accounts for the largest number of black graduates from Maryland colleges and universities and among the highest percentages of black graduates in engineering and the sciences. Additionally, an above-average percentage of Morgan graduates enter graduate and professional school. Historically, the University has ranked among the top public campuses nationally in the number of black graduates receiving doctorates.

About BodyViz

BodyViz is the world's most powerful and scalable 3D MRI/CT visualization tool for anatomy education. It is affordable, easy-to-use software that gives users the power to design customized solutions to meet their needs in classrooms, labs, collaborative workspaces, lecture halls and auditoriums. BodyViz creates incredible 3D anatomical visualizations quickly and easily from a patient's MRI or CT scan data. Medical schools, health science universities, and community colleges are utilizing BodyViz’s versatile platform to augment cadaver labs with virtual content; create virtual anatomy labs where cadavers are not an option; and extend the anatomy experience beyond the classroom.  Leveraging expertise developed at Iowa State University’s state-of-the-art Virtual Reality Application Center (VRAC), BodyViz, was developed by VRAC Director James Oliver; VRAC Associate Director, Eliot Winer; world renowned surgeon, Dr. Thom Lobe, and serial entrepreneur Curt Carlson.  BodyViz has extensive 3D visualization features that enable users to view, investigate, and virtually dissect patient data using an Xbox controller, changing the way educational and medical professionals view anatomy. BodyViz has been awarded the prestigious Prometheus Award for both Startup Company of the Year and Breakout Company of the Year by the Technology Association of Iowa, The software has been used in both print and television media, including The Doctors daytime show, CNBC, The Des Moines Register, The Sun, BBC News, Daily Mail, and Reader’s Digest, and the megahit reality television show The Biggest Loser.

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