Higher Education Commission Scholar Wins Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Helen Carr Peake Research Prize

Islamabad: HEC scholar Dr. Faisal M. Kashif has won the Helen Carr Peake Research Prize in recognition of his outstanding research in the doctoral dissertation. The Peake prize is awarded every year to an MIT student for bioengineering research of extraordinary quality.

Kashif was selected for MS leading to PhD under HEC’s Overseas Scholarship Scheme for PhD in Selected fields (Phase -1) for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA in the field of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.

Dr. Kashif completed his doctorate with a thesis in biomedical and electrical engineering, co-supervised by George C. Varghese, Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT and Dr. Thomas Heldt, Research Scientist in the Research Laboratory of Electronics, MIT.

His doctoral research focused on model-based monitoring of intracranial pressure (ICP) for patients with suspected or actual brain injury. ICP is a cardinal vital sign in a wide spectrum of brain pathologies, including traumatic brain injury, hydrocephalus, stroke, and brain tumours. However, current approaches to determining ICP are very invasive and require neurosurgical expertise, as they typically involve drilling a hole in the skull and placing a catheter or sensor at an appropriate location in the brain, with significant associated risks of infection and tissue damage.

Dr. Kashif’s thesis developed a simple model to relate ICP to arterial blood pressure and cerebral blood-flow velocity waveforms, both of which can be measured noninvasively or minimally invasively. Using his model in conjunction with these two measurements, Dr. Kashif developed a framework — with associated computational algorithms — for non-invasive, patient-specific and calibration-free determination of ICP, and obtained very encouraging validation results on archived data collected from patients in neuro-critical care.

Owing to the non-invasive nature of his approach, Dr. Kashif’s work could lead to such monitoring being available to a vastly larger pool of patients with different severity levels of traumatic brain injury or other types of concussion injuries.

Currently, he is working on establishing a data-acquisition infrastructure in the neurological intensive care units, for prospective validation of his approach to non-invasive ICP monitoring.

Dr. Kashif’s research work won the top prize entitled ‘Most Innovative Research’ award, at Centre for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology’s Innovation Congress 2009, Boston. He presented his findings at the 2010 International Stroke Conference of the American Heart Association and at the ICP2010 conference in Germany, held once every three years to examine issues of brain monitoring.

For more information, contact:
Aayesha Ikram
Director (Media)
Higher Education Commission
Sector H-9, Islamabad
Tel: 90402404, 90402412
Email: aikram@hec.gov.pk
Website: www.hec.gov.pk

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