Funding Agency

National Institutes of Health




ISR and Maryland Robotics Center-affiliated Associate Professor Jaydev Desai (ME) and his colleagues from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) have won a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue developing a small robot that could one day aid neurosurgeons in removing difficult-to-reach brain tumors. A "Minimally Invasive Neurosurgical Intracranial Robot" (MINIR) prototype has been developed over a number of years and its feasibility already has been demonstrated, supported in part by a previous NIH grant. The research team consists of Desai and two faculty members of the University of Maryland School of Medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore: Associate Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Rao Gullapalli, M.D., and Professor of Neurosurgery J. Marc Simard, M.D.