Magnetic Stimulation Device Core Lab
Santosh A. Helekar, MD, PhD
Blessy S. John, MS, ASQ CQE
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Human Use OMF Devices
- Without Feedback (TRPMS)
- With Feedback (TRPMSFB)
- Without Feedback (OMD)
- With Feedback (OMDFB)
Magnetic Stimulation Device Core Lab (MSDCL) also provides the following services through iLab:
- Construct TRPMS and OMD prototypes with customized gear.
- Design and construct OMF generating equipment for cell culture and animal studies.
- Test, repair and maintain all OMF device prototypes and equipment.
- Train researchers/research subjects in the proper use of these devices and equipment.
- Offer consultation on the experimental design of studies involving OMF device prototypes.
- Offer advice on the development of treatment protocols involving OMF stimulation.
Santosh Helekar, MD, PhD, is a Houston Methodist Research Institute Scientist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Houston Methodist Academic Institute and Weill-Cornell Medical College. He is the coinventor of OMF platform technology. He designed the hardware and developed the software for TRPMS and OMD prototypes and led the team that developed them. He has a medical degree from the University of Bombay and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Baylor College of Medicine. His primary research focus presently is on preclinical studies with the OMD prototype in glioblastoma and other cancers, and development of oncomagnetic treatment in glioblastoma patients. He also collaborates with researchers who are using the TRPMS prototype for neuromodulation in stroke rehabilitation, developmental stuttering, focal dementia and bladder and motor control in multiple sclerosis.
Chief Biomedical Engineer and Core Manager
Blessy John has a Master of Science degree in Medical Devices and Diagnostic Engineering from University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She is a certified ASQ Quality Engineer. Under Dr. Helekar's leadership, she designed and developed the first TRPMS prototype in 2012. Her work primarily focuses on design and development of TRPMS and OMD prototypes for human, animal and cell culture studies, and developing software for stimulation. Her expertise also extends to circuit design, design improvements, protocol development, regulatory documentation, testing and maintenance of TRPMS prototypes, inventory management, and offering guidance and training to researchers conducting neuromodulation studies.
Lisa Nguyen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Houston. Her expertise consists of developing, 3D modeling, testing, and maintaining the OMD prototype for human studies, and OMF-based laboratory equipment for cell culture and animal studies. Her work also includes providing experimental OMD treatment to glioblastoma patients and training researchers and research subjects on how to use the OMD and TRPMS prototypes.
Alvin Saldon has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Cebu Institute of Technology, Philippines. His expertise extends from developing circuit boards to assembly and testing of TRPMS and OMD prototypes. He also designs and develops customized experimental setups for prototype testing and assembly.