Dr. Rohit Varma - Ophthalmologist

An ophthalmologist who focuses on the treatment of glaucoma and cataracts, Rohit Varma, MD, MPH, practices at the USC Roski Eye Institute, a part of the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California. He has emerged as an expert in changes to the optic nerve, particularly as it relates to the pathology of glaucoma. His past research includes the development of imaging techniques to detect glaucomatous optic nerve damage early in the course of the disease. In recent years, Dr. Rohit Varma has played a central role in the development of novel implantable intraocular pressure (IOP) sensors and drainage devices.

Three Ways Smartphones May Be the Health Tool of the Future

Three Ways Smartphones May Be the Health Tool of the Future

Since the mid-1970s, the world has been in a state of technology-driven development known as the Information (or Digital) Age, generally characterized by the development of innovative tools to allow people to transmit increasingly large amounts of data and information at faster rates. The Internet is often singled out as the most defining element of…

This is What You Need to Know about the Future of Alzheimer’s and Convergence in Healthcare

This is What You Need to Know about the Future of Alzheimer’s and Convergence in Healthcare

America has a large number of medical research facilities employing top scientists. However, the U.S. government’s funding of life-saving research programs has declined in the past 15 years. The traditional scientific research model is failing to innovate at a pace to meet global health needs. Without a new approach, the U.S. medical research community is…

How DARPA Drives Convergence in Healthcare

How DARPA Drives Convergence in Healthcare

In the public, private and academic sectors of the biomedical science community, one modern approach to research — Convergence in Healthcare — garners more interest than others. Described by a 2016 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) whitepaper as a broad, integrative research effort between the chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering, mathematics and life science sectors,…

Three Powerful Ways to Support Convergence in Healthcare

Three Powerful Ways to Support Convergence in Healthcare

According to leaders at prestigious U.S. universities, American medical research and development is at a crossroads. For more than a century, the U.S. has been a leader in medical innovation, but today the country is struggling to compete with nations embracing the concept of Convergence in Healthcare. As defined in “Convergence: The Future of Health,”…

Five Ways Convergence in Healthcare Could Impact Everyone’s Future

Five Ways Convergence in Healthcare Could Impact Everyone’s Future

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 2011 whitepaper first explored the idea of convergence as a powerful tool for the advancement of modern science. With each passing year, professionals from science’s major disciplines explored and commended the advantages presented by a deep integration between the sciences — namely, the promise of unprecedented innovation at a…

This Is How the National Science Foundation Benefits Convergence in Healthcare

This Is How the National Science Foundation Benefits Convergence in Healthcare

In 1950, the U.S. government established the National Science Foundation (NSF), a federal agency “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; [and] to secure the national defense.” Since then, the NSF has, by its own admission, been at the forefront of support for “high risk, high reward” research….

Why the United States is Lagging in Medical Innovation

Why the United States is Lagging in Medical Innovation

In 2016, a white paper “Convergence: The Future of Health” was published by faculty members from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to draw attention to the value and importance of the Convergence in Healthcare movement. In the 73-page report, Convergence in Healthcare is defined as an integrative approach to scientific research that incorporates concepts…

How This Simple Cancer Test Could Save Lives

How This Simple Cancer Test Could Save Lives

In the report “Convergence: The Future of Health,” academics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and other top U.S. universities collaborated to outline the potential impact of the Convergence in Healthcare movement. In this white paper, Convergence in Healthcare is defined as the intersection of the life sciences, physical sciences, chemistry, mathematics, computing and…

This is How Nanotechnology is Leading to Advances in Cancer Research

This is How Nanotechnology is Leading to Advances in Cancer Research

Based on data collected by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a part of the National Institutes of Health, an American’s lifetime risk of developing cancer at any site in the body is almost 40 percent. The NCI estimates that in 2018, more than 1.7 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States…

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