Dr. Rohit Varma

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.

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

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How This Simple Cancer Test Could Save Lives

How This Simple Cancer Test Could Save Lives

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This is How Nanotechnology is Leading to Advances in Cancer Research

This is How Nanotechnology is Leading to Advances in Cancer Research

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The Convergence in Healthcare Timeline

The Convergence in Healthcare Timeline

Convergence in Healthcare is based on a whitepaper produced in 2016 by faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The movement is likely to provide biomedicine with the support necessary to meet a growing global need for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of illness in humans. The movement is best described as the…

Important Facts about Convergence and the Sciences

Important Facts about Convergence and the Sciences

When top Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scientists published a whitepaper in 2011 outlining the power of a new research model known as “convergence,” it became one of the first times a research institution had drawn attention to the potential power of this promising movement that could radically change the future of biomedicine. More recently,…

Three Reasons the National Institutes of Health is Crucial to the Future of Convergence

Three Reasons the National Institutes of Health is Crucial to the Future of Convergence

According to the whitepaper “Convergence: The Future of Health” published June 2016, an increasing number of scientists and academics from leading academic institutions believe the third life sciences revolution lies with the advent of Convergence in Healthcare. This movement seeks to bring together professionals from diverse areas of science to innovate the current model of…

What You Need to Know about Convergence in Healthcare and Diabetes

What You Need to Know about Convergence in Healthcare and Diabetes

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report issued last year, 100 million Americans today are either living with diabetes or prediabetes. Additionally, researchers have found that as many as one-third of those who are living with prediabetes (a condition that, if untreated, will ultimately result in the development of Type 2…

This Is Why America Needs Convergence in Healthcare

This Is Why America Needs Convergence in Healthcare

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