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RIT grad student honored for research

A Rochester Institute of Technology student has been honored for his work in furthering the development of a way to improve the treatment of irregular heartbeat. 

Anthony Salmin, an electrical engineering graduate student in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, received the Gordon K. Moe Young Investigator Award this month at the Upstate New York Cardiac Electrophysiology Society annual meeting and conference, held in Rochester.

The honor, which carries a $1,000 stipend, is awarded to the top research presentation given by medical, graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral trainees, fellows and junior faculty.

Salmin’s work focused on analyzing data and characteristics from electrocardiograms inside the left atrium to better detect the source of atrial fibrillation, also referred to as an irregular heartbeat. 

This fluctuation of the heart’s normal beat and rhythm can cause poor blood flow, stroke and complications from blood clots. The ability to better detect the source of the anomaly could lead tod prevention, researchers said.

Salmin is part of the Biomedical Signal and Image Analysis Lab in the engineering college. He works closely with Behnaz Ghoraani, lab leader and assistant professor of biomedical engineering. Ghoraani’s work in the area of atrial fibrillation was funded by the National Institutes of Health in May. 

“The research is being recognized as important, and this application, developing a software add-on to the technology that exists right now, is significant in the treatment of atrial fibrillation,” Ghoraani said. “And right now, there is nothing that can provide such feedback. So this is an emerging area. It is very competitive, and it reminds us how important this work is.”

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