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2024 Walk MS Fundraiser

The lab participated in this year's Walk MS fundraiser at the University of Houston, to help raise MS awareness and funds for groundbreaking MS research!

Congratulations AGAIN Betsy Salazar!!

Dr. Salazar has been chosen as the American Urological Association's Diokono-Lapides Essay Contest grand prize winner! Her essay, titled, "Preliminary Observations on Activation of Spinal Cord Regions Involved in Coordinating Neural Control of the Lower Urinary Tract in Men and Women", details the development of a non-invasive way to view spinal cord activity involved in the micturition cycle. This prestigious contest has been on nearly 40 years and recognizes superstars in the field of Urology and Neurourology.

Welcome Arda Bayer

Arda come to us from Rice University looking to strengthen his experience in data analytics by helping our lab with various projects that are already in motion. Welcome!

Congratulations Betsy Salazar!!!

Betsy recently received a notice of award for the prestigious 2023 AUA Research Scholar Award!

Welcome Annie Chen

Annie comes to us from Stony Brook University Hospital in New York. She also was recently awarded a CAIRIBU grant to explore the effects of pain associated with detrusor botox injections.

Congratulations Bradley Schott

Bradley's manuscript, titled: "Is the brainstem activation different between healthy young male and female volunteers at initiation of voiding? A high definition 7-Tesla MRI study" was accepted for publication in the International Neurourology Journal. Well done Bradley!

Welcome Julu Benoy!

As we grow we need the help of experienced people to keep our research group quick and nimble. Julu's role is that of a clinical research specialist who will help coordinate several of our current and ongoing studies! Welcome!

R01 Notice of Award!

The Khavari Lab is proud to announce a notice of award for our R01 grant application to study the therapeutic role of transcranial rotating permanent magnet stimulation has on resolving urinary frequency, urgency, and incontinence in patients with Multiple Sclerosis.

The Khavari Lab welcomes Biomedical Engineer Kris Hoffman to the team

As a Biomedical Engineer, Kris has a background in neuroimaging data analysis, mechanical prototyping, and translational neurourology.

Bulbocavernosus Reflex Stimulator device

Our lab has developed a novel device to elicit a bulbocavernosus reflex to measure the signaling pathways in the sacral spinal cord, in a more modest way compared to traditional methods.

Dr. Betsy Salazar's CAIRIBU Research Award

Congratulations to Dr. Betsy Salazar on her award notification for the CAIRIBU Research Grant to investigate applications of functional MRI techniques related to the brain-bladder pathways in the spinal cord!

Welcoming Dr. Charles Mazeaud as he joins Dr. Khavari's Lab as a Visiting Research Fellow

Hailing from Nancy France, a practicing Urologist, Dr. Charles Mazeaud joins the lab to explore applications of functional MRI imaging to the brain-bladder connection.

Dr. Khavari Receives Diokno-Lapides Essay First Prize at SUFU2022

At this year's SUFU conference in San Diego, California, Dr. Khavari was awarded top prize in the annual Diokno-Lapides Essay contest with her essay titled "".

Betsy Salazar Receives 1st Place in SUFU2022 Basic Science Poster Session

At this year's SUFU conference in San Diego, our new research scientist, Dr. Betsy Salazar was awarded first place for her basic science poster titled: ""!

Research Scientist joins our research team

We are excited to welcome Dr. Betsy Salazar as a Research Scientist in the Khavari lab. Dr. Salazar has extensive knowledge in neurogenic bladder research and neuromodulation techniques.

R03 Award funded by the NIDDK, NIH

Thank you to the NIDDK, NIH for their support of our research. This 2-year grant program will allow us to investigate the brain and especially brainstem activity during continence and micturition in healthy men and women, using high-resolution neuroimaging (7-Tesla functional MRI).

Logan Hubbard received the SUFU 2021 Travel Award

Congratulations to Dr. Hubbard, PGY-3 for receiving the SUFU 2021 travel award!

Khue Tran received Best Poster Award for Therapeutics and Treatments category and first place in People's Choice Poster at CAIRIBU 2020 meeting

Congratulations to Khue for her recognitions at the CAIRIBU 2020 meeting! Khue presented the preliminary results for our ongoing TRPMS clinical trial.

Logan Hubbard received Best Poster Award for Neuroregulation and Voiding/LUTS category at CAIRIBU 2020 meeting

Congratulations to Dr. Hubbard for his award at the CAIRIBU 2020 meeting! Dr. Hubbard presented our preliminary results on brain activation of BPH patients before undergoing bladder outlet obstruction procedure.

Welcome two EnMed students joining our research team

We are excited to welcome Darshil Choksi and Bradley Schott to our lab! Darshil is an MS2 and Bradley is an MS1, both at Texas A&M EnMed Program.

Dr. Khavari appointed to the AUA Leadership Program

Congratulations to Dr. Khavari for being selected to participate in the 2020 AUA Leadership Program!

Khue Tran awarded Second Place Poster at the 2019 HMRI Summer Science Symposium

Congratulations to Khue for receiving Second Place Poster at the 2019 Summer Science Symposium at Houston Methodist Research Institute! Khue has been our summer undergraduate research intern for two summers and will continue working in the lab in the fall.

Dr. Khavari received the HMH Dyer and Baucum Fellowship Award

Thank you to Houston Methodist Hospital for their support to our research! The Dyer and Baucum Fellowship Award, awarded to Dr. Khavari, will support our research project regarding the Implantation of artificial urinary sphincter in women.

A podcast for Neurogenic Bladders, presented by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Neurogenic Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction

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