New issue of Stream highlights the technologies that fuel medical advancements

April 11, 2013

The latest issue of Stream, an online IT magazine produced by Penn State’s office of the vice provost for Information Technology, is now available to students, faculty and staff at This issue covers an engaging mix of stories on how medical research at Penn State is saving lives, improving health and revolutionizing patient treatment -- while exploring the critical role IT plays in these efforts.

The main story features Dr. James Fick, a neurosurgeon from Penn State Hershey, and his highly trained team of medical professionals. Dr. Fick’s domain is a surgical suite equipped with cutting-edge technology that aids him during delicate brain and spinal surgeries.

In addition, a conversation with Mohammad Reza Abidian, assistant professor of bioengineering, materials science and engineering, and chemical engineering at Penn State, showcases his research on the development of an innovative class of biomaterials that may eventually serve in the treatment of brain tumors, aid in the regeneration of nerves, and assist with brain stimulation to ease the devastating effects of neurological conditions such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.

The issue also explores how primary care is evolving in the digital age, by delving into the inner-workings of patient-centered medical homes and patient portals in the story "Home Sweet Medical Home." While "Hope, Love, and Thon" offers a personal account of a sibling’s experience as a member of a Four Diamonds Family.

Stream offers a window into the stories of Penn State researchers, faculty and students working with technology every day. To read the current and past issues of Stream, visit To subscribe to Stream, go to

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Last Updated April 26, 2013