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Michael Khoo Elected A Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society

September 13, 2005 —
Michael C. K. Khoo, professor and chair of the biomedical engineering department and holder of the Dwight C. and Hildegard E. Baum Chair, has been elected a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) in the organization's inaugural class of fellows.

Michael Khoo
Khoo was elected for his “contributions to the understanding and mathematical modeling of cardiorespiratory control mechanisms and complex dynamics during sleep, and to the advancement of biomedical engineering education."
“My reaction was total surprise,” said Khoo, “especially to be selected along with others who are outstanding leaders in the field.”
Khoo studies sleep apnea, a disorder that affects an estimated 18 million Americans.  The condition involves the dynamic interaction of three major physiological control systems — respiratory, cardiovascular and sleep regulation.
“In a series of recent studies, we developed a computer-controlled ventilator system that delivers a sequence of breaths with randomly modulated volumes,” Khoo said. “We subjected normal and sleep apnea volunteers to this test protocol during wakefulness and different sleep states, at the same time recording measurements of respiration, heart rate and blood pressure.”
Khoo and his students then apply mathematical modeling and control engineering techniques to these measurements to better understand how the sleep disorder has altered the interaction.
Khoo’s election will be formally recognized during the September 28, 2005 BMES Annual Fall Meeting in Baltimore. The title is awarded to BMES Society members who demonstrate exceptional achievements and experience in the field of biomedical engineering.