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HackensackUMC Researcher Publishes Groundbreaking Study, featured in Science Magazine

June 18, 2013 11:56 AM


Liancai Mu, M.D., Ph.D., senior scientist, Department of Research, David & Alice Jurist Research Center at HackensackUMC, and Ira Sanders, M.D., have published a breakthrough study entitled “A Three-Dimensional Atlas of Human Tongue Muscles,” which was featured in Science Magazine’s online news section, Science NOW.

The study addressed one of the most highly-complicated and least understood structures of the human body – the tongue. Although people constantly use their tongues, due to their complex nature, little information exists on how they actually work. Based on data from the Visible Human Project, Drs. Mu and Sanders were able to construct a 3-D computer image of the human tongue. This model enables researchers to have insight into each of the muscles that comprise the tongue, and how they related to each other.

“Congratulations to Drs. Mu and Sanders on the completion of this study,” said Robert Korngold, chairman, Research Department, HackensackUMC. “This new imagery of the tongue will help us understand its inner workings, and will lead to better and more accurate tongue disorder diagnoses for patients everywhere.”

Click here to view the article on Science NOW.


About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. It is the flagship hospital of the Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,140 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,200 credentialed physicians.HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey and one of the top four New York metro area hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report, and has received nine national rankingsin: Cancer; Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology; Geriatrics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Urology; and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital ranked as one of the Top 25 Best Children’s Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospitals list. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in 10 different areas – more than any other hospital in the nation, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for seven years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 11 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 19 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls, and remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit:   




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