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UVA’s Center for Engineering in Medicine Aims to Jumpstart Medical Innovation

Jeffrey Holmes | Via University of Virginia | February 21, 2018

Engineering has always been an integral part of medicine. Walk into a hospital or a clinic, and every aspect of care — from the devices physicians use to diagnose and treat disease to the vaccines and pharmaceuticals they prescribe — bears the imprint of engineers. The University of Virginia’s new Engineering in Medicine initiative is […]

Anita Mahadevan-Jansen honored by OSA

Anita Mahadevan-Jansen | Via Vanderbilt University | February 20, 2018

…… Orrin H. Ingram Professor of Biomedical Engineering Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, also a professor of neurological surgery, was honored by OSA “for contributions to the clinical translation of optical diagnostics and therapeutics including the development and application of Raman spectroscopy methods and infrared neural stimulation.” She was named a SPIE Fellow in 2010 and just finished […]

Living Human Tracheas

Eben Alsberg | Via Case Western Reserve | February 20, 2018

Biomedical engineers at Case Western Reserve University are growing tracheas by coaxing cells to form three distinct tissue types after assembling them into a tube structure—without relying on scaffolding strategies currently being investigated by other groups. Successful trials and further research and development could someday allow surgeons the option of replacing damaged or faulty trachea […]

Dr. Rory Cooper named 2017 AAAS Fellow

Rory Cooper | Via U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs | February 18, 2018

VA researcher Dr. Rory A. Cooper has been named a 2017 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in the discipline of engineering. Cooper was singled out for his “distinguished contributions to the field of bioengineering and health and rehabilitation sciences, particularly for applications for people with disabilities,” according to the AAAS. […]

Bioengineer Gang Bao uses gene editing to repair up to 40 percent of bone marrow cells from patients

Gang Bao | Via Rice University | February 16, 2018

Scientists have successfully used gene editing to repair 20 to 40 percent of stem and progenitor cells taken from the peripheral blood of patients with sickle cell disease, according to Rice University bioengineer Gang Bao. Bao, in collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital and Stanford University, is working to find a cure […]

Putting the brain at the center of anesthesiology

Emery Brown | Via MIT | February 16, 2018

It’s intuitive that anesthesia operates in the brain, but the standard protocol among anesthesiologists when monitoring and dosing patients during surgery is to rely on indirect signs of arousal such as movement, and changes in heart rate and blood pressure. Through research in brain science and statistical modeling, Emery N. Brown, an anesthesiologist at Massachusetts […]

Novel Pain Management Approach Uses Spearmint to Trigger Pain Relief

Martin Fussenegger | Via MD Magazine | February 15, 2018

Researchers have developed a novel strategy that could usher in a new era of pain management and combat the persistent problem of painkiller addiction. A new study highlighted a bioengineering-based method that involves engineering cells that can target pain receptors and then tie those cells to an aroma-based triggering mechanism. “Our proof-of-principle findings indicate that […]

Ain’t That a Pill: Device Could Replace Needles

Mir Imran | Via MD + DI Online | February 13, 2018

Rani Therapeutics has a daunting task ahead of it. The privately held company wants to change the way some pharmaceuticals are delivered to patients. Some drugs are delivered through needles — a method that isn’t ideal for many patients. Rani is in the process of developing an ingestible drug-delivery pill. The San Jose, CA-based company’s […]

A Place to Play, on Wheels or Feet

Rory Cooper | Via New York Times | February 12, 2018

In 2006, while on a family vacation, Gordon Hartman, a San Antonio home builder, went to a hotel swimming pool with his daughter, Morgan. She was born with physical and cognitive disabilities; at 12, she had the cognitive age of a young child. Other children were swimming as well, two of them throwing a ball. […]

Key Strategies for Implementing Proteomics-Based Tests Across Disease States Highlighted in Current Opinion in Biotechnology

Leroy Hood | Via Globe News Wire | February 12, 2018

Sera Prognostics, a women’s health company, in collaboration with The Institute for Systems Biology and Integrated Diagnostics (Indi), today announced a paper entitled, “The building blocks of successful translation of proteomics to the clinic,” by Leroy Hood and colleagues published online in Current Opinion in Biotechnology. The paper outlined six key strategies for successfully translating […]

CBSET: Preclinical Safety Studies Must Include Equally Balanced Male/Female Animal Models to Shed Light on Sex-Dependent Vascular Responses in Humans

Elazer Edelman | Via Business Wire | February 12, 2018

CBSET, a non-for-profit preclinical research institute dedicated to biomedical research, education and advancement of medical technologies, announced today that its scientists have published data and analyses (“Sex differences in the outcomes of stent implantation in mini-swine model”) that “illustrate differences in the dynamic healing responses of male and female pigs to stent implantation in single […]

Allergan to acquire University of Sydney spinoff Elastagen

Anthony S. Weiss | Via University of Sydney | February 9, 2018

Elastagen Pty Ltd, a clinical stage company developing medical device products based on recombinant tropoelastin, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which Allergan plc, a leading global biopharmaceutical company, has agreed to acquire Elastagen. The deal will consist of an upfront payment of US$95 million (AUD$120 million) plus contingent, commercial […]

Contact lenses may soon dispense drugs, monitor glucose

Mark Byrne | Via Healio | February 8, 2018

Contact lenses that elute drugs and those that measure glucose may be available in the near future if technologies being developed by OcuMedic Inc. and i-Chek prove successful. Researchers from Rowan University developed drug-eluting technology in a silicone hydrogel contact lens for OcuMedic, and researchers from the University of Maryland developed a glucose monitoring contact […]

New BME Dept. Head Bin He arrives on campus

Bin He | Via Carnegie Mellon University | February 6, 2018

As of February 1, the College of Engineering welcomed new Department Head of Biomedical Engineering Bin He to campus as he began his appointment. Dr. He succeeds Yu-li Wang, the R. Mehrabian Professor of Biomedical Engineering, who has served as Department Head since 2008. As Department Head of BME, Dr. He is committed to research […]

UM System president appoints C. Mauli Agrawal as new chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City

Mauli Agrawal | Via University of Missouri | February 6, 2018

University of Missouri System President Mun Choi announced today that C. Mauli Agrawal, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), has been appointed chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, effective June 20, 2018. “I’m thrilled that Dr. Agrawal has agreed to serve as the […]

Bioprinting Human Tissue

Anthony Atala | Via Renal and Urology News | February 5, 2018

Anthony Atala, MD, is the Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. As a practicing surgeon and a researcher in the area of regenerative medicine, his work focuses on growing human cells and tissues. We spoke with Dr Atala about the role of bioprinting in urology and nephrology, its […]

Kenneth Rainin Foundation Gives $1.7M in ‘Synergy Awards’ for IBD Research

Gary Nolan | Via IBD News Today | February 5, 2018

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation has given $1.7 million in prize money to support collaborative research into preventing and detecting inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The Synergy Awards are aimed at getting experts to combine their research abilities towards a common goal, working together rather than independently. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to partner across […]

Investigating strains on ONH tissue key to unraveling mystery of glaucoma

Ross Ethier | Via Ophthalmology Times | February 4, 2018

Deciphering cellular and tissue responses in glaucoma are key to preventing and curing the disease. Some recent insights into the behavior of cells subjected to mechanical insult due to increased intraocular pressure (IOP) and changes in the stiffness of the sclera are helping to unravel the secrets of glaucoma. One important observation is that the […]

A 3-D approach to stop cancer in its tracks

Philip LeDuc | Via Carnegie Mellon University | February 3, 2018

Every day, roughly 100 billion new cells are created inside the human body. These cells join trillions of older cells to form the tissues and organs we rely on to stay alive.  Sometimes when a cell is created, a mutation occurs within its DNA, transforming the cell into something defective and potentially dangerous to the […]

Understanding and treating disease

Roger Kamm | Via MIT | February 2, 2018

…… While improving diagnostic methods could help catch a disease early, tracking how diseases grow could be key to developing new therapeutic interventions. Roger Kamm, the Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Professor, and his lab use a device that’s roughly the size of a quarter to track tumor cells as they leave the vascular network […]