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Fellowbook News

AIMBE Fellowbook collects news stories highlighting the members of the AIMBE College of Fellows. Read the latest stories, jump to the College Directory, or search below to find the newest research, awards, announcements and more for the leaders of the medical and biological engineering community.

 

 

Predicting Brain Surgery Outcomes

Adam W. Anderson | Via Vanderbilt University | August 18, 2017

For patients with a common type of epilepsy known as temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), the only treatment choices are anti-seizure drugs or surgery to remove the focus of the seizures in part of the brain known as the hippocampus. Of those patients who have surgery, only about 60 to 70 percent will remain seizure-free after […]

Wyss-developed Antifouling Coating a Boon to Business and Environment

Donald Ingber | Via Harvard University | August 17, 2017

It all began with a bet. At a conference in Italy in 2013, Nicolas Vogel, then a postdoctoral fellow in Joanna Aizenberg’s lab at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), gave a talk about the group’s slippery liquid-infused porous […]

New Machine-learning Program Shows Promise for Early Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Anant Madabhushi | Via Case Western Reserve | August 16, 2017

A new machine-learning program developed by researchers at Case Western Reserve University appears to outperform other methods for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms begin to interfere with everyday living, initial testing shows. More than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease, according to estimates, and the numbers are growing as the population ages. The disease […]

Injectable Tissue Patch Could Help Repair Damaged Organs

Milica Radisic | Via University of Toronto | August 14, 2017

A team of U of T Engineering researchers is mending broken hearts with an expanding tissue bandage a little smaller than a postage stamp. Repairing heart tissue destroyed by a heart attack or medical condition with regenerative cells or tissues usually requires invasive open-heart surgery. But now biomedical engineering Professor Milica Radisic (IBBME, ChemE, Toronto […]

The Best Place to Treat Type 1 Diabetes Might Be Just under Your Skin

Michael Sefton | Via University of Toronto | August 14, 2017

A group of U of T researchers have demonstrated that the space under our skin might be an optimal location to treat type 1 diabetes (T1D). The new study, led by researchers in the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME), involved transplanting healthy pancreatic cells under the skin to produce insulin for blood glucose […]

Targeting Tumours: IBBME Researchers Investigate Biological Barriers to Nanomedicine Delivery

Warren Chan | Via University of Toronto | August 8, 2017

For cancer patients, understanding the odds of a treatment’s success can be bewildering. The same drug, applied to the same type of cancer, might be fully successful on one person’s tumour and do nothing for another one. Physicians are often unable to explain why. Now, U of T Engineering researchers are beginning to understand one […]

BioMed SA Recognizes Leonard Pinchuk, Ph.D., D.Sc. with 2017 Award for Innovation in Healthcare and Bioscience for his transformative biomaterial technologies benefitting hundreds of millions of patients globally

Leonard Pinchuk, Ph.D. | Via BioMed SA | August 2, 2017

Dr. Pinchuk’s innovations include the first commercially successful angioplasty balloon catheter, a market-leading drug-eluting stent and a novel microshunt that prevents the progression of vision loss caused by glaucoma. (SAN ANTONIO) August 7, 2017 – BioMed SA, the non-profit corporation founded in 2005 to help promote and grow San Antonio’s leading industry, healthcare and bioscience, […]

New Microsoft HoloLens App Lets Users Examine Renowned British Art Collections from Anywhere in the World

Mark Griswold | Via Case Western Reserve | August 1, 2017

Holly Witchey traveled more than 3,200 miles in seconds—and speed wasn’t even the most impressive part of the feat. Standing in the basement of a building on Case Western Reserve University’s campus, the adjunct professor of art history and art suddenly found herself standing in The Courtauld Gallery in London, close enough to touch several […]

Investigators Use Light to Kill Microbial ‘Vampires’

E. Duco Jansen | Via Vanderbilt University | July 27, 2017

On July 24 Vanderbilt scientist Eric Skaar, Ph.D., MPH, summarized his group’s latest paper in a tweet: “If S. aureus is going to drink our blood like a vampire, let’s kill it with sunlight.” “That thing has been retweeted so many times,” said Skaar, the Ernest W. Goodpasture Professor of Pathology in the Vanderbilt University […]

Yakovlev Looking to Shed Light Deeper into the Human Brain

Vladislav Yakovlev | Via Texas A&M | July 26, 2017

The inner workings of the human brain have always been a subject of great interest. Unfortunately, it is fairly difficult to view brain structures or intricate tissues due to the fact that the skull is not transparent by design. The reality is that light scattering is the major obstacle for deep penetration into tissue. Dr. […]

First Slice of Long-Term “100K” Study: Useful Data, No Health Outcomes

Leroy Hood | Via Xconomy | July 18, 2017

It’s easy to find hope that new biomedical technologies, from genetic sequencing to wearable fitness trackers, will lead to a healthier populace. It’s harder to find evidence. There has even been caution about the idea of analyzing the DNA of seemingly healthy people. But a small study in Seattle called the Pioneer 100 Wellness Project, […]

Injectable Plant-based Nanoparticles Delay Tumor Progression

Nicole Steinmetz | Via Case Western Reserve | July 18, 2017

New Research Suggests Co-administration with Chemotherapy Drugs Most Effective Strategy Researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in collaboration with researchers from Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine and RWTH Aachen University (Germany) have adapted virus particles that normally infect potatoes to serve as cancer drug-delivery devices for mice. And in a recent article […]

BME Study Shows Software Helps Surgeons Find Liver Tumors, Avoid Blood Vessels

Michael Miga | Via Vanderbilt University | July 17, 2017

The liver is a particularly squishy, slippery organ, prone to shifting both deadly tumors and life-preserving blood vessels by inches between the time they’re discovered on a CT scan and when the patient is lying on an operating room table. Surgeons can swab the exposed liver lightly on the surface with a special stylus, capturing […]

Energy-recycling Stairs Could Add a Spring to Your Step

Lena Ting | Via The Conversation | July 12, 2017

Author: Lena Ting, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy, Emory University — “Take the stairs!” we’ve all been implored, to help maintain our health. But what if taking the stairs is painful, difficult or, worse, potentially dangerous? In most public buildings, we can opt for an elevator or escalator ride. But at […]

New Technology to Manipulate Cells Could One Day Help Treat Parkinson’s, Arthritis, Other Diseases

Samuel Stupp | Via Northwestern University | July 10, 2017

DNA strands in materials act like traffic signals to start, stop cell activity or regenerate tissue A groundbreaking advancement in materials from Northwestern University could potentially help patients requiring stem cell therapies for spinal cord injuries, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritic joints or any other condition requiring tissue regeneration, according to a new study. […]

Dancing toward Better Physical Rehabilitation

Lena Ting | Via The Conversation | July 9, 2017

To dance is human; people of all ages and levels of motor ability express movements in response to music. Professional dancers exert a great deal of creativity and energy toward developing their skills and different styles of dance. How dancers move in beautiful and sometimes unexpected ways can delight, and the synchrony between dancers moving […]

New clues found to common respiratory virus

Rohit Pappu | Via Washington University in St. Louis | June 30, 2017

By age 2, most children have been infected with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which usually causes only mild cold symptoms. But people with weakened immune systems, such as infants and the elderly, can face serious complications, including pneumonia and – in some cases – death. Now, scientists studying the virus, led by researchers at Washington […]

Researchers develop microneedle patch for flu vaccination

Mark Prausnitz | Via National Institutes of Health | June 27, 2017

A National Institutes of Health-funded study led by a team at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University has shown that an influenza vaccine can produce robust immune responses and be administered safely with an experimental patch of dissolving microneedles. The method is an alternative to needle-and-syringe immunization; with further development, it could eliminate […]

Detecting Diluteness

Rohit V. Pappu | Via Washington University in St. Louis | June 26, 2017

New experimental and theoretical approaches ‘dive into the pool’ of membranes organelles Inside each and every living cell, there are miniscule structures called membraneless organelles. These tiny powerhouses use chemistry to cue the inner workings of a cell — movement, division and even self-destruction. A collaboration between engineers at Princeton University and Washington University in […]