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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.

 

 

Fortune: Richards-Kortum among ‘World’s Greatest Leaders’

Rebecca Richards-Kortum | Via Rice U. | March 23, 2017

Fortune magazine named Rice University global health pioneer Rebecca Richards-Kortum to its prestigious list of World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. The annual list, which was announced March 23, is packed with world-famous people, including Pope Francis, Melinda Gates, Joe Biden and Elon Musk. “I first saw the news on Twitter, and I thought, ‘Wait, what? That can’t […]

Schmidt Named President-Elect of AIMBE

Christine Schmidt | Via U. Florida | March 21, 2017

Christine E. Schmidt, Ph.D., Pruitt Family Professor and chair of the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biological Engineering, has been named president-elect of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Schmidt was inducted at AIMBE’s annual event held March 19-20, 2017 in Washington D.C. She will begin her term as president in […]

Alumnus Develops First Blood Test for Autism

Juergen Hahn | Via U. Texas Austin | March 20, 2017

An algorithm based on levels of metabolites found in a blood sample can accurately predict whether a child is on the Autism spectrum of disorder (ASD), based upon a recent study. The algorithm, developed by Texas ChE alumnus Juergen Hahn (Ph.D. ’02) and researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is the first physiological test for autism […]

Replacing Damaged ‘hair’ Cells May Help Treat Hearing Loss

| Via Harvard | March 15, 2017

Inside a bony structure that spirals like a snail shell in a human’s inner ear, roughly 15,000 “hair” cells receive, translate, and then ship sound signals to the brain. Damage to these cells from excessive noise, chronic infections, antibiotics, certain drugs, or the simple passing of time can lead to irreparable hearing loss. Harvard Stem […]

UW Center For Dialysis Innovation Gets $15m Grant To Improve Dialysis Technology

| Via Geekwire | March 13, 2017

Dialysis can be a life-saving treatment for the millions of people across the globe who face kidney failure. But despite the importance of this treatment, the technology behind it is still essentially the same as when the process was pioneered at the University of Washington in Seattle in the early ’60s. Now, a new UW center […]

Engineering Faculty Among Inaugural Class of Texas A&M’s Presidential Impact Fellows

Arul Jayaraman | Via Texas A&M | March 10, 2017

Five engineering faculty members were part of the inaugural class of Presidential Impact Fellows, which were recently announced by Texas A&M University president Michael K. Young. The 2017 honorees from the Texas A&M College of Engineering are Dr. Melissa A. Grunlan, Dr. Arum Han, Dr. Arul Jayaraman, Dr. Raymundo Arroyave and Dr. Zachary Grasley. “Today, […]

Brain-Training App Creators Join In The Genetics Game

| Via Harvard | March 9, 2017

Producers of the popular online brain-training program Lumosity will collaborate with Harvard researchers to investigate the relationship between genetics and memory, attention, and reaction speed.Scientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the Harvard Medical School Personal Genome Project (PGP) announced today a new collaboration with Lumos Labs that will leverage the unique […]

New Material Regrows Bone

| Via Northwestern | March 8, 2017

A team of researchers repaired a hole in a mouse’s skull by regrowing “quality bone,” a breakthrough that could drastically improve the care of people who suffer severe trauma to the skull or face.The work by a joint team of Northwestern Engineering and University of Chicago researchers was a resounding success, showing that a potent […]

DOD Funds New Tissue Biofabrication Manufacturing Institute

Jon Dobson | Via U. Florida | March 6, 2017

The Department of Defense (DoD) announces an award of nearly 300 million in a new public-private Manufacturing USA Institute to Advance Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) from leading manufacturers, universities, non-profit organizations and the federal government to develop scalable manufacturing processes for engineering tissues and organs. The UF Southeast node is led by Dr. Greg Sawyer, […]

New Blood Test Could Help Detect and Locate Cancer Early On

Kun Zhang | Via UC San Diego | March 6, 2017

Bioengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new blood test that could detect cancer — and locate where in the body the tumor is growing. The study could provide a way to diagnose cancer early on without having to do invasive surgical procedures like biopsies. Researchers published their findings March 6 […]

Ligler To Be Inducted Into National Inventors Hall Of Fame

Frances Ligler | Via NC State | February 27, 2017

Dr. Frances Ligler, Lampe Distinguished Professor in the UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, is one of 15 2017 inductees into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Ligler is being recognized for her innovative application of emerging technologies in a variety of fields to make optical biosensors smaller, more versatile and more sophisticated. Thanks […]

Organ-on-a-chip Mimics Heart’s Biomechanical Properties

John Wikswo | Via Vanderbilt | February 24, 2017

The human heart beats more than 2.5 billion times in an average lifetime. Now scientists at Vanderbilt University have created a three-dimensional organ-on-a-chip that can mimic the heart’s amazing biomechanical properties. “We created the I-Wire Heart-on-a-Chip so that we can understand why cardiac cells behave the way they do by asking the cells questions, instead […]

Pettigrew set for next Discovery Lecture

Roderic Pettigrew | Via Vanderbilt | February 23, 2017

Roderic Pettigrew, Ph.D., M.D., director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) of the National Institutes of Health, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, March 2. His lecture, entitled “Engineering Medicine for a Global Society,” will begin at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall. It is sponsored by the […]

Melur K. Ramasubramanian Appointed UVA Vice President For Research

Melur Ramasubramanian | Via U. Virginia | February 22, 2017

Melur K. “Ram” Ramasubramanian has been appointed the University of Virginia’s vice president for research, UVA President Teresa A. Sullivan announced today. Ramasubramanian will assume this position on Aug. 8 and will report to the president. He is currently program director for the Engineering Research Centers program at the National Science Foundation and D.W. Reynolds […]

Adapting High-Tech Medicine to Third World

Rebecca Richards-Kortum | Via JAMA Network | February 21, 2017

At a time when budgets for science and global health seem under threat, Rebecca Richards-Kortum, PhD, is doubling down on efforts to bring modern medicine to the developing world at a fraction of the cost. The Rice University bioengineer, winner of a 2016 MacArthur Fellowship, a $625 000 award often called a “genius grant,” specializes in […]

Peppas Honored with Inaugural Pioneer of Nanomedicine Award

Nicholas Peppas | Via U. Texas Austin | February 20, 2017

The John Hopkins Center for Nanomedicine recently honored McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering professor Nicholas Peppas with the inaugural Pioneer of Nanomedicine Award, recognizing individuals whose work is at the intersection of nanotechnology and medicine and has profoundly impacted society and human health. As part of the honor, Peppas delivered a talk at the Center […]

NIBIB Director Dr. Roderic Pettigrew is Inducted into the National Academy of Sciences, India

Roderic Pettigrew | Via NIBIB | February 13, 2017

NIBIB Director Dr. Roderic I. Pettigrew was recently inducted into India’s National Academy of Sciences as a foreign fellow.  In recent meetings with healthcare officials in India, Dr. Pettigrew explored developing technologies to help underserved populations gain access to healthcare in both countries.

Better Than A Pill

Lori Setton | Via Wash. U. STL | February 9, 2017

A twisted ankle, broken hip or torn knee cartilage are all common injuries that can have medical ramifications long after the initial incident that causes them. Associated pain, inflammation, joint degeneration and even osteoarthritis can sideline a variety of different people: athletes, weekend warriors and patients who are either aging or inactive. A team from […]

Better Than A Pill

David Kaplan | Via Wash. U. STL | February 9, 2017

A twisted ankle, broken hip or torn knee cartilage are all common injuries that can have medical ramifications long after the initial incident that causes them. Associated pain, inflammation, joint degeneration and even osteoarthritis can sideline a variety of different people: athletes, weekend warriors and patients who are either aging or inactive. A team from […]

Better Than A Pill

Farshid Guilak | Via Wash. U. STL | February 9, 2017

A twisted ankle, broken hip or torn knee cartilage are all common injuries that can have medical ramifications long after the initial incident that causes them. Associated pain, inflammation, joint degeneration and even osteoarthritis can sideline a variety of different people: athletes, weekend warriors and patients who are either aging or inactive. A team from […]