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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.

 

 

Tissue Engineer Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic Earns Columbia’s Highest Academic Honor

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic | Via Columbia | April 13, 2017

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, a pioneer in the engineering of functional human tissue for use in regenerative medicine, has been appointed to the rank of University Professor, Columbia University’s highest academic honor. Her research has led to the development of novel biomaterials and scaffold architectures for growing bone grafts for facial reconstruction, the creation of electromechanically functional […]

Professor and Biomaterials Expert Nicholas Peppas Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences  

Nicholas Peppas | Via U. Texas Austin | April 13, 2017

Nicholas Peppas, professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and an expert in biomaterials and drug delivery systems, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Peppas is one of 228 new members elected this year. They include some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, […]

University Of Pittsburgh Group Invents Wheelchair Powered By Compressed Air

Rory Cooper | Via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | April 8, 2017

Years ago in Germany, Rory Cooper learned from the director of a production, engineering and automation institute about motors powered by compressed air. It got him thinking. Most wheelchairs are heavy, run on batteries with lots of electronics involved. They do work well — but only if they stay dry. “It dawned on me that […]

Studying the Brain’s Suspension System in TBIs

Philip Bayly | Via Wash. U. St. Louis | April 4, 2017

Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can be devastating and debilitating. Despite intense interest and years of study, the exact mechanisms linking force and neurological injury remain unclear. Researchers know that the membranes separating the skull from the brain play a key role in absorbing shock and preventing damage caused during a head impact, but the […]

Professor Reineke receives 2017 Carl S. Marvel Creative Polymer Chemistry Award

Theresa Reineke | Via University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry | April 3, 2017

Professor Theresa Reineke received the prestigious 2017 Carl S. Marvel Creative Polymer Chemistry Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS), Division of Polymer Chemistry. This award recognizes accomplishments and innovations of unusual merit in the field of basic or applied polymer science by individuals younger than 45. She received the 2017 Carl S. Marvel Creative Polymer […]

Forty-nine years in Biomaterials Science: an interview with Buddy Ratner

Buddy Ratner | Via NCBI | April 1, 2017

Buddy Ratner talks to Francesca Lake, Managing Editor. After receiving his PhD in polymer chemistry from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (USA) in 1972, Ratner moved to the University of Washington (USA), where he has since become joint professor of bioengineering and chemical engineering and Michael L & Myrna Darland Endowed Chair in Technology Commercialization. […]

Mikos Lab Aids New Push for Regenerative Medicine

Antonios Mikos | Via Rice U. | April 1, 2017

Rice University bioengineers led by Antonios Mikos will take part in a five-year, $20 million effort to apply advanced manufacturing techniques to regenerative medicine. The goal of the effort led by the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine is to speed up the availability of replacement tissue and organs to patients. The award springs from […]

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 […]

Grove School Dean Gilda Barabino Receives Top AIMBE Honor

Gilda Barabino | Via CUNY | March 21, 2017

Gilda A. Barabino, Berg Professor and Dean of The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering, is the winner of the 2017 Pierre Galletti Award presented by the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.  AIMBE’s highest individual honor, it recognizes a member’s contributions to public awareness of medical and biological engineering, and […]

Duke Engineering Dean Discusses Confronting and Overcoming Biases

Ravi Bellamkonda | Via Duke | March 21, 2017

Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering Dean Ravi Bellamkonda explains why diverse university settings can be an important catalyst in helping society confront and overcome biases.

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 […]