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Ultrafast Pulses Coherently Control Function in a Living Cell

Stephen A. Boppart | Via Photonics Media | November 17, 2017

Researchers have used light to excite a light-sensitive channel in the membrane of optogenetic mouse neurons. When the channels were excited, they allowed ions through, which caused the neurons to fire. The researchers say the same technique could be used on cells that are naturally responsive to light, such as retina cells. Previous research has […]

Molly Shoichet named Ontario’s first Chief Scientist

Molly Shoichet | Via University of Toronto | November 17, 2017

University Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, IBBME) has been appointed Ontario’s Chief Scientist. “[Shoichet] is one of the top biomedical scientists in the country, with in-depth knowledge of Ontario’s research community,” said Reza Moridi, Ontario’s Minister of Research, Innovation and Science. “As Chief Scientist, she will help us continue a proud tradition of science and research […]

Shining a light on the nervous system to thwart disease

E. Duco Jansen | Via Vanderbilt University | November 16, 2017

Vanderbilt University researchers are teaming with peers from two other universities to develop ways to fight disease with light with the promise of minimally invasive, drug-free treatments for cardiac arrhythmia, high blood pressure, asthma, sleep apnea, diarrhea and other diseases. They’re testing infrared neuromodulation, which targets specific areas of the nervous system and even single […]

Cell Mapping Initiatives Aim to Uncover Hidden Pathways of Disease

Trey Ideker | Via UC San Francisco | November 15, 2017

… The drive to map cells grew out of the successes – and the shortcomings – of the Human Genome Project. Completed in 2003, the project sequenced every gene in our genome, but fell short of hopes that the purpose and function of each gene would become immediately clear. “What the Human Genome Project gave […]

Torque, a Flagship Pioneering Company, Launches Platform to Develop a New Class of Deep-Primed Immune Cell Therapies, Financed with $25M Series A and Led by a Veteran Management Team

Darrell Irvine | Via PR News Wire | November 14, 2017

Torque, an immuno-oncology company developing Deep Primed™ cell therapies that direct and evoke immune responses in the tumor microenvironment, today announced the launch of its technology platform to create a new class of immune cell therapeutics to treat cancer, financed with $25 million in Series A capital by Flagship Pioneering. The Torque platform makes it […]

How to build better silk

Markus Buehler | Via MIT | November 9, 2017

When it comes to concocting the complex mix of molecules that makes up fibers of natural silk, nature beats human engineering hands down. Despite efforts to synthesize the material, artificial varieties still cannot match the natural fiber’s strength. But by starting with silk produced by silkworms, breaking it down chemically, and then reassembling it, engineers […]

Remarkable U of T Engineering alumni honoured

Tom Chau | Via University of Toronto | November 9, 2017

Tom Chau (IBBME) – 2017 2T5 Mid-Career Achievement Award recipient Ten exemplary members of U of T Engineering’s alumni community were recognized on Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Engineering Alumni Network (EAN) Awards. The ceremony, held annually at the Great Hall at Hart House, celebrates alumni for their outstanding contributions to the Skule™ community as […]

Texas A&M Engineering, Health Science Center to lead groundbreaking EnHealth Initiative

Roderic Pettigrew | Via Texas A&M | November 8, 2017

Dr. Roderic I. Pettigrew, a physician-scientist and internationally recognized leader in biomedical imaging and bioengineering, will join Texas A&M University to lead Engineering Health (EnHealth), the nation’s first comprehensive educational program to fully integrate engineering into all health-related disciplines. EnHealth will be an innovative, multicollege engineering health initiative based in Houston, Texas, designed to educate […]

Nanoparticles can limit inflammation by distracting the immune system

Lola Eniola-Adefeso | Via | November 8, 2017

A surprise finding suggests that an injection of nanoparticles may be able to help fight the immune system when it goes haywire, researchers at the University of Michigan have shown. The nanoparticles divert immune cells that cause inflammation away from an injury site. Inflammation is a double-edged sword. When it works, it helps the body […]

Using Advanced MRI to Detect and Accurately Target Disease

Daniel Vigneron | Via UC San Francisco | November 7, 2017

Daniel B. Vigneron, PhD, wears a lot of hats: professor of radiology and biomedical imaging, professor of bioengineering and therapeutic sciences, director of the Advanced Imaging Technologies Specialized Resource Group, director of the Hyperpolarized MRI Technology Resource Center, associate director of the Surbeck Laboratory for Advanced Imaging. But all of these roles have something in […]

Fighting a giant foe at a tiny scale

Paula Hammond | Via MIT | November 7, 2017

Paula Hammond’s research focuses on using nanoscale biomaterials to attack cancer, which she calls “a supervillain with incredible superpowers.” Using targeted nanoparticles, she is attempting to turn off the natural defenses of mutant genes and deliver a deadly punch to the cancer cell. Her work will soon be translated into clinical practice through partnerships with […]

Stanford creates gel for neural stem cell regeneration: 6 things to know

Sarah Heilshorn | Via Becker's Healthcare | November 6, 2017

Sarah Heilshorn, PhD, a Stanford (Calif.) University associate professor of materials science and engineering, authored a paper in Nature Materials about growing and preserving neural stem cells, according to Stanford News. Here are six things to know: 1. The task of growing neural stem cells so they can mature in various cell types proves challenging. […]

Dr. George Christ | Growing Organs, Limbs and More

George Christ | Via WINA News Radio | November 6, 2017

UVA’s George Christ, PhD, professor of biomedical engineering and orthopedic surgery, talks with Les Sinclair about the Advanced Biomanufacturing Symposium. It’s hosted by The University of Virginia’s Center for Advanced Biomanufacturing will bring together experts from academia, private industry and the government to share their expertise and help chart the future of this tremendously important […]

Williams Named 2017 Inventor of the Year

Robert Williams | Via The University of Texas at Austin | November 3, 2017

Robert O. (Bill) Williams III, Ph.D., professor and head of The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy’s Division of Molecular Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, was named the 2017 Inventor of the Year by the university’s Office of Technology Commercialization. The prestigious award honors a researcher whose discoveries have made a significant impact in […]

Guillermo Ameer Elected Fellow of AIChE

Guillermo Ameer | Via Northwestern University | November 2, 2017

Northwestern Engineering’s Guillermo Ameer has been elected as a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals. An expert in biomaterials and regenerative engineering, Ameer was recognized for his valuable contributions to the field. He officially received the award on October 31 at the AIChE Fellows […]

Advances in Microphysiological Systems

John Wikswo | Via PR News Wire | October 30, 2017

The latest issues of Experimental Biology and Medicine (Volume 242, Issues 16 and 17, October and November, 2017) highlight recent advances in microphysiological systems (MPS). The issues were guest edited by Dr. John P. Wikswo, founding Director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Integrative Biosystems Research and Education in Nashville, TN, and contain 15 articles by scientists and engineers from […]

Portable Microscope Makes Field Diagnosis Possible

Bahram Javidi | Via University of Connecticut | October 30, 2017

A portable holographic field microscope developed by UConn optical engineers could provide medical professionals with a fast and reliable new tool for the identification of diseased cells and other biological specimens. The device, featured in a recent paper published by Applied Optics, uses the latest in digital camera sensor technology, advanced optical engineering, computational algorithms, […]

Making an impact with STEM

Gilda Barabino | Via SciTech Now | October 30, 2017

Biomedical Engineer, Gilda Barabino talks about diversity in STEM Fields. As a Biomedical Engineer, Gilda Barabino utilizes engineering principals to find solutions to health problems. Outside of the lab, she continues to make an impact in her community as an advocate for diversity in science and engineering.

Efficacy of FPA in swine models could open the door for more accurate CAD testing in humans

Sabee Molloi | Via Cardiovascular Business | October 27, 2017

A new lab technique could cut testing time and improve the accuracy of coronary artery disease (CAD) diagnoses according to new research published in Radiology. First-pass analysis (FPA) technology could change the field of CAD diagnosis, Sabee Molloi, PhD, and co-authors wrote in the study, and eliminate the need for less accurate, more copious tests […]

4WEB Medical Demonstrates Increased Subsidence Resistance for Lateral Spine Truss System Compared to Annular Implants

Vijay Goel | Via Markets Insider | October 26, 2017

4WEB Medical, the industry leader in 3D printed implant technology, announced the results of a new study demonstrating reduced subsidence for its Lateral Spine Truss System (LSTS) as compared to annular interbody implant designs today at the annual meeting of the North American Spine Society. The study was led by Vijay Goel, PhD at the […]