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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.

 

 

Can This Silicon Valley Startup Bioengineer A Less Addictive Opioid?

Christina D. Smolke | Via Fast Company | February 1, 2018

Back in 2015, a 40-year-old synthetic biologist named Christina Smolke, along with a small team of researchers at Stanford, made a huge discovery. They proved that a genetically engineered yeast could produce opioid molecules, the core ingredients of some of the world’s most widely prescribed pain medicines. Using yeast to produce things is as old […]

Chad Mirkin to receive 2018 Nano Research Award

Chad A. Mirkin | Via Northwestern University | February 1, 2018

Northwestern University’s Chad A. Mirkin and Chinese Academy of Sciences Professor Lei Jiang have been named recipients of the prestigious 2018 Nano Research Award. Mirkin is the George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN) at Northwestern. He is being […]

University community celebrated with Australia Day honours – 2018 Australia Day Honours list

Anthony S. Weiss | Via University of Sydney | January 30, 2018

The University of Sydney congratulates the members of our community who have been acknowledged in the Australia Day 2018 Honours List. Several members of the University of Sydney community, from a diverse range of fields, have been recognized in the Australia Day 2018 Honours List for their outstanding achievements and contribution to Australian society and […]

U of T Engineering professor Tom Chau awarded Order of Ontario

Tom Chau | Via University of Toronto | January 29, 2018

Professor Tom Chau (IBBME) has been awarded the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour. Created in 1986, appointees are selected based on excellence in all fields of endeavours and backgrounds, whose contributions have left a lasting legacy in Ontario. Chau has dedicated nearly two decades of his career to creating unique communication tools and […]

Ultrathin needle can deliver drugs directly to the brain

Robert Langer | Via MIT | January 24, 2018

MIT researchers have devised a miniaturized system that can deliver tiny quantities of medicine to brain regions as small as 1 cubic millimeter. This type of targeted dosing could make it possible to treat diseases that affect very specific brain circuits, without interfering with the normal function of the rest of the brain, the researchers […]

When Your Eyes Move, So Do Your Eardrums

Barbara Shinn-Cunningham | Via The Atlantic | January 23, 2018

Without moving your head, look to your left. Now look to your right. Keep flicking your eyes back and forth, left and right. Even if you managed to keep the rest of your body completely still, your eyeballs were not the only parts of your head that just moved. Your ears did, too. Specifically, your […]

Bluegrass Vascular Announces Enrollment Of First Patients In U.S. Pivotal Trial

Gabriele Niederauer | Via Bluegrass Vascular | January 18, 2018

Bluegrass Vascular Technologies, a private medical technology company focused on innovating lifesaving devices and methods for vascular access, today announced the enrollment of its first patients in the SAVE-US (Surfacer® System to Facilitate Access in VEnous Occlusions – United States) pivotal trial. The SAVE-US clinical trial is a pre-market investigational device exempt (IDE) study evaluating […]

New molecular probes to allow non-destructive analysis of bioengineered cartilage

Arnold Caplan | Via EurekAlert | January 16, 2018

New Rochelle, NY, January 16, 2018–A new study describes novel probes that enable non-invasive, non-destructive, direct monitoring of the differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in real-time during the formation of engineered cartilage to replace damaged or diseased tissue. These molecular probes make it possible to assess the quality of the cartilaginous tissue and its […]

Researchers develop a remote-controlled cancer immunotherapy system

Peter Wang | Via UC San Diego | January 15, 2018

A team of researchers has developed an ultrasound-based system that can non-invasively and remotely control genetic processes in live immune T cells so that they recognize and kill cancer cells. There is a critical need to non-invasively and remotely manipulate cells at a distance, particularly for translational applications in animals and humans, researchers said. The […]

Researchers develop a remote-controlled cancer immunotherapy system

Shu Chien | Via UC San Diego | January 15, 2018

A team of researchers has developed an ultrasound-based system that can non-invasively and remotely control genetic processes in live immune T cells so that they recognize and kill cancer cells. There is a critical need to non-invasively and remotely manipulate cells at a distance, particularly for translational applications in animals and humans, researchers said. The […]

Frances Ligler’s Portable Optical Biosensors Improve Environmental Detection of Toxins, Pollutants

Frances Ligler | Via IPWatchdog | January 13, 2018

The term “biosensor” covers a variety of analytical devices which use a biological component, such as cells or tissue, which interact with the particular chemical being examined, and then a physicochemical detector which transforms the interaction of the biological component and the analyte to generate a signal which can be measured. Market research on biosensors […]

Chad Mirkin to receive prestigious Remsen Memorial Lecture Award

Chad Mirkin | Via Northwestern University | January 11, 2018

Northwestern University’s Chad A. Mirkin will receive the prestigious Remsen Memorial Lecture Award for his outstanding discoveries in chemistry. The award is presented annually by the American Chemical Society Maryland Section, in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins department of chemistry. Mirkin is the George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry and director of the International Institute […]

Innovator, imaging expert Juergen Willmann dies at 45

Juergen Willmann | Via Stanford University | January 11, 2018

Juergen Willmann, an international scholar, dedicated himself to advancing cancer detection imaging technologies and leading with energy and compassion. Juergen Willmann, MD, a professor of radiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, died Jan. 8 in a car accident in Palo Alto. He was 45. Willmann honed a specific diagnostic tool known as targeted […]

One-Step Production of Aromatic Polyesters by E. coli Strains

Sang Yup Lee | Via Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology | January 9, 2018

KAIST systems metabolic engineers defined a novel strategy for microbial aromatic polyesters production fused with synthetic biology from renewable biomass. The team of Distinguished Professor Sang Yup Lee of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering produced aromatic polyesters from Escherichia coli (E. coli) strains by applying microbial fermentation, employing direct microbial fermentation from renewable […]

New drug capsule may allow weekly HIV treatment

Robert Langer | Via MIT | January 9, 2018

Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have developed a capsule that can deliver a week’s worth of HIV drugs in a single dose. This advance could make it much easier for patients to adhere to the strict schedule of dosing required for the drug cocktails used to fight the virus, the researchers say. […]

Using mechanical forces to improve wound healing

Dennis Orgill | Via MIT | January 5, 2018

To most, an operating room and a manufacturing plant are as different as any two places can be. But not to Dennis Orgill. “To some degree when you do an operation it’s much like manufacturing something in a factory,” explains Orgill SM ’80, PhD ’83, who serves as medical director at Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s […]

Paul Yock wins National Academy of Engineering’s Gordon Prize

Paul Yock | Via Stanford University | January 4, 2018

Paul Yock, MD, professor of medicine and of bioengineering at Stanford University and the founder and director of the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign, will receive the National Academy of Engineering’s 2018 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education. The academy said Yock was chosen for “the development and global dissemination […]

New device selects healthy sperm

Utkan Demirci | Via Stanford University | January 3, 2018

A device the size of your business card can separate the strong, healthy sperm cells from the duds, and it does so in about 10 minutes, according to a new study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The sperm-sorting tool is called the Simple Periodic Array […]

Total-body PET: Maximizing sensitivity for clinical research and patient care

Simon Cherry | Via EurekAlert! | January 3, 2018

The new total-body PET/CT scanner could revolutionize our understanding and treatment of disease through analysis of better imaging data from the whole body. In The Journal of Nuclear Medicine (JNM) featured January article, scientists at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), outline the development and benefits of this innovative diagnostic tool and explain how […]