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Early MRI may lower costs for prostate cancer treatment

Mark Griswold | Via Case Western Reserve | June 19, 2017

Study finds MRI and MRI-guided biopsy cheaper long-term than standard ultrasound A diagnostic MRI followed by one of three MRI-guided biopsy strategies is a cost-effective method to detect prostate cancer, according to a new study out of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. Researchers compared MR-guided approaches to […]

Larry Fennigkoh was inducted into Hall of Fame at American College of Clinical Engineering

Larry Fennigkoh | Via ACCE | June 17, 2017

Dr. Fennigkoh is inducted for his pioneering work in developing a medical device inventory inclusion algorithm that significantly reduced the maintenance and regulatory burden for many of the nation’s hospitals. He is also being recognized for his application of human factors principles in device incident investigations and the reduction of medical error. Dr. Fennigkoh earned […]

American College of Clinical Engineering awarded Thomas Bauld for 2017 Tom O’Dea Advocacy Award

Thomas Bauld | Via ACCE | June 17, 2017

Tom has been a leader in the CE community ever since his first position with Sinai Hospital of Detroit. While finishing his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, he changed direction from fundamental research to an applied biomedical engineering career partly by self-study of the field which was then focusing on the narrow issue of […]

New robotic exosuit could push the limits of human performance

Donald Ingber | Via Harvard University | June 2, 2017

Wearable technologies for athletes and consumers a growing possibility By Lindsay Brownell, Wyss Institute Communications What if you could improve your average running pace from 9:14 minutes/mile to 8:49 minutes/mile without weeks of training? Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at Harvard University […]

fMRI maps electrical activity in brain as precisely as more invasive methods, study finds

John Gore | Via Vanderbilt University | May 31, 2017

A commonly used brain scanning technique can map electrical activity under the skull as precisely as more invasive methods that rely on probes or electrodes, according to a research team led by John Gore, director of the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science and professor of biomedical engineering. The study supports the potential usefulness of […]

Drug-delivery method holds promise for controlling crop parasites

Nicole F. Steinmetz | Via Case Western Reserve | May 30, 2017

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are applying drug-delivery technology to agriculture to control parasitic roundworms more effectively and safely. The tiny roundworms, or nematodes, cause $157 billion in crop failures worldwide each year, other researchers estimate, largely because they’re beyond the reach of pesticides. The chemicals disperse poorly into soil, while the parasites feed […]

Mind-controlled device helps stroke patients retrain brains to move paralyzed hands

Daniel Moran | Via Washington University in St. Louis | May 26, 2017

Device reads brain signals, converts them into motion By Tamara Bhandari May 26, 2017 Stroke patients who learned to use their minds to open and close a device fitted over their paralyzed hands gained some control over their hands, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. By mentally […]

U of T Engineering research paves way for an off-the-shelf supply of cells for immunotherapy

Peter Zandstra | Via University of Toronto | May 25, 2017

Bioengineering and professional soccer may not have much in common at first glance, but Nafees Rahman (ChemE 0T7, ChemE & IBBME PhD 1T7) sees a clear link between the career path he chose and his childhood dream. “Soccer is a team sport and research is also about a team — you can never do it […]

Julia Ross named Paul and Dorothea Torgersen Dean of Engineering

Julia Ross, Ph.D. | Via Virginia Tech | May 24, 2017

Julia Ross, who becomes dean of the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech on July 31, has been named the Paul and Dorothea Torgersen Dean of Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. The Paul and Dorothea Torgersen Dean’s Chair in Engineering was established in 2006 by Eric E. Schmidt, chairman and chief executive […]

Tom Webster on National Geographic, Episode 2

Thomas J. Webster | Via Northeastern | May 24, 2017

ChE Chair Tom Webster, speaking about his nanotechnology research, was featured in Episode 2 of Year Million, a National Geographic television series on what life is going to be like for humans one million years in the future. What was once conceived as science fiction is now anchored in reality. YEAR MILLION, a new six-part […]

Neuromechanics of Flamingos’ Amazing Feats of Balance

Lena Ting | Via The Conversation | May 23, 2017

Authors Lena Ting – Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy, Emory University Young-Hui Chang – Professor of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology — If you’ve watched flamingos at the zoo – or if you’re lucky, in the wild – you’ve likely wondered how flamingos manage to sleep standing on […]

New Chair Named for Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University

Susan Margulies | Via Georgia Institute of Technology | May 22, 2017

Susan Margulies, Ph.D., named the Wallace H. Coulter Chair Susan Margulies, Ph.D., has been named the Wallace H. Coulter Chair of the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at Georgia Tech and Emory University, and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Injury Biomechanics. Her appointments are effective August 1. Margulies is currently professor of […]

Donald Peterson named new dean of engineering and technology

Donald Peterson | Via NIU Blogspot | May 19, 2017

An accomplished researcher who straddles the line between engineering and medicine has been appointed the new dean of the NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology. The NIU Board of Trustees appointed Donald Peterson, former dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Texas A&M University-Texarkana, to the role May 18 after […]

ASME Launching Nerem Medal

Robert Nerem | Via Georgia Institute of Technology | May 9, 2017

Petit Institute founding director recognized with national education and mentorship award named in his honor Bob Nerem has won some of the top awards and honors in his field, recognitions for his dedication and accomplishments over a long career as a trailblazing bioengineer. But this summer, he’ll receive the kind of honor that will outlast […]

This Pitt-developed wheelchair can roll in the water

Rory Cooper | Via TRIB Live | May 1, 2017

A new wheelchair developed by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh takes people where other powered wheelchairs fear to tread: the water. Rory Cooper and his team at Pitt’s Human Engineering Research Laboratories have developed an air-powered wheelchair and scooter. “There’s no electronics at all,” Cooper said. “It’s completely submersible.” That means veterans could wade […]

Stem Cells Edited to Fight Arthritis

Farshid Guilak, Ph.D. | Via Washington University School of Medicine | April 27, 2017

Stem cells edited to fight arthritis Goal is vaccine that targets inflammation in joints by Jim Dryden • April 27, 2017 Using new gene-editing technology, researchers have rewired mouse stem cells to fight inflammation caused by arthritis and other chronic conditions. Such stem cells, known as SMART cells (Stem cells Modified for Autonomous Regenerative Therapy), develop […]

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 […]