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Partnership for Public Service Honors VA Pittsburgh/Pitt Researcher with ‘Oscar’ of Government Service

Rory Cooper | Via Service to America Medals | September 22, 2017

Rory Cooper was in the Army serving in Germany when a bicycle accident left him paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. That event has shaped his life’s work on behalf of the disabled as a research biomedical engineer. In the years following that 1980 accident, Cooper founded the nation’s leading assistive technology research laboratory and […]

Case Western Reserve researcher wins $5.5 million federal grant to develop bioinspired materials and systems

Jeffrey Capadona | Via Case Western Reserve | September 21, 2017

With a new $5.5 million, five-year federal grant, a Case Western Reserve University researcher is leading an international team to develop functional materials inspired by some of the most desirable substances found in nature. The bioinspired materials produced in the project will be tested in soft-sided robots, but are expected to have a wide range […]

Researchers Exploring New Markets for Water-friendly Wheelchair After Rewarding Debut

Rory Cooper | Via Pittwire | September 21, 2017

A successful summer season has wrapped up at Morgan’s Inspiration Island splash park in San Antonio, Texas. And Pitt-based technology played a big part. Inspiration Island was the first location to use the PneuChair pneumatic wheelchairs created by the University of Pittsburgh. The devices use high-pressured air as an energy source instead of heavy batteries […]

This Radical New Method Regenerates Failing Lungs With Blood Vessels Intact

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic | Via Singularity Hub | September 20, 2017

Save for the occasional burning pain that accompanies a run, most people don’t pay much attention to the two-leafed organ puffing away in our chests. But lungs are feats of engineering wonder: with over 40 types of cells embedded in a delicate but supple matrix, they continuously pump oxygen into the bloodstream over an area […]

Bio-inspired approach to RNA delivery

Paula Hammond | Via MIT | September 19, 2017

By delivering strands of genetic material known as messenger RNA (mRNA) into cells, researchers can induce the cells to produce any protein encoded by the mRNA. This technique holds great potential for administering vaccines or treating diseases such as cancer, but achieving efficient delivery of mRNA has proven challenging. Now, a team of MIT chemical […]

Blood testing via sound waves may replace some tissue biopsies

Tony Huang | Via MIT | September 18, 2017

Cells secrete nanoscale packets called exosomes that carry important messages from one part of the body to another. Scientists from MIT and other institutions have now devised a way to intercept these messages, which could be used to diagnose problems such as cancer or fetal abnormalities. Their new device uses a combination of microfluidics and […]

Pitt Researcher Receives NIH Funding Aimed at Preventing Bed Sores

David Brienza | Via University of Pittsburgh | September 18, 2017

Heat, moisture and force, in addition to other factors, can lead to pressure injuries — or bed sores — which are common among immobile patients and individuals who use wheelchairs. Many technologies and guidelines exist to help prevent and treat pressure injuries, but there is little evidence to prove which technologies are most effective for […]

Mikos honored by International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering

Antonios Mikos | Via Rice University | September 14, 2017

Rice University bioengineer Antonios Mikos has been named a fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering. The honor recognizes his “distinguished contributions to and leadership in the field of medical and biological engineering,” according to the academy, which is part of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering. The academy was […]

Dr. Joseph DeSimone Received 22nd Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment

Joseph DeSimone | Via Heinz Awards | September 14, 2017

Dr. Joseph DeSimone, a chemist and expert in polymeric materials, is recognized for his achievements in developing and commercializing advanced technologies in several cutting-edge fields such as 3D printing, precision medicine, nanoparticle fabrication and green chemistry, and for his commitment to diversity in the STEM fields as a “fundamental tenet of innovation.” Dr. DeSimone’s work […]

One vaccine injection could carry many doses

Robert Langer | Via MIT | September 14, 2017

MIT engineers have invented a new 3-D fabrication method that can generate a novel type of drug-carrying particle that could allow multiple doses of a drug or vaccine to be delivered over an extended time period with just one injection. The new microparticles resemble tiny coffee cups that can be filled with a drug or […]

Researchers design building blocks for synthetic muscle using computational method

Philip LeDuc | Via Carnegie Mellon University | September 13, 2017

Each time you flex your bicep, millions of molecular motors work together in a complex process inside your muscle. These motors—called myosin are chemically-powered proteins. Complex combinations of them perform different muscular functions like maintaining a heartbeat or lifting weights. In order to develop synthetic muscles for applications in regenerative medicine or robotics, scientists must […]

Texas A&M System to lead new NSF Engineering Research Center

Gerard Coté | Via Texas A&M | September 12, 2017

A Texas A&M University System-led consortium of industry, government partners and universities has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center (ERC) on Precise Advanced Technologies and Health Systems for Underserved Populations (PATHS-UP), with the goal of addressing the grand challenge of overcoming the human and economic burden of diabetes and heart […]

Alzheimer’s disease biomarker identified across test sites

Bharat Biswal | Via EurekAlert! | September 12, 2017

New Rochelle, NY, September 12, 2017–A new study has demonstrated the potential to use a frequency distribution-based index of brain functional connectivity as a biomarker for detecting Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment (MCI). These new findings, which show the index of functional connectivity to have good accuracy across databases and test sites, are published […]

Engineering Research Center Will Help Expand Use of Therapies Based on Living Cells

Krishnendu Roy | Via Georgia Tech | September 12, 2017

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded nearly $20 million to a consortium of universities to support a new engineering research center (ERC) that will work closely with industry and clinical partners to develop transformative tools and technologies for the consistent, scalable and low-cost production of high-quality living therapeutic cells. Such cells could be used […]

Gecko Biomedical receives CE Mark Approval for SETALUM™ Sealant

Jeff Karp | Via Gecko Biomedical | September 11, 2017

Gecko Biomedical (“Gecko”), a medical device company developing innovative polymers to support tissue reconstruction, announced today that it has received CE Mark approval for its SETALUM™ Sealant allowing the company to market its technology in Europe. The SETALUM™ Sealant is a biocompatible, bioresorbable and on-demand activated sealant usable in wet and dynamic environments as an […]

Milica Radisic Named Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada

Milica Radisic | Via University of Toronto | September 7, 2017

Professors Reza Iravani (ECE) and Milica Radisic (IBBME/ChemE) have been elected fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) on the basis of their exceptional contributions to scholarship in their fields. The RSC’s mission is to recognize scholarly, research and artistic excellence, to advise governments and organizations, and to promote a culture of knowledge and […]

Pushing Science and Engineering to Create New Soft Materials

Ashutosh Chilkoti | Via Washington University in St. Louis | September 6, 2017

Engineering new materials holds enormous potential to improve and advance the global community. Breakthroughs in medicine, defense and clean energy could be achieved by designing polymeric materials with a whole host of abilities and properties. To push this emerging field forward, the National Science Foundation (NSF) set up an initiative called Designing Materials to Revolutionize […]

Pushing Science and Engineering to Create New Soft Materials

Rohit Pappu | Via Washington University in St. Louis | September 6, 2017

Engineering new materials holds enormous potential to improve and advance the global community. Breakthroughs in medicine, defense and clean energy could be achieved by designing polymeric materials with a whole host of abilities and properties. To push this emerging field forward, the National Science Foundation (NSF) set up an initiative called Designing Materials to Revolutionize […]

Researchers Developing Signal Processing Techniques to Identify Gut Microbial Biomarkers of Colon Cancer

Arul Jayaraman | Via Texas A&M | September 4, 2017

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Texas A&M University has been awarded a Division of Computing and Communication Foundations grant by the National Science Foundation to develop a gut-microbial investigation model that can identify critical dietary risk factors that cause colorectal cancer. The three-year, $350,000 project is a direct outcome of Texas A&M Engineering Experiment […]

American Health Council Names Dr. William Federspiel, PhD, to Education Board

William Federspiel | Via Globe News Wire | September 1, 2017

NEW YORK, Sept. 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Dr. William Federspiel, William Kepler Whiteford Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh, has been selected to join the Education Board at the American Health Council. He will be sharing his knowledge and expertise in Healthcare Education, Workforce Development, Business, Leadership, Management, Chemistry, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, […]