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Teresa Woodruff Named to National Academy of Inventors

Teresa Woodruff | Via Northwestern University | December 12, 2017

Woodruff is the Thomas J. Watkins Memorial Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Feinberg School of Medicine, professor of biomedical engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering, and dean of The Graduate School. She founded and directs the Women’s Health Research Institute and is director of the Center for Reproductive Science. An expert on […]

Susmita Bose named to National Academy of Inventors

Susmita Bose | Via Washington State University | December 12, 2017

Susmita Bose, the Herman and Brita Lindholm Endowed Chair and Professor in Washington State University’s School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. National Academy of Inventors (NAI) fellows are academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating inventions […]

Professor Tom Chau, U of T Engineering alumni awarded Governor General Meritorious Service Decoration

Tom Chau | Via University of Toronto | December 12, 2017

U of T Engineering Professor Tom Chau (IBBME) and his research team, including alumni Eric Wan (CompE 1T0, ECE MASc 1T3) and Pierre Duez (EngSci 0T0, MASc IndE 0T3), have been recognized with one of Canada’s highest honours, the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division). The decoration recognizes Canadians for exceptional deeds that bring […]

Laura Marcu Named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Laura Marcu | Via UC Davis | December 12, 2017

Laura Marcu, professor of biomedical engineering and neurological surgery at the University of California, Davis, has been recognized as a Fellow by the National Academy of Inventors. Founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the NAI aims to enhance the visibility of academic technology […]

O’s 2018 Health Heroes

Rory Cooper | Via | December 11, 2017

Rory Cooper, PhD THE INDEPENDENCE ENGINEER Rory Cooper was a 20-year-old U.S. Army sergeant stationed in Germany when a biking accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. One unexpected result of his injury: learning firsthand the importance of good mechanical design. “My first wheelchair was an 80-pound chrome and steel behemoth that was hard […]

Boosting the antibiotic arsenal

James Collins | Via MIT | December 7, 2017

MIT researchers have discovered a way to make bacteria more vulnerable to a class of antibiotics known as quinolones, which include ciprofloxacin and are often used to treat infections such as Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. The new strategy overcomes a key limitation of these drugs, which is that they often fail against infections that feature a very […]

Startup’s needle-free drug injector gets commercialization deal

Ian Hunter | Via MIT | December 7, 2017

Certain treatments for patients suffering from chronic diseases, such as inflammatory bowel diseases, require multiple intravenous or subcutaneous injections of specific drugs. Because of the pain and anxiety associated with needles, some patients stop adhering to these treatments. MIT spinout Portal Instruments has now landed a commercialization deal for a smart, needle-free injection device that […]

Peppas Elected as Foreign Member of Chinese Academy of Engineering

Nicholas Peppas | Via The University of Texas at Austin | December 5, 2017

Nicholas Peppas, professor of biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, pediatrics, surgery and pharmacy at The University of Texas at Austin and an expert in biomaterials and drug delivery systems, has been elected as a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE). Membership in the CAE is the highest engineering distinction in China, and the […]

Engineers uncover the design principles of cellular compartments

Rohit V. Pappu | Via Washington University in St. Louis | December 5, 2017

Membraneless organelles are tiny droplets inside a single cell, thought to regulate everything from division, to movement, to its very destruction. A better understanding of these mysterious structures could hold the key to unlocking a whole host of medical conditions, including developmental disorders, childhood cancers and age-related diseases. New research from the School of Engineering […]

Lab-engineered ovaries superior to hormone drugs in animal model

Anthony Atala | Via EurekAlert | December 5, 2017

New research in rats suggests the possibility of bioengineering artificial ovaries in the lab to provide a safer, more natural hormone replacement therapy for women. A team from Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine found that the engineered ovaries were more effective than hormone therapy drugs at improving bone and uterine health and body composition. […]

New nanowires are just a few atoms thick

Markus Buehler | Via MIT | December 4, 2017

“Two-dimensional materials” — materials deposited in layers that are only a few atoms thick — are promising for both high-performance electronics and flexible, transparent electronics that could be layered onto physical surfaces to make computing ubiquitous. The best-known 2-D material is graphene, which is a form of carbon, but recently researchers have been investigating other […]

Penn Medicine orthopaedic researcher receives preeminent bioengineering award

Louis Soslowsky | Via Eurek Alert | December 4, 2017

Louis J. Soslowsky, PhD, the Fairhill Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, will receive the H.R. Lissner Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The Medal recognizes outstanding achievements in the field of bioengineering and is widely viewed as the highest honor in the […]

John Linehan named AAAS fellow

John Linehan | Via Northwestern University | November 30, 2017

Two Northwestern University faculty members have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. Omar Farha of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and John Linehan of the McCormick School of Engineering are being honored for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to […]

AIMBE Fellow, Chad Mirkin, elected foreign member of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Chad Mirkin | Via Northwestern University | November 29, 2017

In a rare honor for an American university, three Northwestern University scientists — Sir Fraser Stoddart, Chad Mirkin and Yonggang Huang — have been elected foreign members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The three were selected for their scientific achievements and contributions to promoting the development of science and technology in China. Election to […]

Dobson Named J. Crayton Pruitt Family Professor

Jon Dobson | Via University of Florida | November 29, 2017

The J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering awarded Dr. Jon Dobson with the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Professorship. The departmentally-approved criteria for appointment to this professorship are excellence and national recognition in research in addition to strong service to the department and profession, and solid teaching that meets or exceeds the departmental averages. […]

Prestigious and well-earned honor for Iasemidis, named IEEE Fellow

Leonidas Iasemidis | Via Louisiana Tech | November 27, 2017

Leonidas Iasemidis, professor and Rhodes Eminent Scholar Chair of Biomedical Engineering at Louisiana Tech University has been named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow. Iasemidis is being recognized for his contributions to “epileptic seizure prediction and closed-loop brain stimulation.” The IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of […]

CRISPR Can Now Hitch a Ride on Nanoparticles to Battle Disease

Daniel Anderson | Via Singularity Hub | November 22, 2017

It started like any other day. Dr. Hao Yin walked into the lab at MIT, ready to check on his transgenic mice. He had no idea he was about to make history. Yin’s mice harbored a single mutated gene that gave them a terrible liver disease. Left untreated, the deteriorating liver fails to process nutrients, […]

How Andy Weir Engineered a Lunar City in Artemis

George Pantalos | Via | November 21, 2017

AIMBE Fellow, Dr. George Pantalos, was invited to talk about healthcare and surgery on space exploration missions for Andy Weir’s new novel, Artemis. For his novel, author Andy Weir researched how to smelt aluminum in space, combat fire hazards in an enclosed moonbase, and run a lunar city’s economy in the world of Artemis. Weir discusses how […]

Hiding in Plain Sight

Tejal Desai | Via UC San Francisco | November 21, 2017

Glaucoma, which affects over 60 million people worldwide, can seem easy to treat: medicated eye drops can be used to ease the buildup of fluid in the eye that underlies the condition. If glaucoma is caught early, eye drops can prevent irreversible blindness. But prescription eye drops aren’t the perfect solution for glaucoma. Many elderly […]

Stroke Rehab Technology Aims To Speed Healing

Milos Popovic | Via MD+DI & QMED | November 21, 2017

Watching someone who has suffered a stroke try to perform everyday actions such as walking down the sidewalk or even bringing a cup to their lips can serve as a sobering reminder of how fragile full and robust health is, and also serves as an inspiration for those dedicated to improving the lives of those […]