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Noninvasive brain imaging shows readiness of trainees to perform operations

Suvranu De | Via Eurek Alert | October 24, 2017

While simulation platforms have been used to train surgeons before they enter an actual operating room (OR), few studies have evaluated how well trainees transfer those skills from the simulator to the OR. Now, a study that used noninvasive brain imaging to evaluate brain activity has found that simulator-trained medical students successfully transferred those skills […]

Noninvasive brain imaging shows readiness of trainees to perform operations

Xavier Intes | Via Eurek Alert | October 24, 2017

While simulation platforms have been used to train surgeons before they enter an actual operating room (OR), few studies have evaluated how well trainees transfer those skills from the simulator to the OR. Now, a study that used noninvasive brain imaging to evaluate brain activity has found that simulator-trained medical students successfully transferred those skills […]

Researchers Working on Single-Dose, Long-Lasting Flu Vaccine

David Putnam | Via Healthline | October 23, 2017

If you hate getting a flu shot every year, there may be some good news on the horizon. Scientists at Cornell University are undertaking research into a single dose, long-lasting influenza vaccine. Although it’s a long way off for use in humans, if successful the vaccine could mean only needing to be vaccinated against influenza […]

Chad Mirkin receives 2017 Wilhelm Exner Medal in Austria

Chad Mirkin | Via Northwestern University | October 20, 2017

Northwestern University’s Chad A. Mirkin received a prestigious 2017 Wilhelm Exner Medal at an award ceremony at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna on Oct. 19. He and CERN Director-General and particle physicist Fabiola Gianotti were each recognized with a medal at the ceremony. The award is in recognition of Mirkin’s invention of spherical nucleic acids […]

Innovative Type 1 Diabetes Approach Licensed to Encellin

Tejal Desai | Via UC San Francisco | October 18, 2017

Encellin, a San Francisco–based biotechnology company, has obtained exclusive worldwide rights from UC San Francisco for a proprietary cell encapsulation technology aimed at improving physicians’ ability to perform cell transplants without the need for immunosuppressive drugs. Based on ongoing preclinical trials in animal models, the technology – in the form of a pouch approximately the […]

Wikswo group tech licensed by UK company for organ-on-chip products

John Wikswo | Via Vanderbilt University | October 18, 2017

A biotechnology company based in the United Kingdom has licensed three patents and applications from Vanderbilt University for its Organs-on-Chips products. CN Bio Innovations Ltd., a spinoff from Oxford University, secured a combination of exclusive and non-exclusive rights to microfluid technologies developed by Professor John Wikswo, Gordon A. Cain University and his group. Wikswo, a […]

Research Conducted by Dean Rabbany and Bioengineering Alum Published in Prestigious Nature Journal

Sina Rabbany | Via Hofstra University | October 17, 2017

Research conducted by Dean Sina Rabbany and bioengineering alum Pierre Llanos ’16 on the role that the retina plays in age-related, macular degeneration was recently published the journal Nature Communications. Their study, Concerted Regulation of Retinal Pigment Epithelium Basement Membrane and Barrier Function by Angiocrine Factors, investigated how endothelial cells regulate the retinal pigment epithelium […]

Engineering Program Helps People With Disabilities Advance Professional Development

Rory Cooper | Via PittWire | October 17, 2017

Inside the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) at the University of Pittsburgh, visitors may notice architectural details that are out of the ordinary. Large doorways that allow wheelchairs to pass through easily. Diffused lighting that minimizes the chance of headaches for those with traumatic brain injuries. Flooring that doesn’t hinder wheelchair movement. They’re meant to […]

Dr. Flaura Winston Elected into the National Academy of Medicine for Work on Driving Safety, Injury Prevention

Flaura Koplin Winston | Via PR News Wire | October 16, 2017

Flaura Koplin Winston, MD, PhD, scientific director and founder of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania was elected into the National Academy of Medicine this morning. She is one of 80 physicians […]

BIOLIFE4D Welcomes Computational Medicine and Biomedical Engineering Expert Raimond Winslow, Ph.D. to Scientific Advisory Team

Raimond Winslow | Via PR Newswire | October 13, 2017

Complementing the acclaimed talent already assembled on its scientific leadership team, bioprinting startup BIOLIFE4D announced the addition of Raimond Winslow, Ph.D. whose vast expertise will help the company deliver on its mission to 3D bioprint a viable human heart suitable for transplant. Winslow’s new role at BIOLIFE4D comes in addition to the leadership positions he […]

Elazer Edelman honored with Cardiovascular Research Foundation career achievement award

Elazer Edelman | Via MIT | October 13, 2017

Elazer Edelman, the Thomas D. and Virginia W. Cabot Professor of Health Sciences at MIT, has been awarded this year’s Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) Career Achievement Award ­for his extraordinary contributions to the field of cardiology. A lifelong researcher and innovator, Edelman is core member of the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, director of […]

Veracyte Chairman and CEO Bonnie Anderson Receives Prestigious Innovation Award at Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting

Bonnie Anderson | Via Business Wire | October 13, 2017

Veracyte, Inc. (NASDAQ: VCYT) announced today that the company’s Chairman and CEO Bonnie Anderson is the recipient of the 2017 Wallace H. Coulter Award for Healthcare Innovation. Dr. Lori Setton, president of the Biomedical Engineering Society BMES, will present the award to Ms. Anderson today at the 2017 BMES Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ. Ms. […]

Stanford develops novel PET tracer to ID most bacterial infections

Sanjiv Sam Gambhir | Via Health Imaging | October 12, 2017

Bacteria are experts at mutating to become resistant to any antibiotic treatment. With no promise of stagnation, it is no wonder that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has called for medical scientists to develop new novel diagnostics to detect and help regulate the treatment of infections and infectious diseases. A new study […]

Blood test may find liver cancer earlier, improve survival

Kang Zhang | Via San Diego Union Tribune. | October 11, 2017

Liver cancer can be caught at an early stage through a newly developed blood test, improving the odds for survival, according to a study led by University of California San Diego scientists. The test looks for changed gene activity, caused by a process called methylation, that indicate liver cancer, said Kang Zhang, M.D., the study’s […]

Novel catheter combines FLIm, IVUS to assess plaque buildup in heart patients

Laura Marcu | Via Health Imaging | October 11, 2017

A newly developed, single-catheter probe that combines intravascular ultrasounds with fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIm) in one device could be the answer to physicians’ difficulties predicting plaque rupture, a study published in Scientific Reports suggests. The catheter was developed by Laura Marcu, PhD, and colleagues at her UC Davis-based lab. The device was a response to […]

Imaging a killer

Rohit Pappu | Via Washington University in St. Louis | October 9, 2017

Huntington’s disease is a progressive, fatal neurodegenerative disorder that is caused by mutations in one specific gene called huntingtin (Htt). In the 20-plus years since the Htt gene was identified, researchers have focused on the protein encoded by the Htt gene, called Httex1. This protein accumulates in the brains of Huntington’s disease patients, and the […]

‘Squirtable’ elastic glue seals wounds in 60 seconds

Anthony Weiss | Via University of Sydney | October 5, 2017

Biomedical engineers from the University of Sydney and the United States collaborated on the development of the potentially life-saving surgical glue, called MeTro. MeTro’s high elasticity makes it ideal for sealing wounds in body tissues that continually expand and relax – such as lungs, hearts and arteries – that are otherwise at risk of re-opening. […]

Scientists Develop “Body-on- a-Chip” System to Accelerate Testing of New Drugs

Anthony Atala | Via News Wise | October 5, 2017

Using the same expertise they’ve employed to build new organs for patients, scientists at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and colleagues have engineered micro hearts, lungs and livers that can potentially be used to test new drugs. By combining the micro-organs in a monitored system, the researchers aim to mimic how the human body […]

Coming a step closer to understanding how gastric bypass works

Martin L. Yarmush | Via Medical Xpress | October 5, 2017

A study by a team of researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Engineering in Medicine (MGH-CEM) and Shriners Hospital for Children has made a technological advancement toward accelerating the discovery of drug targets for obesity, type II diabetes and other metabolic diseases. The novel experimental and computational workflow involves the first use of […]

Novel PET tracer identifies most bacterial infections

Sanjiv Sam Gambhir | Via Medical | October 5, 2017

Stanford University medical scientists have developed a novel imaging agent that could be used to identify most bacterial infections. The study is the featured basic science article in The Journal of Nuclear Medicine’s October issue. Bacteria are good at mutating to become resistant to antibiotics. As one way to combat the problem of antimicrobial resistance, […]