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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, […]

Internationally acclaimed scholar, with over 400 publications and 40 patents, joins UB RENEW

Thomas Thundat | Via University at Buffalo | October 4, 2017

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Thomas Thundat, an internationally recognized expert on nanomechanical sensors, network of sensors and quasi-wireless transmission of electricity, has joined the University at Buffalo’s RENEW Institute and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Thundat will serve as Professor of Empire Innovation in RENEW— an interdisciplinary institute dedicated to research and education on globally […]

Joseph Moskal Receives Top Biotechnology Innovator Award

Joseph Moskal | Via Northwestern University | October 3, 2017

Northwestern Engineering professor Joseph Moskal has received the iCON Innovator Award from the Illinois Biotechnology Innovation Organization (iBIO), an industry association of more than 200 companies, academic institutions, and service providers dedicated to making Illinois and the Midwest a leader in life sciences ventures and technology. The iCON Innovator Award recognizes an active researcher within […]

Cynthia Reinhart-King named Biomedical Engineering Society Fellow

Cynthia Reinhart-King | Via Vanderbilt University | September 28, 2017

Cynthia Reinhart-King, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering and professor of biomedical engineering, is a member of the 2017 Class of Fellows of the Biomedical Engineering Society. The BMES is the premier society for biomedical engineering and bioengineering professionals with more than 7,000 members. This year’s class includes 20 members nominated by their peers. Reinhart-King is […]

Smart molecules trigger white blood cells to become better cancer-eating machines

YingXiao Wang | Via UC San Diego | September 28, 2017

San Diego, Calif., Sept. 28, 2017 — A team of researchers has engineered smart protein molecules that can reprogram white blood cells to ignore a self-defense signaling mechanism that cancer cells use to survive and spread in the body. Researchers say the advance could lead to a new method of re-engineering immune cells to fight […]

Smart molecules trigger white blood cells to become better cancer-eating machines

Shu Chien | Via UC San Diego | September 28, 2017

San Diego, Calif., Sept. 28, 2017 — A team of researchers has engineered smart protein molecules that can reprogram white blood cells to ignore a self-defense signaling mechanism that cancer cells use to survive and spread in the body. Researchers say the advance could lead to a new method of re-engineering immune cells to fight […]

Robert Langer of MIT receives $250,000 Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine from Northwestern

Robert S. Langer | Via Northwestern University | September 27, 2017

EVANSTON – Chemical engineer and prolific inventor Robert S. Langer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — known as the “Edison of medicine” — is the recipient of the $250,000 Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine for 2017, Northwestern University’s International Institute for Nanotechnology announced today (Sept. 27). The Kabiller Prize is the largest monetary […]

On Hilton Head, the future promises a human heart built with a desktop printer

Anthony Atala | Via The Island Packet | September 27, 2017

This is a story of hope and promise. To me, it sounds like science fiction. But it is not. You can hear and see for yourselves at a presentation Oct. 5 at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island called “Adult Stem Cells: Medicine of the Future.” Two world-famous doctors and researchers — Dr. Keith […]

SHRS Snapshots: The PneuChair

Rory Cooper | Via YouTube - SHRS | September 26, 2017

Summer is winding down, but the popularity of our Human Engineering Research Laboratories or HERL’s new waterproof wheelchair is just heating up. In this “SHRS Snapshots” video, see how SHRS researchers have added a new dimension of fun to the world’s first accessible water park. Watch the video here.

MRI contrast agent locates and distinguishes aggressive from slow-growing breast cancer

Zheng-Rong Lu | Via Case Western Reserve | September 25, 2017

A new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent being tested by researchers at Case Western Reserve University not only pinpoints breast cancers at early stages but differentiates between aggressive and slow-growing types. “Doing both will help doctors find the right treatment,” said Zheng-Rong Lu, the M. Frank Rudy and Margaret Dormiter Rudy Professor of Biomedical […]

How Artificial Intelligence Could Save Healthcare

Omar Ishrak | Via UBM Americas | September 25, 2017

They say the only two certainties in life are death and taxes, but you could also make an argument for adding rising healthcare costs to the list. “There is no end in sight to the amount of healthcare spending because it scales with multiple on the population,” Josh Makower, MD, general partner venture capital firm […]

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 […]