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John A. Rogers, Ph.D.

AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2018
For pioneering work on flexible and transient electronics and optoelectronics, and their applications in biomedicine.

Researchers Demonstrate First Example of a Bioresorbable Electronic Medicine

Via Northwestern Engineering | October 8, 2018

Researchers at Northwestern University and Washington University School of Medicine have developed the first example of a bioresorbable electronic medicine: an implantable, biodegradable wireless device that speeds nerve regeneration and improves the healing of a damaged nerve.

The collaborators — materials scientists and engineers at Northwestern and neurosurgeons at Washington University — developed a device that delivers regular pulses of electricity to damaged peripheral nerves in rats after a surgical repair process, accelerating the regrowth of nerves in their legs and enhancing the ultimate recovery of muscle strength and control. The size of a dime and the thickness of a sheet of paper, the wireless device operates for about two weeks before naturally absorbing into the body.

The scientists envision that such transient engineered technologies one day could complement or replace pharmaceutical treatments for a variety of medical conditions in humans. This type of technology, which the researchers refer to as a “bioresorbable electronic medicine,” provides therapy and treatment over a clinically relevant period of time and directly at the site where it’s needed, thereby reducing side effects or risks associated with conventional, permanent implants… Continue reading.

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Dr. John Rogers Inducted into Medical and Biological Engineering Elite

Via AIMBE | April 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the induction of John A. Rogers, Ph.D., Simpson/Querrey Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, to its College of Fellows. Dr. Rogers was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for pioneering work on flexible and transient electronics and optoelectronics, and their applications in biomedicine.

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