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Fellowbook News

AIMBE Fellowbook collects news stories highlighting the members of the AIMBE College of Fellows. Read the latest stories, jump to the College Directory, or search below to find the newest research, awards, announcements and more for the leaders of the medical and biological engineering community.

 

 

Prophylactic Drug Delivery System for COVID-19

Heather Sheardown | Via McMaster University | May 22, 2020

The Heather Sheardown lab (McMaster University, Canada) is home to an interdisciplinary team of scientists and trainees with expertise in ophthalmology, polymer and biomaterial engineering, chemistry, pharmaceutical formulation and drug delivery, animal/ex-vivo/in-vitro models of disease and drug delivery, early stage material design and synthesis, and synthetic method scalability optimization. As the availability of a SARS-CoV-2 […]

Go behind the virus on its entry way with targeted pharmacological therapy: the inhalation route of anti SARS-Cov2 active substances.

Ruggero Bettini | Via AIMBE Public Documents | May 21, 2020

BACKGROUND SARS-Cov2 is the last appeared coronavirus that developed a pandemic infection with huge number of fatal cases. No vaccines are yet available that protect from this infection. However, a number of therapeutic tactics against COVID-19 have been empirically started. According to Mehra et al., 2020, in COVID-19 illness, a structured approach to clinical is […]

Go behind the virus on its entry way with targeted pharmacological therapy: the inhalation route of anti SARS-Cov2 active substances.

Paolo Colombo | Via AIMBE Public Documents | May 21, 2020

BACKGROUND SARS-Cov2 is the last appeared coronavirus that developed a pandemic infection with huge number of fatal cases. No vaccines are yet available that protect from this infection. However, a number of therapeutic tactics against COVID-19 have been empirically started. According to Mehra et al., 2020, in COVID-19 illness, a structured approach to clinical is […]

UC Davis Engineering Projects Fight COVID-19

Cristina Davis | Via UC Davis | May 20, 2020

With new seed grants from the UC Davis Office of Research’s COVID-19 Research Accelerator Funding Track (CRAFT), three teams of UC Davis engineers are applying their expertise toward the pandemic response to help people become safer, healthier and better-tested. Mechanical and aerospace engineering (MAE) professor and chair Cristina Davis and chemical engineering (CHE) faculty Priya […]

Researchers Receives NIH Funds for Adjuvant Research to Boost Coronavirus Vaccines

Krishnendu Roy | Via Georgia Tech | May 20, 2020

Researchers have received funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, to screen and evaluate certain molecules known as adjuvants that may improve the ability of coronavirus vaccines to stimulate the immune system and generate appropriate responses necessary to protect the general population against the virus. […]

Johns Hopkins researchers to use machine learning to predict heart damage in COVID-19 victims

Natalia Trayanova | Via Johns Hopkins University | May 18, 2020

Johns Hopkins researchers recently received a $195,000 Rapid Response Research grant from the National Science Foundation to, using machine learning, identify which COVID-19 patients are at risk of adverse cardiac events such as heart failure, sustained abnormal heartbeats, heart attacks, cardiogenic shock and death. Increasing evidence of COVID-19’s negative impacts on the cardiovascular system highlights […]

New Retinal Imaging System May be Used to Detect an Alzheimer’s Biomarker

Adam Wax | Via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | May 15, 2020

Biomedical engineers at Duke University say they have devised a new imaging device capable of measuring both the thickness and texture of the various layers of the retina at the back of the eye. The advance could be used to detect a biomarker of Alzheimer’s disease, potentially offering a widespread early warning system for the […]

Carlsbad biotech to test drug that targets gut in COVID-19 patients

Geert Schmid-Schönbein | Via San Diego Union Tribune | May 15, 2020

Leading Biosciences hopes that its drug will keep digestive enzymes from spilling into the bloodstream and triggering the airway inflammation seen in COVID-19 COVID-19’s worst symptoms are felt in the lungs — where the airways of some patients fill with dead cells and fluid, triggering a deadly spiral of inflammation. A local biotech company thinks […]

“Microbubbles” and ultrasound bombard cancer cells in mice

Katherine Ferrara | Via Stanford University | May 14, 2020

In the lab of Katherine Ferrara, PhD, bubbles spell trouble for cancer cells in mice — and maybe one day for humans, too. Specifically, Ferrara, a Stanford Medicine professor of radiology, is using “microbubbles” to damage the structure of cancer cells and cause them to die. The tiny gas-filled spheres are approved by the U.S. […]

Coventor-A COVID-19 Ventilation System

Arthur Erdman | Via Earl E. Bakken MDC | May 12, 2020

In response to COVID-19, the Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center has built a homemade ventilator. This device represents a rapidly scalable opportunity for healthcare providers to provide life sustaining mechanical ventilation to patients for whom no other option currently exists. The mechanical ventilator is simple to use for ICU-trained medical providers, it is compact […]

Northeastern Professor Partners With Audax Medical Inc., to Combat Covid-19

Tom Webster | Via Northeastern University | May 12, 2020

The Problem At Hand The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of daily modern life; employees work from home, students attend class online, and individuals have been encouraged to stay inside, only leaving isolation for the essentials. The response has provided a mild reprieve from the rapid spread of the virus, though it is a […]

Alternative to the Handshake Developed by UConn Doctors

Cato Laurencin | Via UConn Today | May 12, 2020

Did you know a single handshake can transfer 124 million bacteria? That’s why in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic in the journal Science’s Editor’s Blog entitled “The end of the handshake?,” UConn Health doctors are recommending a new alternative to the handshake to reduce human contact, protect public health, and diminish the spread […]

What they’re trained for

Paul Dayton | Via NC State University | May 11, 2020

Biomedical engineers at UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State respond to COVID-19 by teaming to speed the development of an emergency ventilator Biomedical engineering student Kathlyne Bautista always knew that her coursework and training would set her on a path to make a life-changing difference for people. But before the coronavirus pandemic, she didn’t realize just […]

Seeing Through Opaque Media

Changhuei Yang | Via Caltech | May 11, 2020

Caltech researchers have developed a technique that combines fluorescence and ultrasound to peer through opaque media, such as biological tissue. “We hope that one day this method can be deployed to extend the operating depth of fluorescence microscopy and help image fluorescent labeled cells deep inside living animals,” says Changhuei Yang, Thomas G. Myers Professor […]

Dissolving Pacemaker in the Works

Igor Efimov | Via Medpage Today | May 11, 2020

An experimental temporary pacemaker that is miniaturized, externally powered, and fully bioresorbable is being developed. The 1-cm-diameter device successfully triggered ventricular activation in mouse, rabbit, and human heart tissue and in live animals, according to an early study released at the virtual annual conference of the Heart Rhythm Society. The device could pace the heart […]

COVID-19 Puts Spotlight on Artificial Intelligence

Russ Altman | Via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | May 11, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to infect people across the world, a technological application already familiar to many in the biotech field is lending a key supporting role in the fight to treat and stop it: artificial intelligence (AI). AI is currently being used by many companies to identify and screen existing drugs that could […]

Inhibiting thrombin protects against dangerous infant digestive disease

Samuel Wickline | Via Medical Xpress | May 6, 2020

Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a rare inflammatory bowel disease, primarily affects premature infants and is a leading cause of death in the smallest and sickest of these patients. The exact cause remains unclear, and there is no effective treatment. No test can definitively diagnose the devastating condition early, so infants with suspected NEC are carefully monitored […]

Researchers to develop AI to help diagnose, understand COVID-19 in lung images

Maryellen Giger | Via University of Chicago | May 6, 2020

UChicago, Argonne study hopes to learn to identify cases and guide treatment As physicians and researchers grapple with a rapidly-spreading, deadly and novel disease, they need all the help they can get. Many centers are exploring whether artificial intelligence can help fight COVID-19, extracting knowledge from complex and rapidly growing data on how to best […]

Carnegie Mellon, Pitt Researchers Launch Ventilator Project

Keith Cook | Via Carnegie Mellon University | May 6, 2020

Low-cost device could address current and future shortages Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine are developing a new, low-cost ventilator they say will address the ventilator shortage, both now and in the future, that has been made evident by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dubbed Roboventilator, the device will employ […]

Focused Ultrasound Opening Brain to Impossible Treatments

Richard Price | Via UVA Health Newsroom | May 6, 2020

University of Virginia researchers are pioneering the use of focused ultrasound to defy the brain’s protective barrier so that doctors could, at last, deliver many treatments directly into the brain to battle neurological diseases. The approach, the researchers hope, could revolutionize treatment for conditions from Alzheimer’s to epilepsy to brain tumors – and even help […]