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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.

 

 

AI Predicts Alzheimer’s Disease Risk Seven Years in Advance

Marina Sirota | Via Psychology Today | February 25, 2024

AI enables precision medicine with early detection of Alzheimer’s disease risk. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) recently developed an AI algorithm that can identify patients at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease up to seven years in advance, according to a study published last week in Nature Aging. The researchers reported that […]

Study: ‘Hexaplex’ vaccine aims to boost flu protection

Jonathan Lovell | Via University at Buffalo | February 23, 2024

Recombinant protein vaccines, like the Novavax vaccine used to fight COVID-19, offer several advantages over conventional vaccines. They’re easy to precisely produce. They’re safe, and potentially more effective. And they could require smaller doses. Because of these traits, there is much interest in developing recombinant influenza vaccines. To date, however, the Food and Drug Administration […]

DNA Melting Curves Could Speed Blood-Borne Pathogen Detection

Stephanie Fraley | Via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | February 21, 2024

Scientists from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and elsewhere have described a method of detecting blood-borne pathogens faster and more accurately than traditional blood cultures. The method, called digital DNA melting analysis, produces results in under six hours, much shorter than traditional cultures which can require 15 hours to several days depending on […]

UofL researchers develop AI-powered tool to diagnose autism earlier

Ayman El-Baz | Via University of Louisville | February 19, 2024

University of Louisville researchers have developed a new AI-powered tool that could help doctors diagnose autism at a younger age. Autism is a spectrum of developmental disabilities effecting social skills, language processing, cognition and other functions. The UofL tool has been shown to be 98.5% accurate in kids as young as two, which could give […]

Elevated Glucose Levels in Non-Diabetic Patients = Higher PJI Risk?

Jay Lieberman | Via Orthopedics This Week | February 15, 2024

While diabetic total hip arthroplasty (THA) patients are associated with higher levels of periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), does that, therefore, imply that non-diabetic patients with elevated glucose levels are also at higher risk of PJI? A research team from the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine designed a 90,830-patient study to answer […]

Nucleic Acid Manufacturing Needs Digital Innovation

Andrew Zydney | Via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | February 14, 2024

Nucleic acid technology came of age during COVID-19 with biopharma firms developing, testing, mass producing, and shipping mRNA vaccines in record time. However, as the pandemic ebbs, the industry now needs to find ways of making DNA and RNA products more efficiently. This is the view presented in a new study by scientists at Penn […]

This ultrasound sticker senses changing stiffness of deep internal organs

Qifa Zhou | Via MIT | February 9, 2024

The sticky, wearable sensor could help identify early signs of acute liver failure. MIT engineers have developed a small ultrasound sticker that can monitor the stiffness of organs deep inside the body. The sticker, about the size of a postage stamp, can be worn on the skin and is designed to pick up on signs […]

Christine Schmidt elected to National Academy of Engineering

Christine Schmidt | Via University of Florida | February 8, 2024

The National Academy of Engineering has elected UF Distinguished Professor Christine Schmidt, Ph.D., to the academy for 2024 in recognition of her more than 25 years of work to help advance the fields of neural tissue engineering and wound healing and for her leadership in diversifying bioengineering. Election to the academy is among the highest […]

Rory Cooper was elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Rory Cooper | Via University of Pittsburgh | February 8, 2024

Rory Cooper, a distinguished professor in Pitt’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and founding director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories, was among 114 new U.S. members elected to the National Academy of Engineering Class of 2024. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. […]

Desai named to National Academy of Engineering

Tejal Desai | Via Brown University | February 7, 2024

Brown Engineering Dean receives one of the highest professional honors accorded an engineer. The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected Brown University Sorensen Family Dean of Engineering Tejal A. Desai to its newest membership class, honoring her distinguished contributions to engineering, “for nanofabricated materials to control biologics delivery, and leadership in the fields of […]

Renowned UC San Diego Microbiome Pioneer Rob Knight Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Rob Knight | Via University of California San Diego | February 7, 2024

Rob Knight, a University of California San Diego professor and international leader in the study of the roles microbes play in human health and disease and the functioning of ecosystems, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering–the highest professional recognition afforded to engineers and computer scientists. On Feb. 6, 2024, the National Academy […]

National Academy of Engineering Elects Bruce Tromberg

Bruce Tromberg | Via University of California, Irvine | February 7, 2024

UC Irvine biomedical engineering Professor Emeritus Bruce Tromberg has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Tromberg, director of the NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, was recognized for “U.S. diagnostics innovation initiatives, resulting in advanced SARS-CoV-2 testing capacity and performance.” Tromberg […]

Nancy Allbritton elected to National Academy of Engineering

Nancy Allbritton | Via University of Washington | February 6, 2024

Nancy Allbritton, the dean of the University of Washington College of Engineering and a UW professor of bioengineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the academy announced Feb. 6. Allbritton was selected “for innovation and commercialization of single-cell, analytical, and gut-on-chip technologies for drug screening and for engineering education.” Drawing from the […]

National Academy of Engineering Elects Gargi Maheshwari, Ph.D.

Gargi Maheshwari | Via National Academy of Engineering | February 6, 2024

National Academy of Engineering Elects 114 Members and 21 International Members The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected 114 new members and 21 international members, announced NAE President John L. Anderson today. This brings the total U.S. membership to 2,310 and the number of international members to 332. Election to the National Academy of […]

National Academy of Engineering Elects Charles A. Taylor, Ph.D.

Charles Taylor | Via National Academy of Engineering | February 6, 2024

National Academy of Engineering Elects 114 Members and 21 International Members The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected 114 new members and 21 international members, announced NAE President John L. Anderson today. This brings the total U.S. membership to 2,310 and the number of international members to 332. Election to the National Academy of […]

Blood Cancer Discovery IDs High-Risk Patients, Could Improve Outcomes

Kevin Janes | Via University of Virginia | February 5, 2024

University of Virginia Cancer Center researchers have developed a new way to identify high-risk patients with acute myeloid leukemia, which could one day lead to more tailored treatments and improved patient outcomes for patients with the blood cancer. Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is one of the most common leukemias, or blood cancers, in adults. It […]

3D brain mapping opens a window to the aging brain

John Gore | Via Vanderbilt University Medical Center | January 30, 2024

By mapping brain activity in three dimensions, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have achieved a more detailed picture of how the brain changes with age. Their findings, described in the Jan. 26 issue of the journal Science Advances, may help advance the understanding, early diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, bipolar disorder and other […]

3D printed electronic skin provides promise for human-machine interaction

Akhilesh Gaharwar | Via Tech Xplore | January 26, 2024

With more than 1,000 nerve endings, human skin is the brain’s largest sensory connection to the outside world, providing a wealth of feedback through touch, temperature and pressure. While these complex features make skin a vital organ, they also make it a challenge to replicate. By utilizing nanoengineered hydrogels that exhibit tunable electronic and thermal […]

Cultivated meat production costs could fall significantly: Bovine muscle engineered to produce their own growth signals

David Kaplan | Via Phys.org | January 26, 2024

Cellular agriculture—the production of meat from cells grown in bioreactors rather than harvested from farm animals—is taking leaps in technology that are making it a more viable option for the food industry. One such leap has now been made at the Tufts University Center for Cellular Agriculture (TUCCA), led by David Kaplan, Stern Family Professor […]

Cancer Mutation That Spurs Cell Division Helps Heart Models Run at Full Gallop

Nenad Bursac | Via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | January 25, 2024

A broken heart will mend over time. However, this isn’t the case for heart tissue following a heart attack. While skin and many other tissues of the body retain the ability to repair themselves after injury, the heart lacks this ability. Heart cells rapidly divide during embryonic and fetal development to form cardiac tissue and […]