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Artificial intelligence helps researchers find new antibiotics

James Collins | Via Science Board | February 20, 2020

To address antibiotic resistance, researchers have developed a machine-learning approach that can search millions of known chemicals to find potential new antimicrobial compounds. This research, published in Cell on February 20, uncovered several promising antibiotic candidates that will move into clinical testing. After training a deep neural network to identify potential antibiotics that kill bacteria […]

New Classification System Developed for Regenerative Cell-Based Therapies

Cato Laurencin | Via Springer Link | February 19, 2020

Doctors at UConn Health have developed the first classification system for regenerative cell-based therapies designed to stratify therapies based on scientific evidence and potential for harm. Today, there are concerns regarding the clinical safety and efficacy of cell-based therapies throughout the scientific community and within public discourse. The unregulated U.S. stem cell market has been […]

Gene therapy tackles tau tangles in mouse models of dementia

Steve Liggett | Via Fierce Biotech | February 18, 2020

When the protein tau builds up in the brain, it can form toxic tangles that are the hallmark of several neurological diseases, including Alzheimer’s and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD), a particularly devastating early-onset form of dementia. Now, researchers at the University of South Florida (USF) Health Morsani College of Medicine believe they’ve found another protein […]

Novel Hydrogel Platform Enables On-demand Bioproduction

Hal Alper | Via The University of Texas at Austin | February 17, 2020

A team of chemical engineers has developed a new way to produce medicines and chemicals on demand and preserve them using portable “biofactories” embedded in water-based gels called hydrogels. The approach could help people in remote villages or on military missions, where the absence of pharmacies, doctor’s offices or even basic refrigeration makes it hard […]

Cocoa could bring sweet relief to walking pain for people with peripheral artery disease

Melina Kibbe | Via Newswise | February 14, 2020

Consumption of cocoa may improve walking performance for patients with peripheral artery disease, according to the results of a small, preliminary, phase II research trial published today in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation Research. In a small study of 44 peripheral artery disease patients over age 60, those who drank a beverage containing flavanol-rich […]

FDA grants de novo clearance for vascular access device

Gabriele Niederauer | Via Healio | February 13, 2020

The FDA has granted a de novo classification order to Bluegrass Vascular Technologies for its Surfacer Inside-Out Access Catheter System. The device was designed to enable central venous access in patients with venous obstructions, according to a press release. “The Surfacer system offers a safe and effective approach to reliably preserve and restore critical upper […]

Susan Margulies Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Susan Margulies | Via Georgia Tech Biomedical Engineering | February 11, 2020

Four Georgia Institute of Technology faculty members have been elected as new members of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Marilyn Brown, Thomas Kurfess, Susan Margulies, and Alexander Shapiro join 83 other new NAE members for 2020 when they are formally inducted during a ceremony at the academy’s annual meeting on Oct. 4 in Washington, […]

Peter Basser Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Peter Basser | Via Harvard University | February 10, 2020

Peter Basser, A.B. ’80, S.M., ’82, Ph.D. ’86 (engineering sciences) and John Fan, S.M. ’67, Ph.D. ’72 (applied physics) have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Basser, a senior investigator in the section on quantitative imaging and tissue sciences at the National Institutes of Health, was recognized for the development of diffusion […]

Laura Niklason Elected To The National Academy of Engineering

Laura Niklason | Via Yale University | February 7, 2020

Laura Niklason, the Nicholas M. Greene Professor in Anesthesia and Biomedical Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Cited for her contributions to research in cardiovascular tissue engineering, lung regeneration, and biomedical imaging, Niklason was among 87 new members elected to the academy. Niklason will be formally inducted during a ceremony […]

Russell Taylor named to National Academy of Engineering

Russell Taylor | Via Johns Hopkins University | February 7, 2020

Computer scientist Russell Taylor and chemical and biomolecular engineer Yannis Kevrekidis are among 87 new members and 18 international members selected this year Johns Hopkins chemical and biomolecular engineer Yannis Kevrekidis and computer scientist Russell Taylor have been named to the National Academy of Engineering, a career distinction that recognizes the most accomplished engineers in […]

Omar Ishrak, Chairman and CEO of Medtronic, is elected as a respected National Academy of Engineering member for his contributions to medical technology

Omar Ishrak | Via Where Women Work | February 7, 2020

Omar Ishrak, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Medtronic, has been recognized for contributions to diagnostic ultrasound, and for leadership in medical technology innovation and globalization. The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected Omar as a new member, which is a great honor as election to the academy is among the highest professional distinctions […]

Michael Sefton elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering

Michael Sefton | Via University of Toronto Engineering | February 6, 2020

University Professor Michael Sefton (ChemE, IBBME, Donnelly Centre) and alumnus Raffaello D’Andrea (EngSci 9T1) have been elected as international members of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE). The NAE provides engineering leadership in service to the United States and globally; its members rank among the world’s most accomplished engineers. “On behalf of the Faculty, […]

In A Different Vein

Laura Niklason | Via Yale University | February 6, 2020

It was her experience as a physician in the intensive care unit that pointed Laura Niklason in the direction of making engineered blood vessels for kidney dialysis patients. She worked with countless patients requiring needle injections multiple times per week, whose veins weren’t up for the job. “Some patients had failures over and over and […]

Amar Sawhney Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Amar Sawhney | Via UT Austin | February 6, 2020

Election to the academy is among the highest professional distinctions for an engineer. Membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research and practice, including pioneering of new and developing fields of technology and making major advancements in engineering. In all, 87 new members and 18 foreign members were elected into the academy […]

Platelet Microparticles Give Antibody Drug ‘Piggyback Ride’ to Repair Damaged Heart

Ke Cheng | Via NC State | February 5, 2020

New research from North Carolina State University shows that platelet microparticles are an effective way to deliver therapeutic drugs directly to the heart following a heart attack. This method increases drug concentration at the site and could help heart attack patients reduce side effects from drugs used to aid recovery. The damage from a heart […]

Math models improve the effectiveness of immunotherapy

Rakesh Jain | Via Science Board | February 4, 2020

Scientists working at the intersection of math and medicine propose new strategies based on mathematical modeling and known molecular mechanisms to improve the efficacy of lifesaving immunotherapies for cancerous tumors. The work was published on February 3 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Cancer cells can evade immune responses by activating negative […]

Coin-sized smart insulin patch, potential diabetes treatment

Zhen Gu | Via Science Daily | February 4, 2020

UCLA bioengineers and colleagues at UNC School of Medicine and MIT have further developed a smart insulin-delivery patch that could one day monitor and manage glucose levels in people with diabetes and deliver the necessary insulin dosage. The adhesive patch, about the size of a quarter, is simple to manufacture and intended for once-a-day use. […]

Building SynBio Platforms to Support Practical Apps

Lingchong You | Via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | February 1, 2020

Building a switch doesn’t sound like a spectacular feat of engineering. But when that switch is constructed of DNA and designed to operate within the context of a living cell, it represents a far more impressive accomplishment. The construction of a genetic toggle switch was reported 20 years ago in Nature, in an article contributed […]

Heart-Recovery Device for Infants and Young Children

Jim Antaki | Via Cornell University | January 30, 2020

The College of Engineering has announced the winners of the annual Scale-Up and Prototyping Awards, which give teams of engineering faculty and students up to $40,000 to commercialize startup technologies that might otherwise have trouble obtaining funding. … Heart-Recovery Device for Infants and Young Children: James Antaki, Susan K. McAdam Professor of Heart Assist Technology in […]

Molecular Determinants of Nephron Vascular Specialization in the Kidney

Sina Rabbany | Via Hofstra University | January 29, 2020

DeMatteis Dean Rabbany Publishes Research in Nature Communications Research conducted by Dr. Sina Rabbany, dean of the DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science and a team of researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine and University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, was published this month in Nature Communications. The study, Molecular Determinants of Nephron Vascular Specialization […]