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Guillermo A. Ameer Elected a Biomaterials Science and Engineering Fellow

Guillermo Ameer | Via Northwestern University | December 7, 2023

With his election, Ameer joins a group of fewer than 500 biomaterials scientists worldwide Northwestern Engineering’s Guillermo A. Ameer has been elected a Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE) by the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUSBSE), the highest honor the global biomaterials community can bestow on outstanding scientists. With […]

Professor of computer science Lukasz Kurgan inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology

Lukasz Kurgan | Via Virginia Commonwealth University | December 7, 2023

Kurgan is a leader in the bioinformatics community who has developed popular bioinformatics tools and databases. Lukasz Kurgan, Ph.D., the Robert J. Mattauch Endowed Professor and vice chair of the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (RSB). As the leading professional body […]

U of T Engineering researchers develop new method for engineering soft connective tissue

Craig Simmons | Via University of Toronto | December 1, 2023

A team of researchers at the University of Toronto, led by Professor Craig Simmons (BME, MIE), have described a novel method for engineering soft connective tissues with mechanical properties resembling those of native tissues. This finding, published in Advanced Functional Materials, has promising implications in the generation of more realistic tissues and organs for regenerative medicine. […]

A new way to see the activity inside a living cell

Edward Boyden | Via MIT News | November 28, 2023

Using fluorescent labels that switch on and off, MIT engineers can study how molecules in a cell interact to control the cell’s behavior. Living cells are bombarded with many kinds of incoming molecular signal that influence their behavior. Being able to measure those signals and how cells respond to them through downstream molecular signaling networks […]

Spatial Biology: How It’s Transforming Single-Cell Genomics

Rong Fan | Via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | November 28, 2023

A GEN-led panel conversation on spatial biology technology highlights the importance of community—not just among cells, but also among scientists When the sober-minded describe spatial biology, they use words such as fledgling, growing, and maybe even exciting. But perhaps more enthusiasm—and words such as revolutionary and transformative—are in order. Yes, the basic idea behind spatial […]

Paul Ducheyne Honored with 2023 ISCM Hironobu Oonishi Memorial Award

Paul Ducheyne | Via Penn Bioengineering | November 15, 2023

Paul Ducheyne, Professor Emeritus in Bioengineering and Orthopaedic Surgery Research, has won the 2023 Hironobu Oonishi Memorial Award from the International Society for Ceramics in Medicine (ISCM). This award, the ISCM’s top honor, will only be awarded ten times in total, with previous honorees hailing from Japan and France and focusing on clinical research and […]

New ‘Patch’ Uses Natural Body Motion to Fix Disc Herniation

Robert Mauck | Via Penn Medicine | November 15, 2023

The tension-activated repair patch used in animal trials plugs holes in discs in the spine like car tire patches and could prevent further disease progression A new biologic “patch” that is activated by a person’s natural motion could be the key to fixing herniated discs in people’s backs, according to researchers at the Perelman School […]

Yeast engineering leads to new frontiers in jasmonate biosynthesis

Jay Keasling | Via | November 15, 2023

A research team led by Prof. Luo Xiaozhou from the Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology (SIAT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Prof. Jay D. Keasling from the University of California, Berkeley, has developed an engineered yeast to produce vital plant hormones known as jasmonates, including jasmonic acid and its derivatives, methyl jasmonate […]

Brain imaging identifies biomarkers of mental illness

Yihong Yang | Via Medical Xpress | November 9, 2023

Research and treatment of psychiatric disorders are stymied by a lack of biomarkers—objective biological or physiological markers that can help diagnose, track, predict, and treat diseases. In a new study, researchers use a very large dataset to identify predictive brain imaging-based biomarkers of mental illness in adolescents. The work appears in Biological Psychiatry. Traditionally, psychiatric […]

CRISPR High-Throughput Screening Identifies Master Regulator That Could Enhance Cancer T-Cell Therapy

Charles Gersbach | Via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | November 9, 2023

Researchers at Duke University have adapted CRISPR technologies to enable high-throughput screening of gene function in human immune cells, and discovered that a single master regulator of the genome can be used to reprogram a network of thousands of genes in T cells and greatly enhance cancer cell killing. The master regulator transcription factor (TF) […]

Low-dose CT screening can catch lung cancer early – but most people overlook it

Denise Aberle | Via UCLA Health | November 8, 2023

CT was shown to be the first and most effective way of reducing lung cancer mortality,’ says UCLA Health’s Dr. Denise Aberle. Most people at greatest risk of lung cancer are overlooking a non-invasive screening that can detect cases early, when treatment can best save lives. November marks Lung Cancer Awareness Month and UCLA Health […]

Take Aim: The Five Hottest Problems in Electrical Engineering

Wolfgang Fink | Via Online Engineering Programs | November 8, 2023

“Wherever there’s a will, there’s a way. That’s engineering.” Deidra R. Hodges, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Florida International University Electrical engineering is a rich field with challenges for tomorrow’s engineers. Sitting at one of the most interesting crossroads of science and technology, its territory stretches across microelectronics, energy […]

Anesthesia technology precisely controls unconsciousness in animal tests

Emery Brown | Via MIT | November 7, 2023

An advanced closed-loop anesthesia delivery system that monitors brain state to tailor propofol dose and achieve exactly the desired level of unconsciousness could reduce post-op side effects. If anesthesiologists had a rigorous means to manage dosing, they could deliver less medicine, maintaining exactly the right depth of unconsciousness while reducing postoperative cognitive side effects in […]

Kevin Tracey receives 2023 Hans Wigzell Research Foundation’s Science Prize

Kevin Tracey | Via The Feinstein Institutes | November 1, 2023

The award recognizes the Feinstein Institutes’ president and CEO for his groundbreaking discoveries in vagus nerve stimulation, the inflammatory reflex and bioelectronic medicine The Hans Wigzell Research Foundation today announced that Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president and CEO of Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, is the recipient of the 2023 Hans Wigzell Research […]

Gold particles and light could melt venous malformations away

Dan Kohane | Via Boston Children’s Hospital | October 31, 2023

Venous malformations — tissues made up largely of abnormally shaped veins — are often difficult to treat, especially when located in sensitive areas like the eyes, face, and genitourinary organs. In the worst cases, the lesions are disfiguring and can crush or obstruct surrounding tissues, cause bleeding and clotting, interfere with breathing or vision, or […]

Engineered Nanoparticles Target Various Biological Targets

Liangfang Zhang | Via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | October 30, 2023

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have developed modular nanoparticles that can be easily customized to target different biological entities such as tumors, viruses, or toxins. The surface of the nanoparticles is engineered to host any biological molecules of choice, making it possible to tailor the nanoparticles for a wide array of […]

Improving Nanotherapeutic Vaccine Delivery

Chad Mirkin | Via Northwestern University | October 30, 2023

Northwestern Medicine scientists have developed a more effective way of creating nanotherapeutic vaccines and medicines, according to a study published in ACS Nano. “Over the last decade, spherical nucleic acid, or SNA, technology has emerged as a broad therapeutic platform for a wide variety of diseases, including cancer and other illnesses,” said Chad Mirkin, PhD, […]

Developing New Approaches for Spinal Cord Injury

Samuel Stupp | Via Northwestern Medicine | October 25, 2023

Northwestern Medicine scientists have developed a molecular “scaffold” capable of enhancing electrical activity and growth in neurons, which may prove useful in treating spinal cord injuries, according to recent results published in ACS Nano. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, 17,730 new spinal cord injuries are diagnosed each year, and an estimated […]

White House honors CCNY legends Myriam Sarachik and Sheldon Weinbaum

Sheldon Weinbaum | Via The City College of New York | October 25, 2023

President Joe Biden has awarded the National Medal of Science to Myriam Sarachik (posthumously) and Sheldon Weinbaum, two of the most distinguished researchers and educators of their generation who, collectively, spent more than a century on faculty at The City College of New York. They were among nine recipients of the medal honored at the […]

Researchers Develop Smartphone App to Analyze Human Motion

Scott Delp | Via Orthopedic Design & Technology | October 24, 2023

Could potentially be used to help screen for disease risk, inform rehabilitation decisions and track improvements in motion following treatment. A research team led by Scott L. Delp, Ph.D. of Stanford University and colleagues, and funded by the National Institutes of Health, has developed a smart phone app that can track and analyze a person’s […]