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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.

 

 

Prof. Bin He has been elected as the Chair of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering

Bin He | Via Carnegie Mellon University | September 19, 2018

Prof. Bin He has been elected as the Chair of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering, which consists of ~150 individuals in the world who have made significant contributions to the BME field. The academy is affiliated with the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE).

Pappu named 2019 Biophysical Society Fellow

Rohit Pappu | Via Washington University in St. Louis | September 13, 2018

The Biophysical Society (BPS) recently named a bioengineer from Washington University in St. Louis as one of its 2019 Society Fellows. Rohit Pappu, the Edwin H. Murty Professor of Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, will be honored along with the other BPS Fellows during the society’s annual meeting in March. The […]

Neurons absorb and release water when firing, NIH study suggests

Peter Basser | Via National Institutes of Health | September 13, 2018

Neurons absorb and release water when they relay messages throughout the brain, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions. Tracking this water movement with imaging technology may one day provide valuable information on normal brain activity, as well as how injury or disease affect brain function. The […]

3D virtual simulation gets to the ‘heart’ of irregular heartbeats

Natalia Trayanova, | Via MD Linx | September 12, 2018

In a proof-of-concept study, scientists at Johns Hopkins report they have successfully performed 3D personalized virtual simulations of the heart to accurately identify where cardiac specialists should electrically destroy cardiac tissue to stop potentially fatal irregular and rapid heartbeats in patients with scarring in the heart. The retrospective analysis of 21 patients and prospective study […]

Engineering biology through DNA’s environment – NSF awards $16 million to understand and control epigenetic effects

Guillermo Ameer | Via National Science Foundation | September 12, 2018

To advance the engineering of biology at the molecular and cellular levels, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $16 million for research to characterize the regulation of gene activity and expression, and to create strategies to modify those processes without altering the DNA sequence. Chromatin — a combination of DNA, RNA and proteins within […]

Engineering biology through DNA’s environment – NSF awards $16 million to understand and control epigenetic effects

Charles Gersbach | Via National Science Foundation | September 12, 2018

To advance the engineering of biology at the molecular and cellular levels, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $16 million for research to characterize the regulation of gene activity and expression, and to create strategies to modify those processes without altering the DNA sequence. Chromatin — a combination of DNA, RNA and proteins within […]

Engineering biology through DNA’s environment – NSF awards $16 million to understand and control epigenetic effects

Emilia Entcheva | Via National Science Foundation | September 12, 2018

To advance the engineering of biology at the molecular and cellular levels, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $16 million for research to characterize the regulation of gene activity and expression, and to create strategies to modify those processes without altering the DNA sequence. Chromatin — a combination of DNA, RNA and proteins within […]

Engineering biology through DNA’s environment – NSF awards $16 million to understand and control epigenetic effects

Igal Szleifer | Via National Science Foundation | September 12, 2018

To advance the engineering of biology at the molecular and cellular levels, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $16 million for research to characterize the regulation of gene activity and expression, and to create strategies to modify those processes without altering the DNA sequence. Chromatin — a combination of DNA, RNA and proteins within […]

Eric Hoffman receives the 2018 Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Disease

Eric Hoffman | Via University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine | September 12, 2018

The Selection Committee for the 2018 Alton Ochsner Award Relating Tobacco Smoking and Diseases is pleased to present its 33rd Annual Award to Geoffrey T. Fong, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology and public Health Systems, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, and to Eric A. Hoffman, Ph.D., Professor of Radiology, Medicine, and Biomedical Engineering, University of Iowa […]

NIH selects Bruce Tromberg, Ph.D., to lead the National Institute on Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)

Bruce Tromberg | Via NIBIB | September 6, 2018

National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., has selected Bruce J. Tromberg, Ph.D., as director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). A pioneering leader in the field of biophotonics, Dr. Tromberg is currently a professor at the University of California at Irvine (UCI), with dual appointments in the […]

A homing system targets therapeutic T cells to brain cancer

Rakesh Jain | Via Nature | September 5, 2018

Abstract Successful T cell immunotherapy for brain cancer requires that the T cells can access tumour tissues, but this has been difficult to achieve. Here we show that, in contrast to inflammatory brain diseases such as multiple sclerosis, where endothelial cells upregulate ICAM1 and VCAM1 to guide the extravasation of pro-inflammatory cells, cancer endothelium downregulates […]

New Cancer Treatment Uses Enzymes to Boost Immune System and Fight Back

George Georgiou | Via The University of Texas at Austin | August 30, 2018

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a new approach to treating cancer using enzyme therapy. The enzyme, PEG-KYNase, does not directly kill cancer cells but instead empowers the immune system to eradicate unwanted cells on its own. PEG-KYNase is designed to degrade kynurenine, a metabolite produced by numerous tumors that suppresses […]

Decoding the Brain

Karen Moxon | Via UC Davis | August 30, 2018

In the last decade, researchers in academia and the technology sector have been racing to unlock the potential of artificial intelligence. In parallel with federally-funded efforts from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, heavy-hitters such as Microsoft, Facebook and Google are deeply invested in artificial intelligence. As part of the BRAIN Initiative, […]

Scientists alter membrane proteins to make them easier to study

Shuguang Zhang | Via MIT | August 27, 2018

About 30 percent of the proteins encoded by the human genome are membrane proteins — proteins that span the cell membrane so they can facilitate communication between cells and their environment. These molecules are critical for learning, seeing, and sensing odors, among many other functions. Despite the prevalence of these proteins, scientists have had difficulty […]

Mass. General study defines mechanisms behind focused-ultrasound-assisted treatment of brain tumors

Rakesh Jain | Via Massachusetts General Hospital | August 27, 2018

A study led by a team of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has analyzed, for the first time, the mechanisms underlying the use of focused ultrasound to improve the delivery of anti-cancer drugs across the blood brain barrier into brain tumors. Their report published in PNAS uses advanced microcopy techniques and mathematical modeling to track […]

One step closer to bioengineered replacements for vessels and ducts

Ali Khademhosseini | Via EurekAlert | August 24, 2018

A team of Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers have developed a way to bioprint tubular structures that better mimic native vessels and ducts in the body. The 3-D bioprinting technique allows fine-tuning of the printed tissues’ properties, such as number of layers and ability to transport nutrients. These more complex tissues offer potentially viable replacements […]

Deep Learning Attacks Joint Degeneration and Osteoarthritis: Musculoskeletal Imaging Research Published in ‘Radiology’

Sharmila Majumdar | Via University of California, San Francisco | August 23, 2018

Deep learning has become a powerful tool in radiology in recent years. Researchers at the UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging have started using deep learning methods to characterize joint degeneration and osteoarthritis, which will ultimately reduce the number of total joint replacements. In a recent paper published in Radiology (PubMed) they […]

Cleavage of the leptin receptor by matrix metalloproteinase–2 promotes leptin resistance and obesity in mice

Geert Schmid-Schoenbein | Via AAAS | August 22, 2018

R. Mazor, D. Friedmann-Morvinski, T. Alsaigh, O. Kleifeld, E. B. Kistler, L. Rousso-Noori, C. Huang, J. B. Li, I. M. Verma, G. W. Schmid-Schönbein Restoring leptin’s effects in obesity Obesity is the most common metabolic disease in the developed world. Although obese individuals have increased plasma concentrations of the anorexigenic hormone leptin, they are refractory […]

Dean Loboa named vice chancellor for Strategic Partnerships

Elizabeth Loboa | Via University of Missouri | August 22, 2018

University of Missouri Chancellor Alexander Cartwright appointed MU Engineering Dean Elizabeth Loboa as the vice chancellor for Strategic Partnerships during his campus address on Wednesday. She will hold the position in addition to her duties as dean. In this dual role, Loboa will be the primary MU contact for the UM System Precision Medicine Initiative, […]

Michele Grimm earns Fellow status from Biomedical Engineering Society

Michele Grimm | Via Wayne State University | August 21, 2018

The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) has elected Michele Grimm, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Wayne State University, to the BMES Class of 2018 Fellows, a distinguished group of biomedical engineers who demonstrate exceptional achievements and experience in the field as well as a history of active membership in the Society. The Class of 2018 […]