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Novel Immunotherapy Developed by City of Hope Could Provide New Treatment Model for SARS-CoV-2 Patients

Michael Caligiuri | Via BioSpace | May 20, 2022

City of Hope researchers have engineered an immunotherapy using natural killer cells with a specific molecule that can target the SARS-CoV-2 virus’ spike protein, providing a novel therapeutic pathway for the treatment of COVID-19 and other infections that include the spike protein, according to a study published in Nature Communications. The research adds to City […]

Ameer Wins 2022 Bioactive Materials Lifetime Achievement Award

Guillermo Ameer | Via Northwestern University | May 16, 2022

Northwestern Engineering’s Guillermo A. Ameer has been named the 2022 Bioactive Materials Lifetime Achievement Award winner by the Bioactive Materials academic journal. Established in 2021, the annual Bioactive Materials Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes excellence in research and development in the field of bioactive materials. The award is presented to a person judged to have demonstrated […]

How the Brain Tells Apart Important and Unimportant Sensations

Lee E. Miller | Via Scientific American | May 16, 2022

Imagine you are playing the guitar. You’re seated, supporting the instrument’s weight across your lap. One hand strums; the other presses strings against the guitar’s neck to play chords. Your vision tracks sheet music on a page, and your hearing lets you listen to the sound. In addition, two other senses make playing this instrument […]

Study estimates effectiveness of 2-dose and 3-dose mRNA vaccination against Omicron

Delphine Dean | Via News-Medical.Net | May 12, 2022

In a recent study posted to the medRxiv* preprint server, researchers estimated the efficacy of two-dose and three-dose regimens of two messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) vaccines: Moderna’s mRNA-1273 and Pfizer-BioNTech’s BNT162b2 against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused due to the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Omicron variant. Omicron (B.1.1529) has demonstrated higher infectivity […]

Breakthrough tech enables seizure localization in minutes

Bin He | Via Carnegie Mellon University | May 11, 2022

Fresh techniques to aid seizure diagnosis and surgical planning stand to benefit millions of epilepsy patients, but the path to progress has been slow and challenging. New research from Carnegie Mellon University’s Bin He and his team, in partnership with UPMC and Harvard Medical School, introduces a novel network analysis technology that uses minimally invasive […]

Expanding the Oval and Opening Doors: The Inauguration of Olin President Gilda Barabino

Gilda Barabino | Via Olin College | May 9, 2022

On May 5, 2022, Olin College celebrated a milestone event two years in the making—the long-awaited and much celebrated inauguration of its second president and first Black woman president, Dr. Gilda A. Barabino. Joined by delegates, trustees, students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents and guests from far and wide, the Olin Community gathered on a perfect […]

New Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Education

Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert | Via UW Medicine | May 6, 2022

On July 1, Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert, PhD, will join UW Medicine as the new vice dean for Research and Graduate Education. She succeeds John Slattery, PhD, who is retiring after holding the position since 2005. Her husband, Don Elbert, PhD, will also join UW Medicine as an associate professor in the Department of Neurology. “I am […]

Alyssa Panitch Chosen as Chair of Coulter BME

Alyssa Panitch | Via Georgia Tech | May 3, 2022

Alyssa Panitch, Edward Teller Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Davis, has been selected as the new chair of the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University. Panitch currently serves as executive associate dean of academic personnel and planning in the College of […]

Repairing Tendons with Silk Proteins

Ali Khademhosseini | Via Terasaki Institute | May 3, 2022

Just mentioning a ruptured Achilles tendon would make anyone wince. Tendon injuries are well known for their lengthy, difficult and often incomplete healing processes. Sudden or repetitive motion, experienced by athletes and factory workers, for example, increases the risk of tears or ruptures in the tendons; thirty percent of all people will have a tendon […]

Seven UChicago scholars elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2022

Raphael Lee | Via University of Chicago | April 29, 2022

Seven members of the University of Chicago faculty have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies. They include Profs. Christopher R. Berry, Raphael C. Lee, Peter B. Littlewood, Richard Neer, Sianne Ngai and Esteban Rossi-Hansberg, and Prof. Emerita Wadad Kadi. These scholars […]

Marijuana linked to heart disease; supplement may mitigate risk, researchers report

Joseph Wu | Via Stanford Medicine | April 29, 2022

People who use marijuana have an increased risk of heart disease and heart attack, according to a large study led by researchers at Stanford Medicine. The study also showed that the psychoactive component of the drug, known as THC, causes inflammation in endothelial cells that line the interior of blood vessels, as well as atherosclerosis […]

Sweat Sensor Makes Big Strides in Detecting Infection Indicators

Shalini Prasad | Via University of Texas at Dallas | April 29, 2022

University of Texas at Dallas bioengineers in collaboration with EnLiSense LLC have designed a wearable sensor that can detect two key biomarkers of infection in human sweat, a significant step toward making it possible for users to receive early warnings of infections such as COVID-19 and influenza. The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer […]

Plug-and-play organ-on-a-chip can be customized to the patient

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic | Via Science Daily | April 27, 2022

Engineered tissues have become a critical component for modeling diseases and testing the efficacy and safety of drugs in a human context. A major challenge for researchers has been how to model body functions and systemic diseases with multiple engineered tissues that can physiologically communicate — just like they do in the body. However, it […]

Plastic-eating Enzyme Could Eliminate Billions of Tons of Landfill Waste

Hal Alper | Via University of Texas at Austin | April 27, 2022

An enzyme variant created by engineers and scientists at The University of Texas at Austin can break down environment-throttling plastics that typically take centuries to degrade in just a matter of hours to days. This discovery, published today in Nature, could help solve one of the world’s most pressing environmental problems: what to do with […]

Can a blood test help diagnose skin cancer?

Sunitha Nagrath | Via EurekAlert | April 20, 2022

New research in Advanced NanoBiomed Research indicates that testing an individual’s blood can reveal the presence of circulating melanoma cells. Such tests may allow patients to forego invasive skin biopsies to determine whether they have skin cancer. The test uses what’s called the Melanoma-specific OncoBean platform conjugated with melanoma-specific antibodies. Investigators at the University of […]

Flexible Printable Electrical Patches for Accelerated Wound Healing

Ali Khademhosseini | Via Terasaki Institute | April 19, 2022

There are myriad ways in which people can experience physical wounds – from minor scrapes and abrasions to the effects of surgery, critical injuries, burns and other major traumas. The healing process for these wounds can also vary among individuals and may be adversely affected by underlying health conditions such as vascular insufficiencies, diabetes, obesity […]

Tumors partially destroyed with sound don’t come back

Zhen Xu | Via University of Michigan | April 18, 2022

Noninvasive sound technology developed at the University of Michigan breaks down liver tumors in rats, kills cancer cells and spurs the immune system to prevent further spread—an advance that could lead to improved cancer outcomes in humans. By destroying only 50% to 75% of liver tumor volume, the rats’ immune systems were able to clear […]

Rensselaer Professor Jonathan Dordick and Collaborators Work To Develop Nasal Spray To Combat COVID-19 and Other Respiratory Infections

Jonathan Dordick | Via Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute | April 12, 2022

Rensselaer Professor Jonathan Dordick and collaborators from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Albany Medical College have been awarded $500,000 from the New York State Biodefense Commercialization Fund to engage in research for the development of a Pentosan Polysulfate (PPS)-based nasal spray to block COVID-19. “Despite advances in both therapeutics and vaccines for COVID-19, there remains a […]

Engineered bacteria could help protect “good” gut microbes from antibiotics

James Collins | Via MIT | April 11, 2022

Antibiotics are life-saving drugs, but they can also harm the beneficial microbes that live in the human gut. Following antibiotic treatment, some patients are at risk of developing inflammation or opportunistic infections such as Clostridiodes difficile. Indiscriminate use of antibiotics on gut microbes can also contribute to the spread of resistance to the drugs. In […]

Innovative Therapy that “Tricks” and Destroys Cancer Cells Advances to Clinical Trial

Kathleen Schmainda | Via PR Newswire | April 8, 2022

A novel therapy studied at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Cancer Center has led to a clinical trial for the treatment of glioblastoma, a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer, yet the most common primary brain tumor in adults. Despite decades of research globally, only incremental gains have been made to extend or […]