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Cancer Center Imaging Researcher Receives Two International Awards

Harrison Barrett | Via University of Arizona | September 16, 2011

Harrison H. Barrett, PhD, Regents’ Professor of optical sciences and professor of radiology at the University of Arizona and University of Arizona Cancer Center member has received recognition from two international professional organizations. Dr. Barrett has been honored with the SPIE 2011 Gold Medal, and the IEEE Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology. The Gold […]

Coulter Foundation Awards Pitt $3.54 Million for Translational Bioengineering

Pratap Khanwilkar | Via University of Pittsburgh News | September 16, 2011

The Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh has received a $3.54 million grant from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. Pitt is one of only five universities nationwide to receive the foundation’s Coulter Translational Partnership II Award; the five-year grant to the Swanson School’s Department of Bioengineering will fund research that employs engineering […]

George Church on the Future of Stem Cells

George M. Church | Via MIT Technology Review | September 14, 2011

Q&A with the Harvard geneticist. Earlier this year, I had breakfast with George Church, professor of genetics and director of the Center for Computational Genetics at Harvard Medical School. (Click here to read my profile of Church in the New York Times.) A pioneer in developing DNA sequencing technologies, and in researching everything from epigenetics […]

Professors Agrawal and Ramkrishna Elected Foreign Fellows of the Indian National Academy of Engineering

Doraiswami Ramkrishna | Via Purdue Engineering | September 9, 2011

Rakesh Agrawal, the Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Doraiswami Ramkrishna, the Harry Creighton Peffer Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, have been elected as Foreign Fellows of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.

Pratt Team Receives Grant for HIV Treatment ‘Pouch’

Robert Malkin | Via Duke Chronicle | September 6, 2011

Thousands of lives may soon be saved through an action as simple as tearing open a packet of ketchup. Over the past three years, researchers at the Pratt School of Engineering have developed a small foil packet, called a “Pratt pouch,” that holds single drug doses to give to newborn babies of HIV-positive mothers—significantly reducing […]

Lin Uses Imaging Technology to Chart Brain Development

Weili Lin | Via UNC Gazette | September 2, 2011

Few people can say they have turned their favorite childhood hobby into a career. But Weili Lin still spends his days taking pictures, just as he did as a kid. Only now, the images he captures are of the developing brain, not rocks and dragonflies. Lin, director of the Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC), uses […]

Glowing, Blinking Bacteria Reveal How Cells Synchronize Biological Clocks

Jeff Hasty | Via UC San Diego News Center | September 1, 2011

Biologists have long known that organisms from bacteria to humans use the 24 hour cycle of light and darkness to set their biological clocks. But exactly how these clocks are synchronized at the molecular level to perform the interactions within a population of cells that depend on the precise timing of circadian rhythms is less […]

Making Good

Kenneth Lutchen | Via Bostonia | September 1, 2011

First, Ken Lutchen gave engineering students a more meaningful education. Now he wants them to have more meaningful lives. What works in a lab doesn’t always work in the field. That’s lesson number one Amy Canham brought back from Zambia when she went to the African nation two years ago to figure out the best […]

Violence of the Lambs

Barbara Oakley | Via Times Higher Education | September 1, 2011

Polyglot polymath and scholar Barbara Oakley takes a incisive look at the cult of the victim. Matthew Reisz reports When the National Enquirer reported on a Utah trial in April 2007 under the lurid headline “Woman Marries for Love – THEN KILLS FOR SURVIVAL”, it seemed to be exactly what Barbara Oakley was looking for. […]

Game Change: On the Verge of a Revolution

Sylvia K. Plevritis | Via Stanford Medicine | September 1, 2011

Sylvia Plevritis was excited. It was December 2003, and she had just learned that the National Cancer Institute was offering millions of dollars to researchers in a variety of non-biological fields to study how cancerous tumors behave and grow. She told her boss, Gary Glazer, MD, chair of Stanford’s radiology department, “This is my Christmas […]

Grant Bolsters Liver Tumor Surgery Techniques

Michael I. Miga | Via Vanderbilt University Engineering | August 29, 2011

A team led by Vanderbilt University biomedical engineer Michael Miga, Ph.D., has been awarded a five-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to enhance image-guided surgery techniques for safely removing liver tumors. While aggressive surgery is a highly effective treatment, it risks injury to the liver, which can lead to post-operative liver failure. […]

Champions in Health Care: Jeffrey Karp, Innovator

Jeffrey Karp | Via Boston Business Journal | August 26, 2011

Although Jeffrey Karp knew from childhood that he wanted to be a medical man, it was almost pure chance that led him to the field of bioengineering. “While studying for an exam in a coffee shop, I overheard some colleagues discussing tissue engineered organs, drug delivery and ‘artificial blood substitutes,” said Karp, now co-director of […]

Engineering New Weapons in the Fight Against Juvenile Diabetes

B. Wayne Bequette | Via Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute | August 26, 2011

Engineering researchers at Rensselaer are combining automation techniques from oil refining and other diverse areas to help create a closed-loop artificial pancreas. The device will automatically monitor blood sugar levels and administer insulin to patients with Type 1 diabetes, and aims to remove much of the guesswork for those living with the chronic disease. For […]

KU Researchers Work to Increase Durability of Newer Dental Fillings

Paulette Spencer | Via University of Kansas News | August 23, 2011

A team of researchers at the University of Kansas is hoping to curb tooth decay – while saving dental patients thousands of dollars – by working to improve the material used by dentists to fill cavities. Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Bioengineering Research Center Paulette Spencer and Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical […]

Profs. Konofagou & Carloni Receive National Honors

Elisa E. Konofagou | Via Columbia University Engineering | August 18, 2011

Two Columbia Engineering professors are among the 85 nationwide selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 17th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium next month in California.   The NAE selected Elisa Konofagou, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and radiology, and Luca Carloni, associate professor of computer science, from among the […]

Mimicking Biological Complexity, in a Tiny Particle

Ali Khademhosseini | Via Massachusetts Institute of Technology | August 15, 2011

Tiny particles made of polymers hold great promise for targeted delivery of drugs and as structural scaffolds for building artificial tissues. However, current production methods for such microparticles yield a limited array of shapes and can only be made with certain materials, restricting their usefulness. In an advance that could broadly expand the possible applications […]

UNC Scientist to Partner on Nanoparticle Vaccine for Prostate Cancer

Joseph DeSimone | Via UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center | August 15, 2011

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researcher Joseph DeSimone, PhD, will partner with scientists at two universities and a local biotechnology company to develop a nanoparticle vaccine for prostate cancer. The Prostate Cancer Foundation awarded the UNC-Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard-Johns Hopkins-Liquidia Technologies consortium a Challenge Award of $1 million, one of ten such […]

Seeking a Safer Future for Electricity’s Coal Ash Waste

Sudipta Seal | Via National Geographic Daily News | August 15, 2011

People don’t usually see the ash left over from the electricity that’s burned when they turn on their lights or run their air conditioners. But at coal power plants, fly ash builds up every day, laced with heavy metals and toxins—one of the most difficult waste-management issues in the developed world. In the United States, […]

Emery N. Brown, MD, PhD Receives the 2011 Jerome Sacks Award for Cross-Disciplinary Research

Emery Brown | Via National Institute of Statistical Sciences | August 10, 2011

The National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) has presented the 2011 Jerome Sacks Award for Cross-Disciplinary Research to Dr. Emery N. Brown of MIT and Harvard. Susan Ellenberg, chair of the Board of Trustees, announced the award at the 2011 Joint Statistical Meetings in Miami, Florida. The annual award, named in honor of Jerome (Jerry) […]

Teaming Up to Build 3-D Nanomaterials: Research Team Led by Prof. Dai Wins $7+ million Research Grant

Liming Dai | Via Case Western Reserve University | August 9, 2011

A national team of experts, led by a Case Western Reserve University researcher, has received a multi-million-dollar grant to bring unrivaled qualities found in one- and two-dimensional nanomaterials into three dimensions. The scientists’ goal is to produce new materials for a host of uses, ranging from high-efficiency batteries, ultracapacitors, fuel cells and hydrogen storage devices […]