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Knothe Tate Wins Life Sciences Award

Melissa Knothe Tate | Via Case School of Engineering | July 11, 2011

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce awarded Melissa Knothe Tate, professor of biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering, a $25,000 Chairmen’s Distinguished Life Sciences Scientist Award. Knothe Tate is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of orthopaedic mechanobiology as well as the development and clinical translation of novel technologies and […]

Transforming Drug Delivery

Ellis Meng | Via University of Southern California Engineering | July 10, 2011

Ellis Meng, an associate professor of biomedical and electrical engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, stands at the bold crossroads of medical research. She seeks new ways to deliver and monitor drugs for patients through nanotechnology and wireless communication. Through a grant from the U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) […]

Federal Grant to Advance Imaging for Primary Care Physicians

Stephen A. Boppart | Via University of Illinois Engineering | July 5, 2011

The National Institutes of Health has awarded bioengineering professor Stephen Boppart a $5 million grant for a bioengineering research partnership that will develop new handheld optical imaging technology for primary care providers. “The result of this – if successful, could really reduce our health care costs and streamline our delivery of health care,” Boppart said. […]

Putting Evolution to Work

George M. Church | Via Forbes | June 29, 2011

It is perhaps fitting that the new prototype of a machine Harvard Medical School geneticist George Church developed to “mass produce” new genes looks a little like a high-end stove. (Linked Photo courtesy of Marie Wu.)  “Cooking,” as one lab director once told me, is basically what lab researchers do. They cook with genes. The […]

Cheng Dong Named New Head of Bioengineering Department

Cheng Dong | Via Penn State News | June 27, 2011

Cheng Dong, distinguished professor of bioengineering, has been named the new head of Penn State’s Department of Bioengineering, effective Aug. 1. The major focus of Dong’s research is to elucidate biomechanical, biophysical and biochemical aspects of cellular function in the circulatory systems, with particular interest in cellular biomechanics, cell adhesion, cell migration, cell signaling, systems […]

New Technique Yields Troves of Information From Nanoscale Bone Samples

Deepak Vashishth | Via Rensselaer News | June 22, 2011

Engineering Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Have Developed New Process for the Microdissection and In-Depth Biochemical Analysis of Bone Tissue A new technique developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute allows researchers to collect large amounts of biochemical information from nanoscale bone samples. Along with adding important new insights into the fight against osteoporosis, this innovation opens […]

Robert Langer Wins Top Chemistry Award

Robert Langer | Via Massachusetts Institute of Technology | June 21, 2011

David H. Koch Institute Professor Robert S. Langer has been selected by the American Chemical Society (ACS) to receive the 2012 Priestley Medal, the society’s most prestigious prize, for his “distinguished services to chemistry.” Langer was honored for his “cutting-edge research that helped create the controlled-release drug industry and the field of tissue engineering,” according […]

Joseph M. DeSimone, Ph.D., Named 2011 Mendel Medalist

Joseph DeSimone | Via Villanova University | June 17, 2011

Joseph M. DeSimone, Ph.D., the Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, has been named the 2011 Mendel medalist. DeSimone also is an adjunct member at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. DeSimone […]

Restoring Memory, Repairing Damaged Brains

Theodore Berger | Via University of Southern California News | June 17, 2011

Scientists have developed a way to turn memories on and off – literally with the flip of a switch. Using an electronic system that duplicates the neural signals associated with memory, they managed to replicate the brain function in rats associated with long-term learned behavior, even when the rats had been drugged to forget. “Flip […]

Carnegie Mellon Engineering Professors Create World’s Smallest Fuel Cell Powered By Biology

Philip LeDuc | Via Carnegie Mellon University | June 17, 2011

Carnegie Mellon University’s Kelvin B. Gregory and Philip R. LeDuc have created the world’s smallest fuel cell powered by bacteria. Future versions of the biology-powered fuel cell could be used for self-powered sensing devices in remote locations where batteries are impractical, such as deep ocean or geological environments… …”Our biology-powered fuel cell could be less […]

Engineers Control the Environment to Direct Stem Cell Differentiation

Todd C. McDevitt | Via Georgia Tech News Center | June 16, 2011

New research presented on June 16, 2011 at the annual meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) shows that systematically controlling the local and global environments during stem cell development helps to effectively direct the process of differentiation. In the future, these findings could be used to develop manufacturing procedures for producing […]

Controlled Release Society Presents Mikos with 2011 College of Fellows Award

Antonios Mikos | Via Rice Bioengineering | June 14, 2011

Antonios G. Mikos has been selected for the Controlled Release Society’s (CRS) 2011 College of Fellows Award for his landmark contributions in material and drug delivery research that has brought about significant advances to the field of tissue engineering. The College of Fellows Award, the most prestigious level of membership of CRS, credits decades of […]

New Imaging Tech Promising for Diagnosing Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes

Ji-Xin Cheng | Via Purdue University | June 9, 2011

Researchers have developed a new type of imaging technology to diagnose cardiovascular disease and other disorders by measuring ultrasound signals from molecules exposed to a fast-pulsing laser. The new method could be used to take precise three-dimensional images of plaques lining arteries, said Ji-Xin Cheng, an associate professor of biomedical engineering and chemistry at Purdue […]

U of T Researchers Win $3.2 Million to Tackle Cancer, Other Health Challenges

Warren Chan | Via University of Toronto News | June 9, 2011

Seven U of T researchers have won a total of $3.2 million in grants from the collaborative health research projects program (CHRP). Minister of State (Science and Technology) Gary Goodyear was on campus June 9 to announce $15 million in funding for 17 universities across Canada. U of T researchers won 21 per cent of […]

Two Engineering Faculty Members Named Fellows with Renowned Science Group

Rena Bizios | Via University of Texas at San Antonio | June 6, 2011

Earlier this year, Sos Agaian, Peter T. Flawn Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Rena Bizios, Peter T. Flawn Professor of Biomedical Engineering, were inducted as fellows into the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an elected honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

UTSA and Southwest Research Institute to Collaborate on Biomedical Research

Rena Bizios | Via University of Texas at San Antonio | June 2, 2011

The UTSA Office of the Vice President for Research and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) announce an award of $200,000 in FY 2013 Connect program funding to UTSA Peter T. Flawn Professor of Biomedical Engineering Rena Bizios and SwRI Senior Research Scientists Vicky Poenitzsch and Xingguo Cheng for their collaborative research proposal, “Novel Scaffolds for Tendon-Ligament […]

Contact lenses: Look Into My Eyes

Daniel Kohane | Via The Economist | June 2, 2011

EYES can reveal an awful lot about somebody. Look into someone’s eyes and you can tell if he is happy or sad, truthful or insincere, sober or drunk. By peering deeper still, ophthalmologists are even able to gauge a person’s health, spotting far more than just conditions that affect the eye itself: hypertension and brain […]

Dangerous Side Effect of Common Drug Combination Discovered by Stanford Data Mining

Russ Altman | Via Stanford School of Medicine | May 25, 2011

A widely used combination of two common medications may cause unexpected increases in blood glucose levels, according to a study conducted at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University and Harvard Medical School. Researchers were surprised at the finding because neither of the two drugs — one, an antidepressant marketed as Paxil, and the […]

Beebe Elected Next Editor-in-Chief of IOVS Journal

David Beebe | Via ARVO | May 24, 2011

Members of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) have elected David Beebe, PhD, FARVO, the new editor-in-chief of the ARVO journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS). Beebe’s term will begin in January 2013, and he will serve as editor-in-chief for five years. He will replace current IOVS editor-in-chief Paul L. Kaufman, […]

Meaney Named the Solomon R. Pollack Professor of Bioengineering

David Meaney | Via Penn Engineering | May 24, 2011

Penn Engineering is pleased to announce David F. Meaney as the Solomon R. Pollack Professor of Bioengineering. Meaney joined the Penn Engineering faculty in 1993 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. His current research focuses on understanding […]