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Donald Ingber on the Serendipity of Science

Donald Ingber | Via PopTech | April 27, 2011

It may have been serendipity. While Donald Ingber was enrolled in an undergraduate sculpture course, he was also learning how to culture cells in a biology class, which led him to an unexpected breakthrough in comprehending cellular construction. It’s that same kind of chance that Ingber hopes will infiltrate Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically […]

Controlling Prosthetic Limbs with Electrode Arrays

Ravi Bellamkonda | Via MIT Technology Review | April 25, 2011

A new nerve-cell-support design could give amputees better control over prosthetic limbs. To design prosthetic limbs with motor control and a sense of touch, researchers have been looking at ways to connect electrodes to nerve endings on the arm or leg and then to translate signals from those nerves into electrical instructions for moving the […]

‘DNAsomes’ Can Deliver Multiple Drugs or Genetic Therapy

Dan Luo | Via Cornell Chronicle | April 21, 2011

DNA isn’t just for genetics anymore. Cornell researchers are using synthetic DNA to make nanoparticles, dubbed DNAsomes, that can deliver drugs and genetic therapy to the insides of cells. Dan Luo, professor of biological and environmental engineering, and colleagues report their work in the Jan. 3 issue of the journal Small. DNAsomes, Luo said, can […]

Rice Wins $1.2 Million for Heart-Valve Tissue Research

Jane Grande-Allen | Via Rice University News | April 21, 2011

A team of bioengineers from Rice University is bringing a promising new strategy for growing replacement heart valves closer to reality, thanks to a four-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The team hopes to use gel-like materials to generate three-dimensional patterns called scaffolds that can simultaneously mimic the complex structural and […]

Akay Delivers Keynote Address at Middle East Conference on Biomedical Engineering

Metin Akay | Via University of Houston | April 19, 2011

Metin Akay, chair of the Cullen College’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, recently served as a keynote speaker at the first Middle East Conference on Biomedical Engineering.

Healy Wins Clemson Award

Kevin Healy | Via UC Berkeley Bioengineering | April 15, 2011

Bioengineering and Materials Science & Engineering Professor Kevin Healy was awarded the 2011 Clemson Award for Basic Research from the Society for Biomaterials. Healy was honored for contributions to the basic knowledge and understanding of the interaction of materials with tissue, evidenced by significant research, important original publications in the literature and/or frequent reference to […]

Virtual Child to Help Crash Safety: Ford is Developing a Digital Child Crash Test Dummy with Lifelike Internals

Stephen Rouhana | Via GoAuto | April 4, 2011

The quest to further improve the quality of crash testing has led the Ford Motor Company to begin development of a ‘virtual’ child to use as a crash test dummy in simulated accidents. Ford claims it is one of the first research projects to build a digital human model of a child with more lifelike […]

Pitt Bioengineer Wins One of Field’s Most Prestigious Prizes and Pitt Composer Honored With Two Commissions For New Work

David Vorp | Via University of Pittsburgh News | April 1, 2011

Behind the larger stories about the University of Pittsburgh are other stories of faculty, staff, and student achievement as well as information on Pitt programs reaching new levels of success. The following is a compilation of some of those stories. Pitt Professor’s Contributions to Bioengineering Recognized With Prestigious 2011 Van C. Mow Medal, the Only […]

Ford “Virtual Child” Looks To Keep Kids Safer In Cars

Stephen Rouhana | Via CBS Detroit | March 31, 2011

Ford is developing what it calls the “virtual child,” in an attempt to learn very specifically how a child’s body reacts to the type of stresses put on it during a crash. “This virtual child will allow us to better understand how a real human interacts with a restraint system,” says Dr. Steve Rouhana, Ford’s […]

Dr. Gerard L. Cote Awarded 2011 Distinguished Achievement Award

Gerard Cote | Via TAMU Department of Biomedical Engineering | March 29, 2011

Dr. Gerard L. Coté, Charles H. & Bettye Barclay Professor and Head of Biomedical Engineering was awarded a 2011 Distinguished Achievement Award in the category of Research given by the Association of Former Students and Texas A&M University.

Cheap Fuel Cell Catalyst Made Easy

Liming Dai | Via Case Western Reserve University | March 22, 2011

Catalysts made of carbon nanotubes dipped in a polymer solution equal the energy output and otherwise outperform platinum catalysts in fuel cells, a team of Case Western Reserve University engineers has found. The researchers are certain that they’ll be able to boost the power output and maintain the other advantages by matching the best nanotube […]

Role of Intermolecular Charge Transfer Promises Efficient Metal-Free Catalysts

Liming Dai | Via Nanowerk | March 21, 2011

The efficiency of catalyzing the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) – the process that breaks the bonds of oxygen molecules – to a large degree determines the electrochemical performance of fuel cells. Platinum and platinum-based composites have long been considered as the most efficient ORR catalysts. Platinum’s drawback, besides its high cost, has been its lack […]

A Better Way to Heal Broken Bones

John Fisher | Via UMD Bioengineering | March 17, 2011

Your own stem cells could one day be quickly and efficiently cultured into new bone and tissue used to heal a serious injury, thanks to advances in the development of a device designed in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering (BioE) at the Clark School. A paper about the device, “Tubular Perfusion System for the Long […]

New Blood Analysis Chip Could Lead to Disease Diagnosis in Minutes

Luke Lee | Via UC Berkeley | March 16, 2011

A major milestone in microfluidics could soon lead to stand-alone, self-powered chips that can diagnose diseases within minutes. The device, developed by an international team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, Dublin City University in Ireland and Universidad de Valparaíso Chile, is able to process whole blood samples without the use of external […]

Five Named UB Distinguished Professors

Robert Baier | Via University at Buffalo | March 10, 2011

Five faculty members representing dentistry, medicine and the social sciences have been named University at Buffalo Distinguished Professors for 2011. The appointments are effective Sept. 1. The UB Distinguished Professor designation — not to be confused with the State University of New York Distinguished Professor designation, a rank above that of full professor awarded by […]

UTSA Engineering Dean C. Mauli Agrawal Reappointed to Texas Emerging Technology Fund Advisory Board

C. Mauli Agrawal | Via University of Texas at San Antonio | March 9, 2011

C. Mauli Agrawal, the UTSA David and Jennifer Spencer Distinguished Chair for the Dean of Engineering and Peter Flawn Professor in Biomedical Engineering, has been appointed to a second two-year term on the advisory board of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (ETF). Agrawal’s new term will expire Aug. 31, 2012. "At the recommendation of Governor […]

First-of-its-kind Study Shows Benefits of Electrical Stimulation Therapy for People Paralyzed by Spinal Cord Injury

Milos Popovic | Via University of Toronto | March 8, 2011

A new treatment approach which uses tiny bursts of electricity to reawaken paralyzed muscles “significantly” reduced disability and improved grasping in people with incomplete spinal cord injuries, beyond the effects of standard therapy, newly published research shows. In a study published online in the journal Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, Toronto researchers report that functional electrical […]

Matthew Tirrell Named Founding Director of Institute for Molecular Engineering

Matthew Tirrell | Via UChicago News | March 7, 2011

Matthew Tirrell, a pioneering researcher in the fields of biomolecular engineering and nanotechnology, has been appointed founding Pritzker Director of the University of Chicago’s new Institute for Molecular Engineering, effective July 1. The institute, created in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, will explore innovative technologies that address fundamental societal problems through modern advances in nanoscale […]