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Dean Lutchen Elected President of National Biomedical Engineering Institute

Kenneth Lutchen | Via Boston University | February 24, 2011

College of Engineering Dean Kenneth R. Lutchen was elected president of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) at the group’s annual meeting in Washington, DC, on Feb. 22. Dean Lutchen will lead the non-profit organization’s mission to advance public understanding of medical and biological engineering, and honor significant achievements in the field. […]

Nanoparticles May Enhance Circulating Tumor Cell Detection

Shuming Nie | Via Emory University | February 10, 2011

Tiny gold particles can help doctors detect tumor cells circulating in the blood of patients with head and neck cancer, researchers at Emory and Georgia Tech have found. The detection of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) is an emerging technique that can allow oncologists to monitor patients with cancer for metastasis or to evaluate the progress […]

John Gore Elected to National Academy of Engineering

John Gore | Via Vanderbilt School of Engineering | February 9, 2011

John C. Gore, Hertha Ramsey Cress University Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences at Vanderbilt University and professor of biomedical engineering, has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering for his contributions to the development and applications of magnetic resonance and other imaging techniques in medicine. Gore is the director of […]

5 Researchers Given Technology Development Grants

Gregory N. Tew | Via University of Massachusetts | February 8, 2011

Five campus researchers been awarded $25,000 grants from the university”s Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property (CVIP) Technology Development Fund. Chemical engineers George Huber and Geoff Tompsett, polymer scientist Gregory Tew, computer scientist Kevin Fu and T.J. “Lakis” Mountziaris of the UMass NanoMedicine Institute will receive the grants to advance commercial development of leading-edge technologies based […]

Building Tissues From Scratch

Jennifer Elisseeff | Via John Hopkins Medicine | February 1, 2011

Facing a limited supply of donor tissues and organs, scientists seek to grow their own using stem cells and biodegradable materials. Cornea transplantation is the most common transplant procedure. In the United States alone, surgeons perform 40,000 of the operations each year. Corneal tissue, however, is in tight supply in this country, and worldwide there […]

Pitt Researchers Grow Arteries With Highest Level of Elastic Protein Reported, Important Step for Living Vascular Transplants

Yadong Wang | Via University of Pittsburgh News | January 31, 2011

University of Pittsburgh researchers have grown arteries that exhibit the elasticity of natural blood vessels at the highest levels reported, a development that could overcome a major barrier to creating living-tissue replacements for damaged arteries, the team reports in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The team used smooth muscle cells from adult […]

Bioengineers among UC San Diego Researchers Awarded CIRM Grants in Support of Innovative Technologies

Shu Chien | Via UC San Diego | January 28, 2011

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has awarded three grants totaling nearly $5.8 million to researchers at the University of California, San Diego – including bioengineering professors Shu Chien and Shyni Varghese — for development of innovative technologies designed to advance translational stem cell research. The grants are part of $32 million in Tools […]

Universal Solvent No Match for New Self-Healing Sticky Gel

Ka Yee Christina Lee | Via University of Chicago News | January 27, 2011

Scientists can now manufacture a synthetic version of the self-healing sticky substance that mussels use to anchor themselves to rocks in pounding ocean surf and surging tidal basins. A patent is pending on the substance, whose potential applications include use as an adhesive or coating for underwater machinery or in biomedical settings as a surgical […]

US, UK Join Forces for Nano Safety

Vicki Colvin | Via Rice University | January 27, 2011

Environmental and scientific agencies in the United States and the United Kingdom have formed a joint $5 million scientific effort to develop new risk-management tools that government officials can use to effectively regulate nanomaterials. The Nanomaterial Bioavailability and Environmental Exposure (Nano-BEE) Consortia includes investigators from three universities each in the U.S. and the U.K. “Regulators […]

Prof. Ding Edits Book on The Dynamic Brain

Mingzhou Ding | Via UF Biomedical Engineering | January 26, 2011

UF BME Professor Mingzhou Ding has edited a newly published book, The Dynamic Brain, by Oxford Press. His co-editor is Dr. Dennis Glanzman, the Program Chief of the Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience Program at the National Institute of Mental Health. This carefully edited volume, with contributions from leading researchers around the world, is the first […]

Prof. Guo Leads Bone Strength Study

Edward Guo | Via Columbia Biomedical Engineering | January 24, 2011

Biomedical Engineering Professor X. Edward Guo is part of a team of researchers that has produced a study finding that pre-menopausal Chinese-American women have far greater bone strength than their Caucasian counterparts, as determined by a breakthrough technological advance.

Medtronic Seeks Ideas with New Web Portal

Michael Hess | Via Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal | January 21, 2011

If you’re a physician or inventor who’s dreamed up the next big innovation in medical technology, Medtronic Inc. wants to hear from you. The medical device giant has launched an online idea portal, called Innovate with Medtronic, that allows individuals to submit product proposals to the company via a website. Overall, the idea-portal concept isn’t […]

Columbia Study Finds That Chinese-American Women Have Greater Bone Strength Than Caucasian Women

Edward Guo | Via Columbia Engineering | January 15, 2011

A team of researchers at Columbia Engineering and Columbia University Medical Center announced today the results of the first study comparing bone structure in Chinese-American women to Caucasian women. The report, just presented at the Orthopaedic Research Society’s annual meeting at Long Beach, CA, found that pre-menopausal Chinese-American women have far greater bone strength than […]

Two Engineering Professors Honored by AAAS Scientific Society

John Gore | Via Vanderbilt School of Engineering | January 13, 2011

John Gore and John Wikswo are among seven Vanderbilt University faculty members elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor bestowed upon them by their AAAS peers. They are among 503 AAAS members from around the country who achieved this honor because of their distinguished efforts to advance science […]

Eight UC San Diego Professors Named New AAAS Fellows

Bernhard Palsson | Via UC San Diego News Center | January 11, 2011

Eight professors at the University of California, San Diego have been named new Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. Philip E. Bourne, Xiang-Dong Fu, Kun-Liang Guan, Yishi Jin, Peter J. Novick, Bernhard Palsson and Kang Zhang were among 503 AAAS members selected by colleagues […]

Frances Arnold, 2011 National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Frances Arnold | Via National Science & Technology Medals Foundation | January 10, 2011

For pioneering research on biofuels and chemicals that could lead to the replacement of pollution-generating materials. Frances Arnold has never cared much for ‘tradition.’ As a high schooler, she moved into her own apartment and paid the bills as a waitress and cab driver. As a chemical engineer and biochemist, she has found a groundbreaking […]

Giving Children with Physical Challenges the Tools to Speak Out

Tom Chau | Via University of Toronto Engineering | January 7, 2011

Professor Tom Chau (EngSci 9T2) of the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering has been chosen as one of 25 Transformational Canadians. The Globe and Mail’s Transformational Canadians program celebrates 25 living citizens who have made a difference by immeasurably improving the lives of others. Over several weeks this past autumn, a panel of six […]

Researchers Investigate Why a Limited Number of White Blood Cells Are Attracted to Injured Tissue

Richard Waugh | Via University of Rochester | January 6, 2011

As any weekend warrior knows, an errant elbow or a missed ball can put a crimp in an afternoon of fun. The bruising and swelling are painfully obvious, but the processes occurring under the skin remain full of mystery. What is known is that leukocytes, or white blood cells, mobilize to protect injured body tissue […]

Software for Programming Microbes

Christopher A. Voigt | Via MIT Technology Review | January 5, 2011

Genetically modified microbes could perform many useful jobs, from making biofuels and drugs, to cleaning up toxic waste. But designing the complex biochemical pathways inside such microbes is a time-consuming process of trial and error. Christopher Voigt, an associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco, hopes to change that with software that automates […]

Detecting Esophageal Cancer with Light

Adam P. Wax | Via Duke Today | January 4, 2011

A tiny light source and sensors at the end of an endoscope may provide a more accurate way to identify pre-cancerous cells in the lining of the esophagus. Developed by biomedical engineers at Duke University and successfully tested on patients during a clinical trial at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the device […]