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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 […]

UK Receives Multi-million Dollar Grant to Help Reduce Reliance on Imported Oil

Sue Nokes | Via UK Now | March 6, 2011

The University of Kentucky has received a $6.9 million federal grant to help reduce America’s reliance on imported oil, one of eight awards issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy. As part of the Obama Administration’s comprehensive plan to address rising gas prices, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and […]

Empower Employees to Boost Productivity

David Hankin | Via Smart Business | March 2, 2011

David Hankin could pass for an entertainment executive as he sits in the courtyard of The Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel. Donning a sleek suit and squinting into the sun, he cracks jokes about which doctor he might portray on TV. And when you hear his mantra, you’ll really think Hollywood. “You have to take care of […]

Biodegradable Biomaterial Platform Technology for Human Body Repair

Chih-Chang Chu | Via Cornell University CCTEC | March 1, 2011

Dr. Chih-Chang “C.C.” Chu, the Rebecca Q. Morgan ’60 Professor of Fiber Science at Cornell University, has developed many technologies with new biomaterials. His research includes the design and synthesis of biodegradable polymeric biomaterials for wound healing/closure, tissue regeneration, vascular grafts, heart valves, artificial skins, bone regeneration, infection control, drug control/release, DNA carriers for gene […]

Call It a Reversible Coma, Not Sleep

Emery Brown | Via New York Times | February 28, 2011

Dr. Emery Neal Brown, 54,  is a professor of anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School, a professor of computational neuroscience at M.I.T. and  a practicing physician, seeing patients at Massachusetts General Hospital. Between all that, he heads a laboratory seeking to unravel one of medicine’s big questions: how anesthesia works. We spoke for three hours last […]

UCSF Collaborates with Zcube to Develop New Ways to Deliver Drugs

Tejal Desai | Via UC San Francisco | February 28, 2011

A pill filled with microscopic, drug-laden adhesive patches is at the center of an agreement between UCSF and Zcube srl, the research corporate venture arm of Italian pharmaceutical leader Zambon Co., SpA, to license UCSF-developed microtechnology and support early research into new ways to deliver oral medications directly to a targeted site in the body. […]

February Awards: Four School of Medicine Faculty Named AAAS Fellows

James Anderson | Via Case Western Reserve University | February 28, 2011

Four School of Medicine faculty members have been named Fellows of the prestigious American Association of for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). They are: Jerry Silver PhD, professor of neurosciences; James M. Anderson, professor of pathology, macromolecular science, and biomedical engineering, and a pathologist at University Hospitals Case Medical Center; Qing K. Wang, PhD, professor […]

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 […]