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Analyzing 3D Video Ultrasound of the Heart

Andrew Laine | Via Columbia Engineering | October 12, 2010

Heart disease is the nation’s leading cause of death. About 80 million Americans suffer from at least one form of cardiovascular disease, and each year about 900,000 people die from it. To understand stages of this disease, Andrew Laine and his team are analyzing real-time video 3-D ultrasounds of the heart. Ultrasound echoes are high-frequency […]

“SpectroPen” Could Aid Surgeons in Detecting Edges of Tumors

Shuming Nie | Via Georgia Tech News Center | October 11, 2010

Biomedical engineers are developing a hand-held device called a SpectroPen that could help surgeons see the edges of tumors in human patients in real time during surgery. Scientists at Emory University School of Medicine, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Pennsylvania described the device in an article published this week in the journal […]

Sanofi Pasteur Plans to Buy VaxDesign for $60 Million

William Warren | Via Orlando Business Journal | October 11, 2010

French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur plans to buy Orlando-based biotech company VaxDesign in a $60 million deal, which will bring the presence of a major international pharmaceutical company to Central Florida. In addition, VaxDesign plans to nearly double the size of its facility in the next three or four months and add another 17 high-wage […]

NIH Awards $2.2 Million Prostate-Cancer Research Grant to Riverside Research Institute Teamed With Focus Surgery, University College London Hospital, and Virginia Mason Medical Center

Ernest Feleppa | Via Market Wired | October 7, 2010

Industrial-Academic Partnership to Develop Advanced Ultrasonic Imaging Methods to Identify Cancerous Tissue During Focal Ultrasonic Treatment of Prostate Cancer The National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health has awarded a $2.2 million grant to an international team of researchers led by Riverside Research Institute to develop advanced ultrasound methods to reliably image prostate […]

NIH Awards $14.6M Translational Cardiovascular Nanomedicine Center

Gang Bao | Via Georgia Tech | October 4, 2010

Georgia Tech and Emory University have received a five-year $14.6 million contract from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue the development of nanotechnology and biomolecular engineering tools and methodologies for detecting and treating atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis typically occurs in branched or curved regions of arteries where plaques form because of cholesterol build-up. Inflammation can […]

Langer to receive National Academy of Engineering Award

Robert Langer | Via Massachusetts Institute of Technology | October 1, 2010

Institute Professor Robert Langer will receive the Founders Award from the National Academy of Engineering on Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Academy’s annual meeting. Langer was chosen for the honor for “the invention, development, and commercialization of methods and materials for drug delivery and tissue engineering, mentoring of young scientists, and the promotion of the […]

NIH Establishes Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center at Illinois

Rashid Bashir | Via University of Illinois ECE | October 1, 2010

A recently announced grant from the National Institutes of Health will establish a new M-CNTC: Midwest Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Funded by the NIH/NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer, the M-CNTC will serve as a regional hub, partnering with the Mayo Clinic, University of Illinois at Chicago, Washington […]

Judit Puskas: A Polymer Scientist Explores and Exploits the Heterogeneity of Natural Biopolymers

Judit Puskas | Via Nature Chemical Biology | October 1, 2010

There is often no better rallying cry for scientific inquiry than the expectation that a thing can’t be done. Judit Puskas learned this firsthand when she left her native Hungary and arrived at the University of Akron to study polymer synthesis as a postdoctoral associate with Joseph Kennedy. The lab was focused on rubber chemistry, […]

CMU’s Philip R. LeDuc Named to Board of Directors For National Biomedical Engineering Society

Philip LeDuc | Via Carnegie Mellon University | October 1, 2010

Carnegie Mellon University’s Philip R. LeDuc was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the national Biomedical Engineering Society ( "I am honored to be elected to this post as I continue to explore new ways to improve lifesaving research tools and promote the vast career opportunities available for biomedical engineers […]

Study Author ‘Confident’ Research Will Lead to New Methods of Diagnosing Osteoporosis

Deepak Vashishth | Via Arthritis Research UK | October 1, 2010

A new five-year study is likely to lead to the development of new ways of diagnosing osteoporosis and more effective drugs to combat the disease, it has been claimed. The research, which has been funded by the US National Institutes of Health, will be led by Deepak Vashishth, professor and head of the Department of Biomedical […]

Getting Bacteria to do a Plant’s Job

Gregory Stephanopoulos | Via MIT | September 30, 2010

Throughout human history, plants have been a source of potent medicines, including many cancer drugs discovered over the past few decades. However, it is quite difficult to discover such drugs and obtain them in large quantities from the plants or through chemical synthesis. MIT researchers and collaborators from Tufts University have now engineered E. coli […]

Purifying Proteins: Rensselaer Researchers Use NMR To Improve Drug Development

Steven Cramer | Via Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute | September 29, 2010

The purification of drug components is a large hurdle facing modern drug development. This is particularly true of drugs that utilize proteins, which are notoriously difficult to separate from other potentially deadly impurities. Scientists within the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to understand […]

Proteins To Yield New Clues in Fight Against Osteoporosis

Deepak Vashishth | Via Rensselaer News | September 29, 2010

A $1.76 million study at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute seeks to identify new methods of diagnosing osteoporosis and inform the development of next-generation drugs to treat the bone disease. The five-year study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), is led by Deepak Vashishth, professor and head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at […]

Microfluidic Sniffs Out Airborne Bio-Attacks and Hazards

Allen Northrup | Via Silicon Valley Business Journal | September 26, 2010

THE BUSINESS: Microfluidic Systems Inc. makes equipment used by the Department of Homeland Security to detect biological attacks. Its automated equipment detects specific biological samples in the air or in clinical samples, typically pathogens like bacteria and viruses such as the human papilloma virus, and H1N1 and other forms of the influenza virus. CUSTOMERS: In […]

Bacteria as Environmentally Friendly Nanoparticle Factories

Sang Yup Lee | Via Nanowerk | September 24, 2010

In nature, uni- and multicellular organisms are capable of reducing and accumulating metal ions as detoxification and homeostasis mechanisms when exposed to metal ion solutions. Although the exact mechanisms and identities of microbial proteins associated for metal nanoparticle synthesis are not clear, two cysteine-rich, heavy metal-binding biomolecules, phytochelatin and metallothionein have been relatively well characterized. […]

Top-Ranked ENG Algorithms Could Reveal New Cancer Drug Targets

Sandor Vajda | Via Boston University | September 22, 2010

An interdisciplinary team of College of Engineering faculty members—Professor Sandor Vajda and Research Assistant Professor Dima Kozakov (both BME), Professor Ioannis Paschalidis (ECE) and Associate Professor Pirooz Vakili (ME)—has developed a family of powerful optimization algorithms for predicting the structures of complexes that form when two cell proteins bond together—structures that, in some cases, generate […]

Giorgio Delivers Invited Talk at IEEE International Conference in Argentina

Todd D. Giorgio | Via Vanderbilt School of Engineering | September 16, 2010

Todd D. Giorgio, professor and chair of the biomedical engineering department, delivered an invited talk at the 32nd annual international conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in Buenos Aries, Argentina, Sept. 1-4. His title – Medical School Influence on Biomedical Engineering Research and Teaching – was part of  “Technology Commercialization, Education, […]

NIH Awards $3.3 Million Prostate-Cancer Research Grant to a Group Led by Riverside Research Institute Teamed With Rutgers University, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and GE Global Research

Ernest Feleppa | Via Market Wired | September 14, 2010

Industrial-Academic Partnership to Help Urologists Zero in on Cancerous Prostate Tissue During Ultrasound-Guided Biopsies and Focal Treatments The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $3.3 million grant to researchers led by Riverside Research Institute to increase the reliability of imaging prostate cancer by combining advanced ultrasound and magnetic-resonance methods. These improvements are expected to […]

Professor Appointed Burton Morgan Center’s First Faculty Entrepreneur-In-Residence

Alyssa Panitch | Via Purdue University | September 13, 2010

Purdue University biomedical engineering professor Alyssa Panitch has been named the first faculty entrepreneur-in-residence at Discovery Park’s Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship. Panitch, who has been involved in launching three companies, will serve as a resource for university faculty, staff and students looking to start a company from their work or research at Purdue. […]

Engineering Dean C. Mauli Agrawal Receives Palmaz Award from BioMed SA

C. Mauli Agrawal | Via University of Texas at San Antonio | September 10, 2010

C. Mauli Agrawal, David and Jennifer Spencer Distinguished Chair for the Dean of Engineering and Peter Flawn Professor in Biomedical Engineering, was selected by BioMed SA, a local bioscience development organization, to receive the fifth annual Julio Palmaz Award for Innovation in Health Care and the Biosciences. Named after Palmaz stent inventor Julio Palmaz, the […]