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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 […]

Engineering Delivers the Advantage in Protecting Children

Susan Margulies | Via Penn Engineering | September 1, 2010

A tumble down the stairs, a fall from a bike, a jerked arm or an abusive strike are all actions that can cause traumatic brain injury (TBI) in children. One million children in the United States sustain TBIs annually, sending 165,000 children to the hospital. According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, […]

NSF Funds Interdisciplinary Team’s Grey Water Disinfection Plan

Luke Lee | Via UC Berkeley | August 26, 2010

A University of California, Berkeley, team has been awarded a $2 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for research on biologically-inspired technologies for grey water reuse and thermal energy management that may propel sustainable building into a new era. Micro-optic lenses, which would be installed in exterior walls. The grant comes from the NSF’s Emerging […]

NSF Awards $3M Stem Cell Bio-Manufacturing Program to Georgia Tech

Robert Nerem | Via Georgia Tech | August 26, 2010

Nerem and McDevitt will lead Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $3 million to the Georgia Institute of Technology to fund a unique research program on stem cell bio-manufacturing. The program is specifically focused on developing engineering methods for stem cell production, in order to meet […]

Microneedle, Quantum Dot Study Opens Door To New Clinical Cancer Tools

Roger Narayan | Via NC State Newsroom | August 25, 2010

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed extremely small microneedles that can be used to deliver medically-relevant nanoscale dyes called quantum dots into skin – an advance that opens the door to new techniques for diagnosing and treating a variety of medical conditions, including skin cancer. “We were able to fabricate hollow, plastic microneedles […]

A New Holder of the University Mace

Craig Henriquez | Via Duke Today | August 24, 2010

There will be a new look at the front of the procession Wednesday for Student Convocation. For the first time in a decade, former University Marshal Richard White won’t carry the university mace to lead Duke faculty and administrators into the Duke Chapel ceremony. After serving two five-year terms, White, a University Distinguished Services Professor […]

Purdue Biodefense Technology Project Awarded $1.3 Million NIH Seed Grant

J. Paul Robinson | Via Purdue University | August 22, 2010

Purdue University researchers have developed a technology that has the potential to more quickly identify food-borne pathogens, aiding U.S. homeland security officials in responding to a bioterrorist attack or other emergencies. The research team, which is based at Discovery Park’s Bindley Bioscience Center, has received a $1.3 million seed grant from the National Institutes of […]

A Better Way to Grow Stem Cells

Daniel Anderson | Via Massachusetts Institute of Technology | August 22, 2010

Human pluripotent stem cells, which can become any other kind of body cell, hold great potential to treat a wide range of ailments, including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries. However, scientists who work with such cells have had trouble growing large enough quantities to perform experiments — in particular, to be used […]

Scientists Explore Peek-and-Treat Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease

Ananth Annapragada | Via UTHealth | August 19, 2010

Scientists studying Alzheimer’s disease at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and the University of Houston (UH) are working on a new approach involving Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) that could aid in the detection and treatment of the disease. It involves the detection of plaques that can develop in the brains […]

Biomedical Engineering Doctoral Program Approved

Metin Akay | Via University of Houston | August 17, 2010

The University of Houston Health Initiative has received a major boost from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which recently approved the establishment of a doctoral program in biomedical engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering… …”Our program will discover, develop and deliver technological solutions aimed at reducing health care costs,” said Metin Akay, […]

A Heart Beats to a Different Drummer: Researchers Pace Embryonic Heart With Laser

Andrew Rollins | Via Case Western Reserve University | August 16, 2010

Love, exercise and, new research shows, an infrared laser can make a heart beat faster. Scientists at Case Western Reserve University and Vanderbilt University found that pulsed light can pace contractions in an avian embryonic heart, with no apparent damage to the tissue. The work, “Optical pacing of the embryonic heart,” will be published in […]

Biomedical Engineering Society Honors Health Center VP

Cato T. Laurencin | Via UConn Today | August 13, 2010

Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, vice president for health affairs at the University of Connecticut Health Center and dean of the medical school, has been elected a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society. The BMES bestows this honor in recognition of outstanding contributions and achievements in biomedical engineering.

NIH EUREKA Award Will Enable Design of New Brain Tumor Treatment

Ravi Bellamkonda | Via Georgia Tech News Center | August 10, 2010

$1M grant awarded to Coulter Department professor Ravi Bellamkonda The Georgia Institute of Technology has received a EUREKA grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to design a new way to treat invasive brain tumors by capturing the migrating cells that spread the disease. The EUREKA — Exceptional, Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration — […]

Mikos Wins Distinguished Scientist–Isaac Schour Memorial Award

Antonios Mikos | Via Rice University News | August 5, 2010

Antonios Mikos has received the 2010 Distinguished Scientist Award–Isaac Schour Memorial Award from the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). The award recognizes his outstanding scientific contributions in the anatomic sciences, including tissue engineering, tissue regeneration and stem cell research as it relates to the oral, dental and craniofacial complexes. The highest honor in the […]

Bioengineer Recognized for Research into Structure-Function Relationship of Heart Valves

Jane Grande-Allen | Via Rice University News | August 4, 2010

Rice University’s Jane Grande-Allen has been selected for the 2011 A.J. Durelli Award by the Society for Experimental Mechanics Inc. (SEM) for her significant innovative contributions of new techniques in experimental mechanics. The award is given annually to recognize younger members of the society in honor of A.J. Durelli, one of the most outstanding experimental […]

Ravi Bellamkonda Named Associate Vice President for Research

Ravi Bellamkonda | Via Georgia Tech News Center | July 26, 2010

Three-year appointment allows continuation of research agenda Ravi Bellamkonda, a professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been named an associate vice president within the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research (EVPR). The three-year appointment, which begins on August 1, enables Bellamkonda to divide his time evenly between his […]

Two UCSF Scientists Put Their Discoveries to Work

Tejal Desai | Via UC San Francisco | July 19, 2010

Together, diabetes and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) drive billions of dollars in health care costs each year, while hampering quality of life and causing premature death in millions of people worldwide. Existing therapies, while helpful, are flawed. Now two projects funded by the National Institutes of Health at UCSF’s Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences […]