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Nowhere to Hide: New Device Sees Bacteria Behind the Eardrum

Stephen A. Boppart | Via University of Illinois News Bureau | May 29, 2012

Doctors can now get a peek behind the eardrum to better diagnose and treat chronic ear infections, thanks to a new medical imaging device invented by University of Illinois researchers. The device could usher in a new suite of non-invasive, 3-D diagnostic imaging tools for primary-care physicians. The research team, led by University of Illinois […]

New Stem Cell Technique Promises Abundance of Key Heart Cells

Sean Palecek | Via University of Wisconsin News | May 28, 2012

Cardiomyocytes, the workhorse cells that make up the beating heart, can now be made cheaply and abundantly in the laboratory. Writing this week (May 28, 2012) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of Wisconsin scientists describes a way to transform human stem cells — both embryonic and induced pluripotent stem […]

UTSA Alumna, Advisers Launch Cardiovate to Prevent Aortic Aneurysm Ruptures

C. Mauli Agrawal | Via University of Texas at San Antonio | May 23, 2012

University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) alumna Jordan Kaufmann, Ph.D.; UTSA College of Engineering Dean Mauli Agrawal; and UT Medicine San Antonio cardiologist Steven Bailey, M.D., have launched Cardiovate, a technology start-up that will offer a new and much-needed cardiovascular stent-graft to prevent aneurysm leakage following cardiovascular surgeries. Kaufmann, an alumna of the UTSA […]

NJIT Professor To Head Journal Bridging Worlds of Medicine and Engineering

Atam P. Dhawan | Via New Jersey Institute of Technology | May 22, 2012

NJIT Distinguished Professor Atam Dhawan has been named co-editor of the Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine, a publication of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Clifford Dasco, MD, of Baylor College, Houston, will be co-editor.  The journal will be an open access product to bridge the engineering and clinical […]

A First: Brain Support Cells from Umbilical Cord Stem Cells

James Hickman | Via UCF Office of Research & Commercialization | May 17, 2012

For the first time ever, stem cells from umbilical cords have been converted into other types of cells, which may eventually lead to new treatment options for spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis, among other nervous system diseases. This is the first time this has been done with non-embryonic stem cells,” says James Hickman, a […]

Dr. Tang Named 2012 Fellow of IUS-BSE

Liping Tang | Via UT Arlington | May 17, 2012

Liping Tang, a University of Texas at Arlington bioengineering professor, has been named a 2012 Fellow of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUS-BSE). This recognition is bestowed upon a very selective group of biomaterial engineers worldwide, totaling just 218 fellows in the world.

Boppart Recognized with Hans Sigrist Prize

Stephen A. Boppart | Via University of Illinois Engineering | May 14, 2012

Stephen A. Boppart, a Bliss Professor of Engineering with appointments in the departments of electrical and computer engineering, of bioengineering, and of internal medicine at Illinois, has been awarded the Hans Sigrist Prize, an international prize presented annually to a distinguished scientist in a selected field. The 2012 award was competitively selected to honor outstanding […]

Sports Science, Featuring WSU’s Cynthia Bir, Wins Sports Emmy

Cynthia A. Bir | Via CBS Local | May 14, 2012

ESPN Sport Science, the TV series featuring Wayne State University Professor of Biomedical Engineering Cynthia Bir, won one of the two Sports Emmy Awards for which it was nominated this year. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the winners at the 33rd annual Sports Emmys at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Texas A&M Research Makes Monitoring Glucose Painless

Gerard Cote | Via TAMU Times | May 11, 2012

The painful finger-pricks diabetics are forced to endure when checking their blood sugar levels could become a thing of the past thanks to the work of engineering researchers at Texas A&M. Gerard Coté, Charles H. & Bettye Barclay Professor and head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Michael Pishko, Stewart & Stevenson Professor II […]

2012 George Award

Buddy Ratner | Via European Society for Biomaterials | May 11, 2012

The 2012 George Winter ESB awardee is Prof. Buddy D. Ratner (USA), for his excellence in research, vision and leading role in the promotion of biomaterials science worldwide. The award will be officially attributed during the 25th ESB Annual Conference, in Madrid, Spain, in 2013.

Successful Stem Cell Differentiation Requires DNA Compaction, Study Finds

Todd C. McDevitt | Via Georgia Tech News Center | May 10, 2012

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University found that chromatin compaction is required for proper embryonic stem cell differentiation to occur. Chromatin, which is composed of histone proteins and DNA, packages DNA into a smaller volume so that it fits inside a cell.  A study published on May 10, 2012 in the […]

Target: Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Robert Langer | Via Massachusetts Institute of Technology | May 3, 2012

Over the past several decades, scientists have faced challenges in developing new antibiotics even as bacteria have become increasingly resistant to existing drugs. One strategy that might combat such resistance would be to overwhelm bacterial defenses by using highly targeted nanoparticles to deliver large doses of existing antibiotics. In a step toward that goal, researchers […]

Target: Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Omid Farokhzad | Via Massachusetts Institute of Technology | May 3, 2012

Over the past several decades, scientists have faced challenges in developing new antibiotics even as bacteria have become increasingly resistant to existing drugs. One strategy that might combat such resistance would be to overwhelm bacterial defenses by using highly targeted nanoparticles to deliver large doses of existing antibiotics. In a step toward that goal, researchers […]

Purdue Researchers Awarded $1 Million for Epigenetics

Joseph M. K. Irudayaraj | Via Purdue University | May 2, 2012

Purdue University scientists will use a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to develop technologies for altering the epigenetic marks in the genome that turn genes on and off, work they hope will lead to advances in treating genetic health conditions. The team, led by Joseph Irudayaraj, a professor of agricultural and biological […]

Women in Medtech: Deborah Kilpatrick – The Bioengineer

Deborah Kilpatrick | Via Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry | May 2, 2012

Deborah Kilpatrick, PhD, is senior vice president at genomic diagnostics company CardioDx, which has been recognized in the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards, TIME Magazine’s Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs, and the 2012 Edison Awards. Deborah was formerly at Guidant Corporation as a Director of R&D and New Ventures, and she currently has various advisory […]

Bionic Vision Gets $2.5m Boost

Nigel Lovell | Via UNSW Newsroom | May 1, 2012

The fabrication of implantable electronics has begun at the University of New South Wales ahead of planned patient tests of a functional bionic eye next year, researchers say.  A brand new $2.5 million facility opened last week by NSW Chief Scientist Professor Mary O’Kane is giving bionic vision researchers the on-campus capability to produce their own […]

Third Polymer International-IUPAC Prize Awarded to Ali Khademhossein

Ali Khademhosseini | Via Chemistry International | May 1, 2012

In March 2012, the Executive Editorial Board of Polymer International and the IUPAC Polymer Division announced that Ali Khademhosseini (MIT and Harvard) was the third winner of the Polymer International-IUPAC Award for Creativity in Applied Polymer Science or Polymer Technology. Khademhosseini’s research has opened up new ways of using biomaterials to make tissues with controlled […]

How Technology Will Change the Future of Healthcare

Michael Harsh | Via Global Hospital & Healthcare Management | April 28, 2012

GE Vice President and GE Healthcare Chief Technology Officer Mike Harsh recently addressed attendees at The Economist’s inaugural “Technology Frontiers” conference where he talked about how technology will change the face of healthcare. The London-based conference provided a platform for business leaders from across the globe to appreciate how technology will transform the world around us.  Reviewing […]

Rensselaer Professor Georges Belfort Named to Scientific Advisory Board of Max Planck Institute, Elected Member of Institute of Bologna Academy of Sciences

Georges Belfort | Via RPI News | April 25, 2012

World-leading bioseparations expert Georges Belfort visited Germany and Italy last month as part of two prestigious honors from elite European scientific societies. Belfort, Institute Professor and a member of the Howard P. Isermann Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was recently elected a foreign corresponding member of the Institute of Bologna […]

Brazos Valley Magazine To Feature Gerard Cote’s Work In Optical Sensors

Gerard Cote | Via TAMU Times | April 24, 2012

KAMU TV and Brazos Valley Magazine, a weekly community affairs show, will air an interview with biomedical engineering department head Dr. Gerard Coté, April 26, 28, and 29 and May 5 and 6. Coté will discuss his work in optical sensors for in vitro and in vivo medical diagnosis and monitoring.