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Medical device group recognizes Martine LaBerge of Clemson University with award

Martine LaBerge | Via Clemson University | May 16, 2018

Martine LaBerge, chair of the Department of Bioengineering, received the SEMDA Spotlight Award recognizing her contributions to the development of the Southeastern medical device community. The award came from the Southeastern Medical Device Association, a non-profit trade association that aims to make the Southeast a world-class region for medical technology, device and diagnostic companies. Sam […]

“Living drug factories” may one day replace injections

Daniel Anderson | Via MIT | May 16, 2018

Patients with diabetes generally rely on constant injections of insulin to control their disease. But MIT spinout Sigilon Therapeutics is developing an implantable, insulin-producing device that may one day make injections obsolete. Sigilon recently partnered with pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Company to develop “living drug factories,” made of encapsulated, engineered cells that can be […]

“Living drug factories” may one day replace injections

Robert Langer | Via MIT | May 16, 2018

Patients with diabetes generally rely on constant injections of insulin to control their disease. But MIT spinout Sigilon Therapeutics is developing an implantable, insulin-producing device that may one day make injections obsolete. Sigilon recently partnered with pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Company to develop “living drug factories,” made of encapsulated, engineered cells that can be […]

An ‘unprecedented look’ into the protein behind hypertension, epilepsy and other conditions

Jianmin Cui | Via Washington University in St. Louis | May 14, 2018

The seemingly unrelated conditions of hypertension, epilepsy and overactive bladder may be linked by electrical activity in a protein long studied by a biomedical engineer at Washington University in St. Louis. After new technology recently revealed the structure of the protein, the lab of Jianmin Cui, professor of biomedical engineering in the School of Engineering […]

Tom Chau receives Governor General’s Innovation Award

Tom Chau | Via University of Toronto | May 14, 2018

Professor Tom Chau (IBBME) has been announced as a recipient of the 2018 Governor General’s Innovation Award. The honour celebrates outstanding Canadians who contribute to the country’s success, its future and inspire the next generation. Chau, a professor in the University of Toronto’s Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME), has been distinctly recognized for […]

PET scan tracer predicts success of cancer ‘vaccine’

Sam Gambhir | Via Stanford University | May 14, 2018

By engineering a special molecule to track certain immune cells in the body, scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have invented a litmus test for the effectiveness of a newly devised cancer therapy. The molecule is a radioactive tracer that latches onto immune cells when they’re activated — the status that immune cells, […]

Preliminary research shows noninvasive therapy may reverse atherosclerosis

Melina R. Kibbe | Via EurekAlert | May 11, 2018

An injection may one day be able to reverse atherosclerosis, according to emerging research presented at the American Heart Association’s Vascular Discovery: From Genes to Medicine Scientific Sessions 2018, a premier global exchange of the latest advances in vascular biology for researchers and clinicians. Atherosclerosis is characterized by a narrowing of arteries and blood vessels […]

Dr. King Li recognized with 2018 RRA Innovation and Leadership Award

King Li | Via Carle Illinois College of Medicine | May 11, 2018

Dr. King Li, inaugural dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, has been recognized by the Association of University Radiologists with the 2018 Radiology Research Alliance (RRA) Innovation and Leadership Award. This award recognizes a visionary who has made significant contributions to advancing radiology research, innovation, leadership, mentorship and growth of RRA. Dean Li […]

Parkinson’s implant uses brain’s signals to adapt treatment

Howard Chizeck | Via Medical Xpress | May 10, 2018

Scientists in the USA have developed a new deep brain stimulation method to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. While present deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s is constant, the new method is ‘adaptive’. This means the stimulation changes in real time, based on the patient’s neural signals. The study, published today in the Journal of […]

Protecting confidentiality in genomic studies

Bonnie Berger | Via MIT | May 7, 2018

Genome-wide association studies, which look for links between particular genetic variants and incidence of disease, are the basis of much modern biomedical research. But databases of genomic information pose privacy risks. From people’s raw genomic data, it may be possible to infer their surnames and perhaps even the shapes of their faces. Many people are […]

Decellularized muscle grafts support skeletal muscle regeneration to treat tissue loss

Barbara D. Boyan | Via EurekAlert | May 4, 2018

A new comparative study showed the advantages of using donor decellularized muscle to promote functional tissue regeneration at the site of bulk skeletal muscle loss due to trauma or surgery. Compared to an autologous muscle graft, a decellularized muscle matrix used to repair medium- and large-sized defects in rats resulted in enhanced muscle function recovery, […]

Warren Chan named Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Nanobioengineering

Warren Chan | Via University of Toronto Engineering | May 3, 2018

Two U of T Engineering researchers have been awarded new Canada Research Chairs by the federal government this spring. Professor Warren Chan (IBBME) has been named a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Nanobioengineering. He is currently the U of T Distinguished Professor of Nanobioengineering. Chan develops nanotechnology for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer […]

Model predicts new H3N2 flu vaccine component will be just as ineffective

Michael Deem | Via Healio | May 3, 2018

For a variety of reasons, including antiquated egg-based production methods, the seasonal influenza vaccine is rarely more than 50% effective, leaving even vaccinated patients potentially vulnerable to one of the world’s biggest infectious disease threats. According to early estimates, this season’s vaccine was just 36% effective overall, and only 25% effective against the predominant strain, […]

Biomedical Tattoo Detects Cancer-Associated Hypercalcemia

Martin Fussenegger | Via Hospimedica | May 1, 2018

A new study describes how a mole-like synthetic implant recognizes the elevated levels of calcium in the blood associated with incipient prostate, lung, colon, and breast cancer tumors. Developed by researchers at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) and the University of Basel (Switzerland), the so-called early warning system is comprised of an encapsulated gene network integrated into […]

New System Mimics Human Testing of Therapies for Neuromuscular Junction Diseases Like ALS

James J. Hickman | Via ALS News Today | May 1, 2018

New technology that tests therapies designed for disorders of the neuromuscular junction, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), closely mimics the human condition and offers a new method of drug testing, according to a report. The paper, “Stem cell derived phenotypic human neuromuscular junction model for dose response evaluation of therapeutics,” was written by Hesperos […]

Elazer Edelman named director of Institute for Medical Engineering and Science

Elazer Edelman | Via MIT | April 30, 2018

Elazer R. Edelman has been named the new director of the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES), effective May 1. The announcement was made today at a special meeting of the faculty for IMES and the Health Science and Technology (HST) program. “Elazer’s strengths as a researcher, a practitioner of medicine, an innovator, and […]

Glioma subtypes determine how the dangerous tumors spread, evade anti-angiogenic treatment

Rakesh Jain | Via Massachusetts General Hospital | April 27, 2018

A multi-institutional research team has identified a new mechanism by which the dangerous brain tumors called gliomas develop resistance to anti-angiogenic treatment. The team’s report, published online in Cancer Cell, describes finding how different molecular subtypes of glioma cells use different strategies to spread through the brain and how anti-angiogenic treatment selects for a treatment-resistant […]

Intersecting Paths, Unprecedented Journeys

Rakesh Jain | Via University of Delaware | April 27, 2018

As a research facility at one of America’s top hospitals buzzes with activity, two men chat in a narrow, unassuming office. One is jaunty, with a smile as his default facial expression and a melodic lilt to his voice. The other is more reserved and speaks with a softer, deeper tone. They haven’t seen each […]

New Imaging System Makes Back Surgery Safer, Faster and Less Expensive

Keith D. Paulsen | Via Dartmouth | April 26, 2018

Researchers at Dartmouth have found a way to make back surgery safer, faster and more cost effective. MRIs and CT scans help surgeons identify spine problems, like compressed vertebrae or herniated disks, but finding a clear path to those problem areas is not always as straightforward. Tissue and bone not only stand in the way, […]

Team shows MRI technique detects spinal cord changes in MS patients

John Gore | Via Vanderbilt University | April 25, 2018

Magnetic resonance imaging can detect changes in resting-state spinal cord function in patients with multiple sclerosis, a new study by a Vanderbilt University Medical Center-led research team has shown. This first application of these measures in patients living with MS, reported recently in the journal Brain, could lead to new ways to monitor the effectiveness […]