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Fellowbook News

AIMBE Fellowbook collects news stories highlighting the members of the AIMBE College of Fellows. Read the latest stories, jump to the College Directory, or search below to find the newest research, awards, announcements and more for the leaders of the medical and biological engineering community.

 

 

Researchers Demonstrate First Example of a Bioresorbable Electronic Medicine

John Rogers | Via Northwestern Engineering | October 8, 2018

Researchers at Northwestern University and Washington University School of Medicine have developed the first example of a bioresorbable electronic medicine: an implantable, biodegradable wireless device that speeds nerve regeneration and improves the healing of a damaged nerve. The collaborators — materials scientists and engineers at Northwestern and neurosurgeons at Washington University — developed a device […]

Researchers discover how fatal biofilms form

Andre Levchenko | Via Yale University | October 5, 2018

By severely curtailing the effects of antibiotics, the formation of organized communities of bacterial cells known as biofilms can be deadly during surgeries and in urinary tract infections. Yale researchers have just come a lot closer to understanding how these biofilms develop, and potentially how to stop them. Biofilms form when bacterial cells gather and […]

To improve anesthesia, focus on neuroscience and nociception, experts urge

Emery N. Brown | Via MIT | October 4, 2018

People sometimes mistakenly think of general anesthesia as just a really deep sleep, but in fact, anesthesia is really four brain states — unconsciousness, amnesia, immobility, and suppression of the body’s damage sensing response, or “nociception.” In a new paper in Anesthesia and Analgesia, MIT neuroscientist and statistician Emery N. Brown and his colleagues argue […]

The Engineer – Inventing a toolkit for newborns in need

Rebecca Richards-Kortum | Via Texas Medical Center | October 1, 2018

Two years ago on Halloween, Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Ph.D., a professor of bioengineering at Rice University, walked into her lab and stopped abruptly. Staring back at her was a crowd of familiar characters. Her students, who wear costumes for the holiday every year, had conspired to go as different versions of their mentor. There was the […]

Shenoy To Receive Andrew Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain Sciences

Krishna Shenoy | Via Carnegie Mellon University | September 26, 2018

Carnegie Mellon University will award the sixth annual Andrew Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain Sciences to Krishna V. Shenoy, the Hong Seh and Vivian W. M. Lim Professor of Engineering at Stanford University. Shenoy directs the Stanford Neural Prosthetic Systems Lab and co-directs the Stanford Neural Prosthetics Translational Laboratory, which aims to help restore […]

The Kidney Project and the bioartificial pancreas: When inspiration strikes twice

Shuvo Roy | Via UCSF | September 26, 2018

Inspiration can be a hard thing to find. The history of science is filled with elusive “eureka moments” taking place under unlikely circumstances—Archimedes’ jump in a bath to intuit displacement, Issac Newton’s observation of a falling apple to grasp gravity, and Nikola Tesla’s inspiration for the electric induction motor, which came as he was observing […]

Bashir to receive 2018 Pritzker Distinguished Lecture award from BMES

Rashid Bashir | Via University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | September 26, 2018

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Bioengineering Professor Rashid Bashir will receive the 2018 Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award at the Biomedical Engineering Society’s (BMES) annual meeting on October 18 in Atlanta. The premier award from BMES, it recognizes outstanding achievements and leadership in the science and practice of biomedical engineering. Bashir’s research focuses on […]

Calhoun named founding director of Center for Translational Research in Neuroimaging and Data Science

Vince Calhoun | Via Emory University | September 24, 2018

Vince Calhoun, one of the world’s foremost experts in brain imaging and analysis, has been named the founding director of the Center for Translational Research in Neuroimaging and Data Science (TReNDS) at Georgia State University. TReNDS will be a tri-institutional effort supported by Georgia State, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, with a […]

Latest Research Hints at Predicting Autism Risk for Pregnant Mothers

Juergen Hahn | Via Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute | September 21, 2018

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute—led by Juergen Hahn, professor and head of biomedical engineering—are continuing to make remarkable progress with their research focused on autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A recent paper authored by Hahn and Jill James from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in the journal Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders discusses […]

Novel laser-sonic scanner shows potential for tumor detection

Lihong Wang | Via Healio | September 20, 2018

A laser-sonic scanner developed by researchers at California Institute of Technology detected tumors in a small cohort of patients in as little as 15 seconds by shining pulses of light into the breast, according to a study published in Nature Communications. “This scanner is the only single-breath-hold technology that gives us high-contrast, high-resolution 3-D images […]

Can a common heart condition cause sudden death?

Kevin Healy | Via Science Daily | September 20, 2018

Although the genetic defects that lead to HCM are known, it has been difficult to understand how those mutations result in disease, in part because cells in a two-dimensional culture dish do not interact the same way cells in a three-dimensional organ do. Now, using the most advanced techniques in gene editing, stem cell generation, […]

Prof. Bin He has been elected as the Chair of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering

Bin He | Via Carnegie Mellon University | September 19, 2018

Prof. Bin He has been elected as the Chair of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering, which consists of ~150 individuals in the world who have made significant contributions to the BME field. The academy is affiliated with the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE).

Pappu named 2019 Biophysical Society Fellow

Rohit Pappu | Via Washington University in St. Louis | September 13, 2018

The Biophysical Society (BPS) recently named a bioengineer from Washington University in St. Louis as one of its 2019 Society Fellows. Rohit Pappu, the Edwin H. Murty Professor of Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, will be honored along with the other BPS Fellows during the society’s annual meeting in March. The […]

Neurons absorb and release water when firing, NIH study suggests

Peter Basser | Via National Institutes of Health | September 13, 2018

Neurons absorb and release water when they relay messages throughout the brain, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions. Tracking this water movement with imaging technology may one day provide valuable information on normal brain activity, as well as how injury or disease affect brain function. The […]

3D virtual simulation gets to the ‘heart’ of irregular heartbeats

Natalia Trayanova, | Via MD Linx | September 12, 2018

In a proof-of-concept study, scientists at Johns Hopkins report they have successfully performed 3D personalized virtual simulations of the heart to accurately identify where cardiac specialists should electrically destroy cardiac tissue to stop potentially fatal irregular and rapid heartbeats in patients with scarring in the heart. The retrospective analysis of 21 patients and prospective study […]

Engineering biology through DNA’s environment – NSF awards $16 million to understand and control epigenetic effects

Guillermo Ameer | Via National Science Foundation | September 12, 2018

To advance the engineering of biology at the molecular and cellular levels, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $16 million for research to characterize the regulation of gene activity and expression, and to create strategies to modify those processes without altering the DNA sequence. Chromatin — a combination of DNA, RNA and proteins within […]

Engineering biology through DNA’s environment – NSF awards $16 million to understand and control epigenetic effects

Charles Gersbach | Via National Science Foundation | September 12, 2018

To advance the engineering of biology at the molecular and cellular levels, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $16 million for research to characterize the regulation of gene activity and expression, and to create strategies to modify those processes without altering the DNA sequence. Chromatin — a combination of DNA, RNA and proteins within […]

Engineering biology through DNA’s environment – NSF awards $16 million to understand and control epigenetic effects

Emilia Entcheva | Via National Science Foundation | September 12, 2018

To advance the engineering of biology at the molecular and cellular levels, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $16 million for research to characterize the regulation of gene activity and expression, and to create strategies to modify those processes without altering the DNA sequence. Chromatin — a combination of DNA, RNA and proteins within […]

Engineering biology through DNA’s environment – NSF awards $16 million to understand and control epigenetic effects

Igal Szleifer | Via National Science Foundation | September 12, 2018

To advance the engineering of biology at the molecular and cellular levels, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $16 million for research to characterize the regulation of gene activity and expression, and to create strategies to modify those processes without altering the DNA sequence. Chromatin — a combination of DNA, RNA and proteins within […]

Eric Hoffman receives the 2018 Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Disease

Eric Hoffman | Via University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine | September 12, 2018

The Selection Committee for the 2018 Alton Ochsner Award Relating Tobacco Smoking and Diseases is pleased to present its 33rd Annual Award to Geoffrey T. Fong, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology and public Health Systems, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, and to Eric A. Hoffman, Ph.D., Professor of Radiology, Medicine, and Biomedical Engineering, University of Iowa […]