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Turning off Cancer Genes

Daniel Anderson | Via Massachusetts Institute of Technology | November 16, 2010

A single cancer cell may harbor dozens or even hundreds of mutant genes. Some of those genes instruct the cell to grow abnormally large, others tell it to divide repeatedly or to detach itself and roam the body looking for a new home. What if you could shut off one, two or even a dozen […]

Gore Joins Radiological Society’s Committee on Molecular Imaging

John Gore | Via Vanderbilt School of Engineering | November 16, 2010

John C. Gore, the Hertha Ramsey Cress University Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, and Physics, has accepted an invitation to join the Committee on Molecular Imaging of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Imaging Tool May Aid Nanoelectronics by Screening Tiny Tubes

Ji-Xin Cheng | Via Purdue University | November 16, 2010

Researchers have demonstrated a new imaging tool for rapidly screening structures called single-wall carbon nanotubes, possibly hastening their use in creating a new class of computers and electronics that are faster and consume less power than today’s. The semiconducting nanostructures might be used to revolutionize electronics by replacing conventional silicon components and circuits. However, one […]

Professor Laurel Carney Receives a 2010 R01 Grant

Laurel Carney | Via University of Rochester Medical Center | November 15, 2010

Biomedical Engineering and Neurobiology & Anatomy Professor Laurel Carney has received funding for her 2010 R01 grant entitled: Developing and Testing Models for the Auditory System with & without Hearing Loss. This study involves testing listeners with both normal hearing and hearing loss. The project focusses on the development of computational models that will assist […]

Microsensors Offer First Look at Whether Cell Mass Affects Growth Rate

Rashid Bashir | Via University of Illinois | November 15, 2010

University of Illinois researchers are using a new kind of microsensor to answer one of the weightiest questions in biology – the relationship between cell mass and growth rate. The team, led by electrical and computer engineering and bioengineering professor Rashid Bashir, published its results in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the […]

Giorgio Participates in Capitol Policy Seminar on Biomedical Research Sponsored by DoD

Todd D. Giorgio | Via Vanderbilt School of Engineering | November 15, 2010

Todd D. Giorgio, chair of the biomedical engineering department, participated a congressional briefing in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 10 in the Capitol Visitors Center. The policy seminar was sponsored by the Coalition for National Security Research (CNSR) on the topic of ‘New Perspectives on Defense Basic Research: Health/Biomedical Research.’ The Department of Defense research portfolio […]

Specialized Blood Vessels Jumpstart and Sustain Liver Regeneration

Sina Rabbany | Via Weill Cornell Medial College | November 11, 2010

The liver’s unique ability among organs to regenerate itself has been little understood. Now Weill Cornell Medical College scientists have shed light on how the liver restores itself by demonstrating that endothelial cells — the cells that form the lining of blood vessels — play a key role. The results of their study are published […]

Special Delivery: Biodegradable Particles Transport Drugs to Diseased Tissues and Organs

Justin Hanes | Via Johns Hopkins Medicine | November 11, 2010

Researchers have created biodegradable ultra tiny, nanosized particles that can easily slip through the body’s sticky and viscous mucus secretions to deliver a sustained-release medication cargo. The interdisciplinary team of researchers led by Justin Hanes, Ph.D., professor and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Nanomedicine, developed the nanoparticles, which degrade over time into harmless […]

New Center Looks at How Human Systems Function or Fail

Trey Ideker | Via UC San Diego News | October 29, 2010

A new center called the National Resource for Network Biology (NRNB), based at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, will help clinicians analyze an ever-growing wealth of complex biological data and apply that knowledge to real problems and diseases. In recent years, the study of biological networks has exploded, with scientists shifting […]

NIH Renews Georgia Tech-led Nanomedicine Center for $16.1 Million

Gang Bao | Via Georgia Tech | October 28, 2010

The Georgia Tech-led Nanomedicine Center for Nucleoprotein Machines has received an award of $16.1 million for five years as part of its renewal by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The eight-institution research team plans to pursue development of a clinically viable gene correction technology for single-gene disorders and demonstrate the technology’s efficacy with sickle […]

BIO Presents MIT Professor Gregory Stephanopoulos the 2010 George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology

Gregory Stephanopoulos | Via MIT | October 26, 2010

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today presented the annual George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology to Gregory Stephanopoulos, the Willard Henry Dow Professor of Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, recognizing his pioneering work in the field of industrial biotechnology and in particular metabolic engineering and its practical application to industrial […]

Wodicka Wins Purdue Commercialization Award

George Wodicka | Via Purdue University | October 25, 2010

George Wodicka, head of the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and a professor of biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering, is the recipient of the 2010-2011 Outstanding Commercialization Award for Purdue University Faculty. The award is given annually to a faculty member in recognition of outstanding contributions to, and success with, commercializing Purdue research […]

Green Carbon Center Takes All-Inclusive View of Energy

Vicki Colvin | Via Rice University | October 22, 2010

Rice University has created a Green Carbon Center to bring the benefits offered by oil, gas, coal, wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and other energy sources together in a way that will not only help ensure the world’s energy future but also provide a means to recycle carbon dioxide into useful products. Whether or not one […]

Rashid Bashir Invested as Bliss Professor

Rashid Bashir | Via University of Illinois ECE | October 21, 2010

On October 18, ECE and Bioengineering Professor Rashid Bashir was one of two faculty members formally invested as an Abel Bliss Professor in the College of Engineering. Also receiving this distinction was Rob Rutenbar of the Department of Computer Science. In his opening remarks, Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and ECE Professor Ravi Iyer said, […]

Donald Ingber is Uncovering Nature’s Design Principles to Inspire Bioengineering

Donald Ingber | Via PopTech | October 21, 2010

Donald Ingber studies how the natural patterns that have often been dismissed as design flaws might transform the field of bioengineering. Ingber is the founder and director of the Wyss Institute for Bioinspired Engineering at Harvard. He proposes applying the adaptive and competitive responses of living systems to the fields of engineering in a way […]

Interview with Dr. Stephen Oesterle

Stephen Oesterle | Via Yale Journal of Medicine & Law | October 20, 2010

Medtronic recently released the results of its deep brain stimulation therapy for epilepsy, in which a device was surgically implanted into the brain to electrically stimulate certain targets. Will such treatments become commonplace? Well, first of all, this technology isn’t specific to just epilepsy. For instance, we’ve already developed a Deep Brain Stimulation process for […]

UTHealth Prof Teaches Nano Course in Virtual World

Ananth Annapragada | Via UTHealth | October 19, 2010

On Mondays at 10 a.m. this fall semester, graduate students in the Nanomedicine in Healthcare course at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) log into an online virtual world known as Second Life, activate their computer-generated personae or avatars and head off to class. Waiting for them on the shore of […]

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 […]