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Harvard Med School Researchers Help Direct Stem Cells

Jeffrey Karp | Via Boston Business Journal | October 31, 2011

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and other hospitals have taken a step toward making stem cell therapies more effective by adding homing receptors to those cells. Attaching the chemical receptors to stem cells has the potential to increase the concentration of cells at target locations in the body, according to the researchers, who published […]

Lung Regeneration Closer to Reality With New Discovery by Weill Cornell Medical College Researchers

Sina Rabbany | Via Weill Cornell Medical College | October 28, 2011

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College say they have taken an important step forward in their quest to “turn on” lung regeneration — an advance that could effectively treat millions of people suffering from respiratory disorders. In the Oct. 28 issue of the journal Cell, the research team reports that they have uncovered the biochemical […]

Programming Cells to Home to Specific Tissues may Enable More Effective Cell-based Therapies

Jeffrey Karp | Via Brigham and Women's Hospital | October 27, 2011

Stem cell therapies hold enormous potential to address some of the most tragic illnesses, diseases, and tissue defects world-wide. However, the inability to target cells to tissues of interest poses a significant barrier to effective cell therapy. To address this hurdle, researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) have developed a platform approach to chemically […]

FDA Awards University of Maryland a New Center for Regulatory Science

William Bentley | Via UMD Newsdesk | October 26, 2011

Maryland is one of two new centers that will pilot ways universities can help improve how drugs and medical devices are evaluated. The University of Maryland has created a new Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI), funded by an initial $1 million grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The center […]

President Obama Awards Bioengineering Professor Shu Chien National Medal of Science in White House Ceremony

Shu Chien | Via UC San Diego | October 25, 2011

What did UC San Diego Bioengineering Professor Shu Chien and President Barack Obama talk about as Chien received the National Medal of Science from the president Friday at the White House? About the importance of science education and research, of course. The president had just given a short speech on that topic, before bestowing the […]

Giorgio is BMES 2011 Fellow

Todd D. Giorgio | Via Vanderbilt School of Engineering | October 24, 2011

Todd Giorgio, professor and chair of the biomedical engineering department at Vanderbilt University, is a member of the 2011 class of the Biomedical Engineering Society’s Fellows. The six newly elected fellows were nominated by their peers and elected by the BMES Fellows Committee chaired by board member Nicholas A. Peppas of the University of Texas.

Bioengineer David Mooney Honored with Senior Scientist Award

David Mooney | Via Harvard SEAS | October 21, 2011

Honor From The Tissue Engineering International & Regenerative Medicine Society-North America Recognizes His Significant Contributions On behalf of the Tissue Engineering International & Regenerative Medicine Society-North America (TERMIS-NA), Harvard’s David Mooney has been awarded the Senior Scientist Award. Mooney is the Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and […]

Shu Chien to Receive National Medal of Science in White House Ceremony on Oct. 21

Shu Chien | Via UC San Diego | October 19, 2011

President Barack Obama will present University of California, San Diego bioengineering Professor Shu Chien with the National Medal of Science in a White House ceremony Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. PST). The ceremony will be carried live by satellite feed and webcast on the White House website at: Chien will be […]

Research Teams Win IBB, Hamill Awards

Kyriacos Zygourakis | Via Rice University News | October 19, 2011

Fortified foods, pediatric heart valves that grow with a patient and the effects of biochar on microbes are among the winners of awards presented by Rice University’s Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering (IBB). The Hamill Awards and IBB Medical Innovations Awards, which include seed grants, will be presented Nov. 29. The Hamill Foundation and the […]

Biology Rides to Computers’ Aid

Daniel Anderson | Via Massachusetts Institute of Technology | October 18, 2011

Photonic crystals are exotic materials with the ability to guide light beams through confined spaces and could be vital components of low-power computer chips that use light instead of electricity. Cost-effective ways of producing them have proved elusive, but researchers have recently been turning toward a surprising source for help: DNA molecules. In a paper […]

$1.35 Million to Fisher Lab for Development of Bone Regeneration Technology

John Fisher | Via UMD Bioengineering | October 18, 2011

A proposal to advance the development of a system for regenerating large areas of bone in patients with serious injuries has received a four year, $1.35 million grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Clark School Associate Professor and Associate Chair John […]

Dr. David Fischell, CEO Angel Medical Systems Discusses AngelMed Implantable Heart Attack Medical Device Detection System—Video Interview AdvaMed 2011 Conference

David Fischell | Via Stock News Now | October 12, 2011

David Fischell, CEO of Angel Medical Systems spoke with our host at the AdvaMed Conference 2011 in Washington D.C. to discuss AngelMed’s latest Medical Device. AngelMed came to AdvaMed to talk about their implantable heart attack detection system called the AngelMed Guardian Cardiac Monitor and Alert System that “detects and warns patients of acute episodes […]

Coté Elected BMES Fellow

Gerard Cote | Via TAMU Times | October 10, 2011

Dr. Gerard L. Coté, head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Charles H. & Bettye Barclay Professor, has been elected to the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Class of 2011 Fellows.

Light Can Detect Pre-Cancerous Colon Cells

Adam P. Wax | Via Duke Engineering | October 10, 2011

After demonstrating that light accurately detected pre-cancerous cells in the lining of the esophagus, Duke University bioengineers turned their technology to the colon and have achieved similar results in a series of preliminary experiments. This technology could be a non-invasive way for physicians to detect abnormal cells, or dysplasia, which have the potential of turning […]

Shutting Off Inflammation

Daniel Anderson | Via Massachusetts Institute of Technology | October 9, 2011

Using short snippets of RNA to turn off a specific gene in certain immune cells, scientists have shown that they can shut off the inflammation responsible for diseases such as atherosclerosis. This technique, known as RNA interference, offers a targeted way to stop inflammation and could be useful in treating not only atherosclerosis, but also […]

$6.3 Million Center at UCSF and UC Davis Seeks Ways to Diagnose and Prevent Osteoarthritis

Sharmila Majumdar | Via UC San Francisco | October 6, 2011

How people walk, jump and run and how their knees look in an MRI scanner may hold the secret to predicting years or even decades in advance whether they will develop osteoarthritis, the common degenerative joint disease that strikes half of all Americans by the time they reach the age of 70. Doctors today cannot […]

William A. Hawkins Appointed New CEO of Immucor

William Hawkins | Via Immucor Investor Relations | October 6, 2011

The Board of Directors of Immucor, Inc. announced today that William A. Hawkins will be Immucor’s next CEO. Immucor, Inc. is a private company, wholly owned by TPG Capital. Mr. Hawkins’ appointment follows the decision of current CEO Joshua Levine to step down from his role. The transition will be effective October 17, 2011. In […]

‘Nanostructure’ Process to Streamline Production of Magnetic Materials

Gregory N. Tew | Via University of Massachusetts | October 4, 2011

Polymer Science and Engineering”s Gregory Tew and colleagues have designed a completely new and simpler method of preparing ordered magnetic materials by coupling magnetic properties to nanostructure formation at low temperatures. The innovative process, outlined by Tew in the current issue of Nature Communications, allows them to create room-temperature ferromagnetic materials that are stable for […]

Langer Honored for Achievements in Biomedical Engineering

Robert Langer | Via Massachusetts Institute of Technology | October 3, 2011

Robert Langer, the David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT, who has enabled the creation of artificial skin now used for burn victims and skin-ulcer patients and whose work may someday enable the creation of new vocal cords, is the winner of this year’s Innovation Award in the category of bioscience. The Innovation Awards, given […]

The Pathological Altruist Gives Till Someone Hurts

Barbara Oakley | Via New York Times | October 3, 2011

…Barbara Oakley, an associate professor of engineering at Oakland University in Michigan and an editor of the new volume, said in an interview that when she first began talking about its theme at medical or social science conferences, “people looked at me as though I’d just grown goat horns. They said, ‘But altruism by definition […]