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Carnegie Mellon Engineering Professors Create World’s Smallest Fuel Cell Powered By Biology

Philip LeDuc | Via Carnegie Mellon University | June 17, 2011

Carnegie Mellon University’s Kelvin B. Gregory and Philip R. LeDuc have created the world’s smallest fuel cell powered by bacteria. Future versions of the biology-powered fuel cell could be used for self-powered sensing devices in remote locations where batteries are impractical, such as deep ocean or geological environments… …”Our biology-powered fuel cell could be less […]

Engineers Control the Environment to Direct Stem Cell Differentiation

Todd C. McDevitt | Via Georgia Tech News Center | June 16, 2011

New research presented on June 16, 2011 at the annual meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) shows that systematically controlling the local and global environments during stem cell development helps to effectively direct the process of differentiation. In the future, these findings could be used to develop manufacturing procedures for producing […]

Controlled Release Society Presents Mikos with 2011 College of Fellows Award

Antonios Mikos | Via Rice Bioengineering | June 14, 2011

Antonios G. Mikos has been selected for the Controlled Release Society’s (CRS) 2011 College of Fellows Award for his landmark contributions in material and drug delivery research that has brought about significant advances to the field of tissue engineering. The College of Fellows Award, the most prestigious level of membership of CRS, credits decades of […]

New Imaging Tech Promising for Diagnosing Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes

Ji-Xin Cheng | Via Purdue University | June 9, 2011

Researchers have developed a new type of imaging technology to diagnose cardiovascular disease and other disorders by measuring ultrasound signals from molecules exposed to a fast-pulsing laser. The new method could be used to take precise three-dimensional images of plaques lining arteries, said Ji-Xin Cheng, an associate professor of biomedical engineering and chemistry at Purdue […]

U of T Researchers Win $3.2 Million to Tackle Cancer, Other Health Challenges

Warren Chan | Via University of Toronto News | June 9, 2011

Seven U of T researchers have won a total of $3.2 million in grants from the collaborative health research projects program (CHRP). Minister of State (Science and Technology) Gary Goodyear was on campus June 9 to announce $15 million in funding for 17 universities across Canada. U of T researchers won 21 per cent of […]

Two Engineering Faculty Members Named Fellows with Renowned Science Group

Rena Bizios | Via University of Texas at San Antonio | June 6, 2011

Earlier this year, Sos Agaian, Peter T. Flawn Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Rena Bizios, Peter T. Flawn Professor of Biomedical Engineering, were inducted as fellows into the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an elected honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

UTSA and Southwest Research Institute to Collaborate on Biomedical Research

Rena Bizios | Via University of Texas at San Antonio | June 2, 2011

The UTSA Office of the Vice President for Research and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) announce an award of $200,000 in FY 2013 Connect program funding to UTSA Peter T. Flawn Professor of Biomedical Engineering Rena Bizios and SwRI Senior Research Scientists Vicky Poenitzsch and Xingguo Cheng for their collaborative research proposal, “Novel Scaffolds for Tendon-Ligament […]

Contact lenses: Look Into My Eyes

Daniel Kohane | Via The Economist | June 2, 2011

EYES can reveal an awful lot about somebody. Look into someone’s eyes and you can tell if he is happy or sad, truthful or insincere, sober or drunk. By peering deeper still, ophthalmologists are even able to gauge a person’s health, spotting far more than just conditions that affect the eye itself: hypertension and brain […]

Dangerous Side Effect of Common Drug Combination Discovered by Stanford Data Mining

Russ Altman | Via Stanford School of Medicine | May 25, 2011

A widely used combination of two common medications may cause unexpected increases in blood glucose levels, according to a study conducted at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University and Harvard Medical School. Researchers were surprised at the finding because neither of the two drugs — one, an antidepressant marketed as Paxil, and the […]

Beebe Elected Next Editor-in-Chief of IOVS Journal

David Beebe | Via ARVO | May 24, 2011

Members of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) have elected David Beebe, PhD, FARVO, the new editor-in-chief of the ARVO journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS). Beebe’s term will begin in January 2013, and he will serve as editor-in-chief for five years. He will replace current IOVS editor-in-chief Paul L. Kaufman, […]

Meaney Named the Solomon R. Pollack Professor of Bioengineering

David Meaney | Via Penn Engineering | May 24, 2011

Penn Engineering is pleased to announce David F. Meaney as the Solomon R. Pollack Professor of Bioengineering. Meaney joined the Penn Engineering faculty in 1993 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. His current research focuses on understanding […]

Teaching Algae to Make Fuel

Shuguang Zhang | Via MIT News | May 24, 2011

New process could lead to production of hydrogen using bioengineered microorganisms. Many kinds of algae and cyanobacteria, common water-dwelling microorganisms, are capable of using energy from sunlight to split water molecules and release hydrogen, which holds promise as a clean and carbon-free fuel for the future. One reason this approach hasn’t yet been harnessed for […]

Nokes Named Department Chair

Sue Nokes | Via University of Kentucky | May 20, 2011

Dean Thomas W. Lester announced on Friday, May 20, 2011 that Dr. Sue Nokes, Ph.D., P.E. has been appointed as chair of the biosystems and agriculture engineering department. “Dr. Nokes has compiled an excellent record as a teacher and scholar,” said Dean Lester in his announcement, “and has served as director of undergraduate studies. She […]

UCSF Launches New Master’s Degree Program in Biomedical Imaging

Sharmila Majumdar | Via UC San Francisco | May 13, 2011

UCSF students will soon have the opportunity to broaden their investigative projects with a comprehensive understanding of imaging as part of a new Master’s Degree Program in Biomedical Imaging (MBI) launching this fall. “We are the leading health science campus for the UC system and have faculty and physicians who have embraced quantitative imaging,” said Sharmila […]

Southern California Wireless Health Innovators Win Funding for Inventions

Ellis Meng | Via UC San Diego | May 12, 2011

Southern California researchers working on wireless health technologies recently won commercialization support and research funding through the TATRC/Qualcomm Wireless Health Innovation Challenge. The awards will support UC San Diego work on artificial retinas made from nanowires, a UCLA system that helps people re-learn to walk after a traumatic injury, and USC tools that enable doctors […]

Clemson University’s Karen Burg Elected President of Scientific Society

Karen Burg | Via Clemson University | May 9, 2011

Clemson University bioengineering professor Karen Burg has been elected president of the Society For Biomaterials, a professional society for scientists and engineers who study cells, tissues and organs and their interactions with natural and synthetic materials, including implanted prosthetic devices. Burg, who holds the Hunter Endowed Chair in Bioengineering, is director of the Institute for […]

Prof. Konofagou Develops Method To Directly Diagnose Arrhythmias

Elisa E. Konofagou | Via Columbia University Engineering | May 9, 2011

Abnormalities in cardiac conduction — the rate at which the heart conducts electrical impulses to contract and relax — are a major cause of death and disability around the world.   Researchers at Columbia Engineering School lead by Professor Elisa Konofagou have been developing a new method, Electromechanical Wave Imaging (EWI), that is the first non-invasive direct technique to map the electrical activation […]

CCSB Makes Debut with Big Symposium

Sylvia K. Plevritis | Via Stanford Medicine | May 9, 2011

The Center for Cancer Systems Biology held its first annual symposium May 2-3 on campus. CCSB was launched in 2010 with a $12.8 million award from the National Institutes of Health and is one of 12 centers sponsored by the agency. The CCSB meshes biological and computational research to reconstruct molecular networks in the study […]

The Soul of a Cell: Stanford Researchers Used Advanced Instrument to Read Cells’ Minds

Garry Nolan | Via Stanford Medicine | May 5, 2011

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have taken a machine already in use for the measurement of impurities in semiconductors and used it to analyze immune cells in far more detail than has been possible before. The new technology lets scientists take simultaneous measurements of dozens of features located on and in cells, […]

U-M, Coulter Translational Partnership Build $20 Million Endowment for Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine Research

Douglas Noll | Via University of Michigan | May 5, 2011

The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation along with the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering and the School of Medicine has enabled the creation of a $20 million endowment to enhance and support research directed at technologies promising progression towards commercial development and clinical practice. "We are grateful to the Coulter Foundation for once again advancing […]