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It’s All in the Wrapping

Melissa Knothe Tate | Via Case Western Reserve University | December 13, 2011

A man-made package filled with nature’s bone-building ingredients delivers the goods over time and space to heal serious bone injuries faster than products currently available, Cleveland researchers have found. Tested on sheep in Switzerland, the surgical elastic “implant device,” essentially a wrapping that mimics bone’s own sock-like sheath called periosteum, delivered stem cells, growth factors […]

Microneedle Sensors May Allow Real-Time Monitoring Of Body Chemistry

Roger Narayan | Via NC State Newsroom | December 13, 2011

Researchers from North Carolina State University, Sandia National Laboratories, and the University of California, San Diego have developed new technology that uses microneedles to allow doctors to detect real-time chemical changes in the body – and to continuously do so for an extended period of time. “We’ve loaded the hollow channels within microneedles with electrochemical […]

Renowned Georgia Tech BME Professor Robert M. Nerem Presents at WPI

Robert Nerem | Via Worcester Polytechnic Institute | December 12, 2011

This Fall, Worcester Polytechnic Institute had the pleasure of hosting Robert M. Nerem, Ph.D, a professor at Georgia Institute of Technology and Distinguished Chair Emeritus at the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience. Professor Nerem’s visit to campus included meetings with faculty and graduate students as well […]

Six Rice University Professors Alected AAAS Fellows

George N. Bennett | Via Rice University | December 9, 2011

Rice University professors Behnaam Aazhang, Pedro Alvarez, George Bennett, Antonios Mikos, Krishna Palem and Richard Tapia have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science. AAAS fellows are elected by their peers, and fewer than 1 percent […]

New Shu Chien Lab in New Research Building to Investigate Best Environment to Grow Stem Cells

Shu Chien | Via UC San Diego | December 7, 2011

Bioengineering Professor Shu Chien, who recently received a National Medal of Science at the White House, will have a laboratory in the new Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine building. Chien’s lab will be dedicated to further developing a technology that allows scientists to identify the best environments to grow stem cells. Creating these environments requires […]

Wyss Institute Founding Director Donald Ingber Receives 2011 Holst Medal

Donald Ingber | Via Wyss Institute | December 6, 2011

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University announced today that its Founding Director, Donald Ingber, M.D., Ph.D., has received the 2011 Holst Medal in recognition of his pioneering work exploring the cellular mechanisms that contribute to mechanical control of tissue and organ development and his groundbreaking development of bioinspired technologies, ranging from […]

‘Label-free’ Imaging Tool Tracks Nanotubes in Cells, Blood for Biomedical Research

Ji-Xin Cheng | Via Purdue University | December 5, 2011

Researchers have demonstrated a new imaging tool for tracking structures called carbon nanotubes in living cells and the bloodstream, which could aid efforts to perfect their use in biomedical research and clinical medicine.  The structures have potential applications in drug delivery to treat diseases and imaging for cancer research. Two types of nanotubes are created […]

E. Coli Bacteria Engineered to Eat Switchgrass and Make Transportation Fuels

Jay Keasling | Via Berkeley Lab News Center | November 29, 2011

A milestone has been reached on the road to developing advanced biofuels that can replace gasoline, diesel and jet fuels with a domestically-produced clean, green, renewable alternative. Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have engineered the first strains of  Escherichia coli bacteria that can digest switchgrass biomass and synthesize […]

Researchers Awarded $3.2M from NIH to Pioneer Advanced Biomolecule Discovery Technology

Hyongsok Soh | Via UC Santa Barbara Engineering | November 28, 2011

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have awarded $3.2 million to a team of preeminent engineering, chemistry, and biology researchers to develop a highly efficient system of generating nucleic acid molecules, called aptamers. The technology provides an entirely new method of discovering and mass producing new high-performance aptamers for a broad range of applications, including […]

Tissue Engineering Moves from Sci Fi to Reality, Mikos Shows

Antonios Mikos | Via NIH Record | November 25, 2011

If you ever want to gain a fresh appreciation of how well made the human body is, try building replacement parts for missing or damaged elements of the original equipment. It will require all the biology, chemistry, physics and engineering you can marshal, and then some. In a recent Wednesday Afternoon Lecture he titled “Biomaterials […]

A First: UCF Lab Creates Cells Used by Brain to Control Muscle Cells

James Hickman | Via UCF Office of Research & Commercialization | November 22, 2011

University of Central Florida researchers, for the first time, have used stem cells to grow neuromuscular junctions between human muscle cells and human spinal cord cells, the key connectors used by the brain to communicate and control muscles in the body. The success at UCF is a critical step in developing “human-on-a-chip” systems. The systems […]

How Cancer Cells get by on a Starvation Diet

Gregory Stephanopoulos | Via MIT | November 21, 2011

Cancer cells usually live in an environment with limited supplies of the nutrients they need to proliferate — most notably, oxygen and glucose. However, they are still able to divide uncontrollably, producing new cancer cells. A new study from researchers at MIT and the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center helps to explain how this […]

Onaral Receives Israel America Chamber of Commerce Recognition

Banu Onaral | Via Drexel University | November 16, 2011

Drexel University’s Dr. Banu Onaral has been bringing together leaders in technology and industry for years as an H.H. Sun professor and the director of the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems. Her visionary work to further international collaborations for translational research and technology transfer were recognized by the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce […]

Duerk Named Dean of Case Western Reserve University’s Case School of Engineering

Jeffrey Lewis Duerk | Via Case Western Reserve University | November 16, 2011

Biomedical Engineering Department Chair Jeffrey L. Duerk, PhD, will become the next dean of the Case School of Engineering, effective Jan. 1, Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder announced. An alumnus of the school, Duerk has been a member of the university faculty since 1988 and has held leadership positions of increasing responsibility […]

Boppart Presents at Congressional Briefing

Stephen A. Boppart | Via University of Illinois Engineering | November 15, 2011

On November 17, 2011, Professor Stephen Boppart will take part in a congressional briefing convened by the Optical Society of America (OSA). The briefing is being held under the auspices of the Advisory Committee for the Congressional Research and Development Caucus. Boppart, a professor of electrical and computer engineeirng and of bioengineering at Illinois, will […]

New Journal on Disruptive Science and Technology Launching in 2012

Alan Russell | Via Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers | November 14, 2011

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers announces the launch of Disruptive Science and Technology, a highly innovative, bimonthly peer-reviewed journal that seeks to publish game-changing research that has the potential to significantly improve human health, well-being, and productivity. The Journal will present new and innovative results, essential data, cutting-edge discoveries, thorough syntheses and analyses, and publish […]

Gilda Barabino Elected BMES President

Gilda Barabino | Via Georgia Tech News Center | November 8, 2011

Gilda Barabino was elected president of the Biomedical Engineering Society, it was announced at the 2011 BMES Annual Meeting in Hartford, Connecticut. She begins her two-year term in October 2012 at the Society’s next annual meeting in Atlanta. Barabino is the first underrepresented minority and second woman to be elected president of BMES since it […]

Carnegie Mellon’s Phil LeDuc and Mary Beth Wilson Receive Prestigious Gates Foundation Grant for Fighting Child Malnutrition in Africa

Philip LeDuc | Via Carnegie Mellon University | November 7, 2011

Carnegie Mellon University researchers are adjusting the cell mechanics of certain leafy vegetables in Africa in an effort to make the vegetation more palatable for malnourished infants and children.  Phil LeDuc, a professor of mechanical engineering, and Mary Beth Wilson, a Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering, have won an extremely competitive Grand Challenges Explorations Award […]

Cancer Research Grants Awarded

Liping Tang | Via UT Arlington | November 4, 2011

The Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas has awarded two University of Texas at Arlington bioengineering researchers – Baohong Yuan and Liping Tang – more than $1.2 million to explore better methods of detecting cancer. Yuan, an assistant professor who joined UT Arlington in 2010, this week won a $1 million award that he […]