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New Biomedical Chair Earns Esteemed Engineering Honors

Metin Akay | Via University of Houston | January 22, 2010

Just weeks into his post as John S. Dunn Distinguished Professor and founding chair of the University of Houston Department of Biomedical Engineering, Metin Akay is already being recognized. He has been selected and will be inducted next month into two prestigious engineering and science organizations—the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and […]

Dr. Shuming Nie: Targeting Tumors with Multicolored Crystals and Gold Nanoparticles

Shuming Nie | Via NIH | January 20, 2010

The science of nanotechnology involves developing and manipulating materials on the same scale at which our bodies carry out the chemical reactions that keep us alive. Researchers want to use nanomaterials — materials with dimensions smaller than 100 nanometers — for all sorts of applications related to health and disease. Biomedical engineer Dr. Shuming Nie […]

Eleven U-M Scientists Named AAAS Fellows

James Baker, Jr. | Via University of Michigan News | January 20, 2010

Eleven University of Michigan faculty members are among 532 newly elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The tradition began in 1874, with fellows elected by peer AAAS members chosen because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New fellows will be presented with an […]

New Way to Generate Abundant Functional Blood Vessel Cells From Human Stem Cells Discovered

Sina Rabbany | Via Weill Cornell Medical College | January 20, 2010

In a significant step toward restoring healthy blood circulation to treat a variety of diseases, a team of scientists at Weill Cornell Medical College has developed a new technique and described a novel mechanism for turning human embryonic and pluripotent stem cells into plentiful, functional endothelial cells, which are critical to the formation of blood […]

A Bountiful Harvest Offers Promise for Regenerating Blood Vessels | Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Sina Rabbany | Via Howard Hughes Medical Institute | January 17, 2010

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) researchers have devised a new method that increases the number of blood vessel-forming cells they can make from human embryonic stem cells. The advance could improve the odds for successful cell-based therapies to treat heart disease or stroke, and might also aid engineering of artificial organs.

Carnegie Mellon’s Philip R. LeDuc Discovers New Protein Function That Could Save Lives

Philip LeDuc | Via Carnegie Mellon University | January 12, 2010

Carnegie Mellon University’s Philip R. LeDuc and his collaborators in Massachusetts and Taiwan have discovered a new function of a protein that could ultimately unlock the mystery of how these workhorses of the body play a central role in the mechanics of biological processes in people. "What we have done is find a new function […]

UCF Alzheimer’s Discovery Could Lead To Long-Sought Preventive Treatment

James Hickman | Via UCF Newsroom | January 8, 2010

Despite a massive global research effort, many basics of Alzheimer’s disease onset remain elusive. This has hampered development of treatments effective during the earliest stages of the disease, when prevention is most likely. But a new discovery by University of Central Florida researchers has revealed a previously unknown mechanism that may drive the early brain […]

Laurencin Honored by President Obama

Cato T. Laurencin | Via UConn Today | January 8, 2010

In a White House ceremony, President Barack Obama honored 22 recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, including Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, vice president for health affairs and medical school dean. “We are here today to honor teachers and mentors… who are upholding their responsibility not just to the […]

UCSD Bioengineering Pioneer Honored for Advancing Science Across Continents

Shu Chien | Via UC San Diego | January 5, 2010

For Shu Chien – a pioneer in the growing field of bioengineering – understanding and learning the marvels of how the human body works has been the foundation of his decades-long quest to advance science and technology worldwide.  The UC San Diego bioengineering professor’s significant scientific endeavors have paved the way for recognition of his […]

New and Improved RNA Interference

Daniel Anderson | Via Massachusetts Institute of Technology | January 4, 2010

Ever since RNA interference was discovered, in 1998, scientists have been pursuing the tantalizing ability to shut off any gene in the body — in particular, malfunctioning genes that cause diseases such as cancer. This week, researchers at MIT and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals report that they have successfully used RNA interference to turn off multiple genes […]

Are We Ready for ‘Wafer-Sized’ Implantable Medical Devices?

Stephen Oesterle | Via TEDMED | January 1, 2010

Stephen Oesterle at TEDMED 2010 Just when you thought things couldn’t get any smaller, Medtronic’s Stephen Oesterle show’s us something new in a ‘big’ way!

First Cancer Vaccine to Eliminate Tumors in Mice

David Mooney | Via Wyss Institute | November 25, 2009

A cancer vaccine carried into the body on a carefully engineered, fingernail-sized implant is the first to successfully eliminate tumors in mammals, a team of Harvard bioengineers and biologists report today in the journal Science Translational Medicine. The new approach uses plastic disks impregnated with tumor-specific antigens and implanted under the skin to reprogram the […]

Implantable Glucose Sensor Could Spell Relief for Millions of Diabetics

Diane Burgess | Via UConn Today | November 2, 2009

A team of researchers in chemistry, pharmaceutics, and engineering is developing a long term implantable biosensor that could dramatically change the way of life for millions of people diagnosed with diabetes. Inside the laboratories of Board of Trustees distinguished professor of pharmaceutics Diane Burgess, chemistry professor Fotios Papadimitrakopoulos, and engineering professor Faquir Jain, teams of […]

Caltech Scientist to Join UA Engineering Faculty

Wolfgang Fink | Via U. Arizona News | October 15, 2009

Edward Keonjian, the “father of microelectronics,” would have been 100 years old on Aug. 14, 2009. To mark his centennial, the University of Arizona College of Engineering has announced the establishment of the Edward and Maria Keonjian Distinguished Professorship in Microelectronics, the result of a million-dollar endowment by Keonjian and his wife Maria. The first […]

Susan Margulies Named a Fellow of BMES

Susan Margulies | Via Penn Engineering | October 14, 2009

Susan Margulies, Professor of Bioengineering, has been named a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society for her national and international contributions to Biomedical Engineering and for inspired leadership in BMES. Fellowship is conferred by the Board of Directors to Society members who demonstrate exceptional achievements and experience in the field of biomedical engineering, and a […]

UB Professor Esther Takeuchi Named Recipient of National Medal of Technology, Most Coveted Technology Award in U.S.

Esther Takeuchi | Via SUNY Buffalo | September 18, 2009

President Barack Obama announced yesterday that Esther S. Takeuchi, Ph.D., Greatbatch Professor in Power Sources Research in the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honor awarded in the U.S. for technological achievement. Takeuchi, a UB faculty member since 2007, is […]

School of Engineering Awarded National Science Foundation Grant

Judy Cezeaux | Via Western New England University | September 8, 2009

The Western New England College Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Industrial Engineering were awarded a grant of $125,000 from the National Science Foundation to develop multidisciplinary design projects that will assist individuals with disabilities. Dr. Judy L. Cezeaux, chair and professor of biomedical engineering, will oversee the project. “This funding will provide financial support for […]

Dental School Nurtures Ties with Industry

Anne Meyer | Via University at Buffalo | August 26, 2009

A dental products manufacturer headquartered in Germany had a problem. Company representatives suspected that someone was selling counterfeits of a brand-name composite resin in foreign markets. The questionable goods had been packaged professionally, matching authentic products in outward appearance. Without specialized help, it wasn’t possible to tell whether materials were real or imitation. The manufacturer […]

Georgia Tech’s Robert Nerem to Address Summer Commencement

Robert Nerem | Via Georgia Tech | July 31, 2009

Professor Robert M. Nerem will address the graduates at Georgia Tech’s 234th commencement on Saturday, August 1, 2009. Approximately 800 undergraduate and graduate students will be recognized at a 9a.m. ceremony at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Robert M. Nerem joined Georgia Tech in 1987 as the Parker H. Petit Distinguished Chair for Engineering in Medicine. He […]

Natacha DePaola Named IIT Dean of Engineering

Natacha DePaola | Via Illinois Institute of Technology | May 7, 2009

Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Provost Alan Cramb today announced the appointment of Natacha DePaola as dean of IIT Armour College of Engineering. DePaola joins IIT from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), where she has been chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering since 2005 and on the faculty since 1994. Before RPI, DePaola was assistant […]