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Proteins To Yield New Clues in Fight Against Osteoporosis

Deepak Vashishth | Via Rensselaer News | September 29, 2010

A $1.76 million study at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute seeks to identify new methods of diagnosing osteoporosis and inform the development of next-generation drugs to treat the bone disease. The five-year study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), is led by Deepak Vashishth, professor and head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at […]

Microfluidic Sniffs Out Airborne Bio-Attacks and Hazards

Allen Northrup | Via Silicon Valley Business Journal | September 26, 2010

THE BUSINESS: Microfluidic Systems Inc. makes equipment used by the Department of Homeland Security to detect biological attacks. Its automated equipment detects specific biological samples in the air or in clinical samples, typically pathogens like bacteria and viruses such as the human papilloma virus, and H1N1 and other forms of the influenza virus. CUSTOMERS: In […]

Bacteria as Environmentally Friendly Nanoparticle Factories

Sang Yup Lee | Via Nanowerk | September 24, 2010

In nature, uni- and multicellular organisms are capable of reducing and accumulating metal ions as detoxification and homeostasis mechanisms when exposed to metal ion solutions. Although the exact mechanisms and identities of microbial proteins associated for metal nanoparticle synthesis are not clear, two cysteine-rich, heavy metal-binding biomolecules, phytochelatin and metallothionein have been relatively well characterized. […]

Top-Ranked ENG Algorithms Could Reveal New Cancer Drug Targets

Sandor Vajda | Via Boston University | September 22, 2010

An interdisciplinary team of College of Engineering faculty members—Professor Sandor Vajda and Research Assistant Professor Dima Kozakov (both BME), Professor Ioannis Paschalidis (ECE) and Associate Professor Pirooz Vakili (ME)—has developed a family of powerful optimization algorithms for predicting the structures of complexes that form when two cell proteins bond together—structures that, in some cases, generate […]

Giorgio Delivers Invited Talk at IEEE International Conference in Argentina

Todd D. Giorgio | Via Vanderbilt School of Engineering | September 16, 2010

Todd D. Giorgio, professor and chair of the biomedical engineering department, delivered an invited talk at the 32nd annual international conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in Buenos Aries, Argentina, Sept. 1-4. His title – Medical School Influence on Biomedical Engineering Research and Teaching – was part of  “Technology Commercialization, Education, […]

NIH Awards $3.3 Million Prostate-Cancer Research Grant to a Group Led by Riverside Research Institute Teamed With Rutgers University, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and GE Global Research

Ernest Feleppa | Via Market Wired | September 14, 2010

Industrial-Academic Partnership to Help Urologists Zero in on Cancerous Prostate Tissue During Ultrasound-Guided Biopsies and Focal Treatments The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $3.3 million grant to researchers led by Riverside Research Institute to increase the reliability of imaging prostate cancer by combining advanced ultrasound and magnetic-resonance methods. These improvements are expected to […]

Professor Appointed Burton Morgan Center’s First Faculty Entrepreneur-In-Residence

Alyssa Panitch | Via Purdue University | September 13, 2010

Purdue University biomedical engineering professor Alyssa Panitch has been named the first faculty entrepreneur-in-residence at Discovery Park’s Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship. Panitch, who has been involved in launching three companies, will serve as a resource for university faculty, staff and students looking to start a company from their work or research at Purdue. […]

Engineering Dean C. Mauli Agrawal Receives Palmaz Award from BioMed SA

C. Mauli Agrawal | Via University of Texas at San Antonio | September 10, 2010

C. Mauli Agrawal, David and Jennifer Spencer Distinguished Chair for the Dean of Engineering and Peter Flawn Professor in Biomedical Engineering, was selected by BioMed SA, a local bioscience development organization, to receive the fifth annual Julio Palmaz Award for Innovation in Health Care and the Biosciences. Named after Palmaz stent inventor Julio Palmaz, the […]

Engineering Delivers the Advantage in Protecting Children

Susan Margulies | Via Penn Engineering | September 1, 2010

A tumble down the stairs, a fall from a bike, a jerked arm or an abusive strike are all actions that can cause traumatic brain injury (TBI) in children. One million children in the United States sustain TBIs annually, sending 165,000 children to the hospital. According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, […]

NSF Funds Interdisciplinary Team’s Grey Water Disinfection Plan

Luke Lee | Via UC Berkeley | August 26, 2010

A University of California, Berkeley, team has been awarded a $2 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for research on biologically-inspired technologies for grey water reuse and thermal energy management that may propel sustainable building into a new era. Micro-optic lenses, which would be installed in exterior walls. The grant comes from the NSF’s Emerging […]

NSF Awards $3M Stem Cell Bio-Manufacturing Program to Georgia Tech

Robert Nerem | Via Georgia Tech | August 26, 2010

Nerem and McDevitt will lead Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $3 million to the Georgia Institute of Technology to fund a unique research program on stem cell bio-manufacturing. The program is specifically focused on developing engineering methods for stem cell production, in order to meet […]

Microneedle, Quantum Dot Study Opens Door To New Clinical Cancer Tools

Roger Narayan | Via NC State Newsroom | August 25, 2010

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed extremely small microneedles that can be used to deliver medically-relevant nanoscale dyes called quantum dots into skin – an advance that opens the door to new techniques for diagnosing and treating a variety of medical conditions, including skin cancer. “We were able to fabricate hollow, plastic microneedles […]

A New Holder of the University Mace

Craig Henriquez | Via Duke Today | August 24, 2010

There will be a new look at the front of the procession Wednesday for Student Convocation. For the first time in a decade, former University Marshal Richard White won’t carry the university mace to lead Duke faculty and administrators into the Duke Chapel ceremony. After serving two five-year terms, White, a University Distinguished Services Professor […]

Purdue Biodefense Technology Project Awarded $1.3 Million NIH Seed Grant

J. Paul Robinson | Via Purdue University | August 22, 2010

Purdue University researchers have developed a technology that has the potential to more quickly identify food-borne pathogens, aiding U.S. homeland security officials in responding to a bioterrorist attack or other emergencies. The research team, which is based at Discovery Park’s Bindley Bioscience Center, has received a $1.3 million seed grant from the National Institutes of […]

A Better Way to Grow Stem Cells

Daniel Anderson | Via Massachusetts Institute of Technology | August 22, 2010

Human pluripotent stem cells, which can become any other kind of body cell, hold great potential to treat a wide range of ailments, including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries. However, scientists who work with such cells have had trouble growing large enough quantities to perform experiments — in particular, to be used […]

Scientists Explore Peek-and-Treat Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease

Ananth Annapragada | Via UTHealth | August 19, 2010

Scientists studying Alzheimer’s disease at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and the University of Houston (UH) are working on a new approach involving Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) that could aid in the detection and treatment of the disease. It involves the detection of plaques that can develop in the brains […]

Biomedical Engineering Doctoral Program Approved

Metin Akay | Via University of Houston | August 17, 2010

The University of Houston Health Initiative has received a major boost from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which recently approved the establishment of a doctoral program in biomedical engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering… …”Our program will discover, develop and deliver technological solutions aimed at reducing health care costs,” said Metin Akay, […]

A Heart Beats to a Different Drummer: Researchers Pace Embryonic Heart With Laser

Andrew Rollins | Via Case Western Reserve University | August 16, 2010

Love, exercise and, new research shows, an infrared laser can make a heart beat faster. Scientists at Case Western Reserve University and Vanderbilt University found that pulsed light can pace contractions in an avian embryonic heart, with no apparent damage to the tissue. The work, “Optical pacing of the embryonic heart,” will be published in […]

Biomedical Engineering Society Honors Health Center VP

Cato T. Laurencin | Via UConn Today | August 13, 2010

Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, vice president for health affairs at the University of Connecticut Health Center and dean of the medical school, has been elected a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society. The BMES bestows this honor in recognition of outstanding contributions and achievements in biomedical engineering.

NIH EUREKA Award Will Enable Design of New Brain Tumor Treatment

Ravi Bellamkonda | Via Georgia Tech News Center | August 10, 2010

$1M grant awarded to Coulter Department professor Ravi Bellamkonda The Georgia Institute of Technology has received a EUREKA grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to design a new way to treat invasive brain tumors by capturing the migrating cells that spread the disease. The EUREKA — Exceptional, Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration — […]