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KU Researchers Work to Increase Durability of Newer Dental Fillings

Paulette Spencer | Via University of Kansas News | August 23, 2011

A team of researchers at the University of Kansas is hoping to curb tooth decay – while saving dental patients thousands of dollars – by working to improve the material used by dentists to fill cavities. Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Bioengineering Research Center Paulette Spencer and Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical […]

Profs. Konofagou & Carloni Receive National Honors

Elisa E. Konofagou | Via Columbia University Engineering | August 18, 2011

Two Columbia Engineering professors are among the 85 nationwide selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 17th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium next month in California.   The NAE selected Elisa Konofagou, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and radiology, and Luca Carloni, associate professor of computer science, from among the […]

Mimicking Biological Complexity, in a Tiny Particle

Ali Khademhosseini | Via Massachusetts Institute of Technology | August 15, 2011

Tiny particles made of polymers hold great promise for targeted delivery of drugs and as structural scaffolds for building artificial tissues. However, current production methods for such microparticles yield a limited array of shapes and can only be made with certain materials, restricting their usefulness. In an advance that could broadly expand the possible applications […]

Seeking a Safer Future for Electricity’s Coal Ash Waste

Sudipta Seal | Via National Geographic Daily News | August 15, 2011

People don’t usually see the ash left over from the electricity that’s burned when they turn on their lights or run their air conditioners. But at coal power plants, fly ash builds up every day, laced with heavy metals and toxins—one of the most difficult waste-management issues in the developed world. In the United States, […]

UNC Scientist to Partner on Nanoparticle Vaccine for Prostate Cancer

Joseph DeSimone | Via UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center | August 15, 2011

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researcher Joseph DeSimone, PhD, will partner with scientists at two universities and a local biotechnology company to develop a nanoparticle vaccine for prostate cancer. The Prostate Cancer Foundation awarded the UNC-Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard-Johns Hopkins-Liquidia Technologies consortium a Challenge Award of $1 million, one of ten such […]

Emery N. Brown, MD, PhD Receives the 2011 Jerome Sacks Award for Cross-Disciplinary Research

Emery Brown | Via National Institute of Statistical Sciences | August 10, 2011

The National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) has presented the 2011 Jerome Sacks Award for Cross-Disciplinary Research to Dr. Emery N. Brown of MIT and Harvard. Susan Ellenberg, chair of the Board of Trustees, announced the award at the 2011 Joint Statistical Meetings in Miami, Florida. The annual award, named in honor of Jerome (Jerry) […]

Teaming Up to Build 3-D Nanomaterials: Research Team Led by Prof. Dai Wins $7+ million Research Grant

Liming Dai | Via Case Western Reserve University | August 9, 2011

A national team of experts, led by a Case Western Reserve University researcher, has received a multi-million-dollar grant to bring unrivaled qualities found in one- and two-dimensional nanomaterials into three dimensions. The scientists’ goal is to produce new materials for a host of uses, ranging from high-efficiency batteries, ultracapacitors, fuel cells and hydrogen storage devices […]

Five Georgia Tech Faculty Appointed Regents’ Professors, Researchers

Suzanne Eskin | Via Georgia Tech News Center | August 9, 2011

The University System of Georgia Board of Regents today appointed three Georgia Tech faculty members as Regents’ Professors and two as Regents’ Researchers. Georgia Tech professor Seth Marder is part of the team that developed a new photonic material that could facilitate all-optical signal processing. The three new Regents’ Professors at Georgia Tech are Mark […]

On-Q-ity Founder and Genzyme Vet, Mara Aspinall, Moves to Roche’s Ventana Medical

Mara Aspinall | Via Xconomy | August 2, 2011

Mara Aspinall, the founder and former CEO of Waltham, MA-based On-Q-ity, has moved on to become president of Ventana Medical Systems, an Arizona-based division of healthcare giant Roche that focuses on cancer diagnostics. The appointment was announced in a press release today and is effective next month. Aspinall is well known in the diagnostics world, […]

Regrowing Blood Vessels With a Potent Molecule

Yadong Wang | Via University of Pittsburgh News | August 2, 2011

Ever since the Nobel Prize for nerve growth factor was awarded more than 30 years ago, researchers have been searching for ways to use growth factor clinically. University of Pittsburgh Professor Yadong Wang has developed a minimally invasive method of delivering growth factor to regrow blood vessels. His research, which could be used to treat […]

Duke Innovation Wins Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge

Robert Malkin | Via Duke Global Health Institute | August 2, 2011

Last week, nearly $14 million was awarded to innovations aimed at saving the lives of mothers and children around the world Thursday in a landmark event hosted by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah. The innovative Pratt Pouch developed by Pratt School of Engineering and DGHI faculty member Robert Malkin […]

Roche Appoints Mara G. Aspinall President of Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.

Mara Aspinall | Via PR Newswire | August 1, 2011

Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (Ventana), a member of the Roche Group, announced today the appointment of Mara Aspinall to the role of President, Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.  Aspinall was most recently Founder, President, and CEO of On-Q-ity, a start-up diagnostics company focused on circulating tumor cell technology. Prior to this, Aspinall spent twelve years with […]

Justin Hanes, Ph.D. Honored as the New Lewis J. Ort Professor and Director of the Center for Nanomedicine

Justin Hanes | Via Johns Hopkins Medicine | August 1, 2011

Sisters Kim Alkire and Marlee, Cherie , and Karen Ort were invited to Wilmer this August to meet Justin Hanes, Ph.D., the new Lewis J. Ort Professor and Director of the Center for Nanomedicine; for a special champagne toast and tour of the Smith Building. Dr. Hanes is working with other Wilmer investigators to focus […]

New Chair of Biomedical Engineering Conducts Medical Imaging Research to Personalize Treatment of Heart Ailments | UVA Today

Frederick H. Epstein | Via UVA Today | July 28, 2011

As medical imaging continues to improve – providing sharper and clearer pictures of living human tissues – University of Virginia biomedical engineering professor Frederick Epstein is moving beyond better pictures toward images that quantify the details of the workings of organs such as the heart. This can allow physicians to make more accurate diagnoses and […]

NSERC Invests $42 Million in U of T Research

Milos Popovic | Via University of Toronto | July 27, 2011

The Government of Canada and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada gave U of T research a huge boost July 27 when it announced $42 million in investment to 158 U of T faculty members, as well as graduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral students. The announcement was made by Steven Fletcher, federal Minister of […]

Susan Margulies Receives $6.7 million NIH/NINDS Grant

Susan Margulies | Via Penn Engineering | July 21, 2011

Susan S. Margulies, Professor and George H. Stephenson Term Chair of Bioengineering, has recently been awarded a $6.7 million, 5-year NIH/NINDS grant to conduct preclinical Cyclosporin A trials to treat pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI).  This multi-institutional, collaborative study is the first of its kind to use immature porcine models of TBI with developmental and […]

UCSF Bioengineer Builds Miniscule Medical Implants to Treat Diseases

Tejal Desai | Via UC San Francisco | July 20, 2011

As a Santa Barbara high school student, UCSF bioengineer Tejal Desai  got a kick out of making things work. Her father was a chemical engineer, and she thought she knew what engineering was all about. So, she was startled when a bioengineer visited her class and told the students about research to develop artificial organs […]

Canon U.S. Life Sciences and the University of Maryland Launch New Collaboration

William Bentley | Via UMD Newsdesk | July 19, 2011

Joint Team to Develop Automated Machine Designed to Expedite the Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases Canon U.S. Life Sciences, Inc., a subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., and the University of Maryland have launched a new research collaboration to develop a highly automated system providing rapid infectious disease diagnosis. Utilizing Canon U.S. Life Sciences’ proprietary genetic analysis […]

Six Faculty Members Named CIC-ALP Fellows

Joseph M. K. Irudayaraj | Via Purdue University | July 18, 2011

The Office of the Provost has selected six faculty members to participate in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation Academic Leadership Program during the 2011-12 academic year. The CIC is a consortium of the Big Ten member universities plus the University of Chicago.    “This program is a broad-based learning experience to develop the leadership and […]

Kristi Kiick Named Deputy Dean of College of Engineering Effective Aug. 1

Kristi Kiick | Via University of Delaware | July 18, 2011

Kristi Kiick, professor of materials science and engineering, has been named deputy dean of the University of Delaware’s College of Engineering effective Aug. 1. As deputy dean, Kiick replaces Babatunde Ogunnaike who has been appointed interim dean of engineering. “I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the college and look forward to working […]