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Identifying Cancer-Driving Gene Mutations – An Interview by Cancer Network

Rachel Karchin | Via Cancer Network | December 20, 2018

Rachel Karchin, PhD, is a professor of biomedical engineering, oncology, and computer science, with joint appointments at the Whiting School of Engineering and School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She is a core member of the Institute for Computational Medicine. A computational biologist, Dr. Karchin develops algorithms and software to analyze genomic […]

Fabrication of Shape-conformable Batteries Based on 3D-printing Technology

Jennifer A. Lewis | Via KAIST | December 20, 2018

Flexible, wireless electronic devices are rapidly emerging and have reached the level of commercialization; nevertheless, most of battery shapes are limited to either spherical and/or rectangular structures, which results in inefficient space use. Professor Il-Doo Kim’s team from the Department of Materials Science at KAIST has successfully developed technology to significantly enhance the variability of […]

Novel imaging technique brings diagnostic potential into operating room

Stephen Boppart | Via University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | December 19, 2018

A team of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers led by Bioengineering Professor Stephen Boppart has successfully visualized the tumor microenvironment of human breast tissue shortly after it was surgically removed from a patient in the operating room. The researchers achieved this using a new portable optical imaging system developed in Boppart’s lab. This work, […]

New Megalibrary Approach Proves Useful for the Rapid Discovery of New Materials

Chad Mirkin | Via Northwestern University | December 18, 2018

Different eras of civilization are defined by the discovery of new materials, as new materials drive new capabilities. And yet, identifying the best material for a given application — catalysts, light-harvesting structures, biodiagnostic labels, pharmaceuticals, and electronic devices—is traditionally a slow and daunting task. The options are nearly infinite, particularly at the nanoscale where material […]

Seer Launches to Develop Liquid Biopsy for Cancer, Brain Disease

Omid Farokhzad | Via Xconomy | December 17, 2018

Omid Farokhzad has, as he says, “been around the block a few times” in biotech. The cancer nanomedicine researcher has cofounded a handful of companies that have tried to develop nanotech-based and other drugs for cancer and other diseases. But their results have been mixed. BIND Therapeutics had some clinical disappointments and went bankrupt in […]

FDA approves device based on Vanderbilt invention to ID parathyroid during head and neck surgeries

Anita Mahadevan-Jansen | Via Vanderbilt University | December 17, 2018

Ten years after Professor of Biomedical Engineering Anita Mahadevan-Jansen discovered that parathyroid tissues glow under near-infrared light, the FDA has approved a device based on the technology for surgical use. She and her team developed the technology at the Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center. The device called “PTeye” has been tested at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and […]

Ingestible capsule can be controlled wirelessly

Robert Langer | Via MIT | December 13, 2018

Researchers at MIT, Draper, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have designed an ingestible capsule that can be controlled using Bluetooth wireless technology. The capsule, which can be customized to deliver drugs, sense environmental conditions, or both, can reside in the stomach for at least a month, transmitting information and responding to instructions from a user’s […]

Team invents method to shrink objects to the nanoscale

Edward Boyden | Via MIT | December 13, 2018

MIT researchers have invented a way to fabricate nanoscale 3-D objects of nearly any shape. They can also pattern the objects with a variety of useful materials, including metals, quantum dots, and DNA. “It’s a way of putting nearly any kind of material into a 3-D pattern with nanoscale precision,” says Edward Boyden, the Y. […]

C.C. Chu named fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

C.C. Chu | Via Cornell University | December 12, 2018

C.C. Chu, the Rebecca Q. Morgan ’60 Professor of Fiber Science & Apparel Design, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). He is one of 148 academic inventors to receive the honor this year. Chu’s work focuses on biodegradable biomaterials design and development applications, including tissue engineering for human body […]

John Rogers Receives 2019 Benjamin Franklin Medal

John Rogers | Via Northwestern University | December 10, 2018

Northwestern Engineering’s John A. Rogers has received the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Materials Engineering from The Franklin Institute, one of the oldest centers for science education and development in the country. Rogers is the Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and professor of biomedical engineering in the McCormick School […]

Biomedical Engineering Chair to Be Inducted in National Academy of Inventors

Igor Efimov | Via George Washington University | December 10, 2018

School of Engineering and Applied Science Professor Igor Efimov is set to be inducted into the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) next spring, a prestigious distinction for leaders in academic innovation. Dr. Efimov is the Alisann and Terry Collins Professor of Biomedical Engineering and chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the George Washington […]

Researchers evaluate pMSCs sheets for engineered repair and regeneration of heart tissue

Joyce Wong | Via EurekAlert | December 7, 2018

The placenta offers an abundant source of placenta-derived mesenchymal stem cells (pMSCs), which a new study has shown can readily form cell sheets that could be implanted in children with congenital heart defects and offer benefits for heart repair and regeneration compared to commonly used synthetic material-based scaffolds. Congenital heart disease is the leading cause […]

DeSimone receives prestigious National Academy of Sciences prize in convergent science

Joseph DeSimone | Via University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | December 6, 2018

Joseph M. DeSimone, Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry at Carolina and William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at NC State University, is the recipient of the 2018 National Academy of Sciences Award for Convergent Science. The $350,000 prize recognizes significant advances in convergence research — the integration of two or more of […]

World’s Smallest Wearable Device Warns of UV Exposure, Enables Precision Phototherapy

John Rogers | Via Northwestern University | December 5, 2018

The world’s smallest wearable, battery-free device has been developed by Northwestern Medicine and Northwestern Engineering scientists to measure exposure to light across multiple wavelengths, from the ultra violet (UV) to visible and even infrared parts of the solar spectrum. It can record up to three separate wavelengths of light at one time. The device’s underlying […]

CMU Welcomes New Head of Chemical Engineering

Anne Skaja Robinson | Via Carnegie Mellon University | December 5, 2018

Internationally renowned researcher Anne Skaja Robinson has joined Carnegie Mellon University as head of its Department of Chemical Engineering. Robinson comes from Tulane University, where she was chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering since 2012. She succeeds Lorenz Biegler, who served as the department head for five years. Robinson’s lab has two […]

Flu’s clues: A new approach to studying influenza

Daniel A. Fletcher | Via Washington University in St. Louis | December 3, 2018

Scientists have known for decades that a flu virus in a human body can be a lot different than viruses grown in a lab. As opposed to the uniform, spherical, textbook-style viruses in a petri dish, in humans they vary in shape and composition — particularly the abundance of certain proteins — even if they […]

JenaValve Technology Receives FDA Approval for Expanded IDE Enrollment in the Treatment of Patients with Severe Aortic Stenosis and Severe Aortic Regurgitation

Victoria Carr-Brendel | Via OA Online | December 3, 2018

JenaValve Technology, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of differentiated transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) systems, today announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of expansion of its Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) feasibility studies for the JenaValve Pericardial TAVR System with the Everdur™ transcatheter heart valve (THV) and Coronatix TM Transfemoral Delivery Catheter. The approval […]

New Spinal Discs Grown from Stem Cells

Robert L. Mauck | Via Pain News Network | November 30, 2018

Scientists have moved a step closer to being able to replace degenerated spinal discs with new ones grown in a laboratory from a patient’s own stem cells. Spinal discs are soft tissues that cushion the vertebrae and enable our backs to conform and perform the tasks of everyday movement. Over time, the discs can wear […]

With these nanoparticles, a simple urine test could diagnose bacterial pneumonia

Sangeeta Bhatia | Via MIT | November 29, 2018

Pneumonia, a respiratory disease that kills about 50,000 people in the United States every year, can be caused by many different microbes, including bacteria and viruses. Rapid detection of pneumonia is critical for effective treatment, especially in hospital-acquired cases which are often more severe. However, current diagnostic approaches often take several days to return definitive […]

Potential arthritis treatment prevents cartilage breakdown

Paula Hammond | Via MIT | November 28, 2018

Osteoarthritis, a disease that causes severe joint pain, affects more than 20 million people in the United States. Some drug treatments can help alleviate the pain, but there are no treatments that can reverse or slow the cartilage breakdown associated with the disease. In an advance that could improve the treatment options available for osteoarthritis, […]