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Fellowbook News

AIMBE Fellowbook collects news stories highlighting the members of the AIMBE College of Fellows. Read the latest stories, jump to the College Directory, or search below to find the newest research, awards, announcements and more for the leaders of the medical and biological engineering community.

 

 

Wearable COVID-19 Sensor Receives NSF RAPID Grant

John Rogers | Via Northwesternn University | June 3, 2020

Device monitors early signs, disease progression and response to treatment A research team led by Northwestern Engineering bioelectronics pioneer John A. Rogers has received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue developing a novel wearable device and set of algorithms specifically tailored to catch early signs and monitor progression of COVID-19. […]

USF COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Effort Delivers Funding in Second Round of Pandemic Projects

Paul Sanberg | Via University of South Florida | May 29, 2020

The University of South Florida’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants program is investing in 14 faculty research projects that would advance new medical interventions to detect and stop infections, develop innovations in personal protective equipment, and address fear and confusion in communities particularly vulnerable to the virus. A total of $344,855 will support this new round […]

Unique ‘home built’ device provides fast disease analysis in kidneys affected by diabetes

Enrico Gratton | Via EurekAlert | May 28, 2020

The amount of scarring in damaged kidneys as a result of diabetes or acute injury, is a key factor in determining treatment. But it has not been possible, using traditional techniques, to quickly and accurately assess how widespread this kind of wounding extends within the organ. Now, however, a physicist and chemist at Georgetown University […]

This Year on Memorial Day, We Honor the Heroes

Rory Cooper | Via HERL | May 27, 2020

Memorial Day serves as a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces, their families, friends, and all their loved ones. This year on Memorial Day, we honor the heroes, including people on the front lines of COVID-19, who gave their lives to defend our freedoms and way of life. […]

Tampa company, Kaligia Biosciences, developing portable, rapid, saliva-based COVID-19 screening devices

Stephen Liggett | Via Tampa Dispatch | May 27, 2020

The reopening of the world economy is largely reliant on easy and accessible COVID-19 screening. Kaligia Biosciences, a medical device company, is working with major Florida medical institutions to develop a portable, saliva-based device that can produce results in less than three minutes. Kaligia Biosciences is starting clinical trials of the Rapid Biofluid Analyzer 2 […]

Extraction of Skin Interstitial Fluid Using Microneedle Patches

Ali Khademhosseini | Via Terasaki Institute | May 27, 2020

The interstitial fluid is a major component of the liquid environment in the body and fills the spaces between the body’s cells.  In contrast, blood circulates only within the circulatory vessels of the body and is composed of blood cells and the liquid part of the blood, plasma.  Both fluids contain special components called biomarkers, […]

Decreasing the Time from Antibody Idea to IND Approval

Ram Sasisekharan | Via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | May 26, 2020

In 2015, Ram Sasisekharan, PhD, the Alfred H. Caspary professor of biological engineering and health sciences & technology at MIT, founded Tychan. The company concentrates on one key goal: decreasing the time from antibody idea to investigational new drug (IND) approval. Now, the company claims it can cut the average time in half and more. […]

Prophylactic Drug Delivery System for COVID-19

Heather Sheardown | Via McMaster University | May 22, 2020

The Heather Sheardown lab (McMaster University, Canada) is home to an interdisciplinary team of scientists and trainees with expertise in ophthalmology, polymer and biomaterial engineering, chemistry, pharmaceutical formulation and drug delivery, animal/ex-vivo/in-vitro models of disease and drug delivery, early stage material design and synthesis, and synthetic method scalability optimization. As the availability of a SARS-CoV-2 […]

Combinatorial screening approach opens path to better-quality joint cartilage

Ali Khademhosseini | Via Terasaki Institute | May 22, 2020

Cartilage is far from being like cartilage. As a rubber-like elastic tissue with widely varying properties, it lubricates our joints to keep them healthy and in motion, and forms many of our internal structures such as the intervertebral discs in our spine, the flexible connections between our ribs, and our voice box, as well as […]

Go behind the virus on its entry way with targeted pharmacological therapy: the inhalation route of anti SARS-Cov2 active substances.

Ruggero Bettini | Via AIMBE Public Documents | May 21, 2020

BACKGROUND SARS-Cov2 is the last appeared coronavirus that developed a pandemic infection with huge number of fatal cases. No vaccines are yet available that protect from this infection. However, a number of therapeutic tactics against COVID-19 have been empirically started. According to Mehra et al., 2020, in COVID-19 illness, a structured approach to clinical is […]

Go behind the virus on its entry way with targeted pharmacological therapy: the inhalation route of anti SARS-Cov2 active substances.

Paolo Colombo | Via AIMBE Public Documents | May 21, 2020

BACKGROUND SARS-Cov2 is the last appeared coronavirus that developed a pandemic infection with huge number of fatal cases. No vaccines are yet available that protect from this infection. However, a number of therapeutic tactics against COVID-19 have been empirically started. According to Mehra et al., 2020, in COVID-19 illness, a structured approach to clinical is […]

UC Davis Engineering Projects Fight COVID-19

Cristina Davis | Via UC Davis | May 20, 2020

With new seed grants from the UC Davis Office of Research’s COVID-19 Research Accelerator Funding Track (CRAFT), three teams of UC Davis engineers are applying their expertise toward the pandemic response to help people become safer, healthier and better-tested. Mechanical and aerospace engineering (MAE) professor and chair Cristina Davis and chemical engineering (CHE) faculty Priya […]

Researchers Receives NIH Funds for Adjuvant Research to Boost Coronavirus Vaccines

Krishnendu Roy | Via Georgia Tech | May 20, 2020

Researchers have received funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, to screen and evaluate certain molecules known as adjuvants that may improve the ability of coronavirus vaccines to stimulate the immune system and generate appropriate responses necessary to protect the general population against the virus. […]

Johns Hopkins researchers to use machine learning to predict heart damage in COVID-19 victims

Natalia Trayanova | Via Johns Hopkins University | May 18, 2020

Johns Hopkins researchers recently received a $195,000 Rapid Response Research grant from the National Science Foundation to, using machine learning, identify which COVID-19 patients are at risk of adverse cardiac events such as heart failure, sustained abnormal heartbeats, heart attacks, cardiogenic shock and death. Increasing evidence of COVID-19’s negative impacts on the cardiovascular system highlights […]

New Retinal Imaging System May be Used to Detect an Alzheimer’s Biomarker

Adam Wax | Via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | May 15, 2020

Biomedical engineers at Duke University say they have devised a new imaging device capable of measuring both the thickness and texture of the various layers of the retina at the back of the eye. The advance could be used to detect a biomarker of Alzheimer’s disease, potentially offering a widespread early warning system for the […]

Carlsbad biotech to test drug that targets gut in COVID-19 patients

Geert Schmid-Schönbein | Via San Diego Union Tribune | May 15, 2020

Leading Biosciences hopes that its drug will keep digestive enzymes from spilling into the bloodstream and triggering the airway inflammation seen in COVID-19 COVID-19’s worst symptoms are felt in the lungs — where the airways of some patients fill with dead cells and fluid, triggering a deadly spiral of inflammation. A local biotech company thinks […]

“Microbubbles” and ultrasound bombard cancer cells in mice

Katherine Ferrara | Via Stanford University | May 14, 2020

In the lab of Katherine Ferrara, PhD, bubbles spell trouble for cancer cells in mice — and maybe one day for humans, too. Specifically, Ferrara, a Stanford Medicine professor of radiology, is using “microbubbles” to damage the structure of cancer cells and cause them to die. The tiny gas-filled spheres are approved by the U.S. […]

Coventor-A COVID-19 Ventilation System

Arthur Erdman | Via Earl E. Bakken MDC | May 12, 2020

In response to COVID-19, the Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center has built a homemade ventilator. This device represents a rapidly scalable opportunity for healthcare providers to provide life sustaining mechanical ventilation to patients for whom no other option currently exists. The mechanical ventilator is simple to use for ICU-trained medical providers, it is compact […]

Northeastern Professor Partners With Audax Medical Inc., to Combat Covid-19

Tom Webster | Via Northeastern University | May 12, 2020

The Problem At Hand The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of daily modern life; employees work from home, students attend class online, and individuals have been encouraged to stay inside, only leaving isolation for the essentials. The response has provided a mild reprieve from the rapid spread of the virus, though it is a […]

Alternative to the Handshake Developed by UConn Doctors

Cato Laurencin | Via UConn Today | May 12, 2020

Did you know a single handshake can transfer 124 million bacteria? That’s why in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic in the journal Science’s Editor’s Blog entitled “The end of the handshake?,” UConn Health doctors are recommending a new alternative to the handshake to reduce human contact, protect public health, and diminish the spread […]