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Cato Laurencin Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Cato Laurencin | Via UConn Today | April 17, 2019

Two UConn professors, Dr. Cato Laurencin and physics professor Nora Berrah, have been elected as members to the historic and prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. This year, more than 200 individuals were elected to the academy with compelling achievements in academia, business, government, and public affairs. “One of the reasons to honor extraordinary […]

Kristi Anseth elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Kristi Anseth | Via CU Boulder Today | April 17, 2019

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced today that CU Boulder Professor Kristi Anseth has been elected to its 2019 class. Anseth is among more than 200 individuals selected this year for their exceptional achievements in the arts and sciences, business, philanthropy and the public sector. Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts […]

Peter Basser, 2019 ASNR Honorary Member Recipient

Peter Basser | Via American Society of Neuroradiology | April 16, 2019

ASNR Awards Committee Selects 2019 Gold Medal Recipients, Honorary Member, and FASNR Outstanding Research Award Recipient … The 2019 Honorary Member Award Recipient, Peter J. Basser, PhD, a scientist-inventor whose work has transformed how neurological disorders and diseases are diagnosed and treated, and how brain architecture, organization, structure, and anatomical “connectivity” are studied and visualized. […]

‘Contraceptive jewelry’ promises easier adherence than traditional birth control methods

Mark Prausnitz | Via Healio | April 13, 2019

Researchers from Georgia Tech developed and performed initial testing for contraceptive patches administered via jewelry that could provide a new avenue for birth control, according to findings presented in the Journal of Controlled Release. “Approximately 40% of births worldwide are unintended, which means that there is a need for additional contraceptive options to enable better […]

Scientists develop artificial chemical receptor to assist viral transduction for T cell engineering

Lintao Cai | Via EurekAlert | April 12, 2019

Engineered T cell immunotherapy, such as chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR-T) and T cell receptor T cell (TCR-T) therapy, has emerged as a potent therapeutic strategy for treating tumors. However, the genetic manipulation of primary T cells remains inefficient, especially during the clinical manufacturing process. There’s an urgent need to develop a reliable method […]

Study discovers the mechanism of bronchial spasms

Andre Levchenko | Via Yale University | April 2, 2019

A new study by researchers at Yale and Johns Hopkins University has discovered how asthmatic bronchial spasms — muscle contractions in the airway that cause difficulty breathing in asthma patients— occur by creating a microdevice that mimics the behavior of the human respiratory airways. Led by Andre Levchenko, professor of biomedical engineering, and Johns Hopkins […]

Lasers Open Up New Roads into Understanding Cancer Cells’ Behavior

Lihong Wang | Via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | April 2, 2019

Researchers know that cancer cells are generally much more metabolically active than healthy cells, and some insights into a cancer cell’s behavior can be gleaned by analyzing its metabolic activity. But getting an accurate assessment of these characteristics has proven difficult for scientists, they say, adding that several methods, including position emission tomography (or PET) […]

Model learns how individual amino acids determine protein function

Bonnie Berger | Via MIT | March 31, 2019

A machine-learning model from MIT researchers computationally breaks down how segments of amino acid chains determine a protein’s function, which could help researchers design and test new proteins for drug development or biological research. Proteins are linear chains of amino acids, connected by peptide bonds, that fold into exceedingly complex three-dimensional structures, depending on the […]

Like geese and race cars, cancer cells draft their way to new sites

Cynthia Reinhart-King | Via Vanderbilt Engineering | March 30, 2019

NASCAR has nothing on cancer cells when it comes to exploiting the power of drafting, letting someone else do the hard work of moving forward while you coast behind. Building on the relatively new discovery that metastatic cancer cells leave tumors and travel in clusters, not singles, a Vanderbilt University team of biomedical engineers learned […]

Polymer heart valves may improve outcomes, reduce costs

Danny Bluestein | Via Plastics Today | March 29, 2019

Defective aortic heart valves typically can be replaced with a mechanical or animal-tissue-based valve. Both options have drawbacks: In most cases, patients with a mechanical valve will need to take blood thinners for the rest of their lives to prevent blood clots, while tissue valves have a limited lifespan, requiring younger patients to undergo replacement […]

Spider silk could be used as robotic muscle

Markus Buehler | Via MIT | March 29, 2019

Spider silk, already known as one of the strongest materials for its weight, turns out to have another unusual property that might lead to new kinds of artificial muscles or robotic actuators, researchers have found. The resilient fibers, the team discovered, respond very strongly to changes in humidity. Above a certain level of relative humidity […]

“Antibody-like” T Cell Receptors May Be New Potential Treatment for Cytomegalovirus (#CMV) and Brain Tumors

Jennifer Maynard | Via The University of Texas at Austin | March 29, 2019

Texas ChE Professor Jennifer Maynard and her research team have engineered “antibody-like” T cell receptors that can specifically stick to cells infected with cytomegalovirus, or CMV, a virus that causes lifelong infection in more than half of all adults by age 40. These receptors represent a new potential treatment option, could aid the development of […]

Tissue model reveals how RNA will act on the liver

Sangeeta Bhatia | Via MIT | March 29, 2019

Novel therapies based on a process known as RNA interference (RNAi) hold great promise for treating a variety of diseases by blocking specific genes in a patient’s cells. Many of the earliest RNAi treatments have focused on diseases of the liver, because RNA-carrying particles tend to accumulate in that organ. MIT researchers have now shown […]

New optical imaging system could be deployed to find tiny tumors

Paula Hammond | Via MIT | March 29, 2019

Many types of cancer could be more easily treated if they were detected at an earlier stage. MIT researchers have now developed an imaging system, named “DOLPHIN,” which could enable them to find tiny tumors, as small as a couple of hundred cells, deep within the body. In a new study, the researchers used their […]

High-speed, 3D microscope captures stunning videos of fruit fly nerve cells in action

Elizabeth Hillman | Via EurekAlert | March 29, 2019

Columbia engineers and neuroscientists have joined forces to create 3D videos of individual nerve cells moving, stretching and switching on inside fruit fly larvae as they move. Data gleaned from these videos reveals how nerve cells called proprioceptive neurons work together to help the body sense where it is in space. To accomplish this feat, […]

Myoscience Announces Data Demonstrating iovera Therapy is an Effective Alternative to Opioids for Pain Relief Following Knee Replacement Surgery

William Mihalko | Via The Associated Press | March 29, 2019

Myoscience, Inc., a medical device company dedicated to relieving pain through targeted therapies, today announced clinical trial results demonstrating that iovera° therapy significantly reduced the use of opioids following total knee arthroplasty (TKA) surgery (primary endpoint) and significantly reduced pain in a prospective, randomized study. Preliminary results will be presented tomorrow in the Innovation Theater […]

Drug could alleviate side effects of chemo for breast cancer patients

Joseph Wu | Via Stanford University | March 29, 2019

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have demonstrated a method of forecasting which breast cancer patients will suffer heart problems from a commonly used chemotherapy drug. The researchers also found that a class of medications already approved by the Food and Drug Administration may mitigate these side effects. “We could use this method […]

Chad A. Mirkin to Receive Prestigious Perkin Medal

Chad Mirkin | Via Northwestern University | March 29, 2019

Northwestern University’s Chad A. Mirkin, a world-renowned chemist and nanoscience expert, will receive the 2019 Perkin Medal from The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), America Group. The award is widely considered as “the highest honor in American industrial chemistry.” Mirkin is the George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry in the Weinberg College of Arts & […]

Vitamin C Might Reverse Stress-induced Driver of Breast Cancer, Study Says

Quentin Liu | Via Breast Cancer News | March 29, 2019

Chronic stress and the consequent release of the stress hormone epinephrine may help breast cancer cells grow by helping them get more energy, a study in mice shows. This effect might be reversed through treatment with vitamin C, researchers report. The study, “Stress-induced epinephrine enhances lactate dehydrogenase A and promotes breast cancer stem-like cells,” was […]

Dr. Zhen Gu Inducted into Medical and Biological Engineering Elite

Zhen Gu | Via AIMBE | March 28, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the induction of Zhen Gu, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Los Angeles, to its College of Fellows. Election to the AIMBE College of Fellows is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer. The College of […]