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HHS and the American Society of Nephrology Announce Winners of $3 Million KidneyX Redesign Dialysis Phase 2 Prize Competition at KidneyX Summit

Buddy Ratner | Via Dept. of Health & Human Services | July 22, 2020

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) announced the six winners exit disclaimer icon of the $3 million KidneyX: Redesign Dialysis Phase 2 competition during the virtual KidneyX Summit exit disclaimer icon. Each recipient will receive $500,000, recognizing the transformative work and creativity these innovators […]

This COVID-19 super antibody test could provide new insights into immunity

David Walt | Via Fast Company | July 21, 2020

COVID-19 antibody tests have been the subject of scrutiny since their arrival, but they still represent an important tool in understanding population health. Molecular tests have become the top method of identifying cases of COVID-19. One scientist thinks we should be looking at using a combination of antibody tests, antigen tests, and molecular RNA tests […]

Paige Receives FDA Clearance for the FullFocus Viewer for Digital Pathology

Leo Grady | Via Business Wire | July 21, 2020

Paige, a global leader in computational pathology, today announced it received Federal Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the FullFocus™, a digital pathology image viewer for the purpose of primary diagnosis. This 510(k) clearance from the FDA allows in vitro diagnostic (IVD) use of FullFocus with FDA-authorized Philips Ultra Fast Scanner and paves the way […]

Dee Providing Insight to New Biomedical Engineering Education Journal

Kay Dee | Via Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | July 21, 2020

Kay C Dee, associate dean of learning and technology and professor of biomedical engineering, is lending her expertise in cell and tissue engineering, biomaterials, and engineering education as an associate editor of the Biomedical Engineering Society’s new Biomedical Engineering Education journal. This international journal presents articles on the practice and scholarship of education in bioengineering, […]

Experimental Blood Test Detects Cancer up to Four Years before Symptoms Appear

Kun Zhang | Via Scientific American | July 21, 2020

For years scientists have sought to create the ultimate cancer-screening test—one that can reliably detect a malignancy early, before tumor cells spread and when treatments are more effective. A new method reported today in Nature Communications brings researchers a step closer to that goal. By using a blood test, the international team was able to […]

Analyzing Cells for Future Biomedical Devices

Yu-li Wang | Via Carnegie Mellon University | July 20, 2020

Yu-li Wang and his team are researching cell migration while using the technologies developed for potential applications in artificial organs and other devices. The team has been awarded a five-year research grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), one of the National Institutes of Health, to support this work. “We are one […]

Guigen Zhang Elected Society for Biomaterials President for 2021-2022 Term

Guigen Zhang | Via University of Kentucky | July 16, 2020

Guigen Zhang, Chair of the Joseph Halcomb III, M.D. Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) and Halcomb Endowed Chair Guigen, has been elected president of the Society for Biomaterials for the 2021-2022 term. The election results were announced at the 2020 Society for Biomaterials Business Meeting held virtually on July 15. The Society for Biomaterials, known […]

Multiday maintenance of extracorporeal lungs using cross-circulation with conscious swine

Matthew Bacchetta | Via JTCVS | July 15, 2020

Abstract Objectives Lung remains the least-utilized solid organ for transplantation. Efforts to recover donor lungs with reversible injuries using ex vivo perfusion systems are limited to <24 hours of support. Here, we demonstrate the feasibility of extending normothermic extracorporeal lung support to 4 days using cross-circulation with conscious swine. Methods A swine behavioral training program […]

COVID-19 vaccine development and a potential nanomaterial path forward

Nicole Steinmetz | Via Nature Nanotechnology | July 15, 2020

Abstract The COVID-19 pandemic has infected millions of people with no clear signs of abatement owing to the high prevalence, long incubation period and lack of established treatments or vaccines. Vaccines are the most promising solution to mitigate new viral strains. The genome sequence and protein structure of the 2019-novel coronavirus (nCoV or SARS-CoV-2) were […]

New Therapy Extends Breast Cancer Survival Rate, Prevents Reoccurrence

Chad Mirkin | Via Northwestern University | July 13, 2020

A new immunotherapy developed by researchers at Northwestern University dramatically extends the survival time of mice with triple-negative breast cancer, one of the most aggressive and difficult-to-treat forms of breast cancer. In a new study, mice treated with the therapy, which comprises two immunity-boosting drugs housed inside a nanoparticle, experienced complete tumor remission for at […]

Connecting donated human lungs to pigs repaired damage to the organs, scientists report

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic | Via Stat News | July 13, 2020

For people who need a lung transplant, the wait is often prolonged by the frustrating fact that most donor organs have to be discarded: Only 20% of donated lungs meet medical criteria for transplantation, translating into far fewer organs than people on waiting lists. Now, a team of researchers has shown they might be able […]

Xenogeneic cross-circulation for extracorporeal recovery of injured human lungs

Matthew Bacchetta | Via Nature Medicine | July 13, 2020

Medical, surgical and technological advancements in organ transplantation continue to expand life-saving treatment options for patients with end-stage lung disease, but transplantation remains limited by the low availability of donor organs. As chronic respiratory disease is the third-leading cause of death worldwide1, the need for innovative solutions to reduce associated morbidity and mortality is imperative. […]

A urine test for lung cancer? Nanosensors make it possible

Sangeeta Bhatia | Via MD Linx | July 10, 2020

Harvard and MIT researchers teamed up to develop a novel screening test that could identify lung cancer a lot earlier and easier than current methods. The test detects lung cancer using nanoprobes, which send out reporter molecules that are picked up on urine analysis. This breakthrough, which is more sensitive than CT and delivers on […]

Breast cancer cells can reprogram natural killer cells to aid in metastasis

Joel Bader | Via News-Medical.Net | July 9, 2020

Natural killer (NK) cells, a type of immune cell, are known to limit metastasis by inducing the death of cancer cells. But metastases still form in patients, so there must be ways for cancer cells to escape. Using a novel cell culture method developed by lead author Isaac Chan, M.D., Ph.D., a medical oncology fellow […]

David Edwards develops a $50 nasal spray to thwart the spread of COVID-19

David Edwards | Via Fast Company | July 8, 2020

Developed by Harvard professor David Edwards—who previously created inhalable chocolate and cocktails—the spray promises to stop the spread of aerosols by as much as 99%. You should practice social distancing and wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But even masks aren’t perfect. A high-end N95 mask can filter an estimated 99.8% of […]

AU announced the appointment of Dr. Anthony Guiseppi-Elie as the founding dean of the newly established College of Engineering

Tony Guiseppi-Elie | Via AIMBE | July 8, 2020

Anderson University is launching a College of Engineering that will offer programs in electrical and mechanical engineering beginning with the fall, 2021 semester. Dr. Anthony Guiseppi-Elie is joining Anderson University as the founding dean of the new college, where he will serve as vice president for industry relations and University distinguished professor. Dr. Guiseppi-Elie, most […]

Nanoparticles Used to Deliver Gene Therapy for Macular Degeneration

Jordan Green | Via Azo Nano | July 8, 2020

Using an exclusively designed large molecule, the researchers could compact huge bundles of therapeutic DNA to be delivered into the cells of the eye. Reported in the Science Advances journal on July 3rd, 2020, the study offers evidence of the prospective value of nanoparticle-delivered gene therapy for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration. Macular […]

Helping drug-delivering particles squeeze through a syringe

Robert Langer | Via MIT | July 8, 2020

Microparticles offer a promising way to deliver multiple doses of a drug or vaccine at once, because they can be designed to release their payload at specific intervals. However, the particles, which are about the size of a grain of sand, can be difficult to inject because they can get clogged in a typical syringe. […]

New Biomaterial Could Shield Against Harmful Radiation

Nathan Gianneschi | Via Northwestern University | July 8, 2020

Packing for outer space? Here’s one thing you won’t want to forget. Northwestern University researchers have synthesized a new form of melanin enriched with selenium. Called selenomelanin, this new biomaterial shows extraordinary promise as a shield for human tissue against harmful radiation. “Given the increased interest in space travel and the general need for lightweight, […]