Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health

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September 23, 2014

A third of patients who undergo surgery to remove cancerous tumors end up with microscopic pieces left behind. These overlooked remnants can lead to the recurrence of cancer after what was thought to be a successful surgery. Two surgeons at the University of Pennsylvania have joined forces to try to solve this problem. Read more at

NIBIB in the News • September 15, 2014

NIBIB Director Roderic Pettigrew discusses the recent spinal stimulation breakthrough for paralysis, other NIH-supported technologies for assisting individuals with paralysis or movement disorders, and future research directions in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Human Capital blog. You can read the full post at

Grantee News • September 11, 2014

An NIBIB-funded study at the University of Michigan seeks to make low-dose computed tomography scans a viable screening technique by speeding up the image reconstruction from half an hour or more to just five minutes.The advance could be particularly important for fighting lung cancers, as symptoms often appear too late for effective treatment.  Read more and watch a video about the research in the University of Michigan press release.

Grantee News • September 9, 2014

NIBIB-supported biomedical engineer Sangeeta Bhatia has won the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize in recognition of her work in designing and commercializing miniaturized technologies that seek to improve human health. Examples include developing a way to detect cancer through a paper urine test and building a microliver from scratch that can be used to help fight infectious diseases. Read the full story at Additional information can be found in the press release at

Science Highlights • September 8, 2014
Using a multi-pronged, team-science approach that involves adapting MRI equipment for pediatric use, developing better motion correction strategies, and implementing state-of-the art image reconstruction techniques, NIBIB-supported researchers have significantly reduced the amount of time it takes for a child to undergo an MRI scan at Stanford.
Grantee News • August 27, 2014

Researchers from UC Davis and other institutions have created dynamic nanoparticles (NPs) that could provide an arsenal of applications to diagnose and treat cancer. Built on an easy-to-make polymer, these particles can be used as contrast agents to light up tumors for MRI and PET scans or deliver chemo and other therapies to destroy tumors. In addition, the particles are biocompatible and have shown no toxicity. Read more at UC Davis

Science Highlights • August 26, 2014
NIBIB-supported researchers at Purdue University have developed a novel sensor that can wirelessly relay pressure readings from inside a tumor. The technology could one day help determine the optimal window for chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
Grantee News • August 19, 2014

A microfluidic device developed at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) may help study key steps in the process by which cancer cells break off from a primary tumor to invade other tissues and form metastases.

Press Releases • August 15, 2014
The National Institutes of Health is challenging science innovators to compete for prizes totaling up to $500,000, by developing new ways to track the health status of a single cell in complex tissue over time. The NIH Follow that Cell Challenge seeks tools that would, for example, monitor a cell in the process of becoming cancerous, detect changes due to a disease-causing virus, or track how a cell responds to treatment.
Grantee News • August 14, 2014

Business Insider features BrainGate as part of its "Game Changers" video series.The NIH-funded BrainGate System is a brain-computer interface that records and transmits brain activity wirelessly and has enabled a woman with complete motor paralysis to use her thoughts to control a robotic arm. Watch the full video at