NEWS & EVENTS
NIBIB-supported researchers have created tiny gel particles that can perform the same essential functions as platelets. The particles could one day be used to control excessive bleeding following traumatic injury or in individuals with impaired clotting due to an inherited condition or as a result of certain medications or chemotherapy.
The Health and Human Services (HHS) IDEA Lab celebrated employee innovation and problem-solving at its eighth annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on June 24, 2015. HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell presented HHS Innovates Awards to seven recipient teams, which included one representing NIH’s Neuroimaging Informatics Tools and Resources Clearinghouse (NITRC). NITRC was credited for providing the “Biggest Bang for the Buck” in the competition, which drew 70 entries from across the department.
Eye doctors soon could use computing power to help them see individual cells in the back of a patient’s eye, thanks to imaging technology developed by NIBIB-funded engineers at the University of Illinois. Such detailed pictures of the cells, blood vessels and nerves at the back of the eye could enable earlier diagnosis and better treatment for degenerative eye and neurological diseases. Read more at www.news.illinois.edu/news.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) highlighted new advances in photoacoustic microscopy made by NIBIB and NSF grantee Lihong Wang, Ph.D., of the University of Washington in St. Louis. NIBIB program director Richard Conroy commented on the significance of the technique, which creates high-resolution images of tissues in the body using a combination of laser light and ultrasound. Read more at www.nsf.gov/discoveries.
Teams representing biomedical technologies developed by FIU professors in the College of Engineering & Computing finished first and second at the annual StartUp Quest Pitch Day. Established at the University of Florida and funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, StartUp Quest is a nationally recognized entrepreneurship training program. Read more about the competition at FIU.
NIBIB's Program Director for Rehabilitation Engineering discusses the purpose of NIH's Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC) program and the federal government's aims to expand knowledge in neuromodulation.
An accidental discovery within a Long Island, N.Y., health system has led to the creation of a medical treatment that has the potential to replace billions of dollars of drugs with less expensive implantable devices.
Boston University College of Engineering highlights the NIBIB-supported Center for Future Technologies in Cancer Care, one of the few engineering-focused cancer research centers in the nation. The purpose of the center is to identify, prototype, and provide early clinical assessment of innovative point-of-care technologies designed to treat, screen, diagnose, and monitor cancers. Read more at www.bu.edu.