NEWS & EVENTS
In a Medscape Neurology article, Richard Conroy, Ph.D., director of the Divisiona of Applied Science & Technology at NIBIB, comments on a new study that uses a special MRI technique to localize epilpetic sites in the brain by detecting increased concentrations of the neurotransmitter glutamate. Read more at www.medscape.com.
Bioengineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed and tested an ingestible electronic device that can measure heart beat and respiratory rate from inside the gastrointestinal tract. The swallowed sensor is the size of a multivitamin pill and wirelessly sends radio signals to an external receiver. Read more and watch the video at MIT News.
Researchers at Georgia State University have developed a new MRI imaging agent and demonstrated that it leads to strong tumor penetration and is capable of targeting receptors expressed on the surface of diseased cells, including prostate, cervical and lung cancer. Read more at Georgia State University News.
New Jersey Institute of Technology’s inaugural Research Centers and Laboratories Showcase drew a diverse crowd of more than 150 faculty members, students, outside researchers and corporate executives. Keynote speaker Grace Peng, NIBIB, discussed her agency's multidisciplinary approach to tackling problems that cut across research sectors. Read more at New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Specialists at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center have successfully treated a case of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis in a young child, now 5. They initiated a combination treatment with several drugs but found themselves lacking a quick, reliable way to see how the bacteria responded.
The University of Connecticut announced the launch of its new grand research challenge: regeneration of a human knee within 7 years, and an entire limb within 15 years. The major international research undertaking is called The HEAL Project: Hartford Engineering a Limb. Read more at Hartford Business.
Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, selected 19 students to be named Dr. Roderic I. Pettigrew Scholars for the 2015-16 academic year, a new award for students with a declared major in one of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Approximately 180 students qualified for consideration for the awards of up to $5,000 each. The new prize is a component of the Dr. Carol Espy-Wilson STEM Scholarship Initiative at Morehouse College, which honors distinguished alumni. Dr.
SciDev.net features NIBIB-funded research conducted at the University of California Irvine to develop an inexpensive, simple, and portable device that can screen for oral cancer in low-resource settings. The device is currently being tested in India, where oral cancer accounts for up to 50% of total cancers. The research is funded under the US-Indo Collaboration. Read more at www.scidev.net.