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March 24, 2015

NIBIB grantee Robert Langer wins the Kyoto Prize for his role as one of the founders of the field of tissue engineering and his development of innovative and unique drug delivery technologies for the controlled release of medicines to directly target tumors and disease sites. The Kyoto Prize is Japan’s highest international award for honoring the people who have made significant contributions to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind.

Grantee News • March 24, 2015

NIBIB-funded researchers have developed a new technique that uses light to reveal structures and molecules inside tissue samples without the use of chemical stains or dyes. The technique has the potential to reduce the time, cost, and effort needed to analyze tissues for clinical diagnoses and biomedical research and to provide a more objective method of analysis.

Grantee News • March 20, 2015

NIBIB-funded researchers and their international colleagues have developed a novel fluorescence microscopy technique that allows researchers to directly observe proteins being produced from their coding messenger RNAs (mRNAs). The study was performed in live human cells and fruit fly embryos. The researchers aim to use the technique to study how irregularities in protein synthesis may contribute to a number of disease processes. Read more at Einstein College of Medicine press.

Science Highlights • March 18, 2015
A new technique to create tissue-engineered bladders has been shown to decrease scarring and significantly increase tissue growth. The bladders are produced using scaffolds coated with anti-inflammatory peptides. Tissue-engineered organs such as supplemental bladders, small arteries, skin grafts, cartilage, and even a full trachea have been implanted in patients, but the procedures are still experimental, very costly, and often fail.
Press Releases • March 16, 2015

The National Institutes of Health has selected 16 finalists for Phase 1 of its Follow that Cell Challenge. The goal of the challenge is to stimulate the development of new tools and methods that will enable researchers to predict the behavior and function of a single cell in complex tissue over time. This ability could help reveal valuable information such as how cells transition from a healthy to diseased state, or identify changes that influence a cell’s responsiveness to treatment.

Grantee News • March 11, 2015

Most military battlefield casualties die before ever reaching a surgical hospital. Of those soldiers who might potentially survive, most die from uncontrolled bleeding. That’s why University of Washington researchers have developed a new injectable polymer called PolySTAT that strengthens blood clots. Read more at the University of Washington.

Science Highlights • March 9, 2015

A research team including NIBIB-funded scientists has developed an improved MRI technique with the potential to provide more precise and effective treatment for prostate cancer. The imaging technique improves upon standard MRI to obtain clearer images of the extent of the tumor and its exact location. A sharper image can provide more accurate biopsies, enable better treatment planning, and help surgeons pinpoint the tumor while sparing surrounding healthy tissue. 

NIBIB in the News • March 5, 2015

From solar data collected on Antarctic ice plains where the December sun doesn’t set, to the hunt for new species in underground caves in Iran that light never penetrates, to space exploration in the interstellar medium beyond our solar system, the scope of NJIT’s research is vast and expanding.

Science Highlights • March 2, 2015
NIBIB-funded researchers have developed a dual-imaging molecular sensor using an organic polymer that allows both magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and near-infrared fluorescence imaging of tissues in the body. Dual imaging from the single nano-particle can facilitate delineating one tissue from another without moving the patient, which is essential for determining the exact position of diseased and healthy tissue such as during cancer surgery. The modular polymer design offers the potential to improve medical diagnostics and provide real-time monitoring of treatments such as targeted cancer therapy.
Science Highlights • February 25, 2015
A preliminary study conducted by researchers funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) may improve our prediction of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).

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