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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).
Grantee News • February 24, 2015

NIBIB-funded researchers - developers of a novel microneedle patch immunization technology - have received funding to move the technology closer to use for worldwide polio vaccination. Mark Prausnitz and his team at the Georgia Institute of Technology have received $2.5 million in grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to advance the development of the patch specifically for polio immunization, and for a Phase I clinical trial in humans. Read more at the Georgia Tech News Center.

Press Releases • February 24, 2015

How do you keep an artificial limb attached to the body? What lab-grown organ have scientists successfully transplanted into patients? You can find the answer to these questions and many more while playing Want to Be a Bioengineer? a game for middle and high school students, designed by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), part of the National Institutes of Health.

Science Highlights • February 11, 2015
Researchers have reversed some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in mice using magnetic resonance (MR) imaging-guided focused ultrasound.
Grantee News • February 10, 2015

NIBIB-funded scientists have developed a novel technique to improve cancer and stroke treatment in deep sites based on oxygen levels in the tumor or site of the stroke. The new technique of Electron Paramagnetic Resonance can detect high oxygen levels in disease sites that are deep inside the body. The periods of high oxygen are a window for optimized treatment success. Read more at Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

Grantee News • February 10, 2015

NIBIB-funded researchers have developed a device that uses acoustic waves to move small objects. The technique is being used to position samples of crystals that were previously too small to handle to allow their structure to be analyzed with X-ray crystallography. The technique significantly expands the scope of what is now possible with X-ray crystallography. Read more at Newswise.

Press Releases • February 9, 2015
Three groups of researchers who have received support from the National Institutes of Health will obtain funding from the President’s BRAIN Initiative to improve artificial limb technology. The new awards will be funded and administered by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and will build on the fundamental discoveries that were made possible by NIH support.
Science Highlights • February 4, 2015
NIBIB-funded researchers at the University of Wisconsin have created a handheld device that can diagnose asthma from a single drop of blood within minutes. The device could help aid asthma diagnosis in patients who are not symptomatic at the time of a doctor's visit or who have difficulty performing traditional breathing tests, such as children and the elderly.
Science Highlights • January 23, 2015
NIBIB-funded researchers have developed a novel 3D vaccine that could provide a more effective way to harness the immune system to fight cancer as well as infectious diseases. The vaccine spontaneously assembles into a scaffold once injected under the skin and is capable of recruiting, housing, and manipulating immune cells to generate a powerful immune response. The vaccine was recently found to be effective in delaying tumor growth in mice.
Grantee News • January 20, 2015

A research team including NIBIB-funded researchers has identified a stem cell in the bone marrow of mice that is capable of regenerating both bone and cartilage. The newly identified bone stem cell appears to be critical for skeletal development and could be used for novel treatment approaches for osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and bone fractures. Find more information and a video at the Columbia University Medical Center Newsroom.