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Science Highlights • November 13, 2014
When individuals suffer a spinal cord injury, paralysis is only a part of the major impact on quality of life. Often they also lose bladder control, which frequently causes infections that can lead to kidney damage. To address this problem, scientists used their groundbreaking spinal stimulation technology to enable spinal cord- injured rats to empty their bladders more fully and in a timelier manner. The promising results achieved in rats represent a significant step towards deployment of this novel approach in humans with paraplegia.
Science Highlights • October 31, 2014

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) is delighted to congratulate two of its research grantees for their election to the prestigious National Academies’ Institute of Medicine (IOM). Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Ph.D., at Columbia University, New York City, and W. Mark Saltzman, Ph.D., at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut are among the 70 new members that were announced at the IOM’s 44th annual meeting in Washington on October 20.

Grantee News • October 27, 2014

A research team including NIBIB-funded researchers has developed a system capable of efficiently delivering delicate therapeutic molecules in vivo. In response to temperature changes, the thermosponge nanoparticles expand to absorb therapeutic but delicate molecules such as proteins, contract to transport them to disease targets, and expand to release their therapeutic payload at the site of disease. Read more at Science Daily.

Grantee News • October 27, 2014

Several weeks after winning the Nobel Prize for pioneering microscope methods developed while at the NIH, Eric Betzig published a new technique in the journal Science that allows observation of living cellular processes at groundbreaking resolution and speed. Read more at

NIBIB in the News • October 22, 2014

NIBIB's Bionic Man is featured in the fall issue of NIH's Medline Plus Magazine. The bionic man highlights fourteen technologies being developed by NIBIB-supported researchers, including advances in prostheses, brain-computer interfaces, and vaccine delivery. Read more at

NIBIB in the News • October 20, 2014

In a story about image-guided interventions in the Boston Globe, NIBIB program director Steve Krosnick comments on several advantages of technologies that allow surgeons to operate on patients while undergoing MRI. Read the full story at

Science Highlights • October 10, 2014
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to three researchers for bypassing a law of physics that was thought to limit the size of structures that could be viewed by an optical microscope.
Grantee News • October 9, 2014

NIBIB researchers have teamed-up with commercial partners to develop their "electronic skin" that looks like a tattoo but monitors and transmits data about the health status of the wearer. Applications include monitoring the movements of Parkinson's patients, remotely keeping tabs on your child's temperature, and even receiving an email from your wearable patch recommending the best skin care products based on your skin hydration and perspiration levels. Read more in the New York Times.

Science Highlights • October 2, 2014
A team of bioengineers, molecular biologists, and clinicians used a novel rare cell-sorter to isolate breast cancer cells from the blood of patients, with the aim of identifying the most effective drugs to treat each individual tumor. Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) were isolated and grown in the laboratory for extensive genetic analysis, which enabled the identification and testing of the most effective cancer-killing drugs for those tumors. The ability to perform such genetic analysis in the laboratory paves the way for providing the most effective treatment, not only initially, but throughout the course of the disease, as mutating tumors become resistant to certain drugs, but susceptible to others.
Science Highlights • October 1, 2014
Three new members have been appointed to the National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NACBIB) of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). The NACBIB meets three times per year to advise on policy and program priorities related to the conduct and support of research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs that address biomedical imaging, biomedical engineering, and associated technologies and modalities with biomedical applications. The NACBIB also provides second-level review for all applications for funding of research and training grants and cooperative agreements by the NIBIB.