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Grantee News • November 25, 2015

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

Grantee News • November 20, 2015

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.

Grantee News • November 19, 2015

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.

NIBIB in the News • November 18, 2015

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.

NIBIB in the News • November 16, 2015

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.

Grantee News • November 13, 2015

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.

Science Highlights • November 12, 2015
People with epilepsy experience uncontrolled seizures that can impair quality of life and cause stigma that leads to social isolation. The neurological condition can limit some activities most people take for granted, such as sustaining work or operating a vehicle. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) have developed a non-invasive brain imaging technique for a class of patients whose epilepsy symptoms do not respond to drug treatment and who would otherwise be poor candidates for seizure-relieving surgeries.
NIBIB in the News • November 10, 2015

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.

NIBIB in the News • November 10, 2015
Roderic Pettigrew, Ph.D., M.D., director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), delivered the invited, plenary keynote address for the international annual convocation of the National Academies of Engineering in New Delhi, India, on Oct. 13, 2015. His talk was titled, “Engineering Medicine for a Global Society.” 
Grantee News • November 6, 2015 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