NEWS & EVENTS
NIBIB Director Roderic Pettigrew discusses the recent spinal stimulation breakthrough for paralysis, other NIH-supported technologies for assisting individuals with paralysis or movement disorders, and future research directions in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Human Capital blog. You can read the full post at www.rwjf.org.
NIBIB-supported biomedical engineer Sangeeta Bhatia has won the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize in recognition of her work in designing and commercializing miniaturized technologies that seek to improve human health. Examples include developing a way to detect cancer through a paper urine test and building a microliver from scratch that can be used to help fight infectious diseases. Read the full story at BostonGlobe.com.
Researchers from UC Davis and other institutions have created dynamic nanoparticles (NPs) that could provide an arsenal of applications to diagnose and treat cancer. Built on an easy-to-make polymer, these particles can be used as contrast agents to light up tumors for MRI and PET scans or deliver chemo and other therapies to destroy tumors. In addition, the particles are biocompatible and have shown no toxicity. Read more at UC Davis
A microfluidic device developed at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) may help study key steps in the process by which cancer cells break off from a primary tumor to invade other tissues and form metastases.
Business Insider features BrainGate as part of its "Game Changers" video series.The NIH-funded BrainGate System is a brain-computer interface that records and transmits brain activity wirelessly and has enabled a woman with complete motor paralysis to use her thoughts to control a robotic arm. Watch the full video at www.businessinsider.com.
NIH announces winners of 2014 Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Competition
Four undergraduate teams design creative new solutions to longstanding healthcare problems