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Grantee News • April 16, 2014

NIBIB grantees David Beebe and Eric Karl-Heinz Sackmann at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a cheap microfluidic device that can quickly diagnose asthma from a drop of blood, even if the person isn't showing symptoms. Read the full press release at news.wisc.edu.

Grantee News • April 9, 2014

Funded in part by a NIBIB BTRC grant to Richard Superfine, two studies by UNC Chapel Hill researchers clarify how cells respond to physical forces. This work may inform efforts to combat metastasis, in which tumor cells create mechanical stresses as they pull away from surrounding cells and pass through blood vessel walls to invade other parts of the body.

Press Releases • April 8, 2014
Four people with paraplegia are able to voluntarily move previously paralyzed muscles as a result of a novel therapy that involves electrical stimulation of the spinal cord, according to a study funded in part by the National Institutes of Health and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The participants, each of whom had been paralyzed for more than two years, were able to voluntarily flex their toes, ankles, and knees while the stimulator was active, and the movements were enhanced over time when combined with physical rehabilitation.
Grantee News • April 4, 2014

Now there may be a way of providing patients with a more focused form of chemotherapy – by using innovative “nanoballoons” and lasers. Developed by researchers at the University at Buffalo, these miniscule particles can deliver anti-cancer medications straight to the tumor itself, without causing unwanted damage along the way. Read more at Foxnews.com

Science Highlights • April 2, 2014

In medicine, light therapy is currently used to treat seasonal affective disorder, psoriasis, and other medical conditions, while highly targeted lasers may be used for specific skin disorders, eye diseases, or cancers. Advances in imaging methods and equipment now allow scientists to see the effects of light at the cellular level, leading to research on potentially transformative ways to use specific types of light for more even complex and direct manipulation of individual cells.

Science Highlights • March 20, 2014

There are many reasons some people may not get a flu shot, but would they be more likely to do so if there was a simple device that could be mailed directly to them, was easy enough to use by themselves, and provided at least the same level of protection as a traditional flu shot without the pain of a needle jab? A new NIBIB-funded study suggests the answer is yes.

Grantee News • March 12, 2014

Graduate programs at the interface of quantitative and biological sciences set the stage for more interdisciplinary collaboration.

Grantee News • March 7, 2014

With a five-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), orthopedic researchers and engineers at Washington University in St. Louis are working to improve the outcome of surgical repairs by studying the natural attachment of tendon to bone. This understanding could lead to the engineering of new tissues to enhance cuff repair. Read the full story at news.wustl.edu.

Grantee News • March 6, 2014

A new brain-imaging technique developed by NIBIB grantee Matti Hamalainen at Massachusetts General Hospital and tested by his collaborators at McGill University enables people to ‘watch’ their own brain activity in real time. The study demonstrates that magnetoencephalography (MEG) can be used as a potential therapeutic tool to control and train specific brain regions affected by disease or injury. Read the full article at medgadget.com

Grantee News • March 5, 2014

Using silk protein derived from silkworm cocoons, NIBIB grantee David Kaplan from Tufts University School of Engineering and Samuel Lin from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have developed surgical plates and screws that may not only offer improved bone remodeling following injury, but can also be absorbed by the body over time, eliminating the need for surgical removal of the devices. Read the full press release at now.tufts.edu

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