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Grantee News • September 1, 2015

A 39-year-old man who had been completely paralyzed for four years was able to voluntarily control his leg muscles and take thousands of steps in a "robotic exoskeleton" device during five days of training--and for two weeks afterward--scientists report this week. Read more at the UCLA Newsroom.

Science Highlights • August 28, 2015

In a clinical study that used both a mechanized exoskeleton and electronic stimulation of nerves, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), assisted a paralyzed 39-year-old man in taking steps and feeling tension in leg muscles put to work for the first time since a disabling accident four years prior. Results were published online in the proceedings of the 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, which concluded in Milan, Italy on Aug. 29, 2015.

Press Releases • August 21, 2015
Three unique projects focused on improving global health won the National Institutes of Health’s Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge. The winners showed exemplary initiative in designing tools for a less expensive, portable device to monitor HIV treatment, a new surgical clamp to treat drooping eyelids, and a low-cost patient monitor. DEBUT is a biomedical engineering design competition for teams of undergraduate students, managed by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), part of NIH.
Science Highlights • August 21, 2015
NIBIB-funded researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new technique called computational adaptive optics, which lets eye doctors see individual photoreceptors and nerve fibers in the retina.
NIBIB in the News • August 17, 2015

In this Smithsonian Magazine article, NIBIB director Roderic Pettigrew, Ph.D., M.D., comments on exciting results from a study that found non-invasive stimulation of the spinal cord can facilitate voluntary step-like movements in paralyzed individuals. Read more at

NIBIB in the News • August 13, 2015

NIBIB Director Dr. Roderic I. Pettigrew was named Honorary Professor, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou. Dr  Xiaoming Du, Chairperson of University Affairs bestowed the honor at a recent ceremony.



Press Releases • August 12, 2015

Researchers have shown that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can detect the earliest signs of breast cancer recurrence and fast-growing tumors. Their approach detects micrometastases, breakaway tumor cells with the potential to develop into dangerous secondary breast cancer tumors elsewhere in the body. The approach may offer an improved way to detect early recurrence of breast cancer in women and men.

Grantee News • August 10, 2015

Former National Football League (NFL) players who started playing tackle football before the age of 12 were found to have a higher risk of altered brain development compared to those who started playing at a later age. The study is the first to demonstrate a link between early exposure to repetitive head impacts and later life structural brain changes. Read more here.

Grantee News • August 5, 2015

Martin Yarmush, M.D., Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers University and Mehmet Toner, Ph.D., Professor of Surgery (Biomedical Engineering) Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School have been named editors of a new journal from World Scientific Publishing, Technology. The journal will feature the development of innovative technologies and their application to daily lives. Read more at Technology.

NIBIB in the News • August 4, 2015

A SMART Scholars Workshop at NC State during the first weekend in August drew more than 100 girls interested in science. The foundation that helped create the program, called the Brilliant and Beautiful Foundation, was co-founded by Tiffani Bailey Lash, who earned her doctorate in chemistry at N.C. State University and is with the National Institutes of Health. Read more at the Raleigh News & Observer.