Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health

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Grantee News • October 2, 2015

NIH has awarded a grant to UCSF for the creation of Health ePeople, a platform that will enable investigators to conduct mobile and wireless health research in a less costly, more streamlined manner. The researchers aspire to enroll one million volunteers in the platform who will agree to share their electronic health data. Read more at

Grantee News • September 28, 2015

Researchers at Yale have developed a sunscreen that doesn’t penetrate the skin, eliminating serious health concerns associated with commercial sunscreens. Read more at Yale News.

Press Releases • September 28, 2015
Better understanding of the placenta promises to help improve health of mothers and children
Science Highlights • September 24, 2015

NIBIB-funded researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a smartphone-based device that can reliably carry out molecular diagnoses in under an hour for approximately two dollars per patient. The device could enable point-of-care cancer diagnostics in low- to middle-income or remote areas, which often have high rates of mortality from cancer due to missed opportunities for treatment.

Grantee News • September 23, 2015

Three-dimensional "tissue chips," grown from stem cells on tiny scaffolds, could become a new way to screen drugs and chemicals for toxicity. UW-Madison researchers created clusters of interacting cells that mimic the developing human brain. Read more at Wisconsin State Journal.

Science Highlights • September 21, 2015
Tissue development is guided by gradients of biomolecules that direct the growth, migration, and differentiation of cells. Biomedical engineers are interested in recreating these developmental gradients in adults to aid the growth of new tissue in areas that have sustained damage. Now, researchers are one step closer to this goal thanks to the creation of new 3D-printed scaffolds that enable researchers to release biomolecules into the body with exceptional control.
Grantee News • September 18, 2015

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University have developed a low-cost diagnostic tool, slightly larger than a coffee mug, that detects chlamydia within 30 minutes.Read more at The Baltimore Sun.

Grantee News • September 18, 2015

Popular Science covers NIBIB grantee Michael McAlpine's work to create 3D printed customized scaffolds that help nerves regenerate. The scaffolds were recently successfully tested in animals. Read more at

Science Highlights • September 16, 2015
Driven by the need to develop more effective therapies requiring less recovery time for common joint conditions such as osteoarthritis, an international team including NIBIB-funded researchers has developed an integrated two-part scaffold for implantation into damaged joints -- with cartilage scaffold made from silk, and bone scaffold made from ceramics. This combination of materials allows stem cells to successfully populate the graft and differentiate into cartilage and bone cells. The cells fill the damaged areas to reconstitute the original structure of the joint, after which the scaffold biodegrades, leaving the smooth surface required for a pain-free, functioning interface. The scaffold is a significant step towards improved and lasting treatment of common and often debilitating joint injuries.
Science Highlights • September 15, 2015
Researchers funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at Tufts University and their collaborators have successfully developed a 3-dimensional (3D) tissue-engineered model of bone marrow that can produce functional human platelets outside the body (ex vivo).