NEWS & EVENTS
The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) is delighted to congratulate two of its research grantees for their election to the prestigious National Academies’ Institute of Medicine (IOM). Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Ph.D., at Columbia University, New York City, and W. Mark Saltzman, Ph.D., at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut are among the 70 new members that were announced at the IOM’s 44th annual meeting in Washington on October 20.
Several weeks after winning the Nobel Prize for pioneering microscope methods developed while at the NIH, Eric Betzig published a new technique in the journal Science that allows observation of living cellular processes at groundbreaking resolution and speed. Read more at www.washingtonpost.com.
A research team including NIBIB-funded researchers has developed a system capable of efficiently delivering delicate therapeutic molecules in vivo. In response to temperature changes, the thermosponge nanoparticles expand to absorb therapeutic but delicate molecules such as proteins, contract to transport them to disease targets, and expand to release their therapeutic payload at the site of disease. Read more at Science Daily.
NIBIB's Bionic Man is featured in the fall issue of NIH's Medline Plus Magazine. The bionic man highlights fourteen technologies being developed by NIBIB-supported researchers, including advances in prostheses, brain-computer interfaces, and vaccine delivery. Read more at www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/magazine.
In a story about image-guided interventions in the Boston Globe, NIBIB program director Steve Krosnick comments on several advantages of technologies that allow surgeons to operate on patients while undergoing MRI. Read the full story at www.bostonglobe.com.
NIBIB researchers have teamed-up with commercial partners to develop their "electronic skin" that looks like a tattoo but monitors and transmits data about the health status of the wearer. Applications include monitoring the movements of Parkinson's patients, remotely keeping tabs on your child's temperature, and even receiving an email from your wearable patch recommending the best skin care products based on your skin hydration and perspiration levels. Read more in the New York Times.