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Science Highlights • March 27, 2007
Ultrasound creates temporary gaps in cell membranes. These gaps are large enough to allow macromolecules to enter, thus offering the potential to use this noninvasive technology to deliver drugs and genes to specific organs and tissues within the body. Understanding the mechanism by which ultrasound creates these gaps is bringing researchers one step closer to using this technology for targeted drug and gene delivery.
Science Highlights • February 28, 2007
Receiving an R01 grant can literally change a researcher’s life, but getting that first grant can be a daunting task. To ease the process, NIBIB has implemented a new investigator funding policy. Follow three investigators with unique stories who have successfully earned grants under the new policy and whose work is moving biomedical research forward.
Science Highlights • January 29, 2007
To give surgeons a sense of touch when they perform robot-assisted surgery, a Johns Hopkins University research team is developing a feedback system based on visual cues as well as force sensors that can be placed in the robot system.
Science Highlights • November 28, 2006
The first user-friendly, home version of a brain-computer interface system from the Wadsworth Center, Albany, NY, offers a much needed "voice" to those who are paralyzed.
Science Highlights • October 23, 2006
By combining magnetic resonance imaging and optical imaging researchers can visualize cellular activity such as gene expression in live animals as well as detect the expression of enzymes that become active in cancer cells, cell death, and inflammation.
Science Highlights • September 25, 2006
Organ transplants give patients a new lease on life. However, preventing their immune systems from rejecting the organ sometimes presents a challenge. A new method using MRI may help physicians to better track organ rejection at an early stage.
Science Highlights • August 30, 2006
Waiting a week or two for biopsy results can be unnerving, but a novel pathology slide scanner developed by engineers at Tucson, Arizona-based DMetrix Inc. is providing patients with same day biopsy results.
Science Highlights • July 25, 2006
Pinpointing the cause of painful urinary tract infections usually takes about 48 hours. A new biosensor promises to cut that time to 45 minutes or less, and offers patients the option of more accurate drug therapy.
Science Highlights • June 21, 2006
With a training grant from NIBIB, one researcher parlays a career spent developing instruments to track global warming into an opportunity to develop a novel method to image biological specimens, in particular to distinguish between normal and cancerous tissue.
Science Highlights • May 31, 2006
Researchers are developing a “cardiac patch” - a functioning piece of laboratory-grown heart tissue that would replace tissue damaged in a heart attack before the entire organ becomes diseased.

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