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Grantee News • April 21, 2017

A significant step has been made toward breaking the so-called 'color barrier' of light microscopy for biological systems, allowing for much more comprehensive, system-wide labeling and imaging of a greater number of biomolecules in living cells and tissues than is currently attainable. The advancement has the potential for many future applications, including helping to guide the development of therapies to treat and cure disease. Read more at Science Newsline.

Science Highlights • April 21, 2017
Biomaterials expert Dr. Jennifer West is a leader in her cutting-edge field: a founding inventor at two companies, holder of 20 biotechnology patents, and the Fitzpatrick Family University Professor of Engineering and associate dean for Ph.D. education at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. She visited NIH on March 22 to speak at the NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series.
Science Highlights • April 18, 2017
Malaria affects hundreds of millions of people every year, killing more than half a million. Part of the difficulty of eliminating malaria stems from the fact that a large portion of the at-risk population lives in rural areas where access to doctors can be a challenge. This means that many patients often do not comply with the strict daily schedule malaria prevention medicines require. Researchers funded by NIBIB at MIT have developed a capsule that, when dissolved in the stomach, releases a star-shaped material containing drugs that help to prevent malaria infections and lasts for up to two weeks.
NIBIB in the News • April 17, 2017

University of Utah researchers have developed “smart glasses” that mimic the function of the eye’s lens and automatically focus on what an individual is looking at. Read more at FierceBiotech

Grantee News • April 14, 2017

3-D maps of gene locations could have a huge impact in our understanding of human health and in the battle against disease. Read more at Science Newsline.

Grantee News • April 14, 2017

With help from a palm-sized plastic rectangle, researchers are hoping to minimize the problem of premature deliveries. The chip is designed to predict, with up to 90 percent accuracy, a woman's risk for a future preterm birth. Read more at Science Newsline.

Science Highlights • April 11, 2017
Dr. Carla Pugh, guest speaker at the March 8, 2017, NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series, recognized early in her medical career that like athletes, physicians could benefit from the data obtained with sensors and motor tracking devices to learn and improve their technique.
Science Highlights • April 11, 2017
Engineers funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) have developed glasses with liquid-based lenses that “flex” to refocus on whatever the wearer is viewing.
Grantee News • March 28, 2017
Florida International University announced that the FDA has approved further trials of the university’s prosthetic hand system. The prosthetic is “similar to a pacemaker” in that it “works by delivering electrical pulses to specific nerves in the arm, using a wireless device that can be surgically implanted within the nerves. Sensors embedded in the prosthetic send signals to the implanted device, which then elicits sensations by delivering pulses.” Grace Peng, program director at National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, which has collaborated on development of the prosthetic, said, “This unique system, integrating the long-term efforts of academia and industry, is an example of the bioengineering partnerships we promote.” Read the full article in the South Florida Business Journal. Read the full article in the South Florida Business Journal.
Grantee News • March 27, 2017

One day, patients may be able to monitor their body's response to cancer therapy just by having their blood drawn. A new study has taken an important step in that direction by measuring a panel of cancer proteins in rare, individual tumor cells that float in the blood. Read more at Science Newsline.

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