NIBIB-funded researchers used non-invasive transcutaneous spinal stimulation (electrodes placed on the skin of the lower back) to enable five men with complete motor paralysis to voluntarily generate step-like movements. Read more here.
NIBIB-funded researchers developed a new technology called chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) MRI. The technique uses natural agents in the body such as amino acids, proteins and sugars as MRI contrast agents in place of currently used contrast agents that can be toxic for certain patients. The technique was used to image early heart damage and previously undetectable epileptic seizure sites in the brain.
An NIBIB grantee developed an ultrafast camera that can acquire images at 100 billion frames per second, a speed capable of observing previously unobservable biological phenomena, such as the interaction of proteins within cells. When coupled to a microscope, the ultrafast camera will allow researchers to visualize processes such as energy metabolism occurring within a cell’s mitochondria, or the way light passes through tissue, an important consideration for therapies that use lasers to destroy or repair diseased tissue. Read more here.
NIBIB administered NIH Neuroimaging Informatics Tools and Resources Clearinghouse (NITRC) receives one of seven HHS Innovates Awards from the HHS IDEA Lab.
NIBIB launches Want to Be a Bioengineer? game app. The game introduces students to real-life examples of how bioengineers are improving people’s lives, from helping paralyzed individuals stand, to re-growing fingertips, to finding new ways to see inside the body. The game was made available for free to download to phone or tablet from the iTunes App store and is also available to play from NIBIB’s website.
NIBIB Director Roderic Pettigrew receives first gold medal from Academy of Radiology Research (ARR) for his extraordinary contributions in advancing radiology research. ARR is an alliance of 28 professional imaging societies, which works nationwide to enhance patient care through advances in biomedical imaging.
NIBIB’s Director, Dr. Roderic I. Pettigrew is named co-chair of the Interagency Working Group on Medical Imaging (IWGMI). The IWGMI is a subcommittee under the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and its charter is to craft a strategy to encompass opportunities and a vision for clinical and research use of medical-imaging technologies.