National Engineers Week

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In recognition of Engineers Week, February 16-22, explore scientific advances created by NIBIB-funded biomedical engineers. These collaborative efforts provide innovative solutions to global health challenges. NIBIB supports research across a wide spectrum of biomedical imaging and bioengineering topics. Feed your curiosity and think like an engineer.

 

Advances in Ultrasound 

Ultrasound has been around for 100 years; it has been used in diagnostic imaging for 50 years and for therapies in the clinic for 10 years or so. This is the next step, where we will see ultrasound become a tool to interact within the body at the micro-scale.                                                                                                                                   —Randy King, Ph.D., Director of the NIBIB program in Ultrasound     
 
 
ultrasound image of bone

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ultrasound method scheme

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Bacteria containing gas-filled protein nanostructures known as gas vesicles.

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wearable ultrasound blood pressure patch on a finger

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Tissue Engineering 

Biomedical engineering is the application of scientific and engineering principles to medical problems. Bioengineers tend to approach health research challenges differently because they come from highly diverse research backgrounds in the life and natural sciences.                                                                                                 Šeila Selimović, Ph.D., former Director of the NIBIB program in Tissue Engineering

 

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schematic of extracellular matrix

 

Imaging Technologies

To discover new treatments for diseases it is crucial to understand cellular and molecular processes. Microscopy continues to evolve, allowing us to visualize these complex biological phenomena faster and in more detail than ever before. Gentler imaging also prevents damage to cells, resulting in data that more accurately reflects the underlying biology.                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hari Shroff, Ph.D., Chief of NIBIB’s lab section on High-Resolution Optical Imaging
 
 
shockwave

 

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view through a mouse's visual cortex

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schematic of microscope

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Drug Delivery Technologies

Engineers are makers and doers who responsibly harnesses scientific understanding to improve the human condition. By developing new technologies for highly targeted drug delivery countless lives could be saved and the burden of healthcare costs could be dramatically reduced.                                                      —David Rampulla, Ph.D., Director of the NIBIB Program in Delivery Systems and Devices for Drugs and Biologics
 
 
nanovesicles

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close up view of nanostraws

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Point-of-Care Technologies

The goal of POC technology is to deliver quick results on a mobile platform, giving patients more options. A patient should be able to choose if he/she comes into a clinic, goes to a pharmacy, or takes a test at home for STD diagnosis; the bottom line is to encourage people to get tested.                                                     Charlotte Gaydos, Ph.D., Director of the NIBIB-funded Johns Hopkins University Center for the Development of POC Tests for STDs

 

STD test and students walking to class

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Training

Career:

Over the years, the DEBUT Challenge has encouraged undergraduate biomedical engineering students to think creatively to solve real-world healthcare problems. The visionary approach and solutions created by these young scholars are inspiring to us as program managers and bodes well for the next generation of researchers.                        Zeynep Erim, Ph.D., Director of NIBIB Division of Interdisciplinary Training 

 

 

DEBUT intubation device

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Michal Mauda-Havakuk

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DEBUT logo beside EEG for the brain

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Surgical:

There is an endless supply of sensor data and things that we can try in the operating room. The simulator is my bench, my mouse. I can have different simulators, but it’s the data that is helping move this agenda and the science forward.                                                                                         —Carla Pugh, M.D./Ph.D., Director of the Stanford University Technology Enabled Clinical Improvement Center

 

headshot of Carla Pugh and surgeons working on a patient

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Rehabilitation Engineering and Medical Devices

NIBIB’s researchers have established bold goals in rehabilitation engineering. Biomedical engineers integrate biology, electronics, and mechanics in their approach to transform mobility for individuals with physical impairments.                                                                                                   ;—Jill Heemskerk, Ph.D., Deputy Director of NIBIB 

 

 

ingestible pill

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prosthetic hand grabbing grapes

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compressed and expanded view of polymer memory foam device

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Artificial Intelligence

Engineering is learning and creating without borders; it is a tool for solving complex problems in the real world. There is really no boundary on what engineers can do. We are all surrounded by the creativity of engineers’ on a daily basis.                                                                                            — Behrouz Shabestari, Ph.D., Director of the NIBIB program in Optical Imaging and Spectroscopy

 

 

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blurry versus clear medical scan of the brain

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Modeling​​​​​​

 

 

robot assisting with feeding