NEWS & EVENTS
Human Livers in Mice Aid Therapeutics
Research funded by the NIH at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has resulted in the ability to provide both mouse liver function and human liver function in the same mouse. This capability enables researchers to investigate how human livers metabolize drugs, to test susceptibility to toxicity, and to demonstrate species-specific responses that typically do not show up until clinical trials.
Novel Resorbable Stent Improves Cardiac Care
NIH funded research at Rutgers University has resulted in the development of new materials for biomedical applications. One example is a new resorbable cardiovascular stent that can replace the metal stents currently in use, which remain in the body and often cause long-term complications. This stent also delivers medication and is radio-opaque, allowing imaging and controlled monitoring of the re-absorption process.
Revealing Early Development of Life
Interview with scientists at the NIH, Dr. Hari Shroff, Lab Chief of NIBIB's High Resolution Optical Imaging Lab and Dr. Andrew York. Using a new kind of microscope they invented, Dr. Shroff and his team are able to film worm embryos as they form over the course of 14 hours. They are able to track neurons as the cells move through the embryo and hope that this work will eventually be able to teach them more about the development of life.
What is the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI?)
Dr. Paul Thompson discusses the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), an imaging project that attempts to discover the best predictors and measures of Alzheimer's Disease. The hope is that a treatment or cure could be developed by better understanding what happens to the brain when it is diseased. He also discusses non-medical interventions that have been shown to help protect against Alzheimer's. For more information visit: http://www.loni.ucla.edu/ http://www.humanconnectomeproject.org/ Photos courtesy of: LONI, the Human Connectome Project
DEBUT Winner: FastStitch
QuickStitch: Surgical Suturing Device to Improve Fascia Closure QuickStitch was the winner in the category of Therapeutic Devices. The winning team from Johns Hopkins University was comprised of Anvesh Annadanam, Luis Herrera, Daniel Peng, Ang Tu, and Sohail Zahid. FastStitch is an inexpensive, disposable suturing tool for gastrointestinal surgery that improves safety, efficiency, and consistency in stitching fascia (a collagenous layer underneath the skin that wraps around the internal organs to keep them from pressing against the skin layer). The device aims to improve surgeon performance and patient outcomes by regulating stitch placement and tension, thus helping to avoid the problems of hernias and ischemia that can result from improper stitching after gastrointestinal surgery. For more information on Debut visit: http://www.nibib.nih.gov/Training/Und...
Teaming Up: Imaging and Genetics
Dr. Paul Thompson discusses the possibilities of combining the latest brain imaging technology with the study of genetics. For more information visit: http://www.loni.ucla.edu/ http://www.humanconnectomeproject.org/ Photos courtesy of: LONI, the Human Connectome Project