NEWS & EVENTS
Mobility for Paralyzed Patients
Epidural stimulation research funded by the NIH demonstrates remarkable results in humans with severe spinal cord injury. By increasing the excitability of the body's neural network, a level of function can be achieved, including the ability to stand independently. Perhaps even more remarkable, is the regaining of voluntary control of bladder, bowel, and sexual function.
Advice for Future Scientists
Researchers from chemical engineering, biomedical and bioengineering, biochemistry, and biophysics give their advice to science students and those who are thinking of going into science. Contributors: Christopher Chen, M.D., Ph.D. Henry Eden, M.D., Ph.D. David Kaplan, Ph.D. George Patterson, Ph.D Belinda Seto, Ph.D. Roberty Tranquillo, Ph.D. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Ph.D.
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.
Replacing Biopsies with Sound
Research funded by the NIH at the Mayo Clinic has resulted in a new, noninvasive way to diagnose liver fibrosis. Using a new technique developed by Richard Ehman, Ph.D called MR Elastography which uses sound waves to determine tissue firmness, doctors are able to see inside the liver without biopsies.
Instant Mobile Cervical Cancer Diagnosis
Research funded by the NIH at Rice University has resulted in a portable, fiber optic microscope that non-invasively characterizes and diagnoses precancerous and cancerous cells. Both low cost and battery-powered, this point-of-care device is ideally suited to low resource settings and facilitates immediate outpatient therapy.
The Ultimate Operating Room
The NIH supported researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital have created the Advanced Multidisciplinary Image-Guided Operating (AMIGO) Suite. AMIGO is a state-of-the-art facility that includes Positron emission tomography/ computed tomography (PET/CT), computer-assisted fluoroscopy, 3T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), 3D ultrasound, as well as advanced navigational, robotics, and drug delivery tools.
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.