NEWS & EVENTS
DEBUT Winner: Low-Cost Spirometer
Low-Cost Spirometer In the category of Technology to Aid Underserved Populations and Individuals with Disabilities the winning project, Low-Cost Spirometer, addressed the lack of devices to measure lung function for the diagnosis and monitoring of respiratory diseases in the developing world. Andrew Brimer, Abigail Cohen, Braden Eliason, Olga Neyman, and Charles Wu from Washington University in St. Louis designed a fluidic oscillating spirometer that costs under $10. The device offers a significant cost reduction compared with traditional spirometers costing $1,000-$2,000, without compromising accuracy or precision. With respiratory diseases like COPD on the rise, the durable low-cost spirometer could improve healthcare in the developing as well as the developed world. For more information on DEBUT visit: www.nibib.nih.gov/Training/UndergradGrad/debut
Exercise, Stress, and the Brain
Dr. Paul Thompson talks about how imaging has revealed the positive effects of exercise on the brain as well as the detrimental effects of stress and cortisol on the brain. For more information visit: http://www.loni.ucla.edu/ http://www.humanconnectomeproject.org/ Photos courtesy of: LONI, the Human Connectome Project
Picturing the Brain
Dr. Paul Thompson talks about the work that he does at the Lab of Neuro Imaging (LONI) at UCLA. He discusses brain health, the latest brain imaging technology and projects like ENIGMA, which involves a world-wide effort to create a brain database. For more information visit: http://www.loni.ucla.edu/ http://www.humanconnectomeproject.org/ Photos courtesy of: LONI lab, the Human Connectome Project, and iStock
New Hand-held Ultrasound Scanner
NIH funded research resulted in the development of the Vscan, a palm-sized ultrasound scanner with color-flow Doppler that can quickly identify blood flow or heart problems. It can be used at the bedside, in an ambulance, or in low resource settings and is currently being sold in 100 countries. For more information on the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering go to http://www.nibib.nih.gov/
Voluntary training with spinal stimulation. Video courtesy of the University of Louisville.
In the first segment, study participant Kent Stephenson does voluntary training with spinal stimulation. In the last segment, study participant Rob Summers tosses a medicine ball with research staff member Paul Criscola. All studies were conducted at the Human Locomotion Research Center laboratory, a part of the University of Louisville's Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, Frazier Rehab Institute, Louisville Kentucky.
Seeking Clues to Human Brain Development by Observing C. elegans
Dr. Hari Shroff, Chief of NIBIB's High Resolution Optical Imaging laboratory, uses SPIM (selective plane illumination microscopy) techniques to study neural development in a transparent worm called C. elegans. This search may reveal clues to the development of the human brain and nervous system.
Glow Worm: Green Fluorescent Proteins light up C. elegans
Dr. Hari Shroff, Chief of NIBIB's Section on High Resolution Optical Imaging lab, uses high-powered microscopes and green fluorescing proteins developed by Dr. George Patterson's Section on Biophotonics lab to observe the mitosis and development of a C. elegans embryo. Images are made using SPIM, which is selective plane illumination microscopy.
Meet Micro Chip!
Don't miss hip, hip Micro Chip in his debut music video. Learn what this cool point-of-care technology can reveal about your biology! The original microchip used for this animation was developed by NIBIB's by Dr. Terry Phillips and Edward Wellner for assessment and research of the human immune system. This video also highlights the circulating tumor cell microchip developed by NIBIB grantees and Stand Up to Cancer Dream Team members, Drs. Daniel Haber and Mehmet Toner of Massachusetts General Hospital.
5-D Imaging of the Heart
Three spatial dimensions show the cardiac anatomy. The 4th dimension is time as the heart is shown beating throughout successive cardiac cycles. The 5th dimension is the mapping of the electrical activation pattern that causes contraction of the left ventricular chamber. All of these signals are registered in exact synchrony to provide 5-D image. Richard A. Robb, Ph.D., c. 2006 Mayo Clinic College of Medicine