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Science Highlights • September 21, 2018
Engineers at Johns Hopkins University have created an electronic skin, which when added to a prosthetic hand allows the user to feel objects as if through their own hand, including feeling pain when touching a sharp object.
Grantee News • September 14, 2018

A new wearable ultrasound patch that non-invasively monitors blood pressure in arteries deep beneath the skin could help people detect cardiovascular problems earlier on and with greater precision. In tests, the patch performed as well as some clinical methods to measure blood pressure. Applications include real-time, continuous monitoring of blood pressure changes in patients with heart or lung disease, as well as patients who are critically ill or undergoing surgery. Read more at the UC San Diego News Center.

Science Highlights • September 12, 2018
NIBIB-funded researchers generated stable lines of spinal cord neural stem cells in a laboratory dish. Once transplanted into a rat model of spinal cord injury, the cells enabled robust regeneration of functional neurons along the length of the spine.
Science Highlights • September 11, 2018
The research roadmap published Sept. 11, 2018 in Radiology and resulting from the workshop on deposition of gadolinium-based contrast agents identifies knowledge gaps and prioritizes directions for needed research. NIBIB convened the workshop in February 2018.
Science Highlights • September 10, 2018
NYU School of Medicine's Center for Advanced Imaging Innovation and Research develops rapid, comprehensive imaging, with a focus on MRI. In August, the center, which receives support from NIBIB, established a collaboration with the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research group, to collaborate on an imaging project, called fastMRI, that will use AI to make MRI scans up to 10 times faster.
Grantee News • September 10, 2018

Researchers have invented a proof-of-concept blood pressure app that can give accurate readings using an iPhone -- with no special equipment. Read more from Newsweek.

Press Releases • September 6, 2018
National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., has selected Bruce J. Tromberg, Ph.D., to lead the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). A pioneering leader in the field of biophotonics, Dr. Tromberg is currently a professor at the University of California at Irvine (UCI). He is expected to join NIH in the new year.
Grantee News • August 30, 2018

A new program to train graduate students interested in specializing in “immuno-engineering,” an emerging hybrid field that combines engineering and immunology, is being offered at Cornell through a grant from NIBIB at NIH. Read more at Cornell Chronicle.

Grantee News • August 30, 2018

Stanford researchers are redefining the effort to catch osteoarthritis early with a combination of MRI and PET imaging, opening the field up to more noninvasive options for evaluating bone health, according to a study published online in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. The work, funded by the NIH’s National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, studied bone remodeling— the process where new bone tissue forms in the place of old or damaged tissue. Read more at Radiology Business.

Science Highlights • August 29, 2018
Laboratory studies have shown the potential for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), who cannot move or speak, to communicate using a brain-computer interface (BCI). In the first study of independent in-home use by a group of these patients, the brain wave-based BCI system was found to be reliable; and of the eight individuals who completed the study, seven chose to keep the device for future use.

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