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Science Highlights • March 1, 2013
MIT engineers have created a new synthetic polymer film that changes its shape when it absorbs water vapor. This small motion might not seem like a big deal, but these researchers have essentially found a way to use the water gradient to generate power.
Science Highlights • March 1, 2013
Three NIBIB funded researchers have been collaborating to modify the natural structure of spider silk in order to increase its potential uses. These researchers, however, are looking in unexpected places for guidance in creating new synthetic structures—namely, art.
Science Highlights • February 28, 2013
NIBIB is challenging teams of undergraduate students to compete under three categories of a biomedical engineering student design competition. Winning team in each category will receive a $10,000 prize.
Press Releases • February 27, 2013
The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) presented Roderic Pettigrew, Ph.D., M.D., director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), the 2013 Pierre Galletti Award at the 2013 AIMBE Annual Event held in Washington, D.C. this month. It is the highest honor that AIMBE, a nonprofit organization that provides leadership and advocacy in medical and biological engineering for the benefit of society, bestows on an individual.
Grantee News • February 21, 2013
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have demonstrated that they can outwit the body’s innate immune system to more effectively deliver drugs by identifying a simple peptide that the body recognizes as self and attaching it to a conventional nanoparticle delivery vehicle. This approach could potentially benefit a broad range of biomedical devices that are impacted by immune system attacks, such as pacemakers and other implants. Research findings are described in the journal Science. Read the full article from Science. Watch the video: A "Passport" for the Immune System.
Grantee News • February 19, 2013
NIBIB-funded researchers at Stanford have developed the means to observe brain activity in live mice. Using fluorescent proteins and a microscope implanted in the mouse’s head, scientists were able to correlate activities with brain patterns, and produce a video of the mouse’s brain activity. The system could prove useful in new therapies for neurogenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Research finding were presented in the Feb. 10 online edition of the journal Nature Neuroscience. Read the full article from Stanford.
NIBIB in the News • January 30, 2013
Researchers describe the intricacies of the stem cell niche and their efforts at niche engineering. Rosemarie Hunziker, NIBIB Program Director, speaks to the interdisciplinary nature of this complex task. Read the full article from Nature.
Grantee News • January 29, 2013

NIBIB-funded research offers the convenience, speed, and savings of cloud-based computing, enabling neuroscientists to pay only for the computational power they need, and to scale the computational resources they require to the size of the research challenge at hand. Read the full article from PRWeb.

Science Highlights • January 28, 2013
An NIBIB grantee has developed a dedicated breast CT scanner that allows the breast to be imaged in three dimensions and could help radiologists detect hard-to-find tumors. The scanner uses a radiation dose comparable to standard x-ray mammography and doesn’t require compression of the breast.
Grantee News • January 23, 2013
NIBIB-funded research by multiple teams including Andrea Adamo, Robert Langer, Armon Sharei, Janet Zoldan at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has yielded a new method to deliver large molecules through a cell membrane using a microfluidic chip. The discovery may lead to new disease treatments, as well as new system for vaccination and is described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read the full article from Science Daily.

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