Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health



Science Highlights • April 11, 2017
Dr. Carla Pugh, guest speaker at the March 8, 2017, NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series, recognized early in her medical career that like athletes, physicians could benefit from the data obtained with sensors and motor tracking devices to learn and improve their technique.
Science Highlights • April 11, 2017
Engineers funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) have developed glasses with liquid-based lenses that “flex” to refocus on whatever the wearer is viewing.
Grantee News • March 28, 2017
Florida International University announced that the FDA has approved further trials of the university’s prosthetic hand system. The prosthetic is “similar to a pacemaker” in that it “works by delivering electrical pulses to specific nerves in the arm, using a wireless device that can be surgically implanted within the nerves. Sensors embedded in the prosthetic send signals to the implanted device, which then elicits sensations by delivering pulses.” Grace Peng, program director at National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, which has collaborated on development of the prosthetic, said, “This unique system, integrating the long-term efforts of academia and industry, is an example of the bioengineering partnerships we promote.” Read the full article in the South Florida Business Journal. Read the full article in the South Florida Business Journal.
Grantee News • March 27, 2017

One day, patients may be able to monitor their body's response to cancer therapy just by having their blood drawn. A new study has taken an important step in that direction by measuring a panel of cancer proteins in rare, individual tumor cells that float in the blood. Read more at Science Newsline.

Science Highlights • March 27, 2017
Scientists have been working diligently to create engineered tissue implants to repair or replace damaged or diseased tissue and organs; but their success hinges on the ability to build a sturdy connection linking the implant’s blood vessels and the patient’s existing vasculature. National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)-funded researchers at Boston University have created segments of engineered blood vessels to address this often overlooked, but critically important issue.
Grantee News • March 23, 2017

A team of researchers has discovered that damage to collagen, the main building block of all human tissue, can occur much earlier at a molecular level from too much physical stress. This could be especially helpful for some who want to know earlier if they are developing diseases such as arthritis or for athletes who want to know if repeated stress on their bodies is taking a toll. Read more at University of Utah UNEWS.

Grantee News • March 22, 2017

Researchers have identified a signaling molecule key to the formation of scar tissue surrounding implantable medical devices, a process called fibrosis. Blocking this molecule prevents scar tissue from forming and could help scientists extend the lifespan of many types of implantable medical devices. Read more at MIT News.

Grantee News • March 14, 2017

Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate among all major cancers, largely because physicians lack diagnostic tools to detect the disease in its early, treatable stages. Now, a team of investigators has developed a promising new tool capable of distinguishing between harmless pancreatic cysts and those with malignant potential with an overall accuracy of 95 percent. Read more form Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Grantee News • March 13, 2017
West Virginia University researchers have developed a helmet PET scanner containing smaller detectors with crystal arrays that can detect the degree of brain injury caused by stroke within 30 seconds, reducing patients' risk of developing severe disabilities. The device, described at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, also has the potential to improve sports concussion diagnoses and could be available for clinical use within two years.

Read more at The Guardian.

Grantee News • March 10, 2017

A novel technology platform has been developed that enables the continuous and automated monitoring of so-called 'organs-on-chips' -- tiny devices that incorporate living cells to mimic the biology of bona fide human organs. Read more in Science Newsline.