Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health



Grantee News • November 7, 2016

A magnetic ink has been developed that can be used to make self-healing batteries, electrochemical sensors and wearable, textile-based electrical circuits. Read more at UC San Diego News Center.

Grantee News • November 3, 2016

A new method for encapsulating single cells within tunable microgels could boost efficacy of cell-based therapies and tissue engineering. Read more at Wyss Institute News.

NIBIB in the News • November 3, 2016
NIBIB's Scientific Director, Richard Leapman, comments on a new technique that brings color to electron microscopy. Read the full story at
NIBIB in the News • October 28, 2016

The challenge facing neuroimagers is far more complex than mapping the Earth’s continents and oceans. It’s like trying to infer how human society does (and does not) work by studying a satellite image. Read more at OZY.

Science Highlights • October 28, 2016
National Institutes of Health-funded scientists have developed a new diagnostic test for cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder currently affecting around 30,000 Americans. The new device provides a cheaper, easier way to detect levels of chloride in sweat, which are elevated in cystic fibrosis patients. A similar strategy could be applied to other diseases that present with elevated levels of different ions, such as bromide and iodide, and the simplicity of the approach could make diagnostic tests more accessible around the world.
Grantee News • October 19, 2016

A biocompatible and highly stretchable optical fiber has now been created from hydrogel -- an elastic, rubbery material composed mostly of water. The fiber, which is as bendable as a rope of licorice, may one day be implanted in the body to deliver therapeutic pulses of light or light up at the first sign of disease. Read more at MIT News.

Grantee News • October 18, 2016

Researchers have described in great detail how to fabricate and use transparent graphene neural electrode arrays in applications in electrophysiology, fluorescent microscopy, optical coherence tomography, and optogenetics. Read more at University of Wisconsin-Madison News.

Science Highlights • October 17, 2016
Engineers funded by NIBIB have developed a small device, worn on the skin, that detects alcohol levels in perspiration and sends the information to the uses smart phone in just 8 minutes. It was designed as a convenient method for individuals to monitor their alcohol intake.
NIBIB in the News • October 14, 2016

In an article in The Atlantic, NIBIB's Richard Conroy comments on NIH-funded efforts to create a census of the different cell types in the brain. Read the full story at

Science Highlights • October 12, 2016
NIBIB-funded researchers at the University of Washington have pioneered an approach to image functional activity in the brains of individual fetuses, allowing a better look at how functional networks within the brain develop.