Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health



August 15, 2016
Researchers have developed a new fluorescence microscopy method that greatly improves the clarity of the image by using three views of the sample at the same time.
Grantee News • August 15, 2016

Cold plasma looks like the glow from the "Star Wars" blue light saber but this beam of energy, made of electrons that change polarity at micro-second or nanosecond speeds, could help bones heal faster, according to a study. Read more at Science Newsline Medicine.

NIBIB in the News • August 12, 2016

NIBIB scientists have invented a microscope that captures higher-resolution images of live cells and tissues without increasing the radiation that the specimens receive. Read more at

Grantee News • August 11, 2016

Until now, gene activation in human brains could be detected only in dead ones. Now a new imaging tool shows where genes are being turned on or off in living brains. Read more in Mass General News.

Grantee News • August 10, 2016

Post-burn scarring creates lifelong physical, psychological and social challenges. Now, a group of researchers has devised a new non-invasive method to prevent the scarring caused by second- and third-degree burns. Read more form Tel Aviv University.

Grantee News • August 5, 2016

Researchers have developed a computer model that will aid in the design of nanocarriers, microscopic structures used to guide drugs to their targets in the body. The model better accounts for features of the nanocarriers that will help them stick to cells long enough to deliver their payloads. Read more at Penn News.

Science Highlights • August 4, 2016
Researchers have engineered living bone tissue to repair bone loss in the jaw, a structure that is typically difficult to restore. They grafted customized implants into pig jaws that resulted in integration and function of the engineered graft into the recipient’s own tissue.
Grantee News • August 3, 2016

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a flexible wearable sensor that can accurately measure a person's blood alcohol level from sweat and transmit the data wirelessly to a laptop, smartphone or other mobile device. The skin patch could be used by doctors and police officers for continuous, non-invasive and real-time monitoring of blood alcohol content. Read more at UC San Diego News.

Science Highlights • July 25, 2016
A team with funding from the National Institutes of Health has created a new simulator that allows clinicians who perform a complicated ultrasound technique to gain practice on a mannequin before trying it on patients. This is the first simulator for duplex ultrasound scanning, a type of ultrasound used to assess the health of blood vessels. The development is reported in the May 11, 2016 advance online issue of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery.
Grantee News • July 20, 2016

A team of researchers have created a 'liver on a chip,' a model of liver tissue that replicates the metabolic variations found throughout the organ and more accurately reflects the distinctive patterns of liver damage caused by exposure to environmental toxins, including pharmaceutical overdose. Read more at Mass General News.