NEWS & EVENTS
In a small clinical study, researchers administered a new method for treating chronic wounds using a novel ultrasound applicator that can be worn like a band-aid. The applicator delivers low-frequency, low-intensity ultrasound directly to wounds, and was found to significantly accelerate healing in five patients with venous ulcers. Read the full article on ScienceDaily.com
Mark Brezinski is a major believer in the benefits of optimizing one’s environment when it comes to learning and using a “reverse education approach” to train people in his lab and teach his undergraduate, graduate and junior faculty students. Read the full article at BWH Clinical & Research News.
NIBIB and other NIH-funded scientists have teamed up to develop an adhesive that mimics the grip of a parasitic worm. Composed of a sheet of microneedles whose tips swell upon contact with water, the device could be used to adhere skin grafts to wounds, deliver drugs to target tissues, and numerous other applications. Read the full article at the-scientist.com
NIBIB-funded researchers at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College have developed an RNA-based biosensor technology that allows rapid creation of sensors for tracking molecules and metabolites in living cells. Applications include studies of metabolic profiles of disease and monitoring metabolic changes in response to treatments. Read the full article on biotechniques.com
NIBIB grantee Lori Setton, of Duke University, has developed a biomaterial designed to deliver a booster shot of reparative cells to the cushions found between spinal discs. The biomaterial consists of an injectable gel that solidifies between the discs, trapping cells in place. Read the full article at Pratt.Duke.edu
NIBIB grantee Jeffrey Weiss, of the University of Utah, and other NIH-funded scientists talk about biomechanics – the study of how the body moves – and how they way we move relates to overall health. Read the full article on NIH: News in Health.
The Academy of Radiology Research announced that 43 researchers, including many NIBIB grantees, have been selected as recipients of the 2013 Distinguished Investigator Award. This prestigious honor recognizes individuals for their accomplishments in the field of medical imaging. Read the full article on acadrad.org.
Former NIBIB grantee Anthony Atala, of Wake Forest University, and colleagues discuss the opportunities and challenges of growing custom organs in a lab, using a patient’s own cells. Such research can provide more options to patients who need organ transplants. Read the full article on USAToday.com