Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health



Grantee News • January 3, 2017

Researchers have had initial success in mice using nanodiscs to deliver a customized therapeutic vaccine for the treatment of colon and melanoma cancer tumors. Read more at Michigan News.

Science Highlights • December 22, 2016
Motivated by the tribulations of hemophilia patients and their families, NIBIB-funded researchers are working to develop a pill to treat this serious inherited bleeding disorder. Oral delivery of the treatment--clotting factor IX--would allow individuals with type B hemophilia to swallow a pill rather than be subjected to several weekly injections of factor IX to control potentially fatal bleeding episodes.
Press Releases • December 22, 2016
The National Institutes of Health Common Fund announced today the first awards for the Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity in Humans Program, which will allow researchers to develop a comprehensive map of the molecular changes that occur in response to physical activity.
Grantee News • December 21, 2016

Researchers have invented a transistor-like threshold sensor that can illuminate cancer tissue, helping surgeons more accurately distinguish cancerous from normal tissue. Read more and watch the video at UT Southwestern News.

Science Highlights • December 19, 2016
Researchers funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering have developed a way to automatically label images of individual vertebrae during spine surgery, preventing mistakes and saving surgeons both time and stress in the operating room. New work recently published by the Johns Hopkins University team demonstrates the accuracy, feasibility, and advantages of having the technology in the operating room.
Grantee News • December 15, 2016

Researchers have been able to generate multifunctional RNA nanoparticles that could overcome treatment resistance in breast cancer, potentially making existing treatments more effective in these patients. Read more at GEN.

Grantee News • December 15, 2016

Researchers have made a major breakthrough that allows people to control a robotic arm using only their minds. The research has the potential to help millions of people who are paralyzed or have neurodegenerative diseases. Read more at University of Minnesota News.

Grantee News • December 9, 2016

Researchers have invented a novel live-cell imaging method that could someday help biologists better understand how stem cells transform into specialized cells and how diseases like cancer spread. The Photonic Crystal Enhanced Microscope (PCEM) is capable of monitoring and quantitatively measuring cell adhesion, a critical process involved cell migration, cell differentiation, cell division, and cell death. Read more at Engineering at Illinois News.

Science Highlights • December 1, 2016
Gene therapies could revolutionize medicine, including many forms of cancer treatment. For their potential to be realized, however, biomedical researchers must develop ways to prevent unintended immune responses and cell mutations. To achieve the benefits of gene therapy without negative side effects, NIBIB grantee Jordan J. Green, Ph.D., develops biodegradable nanoparticles that can be biochemically engineered to carry therapies that can seek out and kill cancer tumors.
Science Highlights • December 1, 2016
Researchers have created a microfluidic device that can produces millions of droplets containing liver microtissues and could lead to better methods for screening drugs for liver toxicity.