Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health



Grantee News • April 6, 2016

A safe, new, minimally invasive treatment, developed by interventional radiologists, led to sustained weight loss in severely obese people. Read more and watch the video at NBC NEWS.

Grantee News • April 6, 2016

Researchers find magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) imaging provides highly accurate, less invasive method to detect nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Read more in Science Daily.

NIBIB in the News • April 1, 2016

Medline Plus Magazine highlights NIH-funded projects to build robots that improve the lives of those with disabilities and that spark curiosity and promote intellectual growth in children. Read more about these exciting projects at

NIBIB in the News • March 30, 2016

Reggie Edgerton, a 75-year-old physiologist has spent four decades on a stubborn quest to prove, in the face of scientific ridicule, that severed spinal cords can be jolted back to life--and that paralyzed patients need not be paralyzed forever. Now, he's got the data to prove it. 

Grantee News • March 28, 2016

Scientists have discovered a new class of molecular tags that enhance MRI signals by 10,000-fold and generate detectable signals that last over an hour. The tags are biocompatible and inexpensive to produce, paving the way for widespread use of MRI to monitor conditions like cancer and heart disease in real time. Read more in Science Daily

Grantee News • March 24, 2016

A method using acoustic waves in a microfluidic device to rotate single particles, cells or organisms will allow researchers to take three dimensional images with only a cell phone. Read more at Science Daily.

Grantee News • March 21, 2016

Scientists developed hardware and software to monitor and remotely control their liver- and heart-on-a-chip systems using Google Glass wearable technology. Using valves remotely activated by the Glass, the team introduced pharmaceutical compounds on to liver organoids and collected the results. Read more in Science Daily.

Press Releases • March 17, 2016
National Institutes of Health-funded scientists have developed a 3D micro-scaffold technology that promotes reprogramming of stem cells into neurons, and supports growth of neuronal connections capable of transmitting electrical signals. The injection of these networks of functioning human neural cells – compared to injecting individual cells -- dramatically improved their survival following transplantation into mouse brains. This is a promising new platform that could make transplantation of neurons a viable treatment for a broad range of human neurodegenerative disorders. The new research is supported by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), part of NIH.
Grantee News • March 15, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given clearance to market and sell the powered lower-limb exoskeleton created by a team of Vanderbilt engineers and commercialized by the Parker Hannifin Corporation for both clinical and personal use in the United States. Read more at Vanderbilt University.

Science Highlights • March 10, 2016
An international team that includes NIH-funded researchers at Stanford University has developed a therapeutic compound that is effective in inhibiting Plasmodium falciparum, one of five species of parasite that infects people with malaria, and the strain which causes the highest number of malaria deaths. The compound specifically inactivates an enzyme complex in the parasite that is required for all of the parasite life cycle stages. This enzyme target is also important for parasite resistance to a current front-line antimalarial drug, called artimisinin.