NEWS & EVENTS
Microfluidics—the manipulation of fluids on a microscopic scale— has made it possible to produce “lab-on-a-chip” devices that detect, for example, infectious agents like viruses in a single drop of blood. Now, NIBIB researchers have developed microfluidic fibers that can be stretched hundreds of feet--vastly improving the speed and precision of microfluidic analysis of biological fluids. Read more on the NIH Director's Blog.
Miniscule nanostraws could help solve the problem of how to deliver precise doses of molecules directly into many cells at once. Read more from Stanford News.
A team of researchers has developed three-dimensional (3D) human tissue culture models for the central nervous system that mimic structural and functional features of the brain and demonstrate neural activity sustained over a period of many months. With the ability to populate a 3D matrix of silk protein and collagen with cells from patients with Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and other conditions, the tissue models allow for the exploration of cell interactions, disease and response to treatment. Read more from Tufts University.
Researchers have developed a new device that can be used to visualize how sound-induced vibrations travel through the ear. Read more from the Optical Society.
A new wearable ultrasound patch that non-invasively monitors blood pressure in arteries deep beneath the skin could help people detect cardiovascular problems earlier on and with greater precision. In tests, the patch performed as well as some clinical methods to measure blood pressure. Applications include real-time, continuous monitoring of blood pressure changes in patients with heart or lung disease, as well as patients who are critically ill or undergoing surgery. Read more at the UC San Diego News Center.