Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health



Grantee News • March 14, 2017

Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate among all major cancers, largely because physicians lack diagnostic tools to detect the disease in its early, treatable stages. Now, a team of investigators has developed a promising new tool capable of distinguishing between harmless pancreatic cysts and those with malignant potential with an overall accuracy of 95 percent. Read more form Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Grantee News • March 13, 2017
West Virginia University researchers have developed a helmet PET scanner containing smaller detectors with crystal arrays that can detect the degree of brain injury caused by stroke within 30 seconds, reducing patients' risk of developing severe disabilities. The device, described at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, also has the potential to improve sports concussion diagnoses and could be available for clinical use within two years.

Read more at The Guardian.

Grantee News • March 10, 2017

A novel technology platform has been developed that enables the continuous and automated monitoring of so-called 'organs-on-chips' -- tiny devices that incorporate living cells to mimic the biology of bona fide human organs. Read more in Science Newsline.

Science Highlights • March 9, 2017
Your watch might be able to tell you it’s time to call in sick. Researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health have revealed the ability of wearable biosensors, similar to the Apple Watch or Fitbit, to detect physiological changes that may indicate illness, even before symptoms appear.
Grantee News • March 8, 2017

Could this be the end of bifocals? Researchers have devised a pair of specs that use flexible lenses and piezoelectric pistons to automatically adjust focus on the fly, shifting the lenses' curvature as the user gazes at objects near or far. The glasses are programmed by inputting the user's prescription through a phone app. Then a microcontroller uses info from a built-in sensor that measures the distance to the desired focal point. Read more and watch the video at IEEE Spectrum.

NIBIB in the News • March 8, 2017

A novel dual-receptor target radiotracer successfully diagnosed prostate cancer at all stages while reducing the number of medical scans a patient normally would have to undergo, according to study results published in The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Read more at Healio.

Grantee News • March 7, 2017

Researchers have devised a way to measure dopamine in the brain much more precisely than previously possible, which should allow scientists to gain insight into dopamine's roles in learning, memory, and emotion. Read more at MIT News.

Grantee News • March 7, 2017

A new approach has been found to boosting the lifetime and effectiveness of electronic biomedical devices. The discovery will help the devices better communicate with neural tissue by improving adhesion. Read more at University of Delaware News.

Grantee News • March 2, 2017

U.S. researchers have taken a major step toward the use of frozen or cryopreserved tissues and organs for transplantation, an advance that may one day ease the shortage of available organs, experts said on Tuesday. Read more at Reuters.

Grantee News • February 22, 2017

Researchers have now found that physical forces exerted between cancer cells and the ECM are enough to drive a shape change necessary for metastasis. Those forces converge on an optimal stiffness that allows cancer cells to spread. Read more from the Wistar Institute.