Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health



Grantee News • July 9, 2018

A team of engineers has developed a prototype bandage designed to actively monitor the condition of chronic wounds and deliver appropriate drug treatments to improve the chances of healing. While the lab-tested bandages remain to be assessed in a clinical context, the research is aimed at transforming bandaging from a traditionally passive treatment into a more active paradigm to address a persistent and difficult medical challenge. Read more from TuftsNow.

Science Highlights • July 5, 2018
NIBIB-funded researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created an ingestible sensor to non-invasively monitor indicators of disease in the stomach and intestines.
Science Highlights • July 2, 2018
A research team with funding from NIBIB has developed an advanced computing technique for rapidly and cost effectively improving the quality of biomedical imaging. The technology, called AUTOMAP finds the best computational strategies to produce clear, accurate images for various types of medical scans.
Science Highlights • July 2, 2018
Brain activity is driven by encounters with external stimuli and situations, simultaneously occurring with internal mental processes. A team of researchers from Stanford University, with funding from the NIH BRAIN Initiative, in part through NIBIB, has discovered how the brain dynamically handles cognitive tasks while it also is engaged in internal mental processes.
Grantee News • June 29, 2018

For decades, scientists hoping to understand how the retina interprets visual input have often had to resort to invasive techniques to dissect the retina from the animal in an effort to record the cells' activity, but a new system could make it possible to track the firing patterns of dozens of cells chronically in awake animals. Read more at

Grantee News • June 21, 2018

A new microscope system can image living tissue in real time and in molecular detail, without any chemicals or dyes. It enables researchers to study concurrent processes within cells and tissue, and could give cancer researchers a new tool for tracking tumor progression and physicians new technology for tissue pathology and diagnostics. Read more from the Illinois News Bureau.

Science Highlights • June 21, 2018
Two NIBIB-funded biomedical engineers were named 2018-2019 Science Envoys by the U.S. State Department. Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum at Rice University and Dr. Robert Langer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are two of five distinguished scientists and engineers selected to the U.S. Science Envoy Program.
Science Highlights • June 21, 2018
Up to 50% of women skip potentially life-saving mammograms often because the procedure can cause extreme discomfort and pain. Now researchers have developed a painless, light-based, non-radioactive, 15-second procedure that could revolutionize breast cancer screening and save lives.
Grantee News • June 21, 2018

Engineers have created an electronic 'skin' in an effort to restore a real sense of touch for amputees using prosthetics. Read more at Johns Hopkins University News.

Grantee News • June 19, 2018

For women over 40, mammography is a necessary yet annoying procedure to endure every year or two. The technique, while valuable for reducing breast cancer deaths, is less than ideal because it exposes patients to X-ray radiation and requires their breasts to be painfully squished between plates. The plates flatten the breast so the X-rays can more easily pass through it and produce a clear image. Read more at Caltech News.