Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health



Grantee News • July 30, 2013

Mark Brezinski is a major believer in the benefits of optimizing one’s environment when it comes to learning and using a “reverse education approach” to train people in his lab and teach his undergraduate, graduate and junior faculty students. Read the full article at BWH Clinical & Research News.

Grantee News • July 26, 2013

NIBIB and other NIH-funded scientists have teamed up to develop an adhesive that mimics the grip of a parasitic worm.  Composed of a sheet of microneedles whose tips swell upon contact with water, the device could be used to adhere skin grafts to wounds, deliver drugs to target tissues, and numerous other applications. Read the full article at

Press Releases • July 25, 2013
Silk has walked straight off the runway and into the lab. According to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, silk implants placed in the brain of laboratory animals and designed to release a specific chemical, adenosine, may help stop the progression of epilepsy. The research was supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), which are part of the National Institutes of Health.
Press Releases • July 22, 2013
The National Institutes of Health will fund up to $24 million per year for four years to establish six to eight investigator-initiated Big Data to Knowledge Centers of Excellence. The centers will improve the ability of the research community to use increasingly large and complex datasets through the development and distribution of innovative approaches, methods, software, and tools for data sharing, integration, analysis and management.
Grantee News • July 19, 2013

NIBIB-funded researchers at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College have developed an RNA-based biosensor technology that allows rapid creation of sensors for tracking molecules and metabolites in living cells. Applications include studies of metabolic profiles of disease and monitoring metabolic changes in response to treatments. Read the full article on

Grantee News • July 17, 2013

NIBIB grantee Lori Setton, of Duke University, has developed a biomaterial designed to deliver a booster shot of reparative cells to the cushions found between spinal discs. The biomaterial consists of an injectable gel that solidifies between the discs, trapping cells in place. Read the full article at

Grantee News • July 3, 2013

NIBIB grantee Jeffrey Weiss, of the University of Utah, and other NIH-funded scientists talk about biomechanics – the study of how the body moves – and how they way we move relates to overall health.  Read the full article on NIH: News in Health.

Grantee News • June 24, 2013

The Academy of Radiology Research announced that 43 researchers, including many NIBIB grantees, have been selected as recipients of the 2013 Distinguished Investigator Award. This prestigious honor recognizes individuals for their accomplishments in the field of medical imaging. Read the full article on

Grantee News • June 18, 2013

Former NIBIB grantee Anthony Atala, of Wake Forest University, and colleagues discuss the opportunities and challenges of growing custom organs in a lab, using a patient’s own cells. Such research can provide more options to patients who need organ transplants. Read the full article on

Science Highlights • June 11, 2013
A “test run” of radiation therapy in patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma can show how much radiation is likely to be absorbed by a tumor during actual treatment. This information may help doctors to estimate the dose needed for effective treatment more precisely than currently used measures, such as a person’s height and weight.