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NIBIB in the News • November 6, 2018

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.

Grantee News • November 5, 2018

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.

Science Highlights • October 31, 2018
NIBIB funded researchers have developed laser-activated nanomaterials that integrate with wounded tissues to form seals that are superior to sutures for containing body fluids and preventing bacterial infection.
Science Highlights • October 24, 2018
NIBIB-funded researchers have transformed T cells into drug factories engineered to find cells carrying specific diseases in the body--and then produce therapeutic proteins localized to the diseased cells.
Grantee News • October 22, 2018

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.

Grantee News • October 18, 2018

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.

Science Highlights • October 17, 2018
Researchers at the University of Minnesota, with support from NIBIB, used a 3-D bioprinting technique to print photordetectors onto a curved surface. Through the combination of design innovation and the use of materials—including synthetic conducting polymers, functional electronics, and biological tissue—the team is creating prototypes of multiple replacement body parts, including skin, ears, spinal cord, and now a bionic eye.
Science Highlights • September 21, 2018
Engineers at Johns Hopkins University have created an electronic skin, which when added to a prosthetic hand allows the user to feel objects as if through their own hand, including feeling pain when touching a sharp object.
Grantee News • September 14, 2018

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.

Science Highlights • September 12, 2018
NIBIB-funded researchers generated stable lines of spinal cord neural stem cells in a laboratory dish. Once transplanted into a rat model of spinal cord injury, the cells enabled robust regeneration of functional neurons along the length of the spine.

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