Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health



Grantee News • May 9, 2014

NIBIB grantee Shaochen Chen and colleagues at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering have developed a 3D-printed device that can sense, attract, and remove toxins from the blood, similar to a dialysis machine. Read the full press release at

Grantee News • May 8, 2014

A Miami Herald report on the 2014 eMerge America's Techweek conference in Miami features NIBIB grantee Ranu Jung's research on a neural-enabled prosthetic hand. The prosthetic uses wireless technology to stimulate nerves so that the user can actually feel sensation. Read the full report at

Grantee News • May 5, 2014

NIH funded researcher, Dr. Peixuan Guo at the University of Kentucky has developed three major breakthroughs.

Grantee News • May 2, 2014

In two recently published papers, NIBIB grantee Jordan Green, Ph.D., at Johns Hopkins University, and colleagues describe a new type of nanoparticle that, when tested in mice, was able to deliver genetic information to brain tumor cells, essentially reprogramming them to die off. Read the full press release at

Science Highlights • May 1, 2014
Significant funding from NIBIB has enabled researchers to develop a unique technology to help physicians perform ultrasound-guided procedures involving needle placement such as needle biopsies, central line insertion, and local anesthesia. The new imaging technology, created by Clear Guide Medical of Baltimore, MD, allows physicians to plan needle entry and a precise line to the target before the needle ever enters the patient’s organ or tissue. The result is more efficient, less damaging, and less stressful needle-placement procedures for patients.
NIBIB in the News • May 1, 2014

In this article by Mobihealthnews, Director of Extramural Science Programs William Heetderks discusses two recently re-issued NIH funding opportunities that encourage the development of mobile health (mHealth) tools to improve patient–provider communication, adherence to treatment, and self-management of chronic diseases in underserved populations. Read the full article at

NIBIB in the News • May 1, 2014

In the May issue of SIAM News, NIBIB Program Director Grace Peng explains how computational modeling can help solve complex problems in clinical medicine and biomedical research and introduces the SIAM community to NIH and NIBIB funding initiatives that support modeling, analysis, and simulation research. Read the full article at

Science Highlights • April 30, 2014
An international research team has built molecular "clamps" out of DNA that offer a powerful new tool for identifying individuals with an increased risk of cancer. The clamp is capable of detecting genetic mutations, associated with cancer and other genetic diseases, with better specificity and affinity than current techniques. The high affinity for the target sequence and the ability to add a fluorescent label that lights up when the clamp grabs the errant DNA sequence, make these new DNA clamp nanoswitches the state-of-the-art in highly-sensitive molecular diagnostics.
Grantee News • April 30, 2014

NIBIB grantee Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic at Columbia Engineering announced in the journal Proceedings of the Naitonal Academy of Sciences that they have successfully grown fully functional human cartilage in vitro from human stem cells derived from fat tissue. Their study demonstrates new ways to better mimic the enormous complexity of tissue development, regeneration, and disease. Read the full press release at

Science Highlights • April 24, 2014

Roughly 6 million people in the United States live with some form of paralysis, most commonly resulting from stroke, spinal cord injury, or multiple sclerosis.1 This paralysis may affect one or both legs, one half of the body, or almost the entire body—both arms, both legs, and the torso. Some people experience temporary paralysis while for others it is permanent. Some also lose feeling in affected limbs.