NEWS & EVENTS
Science enthusiasts snacked on “instant” ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, tried their hands at virtual surgery, sat in the driver’s seat of a new Tesla Model S electric car and learned about a prototype for the world’s first reusable rocket, all during National Geographic’s recent “Science of Everything” fair in Washington, D.C.
A team of researchers led by an NIBIB grantee at Vanderbilt University has created a biodegradable scaffold that enables sustained, local delivery of gene-silencing factors called siRNA to promote tissue regeneration. The team recently used the scaffold to successfully deliver siRNA to mice in order to locally silence a gene normally responsible for inhibiting blood vessel formation.
NIBIB grantee Abhijit Chaudhari and colleagues at UC Davis have developed a technique for capturing motion using MRI. The resulting videos provide an inside look at anatomical issues that may give rise to movement-related pain, without the need for ionizing radiation. Read the full press release at futurity.org.
Researchers funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering have demonstrated that their novel Tongue Drive System is superior to other assistive devices used by individuals with tetraplegia.
NIBIB grantee Quyen Nguyen was named one of 102 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on early stage science and engineering professionals in recognition of their innovative research and commitment to community service. Read the full press release at whitehouse.gov.
An NIBIB-funded biomedical engineer at Vanderbilt University has constructed a sponge-like, biodegradable tissue “scaffold” that releases an enzyme-blocking molecule to indirectly activate endogenous pathways and enhance tissue regeneration and wound healing. Read the full release at news.vanderbilt.edu.
Dr. Robert Langer of MIT, currently funded by NIBIB and several other NIH Institutes, was one of six recipients of a 2014 Breakthrough Prize in Life Science from the Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences Foundation, a relatively new philanthropic organization that awards $3 million prizes to outstanding scientists in support of forward-thinking research and the pursuit of bold projects. Read the full press release at breakthroughprizeinlifesciences.org.