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NIBIB in the News • January 10, 2014

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.

Science Highlights • January 8, 2014

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.

Science Highlights • January 6, 2014
The ability to detect circulating tumor cells (CTCs) as they travel through the blood can play an important role in early diagnosis, characterization of cancer subtypes, treatment monitoring and metastasis. NIBIB-funded researchers have developed a microfluidic system that can isolate CTCs from blood samples more quickly and efficiently than similar, currently available technologies and may someday make monitoring and treating the disease more personalized.
Grantee News • January 6, 2014

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.

Science Highlights • January 2, 2014

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 in the News • January 1, 2014
This article in PRISM magazine discusses cutting-edge technology being developed for the treatment of cancer as well as the promises and challenge of convergence science, which seeks to integrate the physical and life sciences.
Grantee News • December 23, 2013

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.

NIBIB in the News • December 19, 2013

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.

Science Highlights • December 13, 2013
Clinicians routinely monitor electrical signals from the brains of traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients to assess the response to treatments such as anti-seizure drugs. However, determining the specific location of injuries, where abnormal electrical activity is generated, has remained elusive. Researchers combined several imaging technologies to track abnormal electrical signals to the specific injury site. Known as inverse localization, the technique promises to enhance patient-specific monitoring and treatment, optimize surgical effectiveness, and improve clinical outcomes for those suffering from traumatic brain injury.
Grantee News • December 12, 2013

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.

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