NEWS & EVENTS
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 biotechniques.com
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 Pratt.Duke.edu
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.
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 acadrad.org.
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 USAToday.com
NIBIB grantees Jason Burdick and Robert Mauck at the University of Pennsylvania have found a way to coax stem cells to differentiate into cartilage-producing cells by encapsulating them in gels that contain cadherin molecules. The technique could be used to increase the efficiency of stem cell transplants used to repair injured or deteriorating cartilage. Read the full article on ScienceDaily.com
NIBIB grantee Bin He, of the University of Minnesota, and team demonstrate their noninvasive brain-computer interface that allows precise, thought-guided movements of a toy helicopter. Such interfaces may someday lead to mind-controlled assistive devices for people who have been paralyzed. Read the full article on usnews.com