Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health



Science Highlights • October 23, 2017
Researchers funded by NIBIB combined the immune response created by injection of potato virus nanoparticles with the chemotherapy drug doxorubicin to halt melanoma progression in a mouse model. The research is the first demonstration of an immune system anti-tumor response using potato virus nanoparticle vaccination—a novel treatment that was further enhanced when combined with doxorubicin chemotherapy.
Grantee News • October 19, 2017

Some 40 years since CT scans first revealed abnormalities in the brains of schizophrenia patients, international scientists say the disorder is a systemic disruption to the brain's entire communication system. The study sets the stage for future research on the debilitating mental illness that affects more than 21 million people worldwide. It is the largest analysis of 'white matter' differences in a psychiatric disorder to date. Read more at USC News.

NIBIB in the News • October 16, 2017
Currently, the only definitive diagnosis for Alzheimer's comes from an autopsy. But a team of sophomores at the University of Maryland, College Park, just won first prize in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) competition for their prototype portable EEG device to diagnose Alzheimer’s.Read more at Forbes.
Grantee News • October 12, 2017

A flexible ingestible sensor has been devised that could help doctors to diagnose problems caused by a slowdown of food flowing through the digestive tract. The sensors could also be used to detect food pressing on the stomach, helping doctors to monitor food intake by patients being treated for obesity. Read more at MIT News.

Grantee News • October 12, 2017

Strong molecular bonds between antibodies and biological gels like mucus aren't necessary to catch pathogens as was previously thought, according to new research. In fact, rapid and weak interactions between antibodies and biogels are much better suited to locking down foreign invaders in the body's sticky first line of defense. Read more at Science Newsline Medicine.

Grantee News • October 10, 2017

Wireless microcontrollers release precise amounts of antibiotics, painkillers, growth factors or other medications. The bandage, which remains several years from market, could improve treatment of chronic skin wounds related to diabetes. Read more at Nebraska Today.

Grantee News • October 10, 2017

Medical scientists have developed a novel imaging agent that could be used to identify most bacterial infections. Read more at

Grantee News • October 10, 2017

A highly elastic and adhesive surgical glue that quickly seals wounds without the need for common staples or sutures could transform how surgeries are performed. Watch the video here.

Science Highlights • October 6, 2017
A team led by National Institutes of Health-funded researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Nebraska has developed a method to enhance a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent with safe-to-use, metal-free compounds. The researchers used organic molecules carried by synthetic nanoparticles. The nanoparticles illuminated tumor tissue in mice just as well as metal-based contrast agents.
Grantee News • September 27, 2017

A research team has now developed a DNA nanotechnology-based method that allows for repeated, non-destructive recording of uniquely barcoded molecular pairings, rendering a detailed view of their components and geometries. In the future, the approach could help researchers understand how changes in molecular complexes control biological processes in living cells. Read more from the Wyss Institute News.