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Press Releases • May 7, 2018
Scientists at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) have combined two different microscope technologies to create sharper images of rapidly moving processes inside a cell.
Grantee News • May 3, 2018

A new study describes how an updated version of the microscope slide can enable scientists to see tiny objects while also measuring their temperature. The advancement, made possible by a new transparent, has the potential to streamline and enhance scientific research worldwide, from clandestine government biology labs to high school chemistry classes. It may also have implications in computers, electronics and other industries. Read more at the University at Buffalo News.

Grantee News • May 3, 2018
Performing epidural and spinal anesthesia requires a good deal of training and being able to sense when the needle reaches the desired location. One issue is that a sonographer is usually required to operate the ultrasound while the anesthesiologist delivers the needle. Accuro, a new ultrasound device recently cleared by the FDA, offers capabilities that can alleviate a sonographer from having to help with epidurals and spinals. Read more

at MedGadget.

Science Highlights • May 3, 2018
Precision cancer treatment relies on obtaining molecular information about the tumor to guide effective treatment decisions. Bioengineers have developed micro-technologies that capture extracellular vesicles (EVs) released by brain tumors. The vesicles carry samples of the mutated genetic material and proteins causing malignancy that researchers can analyze to optimize treatment.
Grantee News • May 1, 2018

Biomedical engineers have developed a new technique for measuring blood flow in the human brain, which could be used in patients with stroke or traumatic brain injury, for example. The new technique, based on conventional digital camera technology, could be significantly cheaper and more robust than prior methods. Read more at UC Davis News.

Grantee News • April 27, 2018

In a groundbreaking new study, researchers used a customized, low-cost 3-D printer to print electronics on a real hand for the first time. The technology could be used by soldiers on the battlefield to print temporary sensors on their bodies to detect chemical or biological agents or solar cells to charge essential electronics. Read more at University of Minnesota News.

Grantee News • April 24, 2018

Medical researchers have designed a creative new approach to help injured hearts regenerate by applying extracellular vesicles secreted by cardiomyocytes rather than implanting the cells. The study shows that the cardiomyocytes derived from human pluripotent stem cells (derived in turn from a small sample of blood) could be a powerful, untapped source of therapeutic microvesicles that could lead to safe and effective treatments of damaged hearts. Read more at Columbia University Engineering News.

Grantee News • April 23, 2018

A new research effort has resulted in a low-cost, reliable blood test that uses a small plastic chip about the size of a credit card that can deliver the same diagnostic information as a bone biopsy -- but using a simple blood draw instead. Read more at University of Kansas News.

Science Highlights • April 19, 2018
Bioengineers at the University of California, San Diego, with funding from NIBIB, have designed a glucose meter system built into a smartphone case, along with a smartphone app to present the results. The researchers developed the new device, called GlucPhone, with convenience and portability in mind.
April 16, 2018
In a study published in the Nov. 22, 2017, issue of Scientific Reports, researchers with funding from NIBIB reported the first use of optogenetics to reduce bladder pain. Their results in mice offer hope for much needed human therapy.

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