Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health



Grantee News • June 19, 2012
Funded by NIBIB, NCI, and NIEHS, RTI International has launched the Nanomaterial Registry, a comprehensive resource for the nanomaterial community. Read the full article from RTI.
Press Releases • June 11, 2012
The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) will be celebrating 10 years of biomedical technology innovation with an anniversary symposium and technology showcase on June 22, 2012. The day-long symposium features an exciting line up of speakers, short videos on the latest translational research, and a technology showcase. The showcase will be an interactive, hands-on demonstration of promising, cutting-edge NIBIB-supported research projects. NIBIB is part of the National Institutes of Health.
Grantee News • June 6, 2012
NIBIB-funded investigator Song Li at the University of California, Berkeley, identified the multipotent vascular stem cell responsible for vascular disease. Genetic tracing in mice challenge the theory that smooth muscle cells in blood vessel walls combined with cholesterol and fat are the reason for clogged arteries. Read the full article from Nature.
Press Releases • May 16, 2012
In an ongoing clinical trial, a paralyzed woman was able to reach for and sip from a drink on her own – for the first time in nearly 15 years – by using her thoughts to direct a robotic arm. The trial, funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, is evaluating the safety and feasibility of an investigational device called the BrainGate neural interface system. This is a type of brain-computer interface (BCI) intended to put robotics and other assistive technology under the brain's control.
NIBIB in the News • May 16, 2012

A trial of the BrainGate neurally controlled robotic arm (Brown University, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School) demonstrates a paralyzed woman’s ability to grasp a cup and sip coffee from a straw using her thoughts to instruct a robotic arm. Dr. Pettigrew is referenced in the article.

Grantee News • May 2, 2012
Nicole Steinmetz, Ph. D., NIBIB grantee and researcher at Case Western Reserve University uses plant virus nanoparticles to attack brain and breast tumors, as well as colon and prostate cancer. Read the full article from WKYC News.
Science Highlights • April 30, 2012
After three decades of research in animals, scientists have tested a new therapy for paralysis in a person with spinal cord injury. The therapy is based on the notion that the spinal cord controls walking even when communication with the brain is cut off.
Grantee News • April 27, 2012
Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Ph. D., a long-term NIBIB grantee and Stanley C. Moore Professor of Bioengineering at Rice University, together with her colleagues recently won the Science prize for Inquiry Based Instruction by challenging students to find novel technical solutions to global health problems. Read the full article from Science.
Press Releases • April 4, 2012
To help foster the next generation of global health scientists, Fogarty International Center and its partners at the National Institutes of Health are building a network of U.S. academic institutions to provide early-career physicians, veterinarians, dentists and scientists with a significant mentored research experience in a developing country.
Press Releases • April 2, 2012
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center discovered a way to enhance delivery of transplant cells in rodents to a desired site by increasing presence of chemicals that attract the introduced cells. Non-destructive pulsed focused ultrasound interacts with tissue to elevate levels of naturally produced chemicals (such as cytokines, chemokines, and growth factors) on target tissues. Transplanted stem cells have receptors for these chemicals, so an increased presence attracts more of them to the desired site.