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Science Highlights • March 28, 2013

NIBIB is calling on engineers, biologists, computer scientists, and information technologists across academia, industry, and non-profit sectors to submit proposals for high-risk, high-reward research that seeks to integrate basic science, clinical practice, and technology to solve critical challenges in health and healthcare.

Press Releases • March 19, 2013
A compact, self-contained sensor recorded and transmitted brain activity data wirelessly for more than a year in early stage animal tests, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Grantee News • March 18, 2013

A look at how researchers use nature as the basis for bioengineering discoveries includes the work by NIBIB grantee Bob Langer at MIT and his colleague Jeffrey Karp at Brigham and Women’s Hospital on quick release adhesive for the fragile skin of babies and the elderly. Read the full article from The Washington Post.

Science Highlights • March 15, 2013
Scientists have found a way to sneak nanoparticles carrying tumor-fighting drugs past cells of the immune system, which would normally engulf the particles, preventing them from reaching their target.
Grantee News • March 8, 2013

Genomic screening in combination with MRI imaging has enabled NIBIB-funded researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) to discover genetic varients that affect the brain’s wiring. The findings suggest that a specific gene (SPON1) variant and new neurogenetic pathway have links to dementia severity. Additional information can be found from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: Genome-wide scan of healthy human connectome discovers SPON1 gene variant influencing dementia severity.

Science Highlights • March 5, 2013
Patients with cartilage damage were successful in regenerating new cartilage tissue, thanks to an innovative technique developed by an NIBIB grantee. The technique creates a scaffold by combining the use of a biogel that solidifies when exposed to light and a strong biological adhesive
Grantee News • March 1, 2013

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) honored eight NIBIB grantees for their significant accomplishments and innovation in medical and biological engineering at the AIMBE annual meeting held February 17-19, 2013 in Washington, DC. AIMBE fellows are nominated by their peers for their outstanding contributions in research, industrial practice and/or education, and represent the top 2% of the medical and bioengineering community. A total of 81 new Fellows were inducted this year.

Science Highlights • March 1, 2013
MIT engineers have created a new synthetic polymer film that changes its shape when it absorbs water vapor. This small motion might not seem like a big deal, but these researchers have essentially found a way to use the water gradient to generate power.
Science Highlights • March 1, 2013
Three NIBIB funded researchers have been collaborating to modify the natural structure of spider silk in order to increase its potential uses. These researchers, however, are looking in unexpected places for guidance in creating new synthetic structures—namely, art.
Science Highlights • February 28, 2013
NIBIB is challenging teams of undergraduate students to compete under three categories of a biomedical engineering student design competition. Winning team in each category will receive a $10,000 prize.

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