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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
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.
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 • 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.
Press Releases • February 27, 2013
The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) presented Roderic Pettigrew, Ph.D., M.D., director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), the 2013 Pierre Galletti Award at the 2013 AIMBE Annual Event held in Washington, D.C. this month. It is the highest honor that AIMBE, a nonprofit organization that provides leadership and advocacy in medical and biological engineering for the benefit of society, bestows on an individual.
Grantee News • February 21, 2013
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have demonstrated that they can outwit the body’s innate immune system to more effectively deliver drugs by identifying a simple peptide that the body recognizes as self and attaching it to a conventional nanoparticle delivery vehicle. This approach could potentially benefit a broad range of biomedical devices that are impacted by immune system attacks, such as pacemakers and other implants. Research findings are described in the journal Science. Read the full article from Science. Watch the video: A "Passport" for the Immune System.
Grantee News • February 19, 2013
NIBIB-funded researchers at Stanford have developed the means to observe brain activity in live mice. Using fluorescent proteins and a microscope implanted in the mouse’s head, scientists were able to correlate activities with brain patterns, and produce a video of the mouse’s brain activity. The system could prove useful in new therapies for neurogenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Research finding were presented in the Feb. 10 online edition of the journal Nature Neuroscience. Read the full article from Stanford.

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