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Science Highlights • January 15, 2012
New drugs are always tested in animals before they are tried in people. However, due to differences in the way that animals and people process drugs in the liver, animal models cannot predict dangerous drug side effects that are unique to humans. To tackle this problem, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) engineered a new mouse model that harbors a tiny human liver. The mouse can be used to study drug safety and efficacy, drug-drug interactions, and human diseases such as hepatitis C.
Press Releases • January 11, 2012
Three new members have been appointed to the National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NACBIB) of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB).
Science Highlights • December 30, 2011
As the world population ages, the number of people affected with Alzheimer’s disease is rising steadily. While there is yet no cure, certain drugs can slow Alzheimer’s progression, particularly if started early. University of Utah researchers are developing new brain imaging tools that may help doctors diagnose Alzheimer’s much earlier and more accurately than is possible with currently available tests.
Grantee News • December 19, 2011
NITRC currently gives researchers around the world access to software tools and data to advance neuroinformatics research. Most of the resources are free, and many have communities of interest associated with them, allowing researchers to share advice and ideas for use of the data and tools. The new contract is funded by a consortium of NIH Institutes, including NIBIB, and will allow TCG to continue and expand NITRC. Read the full article from TCG.
Grantee News • December 13, 2011
Biomedical researchers at IUPUI’s Purdue School of Engineering and Technology were awarded $400,000 to study a synthetic hydrogel matrix that could potentially trigger both cell proliferation and differentiation. This technique could impact the treatment of Type 1 Diabetes, and bone, cartilage, and other cell deficiencies. Read the full article from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
Grantee News • December 1, 2011
Surgeons are taught from textbooks which conveniently color-code types of tissues, but that's not what it looks like in real life -- until now. Quyen Nguyen, an NIBIB K08 awardee, demonstrates how a molecular marker can make tumors light up in neon green, showing surgeons exactly where to cut. Read the full article from TEDMED.
NIBIB in the News • December 1, 2011

Single cell imaging is a growing and interdisciplinary field that requires technical and scientific acumen. The field is an ideal niche for technology-minded scientists. Read the full article from Nature.

NIBIB in the News • November 25, 2011
RSNA Image Share Network standardizes the way medical images are shared on the Internet. Discussion of program and future direction with comments by Dr. Pettigrew. Read the full article from ImagingBiz.
Press Releases • November 16, 2011
A competition for undergraduate students to foster the design and development of innovative diagnostic and therapeutic devices, and technologies to aid underserved populations and the disabled is being sponsored by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), part of the National Institutes of Health.
Science Highlights • November 7, 2011
To reduce failure of vascular interventions, researchers devised a new technology that may one day be used to deliver gene therapy to selected cells in the blood vessel wall. Therapeutic genes and other agents are packaged into nanoscale polymer films that can be coated onto surgical devices for localized therapy.

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