Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health



Grantee News • February 22, 2017

Researchers have now found that physical forces exerted between cancer cells and the ECM are enough to drive a shape change necessary for metastasis. Those forces converge on an optimal stiffness that allows cancer cells to spread. Read more from the Wistar Institute.

Grantee News • February 21, 2017

Ultra-flexible, nanoelectronic thread (NET) brain probes have been designed that can achieve more reliable long-term neural recording than existing probes and don't elicit scar formation when implanted. These smaller-than-a-capillary-sized probes could provide the reliable brain interface needed to control prosthetics, or follow the progression of neurodegenerative diseases. Read more at University of Texas at Austin NEWS.

Grantee News • February 21, 2017

The cutting-edge biocompatible near-infrared 3-D tracking system used to guide the suturing in the first smart tissue autonomous robot (STAR) surgery has the potential to improve manual and robot-assisted surgery and interventions through unobstructed 3-D visibility and enhanced accuracy, according to a new study. Read more at PR Newswire.

Science Highlights • February 16, 2017
For the first time, NIH-funded researchers have used stem cells to grow intestinal tissues with a functioning nervous system. The advance creates new opportunities for studying intestinal diseases, nutritional health, and diabetes. It also brings researchers one step closer to growing patient-specific human intestines for transplant.
Grantee News • February 15, 2017
In a neuroimaging study partially funded by NIBIB, scientists discovered patterns in the brains of people with ADHD, that reveal delayed brain growth in children with the disorder. Read more at The Washington Post
Grantee News • February 15, 2017
In a research study of children with older siblings diagnosed with autism, scientists were able to predict those children that would also develop autism using MRI brain imaging. NIBIB suuported image reconstruction used in this study. Read more at CNN.
Science Highlights • February 13, 2017
Researchers funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering have developed a non-invasive imaging technique that accurately detects skin cancer without surgical biopsy. Multiphoton microscopy of mitochondria—small organelles that produce energy in cells—accurately identified melanomas and basal cell carcinomas by detecting abnormal clusters of mitochondria in both types of skin cancer.
Grantee News • February 13, 2017

Novel technology has been used to monitor vulnerabilities for cardiovascular events, aid in diagnosis and treatment. Read more at UW Today.

Grantee News • February 9, 2017

A desktop diagnosis tool has been developed that detects the presence of harmful bacteria in a blood sample in a matter of hours instead of days. The breakthrough was made possible by a combination of proprietary chemistry, innovative electrical engineering and high-end imaging and analysis techniques powered by machine learning. Read more at

Science Highlights • February 9, 2017
Brain surgery for removing cancerous tissue is a delicate and high-stakes task. Now researchers funded by NIBIB have created a way to improve tumor removal surgery by distinguishing cancerous tissue from healthy tissue faster. The method developed by researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School makes brain tumor surgery more precise, improving safety.