Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health



Science Highlights • January 31, 2008
A simple and inexpensive optical technique developed by a team at Vanderbilt University may help researchers arrest the growth of cataracts in aging eyes, as well as provide a powerful tool to diagnose disease. Based on backscatter interferometry, the device provides quick readouts 10,000 times more sensitive than conventional molecular surveillance methods.
Science Highlights • December 28, 2007
Multimodal multiphoton microscopy – a novel imaging technology – provides superb detail and 3D resolution, even when imaging deep into tissues such as spinal cord and blood vessels. Using this state-of-the-art approach, Ji-Xin Cheng and his collaborators at Purdue University are looking for ways to improve diagnostics and treatments for various diseases, including multiple sclerosis and heart disease.
Science Highlights • November 30, 2007
Existing surgical simulation techniques often fall short of realism. A new advance in simulation from researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will provide doctors the opportunity to learn new medical procedures and hone motor skills without risking the health and safety of their patients. Soon, surgeons will be able to more realistically practice operations in which bleeding and smoke from cauterization can impact the procedure.
Science Highlights • October 26, 2007
A research team from Northwestern University has developed a new technique to noninvasively track changes related to pancreatic cancer and to do so without disturbing the highly sensitive organ. This work may clear the way for new screening tools to discover the disease at its earliest stages.
Press Releases • October 17, 2007
The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of India, have entered into a bilateral agreement to develop low-cost health-care technologies aimed at the medically underserved.
Press Releases • October 4, 2007

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), today announced the award of more than $12 million in grants to support research and development of potentially high-impact, innovative technologies to advance health care.

Press Releases • October 4, 2007
The expertise of the DBEPS staff supports the mission of the NIBIB to integrate bioengineering with the life and physical sciences, and spans cutting-edge technologies operating at scales ranging from near-atomic resolution to intact organisms.
Science Highlights • September 27, 2007
Microsurgical procedures require precision. Involuntary movement or jerk can traumatize surrounding tissue and cause myriad complications for the patient. A research team at Carnegie Mellon University has developed a handheld device that compensates for unwanted motion and stabilizes the tip of microsurgical instruments. The device could improve the safety of microsurgery and reduce practitioner fatigue. Clinical applications include retinal surgery, neurosurgery, cardiac surgery, and cell biology.
Science Highlights • September 26, 2007
Researchers supported by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) have developed a new method to study the behavior of molecules, particularly how they interact with each other.
Science Highlights • August 21, 2007
Tepha, Inc., has genetically engineered a strain of E. coli to produce a novel, absorbable biopolymer that is flexible, strong, and well tolerated in vivo. The FDA recently cleared surgical suture and mesh products made of the polymer for marketing, marking the first time a medical device made of a naturally derived polyester has received FDA clearance.