Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health



Grantee News • August 7, 2018
Researchers have developed a virtual reality simulator with life-like avatars to help train surgical teams. The simulator includes an operating room fire, something that happens to about 600 patients each year. Read more at Times Union...
Science Highlights • July 19, 2018
Shape Memory Medical recently announced FDA clearance for U.S. marketing of their IMPEDE Embolization Plug, a technology funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and created to block irregular blood vessels.
Science Highlights • July 19, 2018
University of Kansas researchers with NIBIB funding have developed a microfluidic device to diagnose and monitor multiple myeloma. The low-cost, reusable system uses a few drops of blood to obtain results that would otherwise require a painful bone marrow extraction.
Grantee News • July 9, 2018

A team of engineers has developed a prototype bandage designed to actively monitor the condition of chronic wounds and deliver appropriate drug treatments to improve the chances of healing. While the lab-tested bandages remain to be assessed in a clinical context, the research is aimed at transforming bandaging from a traditionally passive treatment into a more active paradigm to address a persistent and difficult medical challenge. Read more from TuftsNow.

Science Highlights • July 5, 2018
NIBIB-funded researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created an ingestible sensor to non-invasively monitor indicators of disease in the stomach and intestines.
Science Highlights • July 2, 2018
Brain activity is driven by encounters with external stimuli and situations, simultaneously occurring with internal mental processes. A team of researchers from Stanford University, with funding from the NIH BRAIN Initiative, in part through NIBIB, has discovered how the brain dynamically handles cognitive tasks while it also is engaged in internal mental processes.
Science Highlights • July 2, 2018
A research team with funding from NIBIB has developed an advanced computing technique for rapidly and cost effectively improving the quality of biomedical imaging. The technology, called AUTOMAP finds the best computational strategies to produce clear, accurate images for various types of medical scans.
Grantee News • June 29, 2018

For decades, scientists hoping to understand how the retina interprets visual input have often had to resort to invasive techniques to dissect the retina from the animal in an effort to record the cells' activity, but a new system could make it possible to track the firing patterns of dozens of cells chronically in awake animals. Read more at

Grantee News • June 21, 2018

Engineers have created an electronic 'skin' in an effort to restore a real sense of touch for amputees using prosthetics. Read more at Johns Hopkins University News.

Grantee News • June 21, 2018

A new microscope system can image living tissue in real time and in molecular detail, without any chemicals or dyes. It enables researchers to study concurrent processes within cells and tissue, and could give cancer researchers a new tool for tracking tumor progression and physicians new technology for tissue pathology and diagnostics. Read more from the Illinois News Bureau.