Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health



Grantee News • September 10, 2018

Researchers have invented a proof-of-concept blood pressure app that can give accurate readings using an iPhone -- with no special equipment. Read more from Newsweek.

Press Releases • September 6, 2018
National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., has selected Bruce J. Tromberg, Ph.D., to lead the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). A pioneering leader in the field of biophotonics, Dr. Tromberg is currently a professor at the University of California at Irvine (UCI). He was officially sworn in and assumed his post Jan. 7, 2019.
Grantee News • August 30, 2018

A new program to train graduate students interested in specializing in “immuno-engineering,” an emerging hybrid field that combines engineering and immunology, is being offered at Cornell through a grant from NIBIB at NIH. Read more at Cornell Chronicle.

Grantee News • August 30, 2018

Stanford researchers are redefining the effort to catch osteoarthritis early with a combination of MRI and PET imaging, opening the field up to more noninvasive options for evaluating bone health, according to a study published online in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. The work, funded by the NIH’s National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, studied bone remodeling— the process where new bone tissue forms in the place of old or damaged tissue. Read more at Radiology Business.

Science Highlights • August 29, 2018
Laboratory studies have shown the potential for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), who cannot move or speak, to communicate using a brain-computer interface (BCI). In the first study of independent in-home use by a group of these patients, the brain wave-based BCI system was found to be reliable; and of the eight individuals who completed the study, seven chose to keep the device for future use.
Science Highlights • August 28, 2018
Pulmonary fibrosis is one of the most common and serious types of lung disease. Now NIBIB-funded researchers have developed an in vitro lung tissue-on-a-chip system that mimics lung fibrosis, offering rapid testing of potential new anti-fibrotic treatments.
Grantee News • August 27, 2018

Researchers bioprint complex tubular tissues to replace dysfunctional vessels and ducts in the body. Read more at Phys.Org.

Press Releases • August 25, 2018
Projects focused on providing simple, low-cost modifications to surgical techniques that could reduce pain or damage from these procedures dominated this year’s Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge. The DEBUT challenge, a biomedical engineering design prize competition for teams of undergraduate students with prizes worth $65,000, is an annual contest supported by a public-private partnership between the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), part of the National Institutes of Health, and VentureWell, a not-for-profit organization that supports an emerging generation of science and technology inventors and the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems critical to their success.
August 20, 2018
NIBIB-funded researchers used dual PET and MRI technology to detect increased bone remodeling in the injured knees of patients likely to get osteoarthritis. This increased bone activity was often seen next to areas of early cartilage tissue degradation, suggesting an important link between degenerative changes in neighboring tissues in the disease.
Grantee News • August 20, 2018

Formation of new blood vessels, a process also known as angiogenesis, is one of the major clinical challenges in wound healing and tissue implants. To address this issue, researchers have developed a clay-based platform to deliver therapeutic proteins to the body to assist with the formation of blood vessels. Read more at Interesting Engineering.