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Grantee News • June 30, 2009
A research team headed by Drs. Mehmet Toner, Ph.D. and Daniel Haber, M.D., Ph.D., of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, has been awarded a $15 million research grant from the proceeds raised by the Entertainment Industry Foundation during their landmark Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) telethon.
Science Highlights • June 29, 2009
For too long the blood-brain barrier has kept potentially life-saving drugs from entering the central nervous system and brain. Now researchers from Harvard Medical School and the Sunnybrook Health Science Center, University of Toronto, have developed an ultrasound technique that temporarily opens the blood-brain barrier allowing drug therapies for diseases from cancer to Alzheimer’s to pass into the central nervous system.
Science Highlights • May 31, 2009
Advances in technology have contributed to the growth of electronic medical data systems, increasing concern among patients and health care providers about the confidentiality of clinical information. NIBIB-funded investigators have created software to aggregate and share health data with researchers while maintaining patient confidentiality.
Science Highlights • April 30, 2009
A new microscope the size of a bumblee’s hair bristle could change disease diagnosis in remote areas of the world as well as home-based disease monitoring. Developed by researchers at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, the lensless microscope relies on tubes and channels to guide samples through a chamber. A sensor similar to those used in digital cameras records the images.
Science Highlights • March 31, 2009
Embryonic stem (ES) cells have shown great promise in the creation of replacement cells and tissues to treat a number of diseases. Scientists at Baylor College identified a new protein, Ronin, which has potential for preserving stem cells for use in many medical applications.
Science Highlights • February 25, 2009
By combining light and sound, researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, may have found a way to detect infections and cancer cells before they become life-threatening. Preliminary studies show the novel technique, in vivo photoacoustic flow cytometry, can pinpoint a single cluster of skin cancer cells in a billion blood cells.
Science Highlights • January 30, 2009
Terry Phillips’ recycling immunoaffinity microchip can measure up to 30 proteins in a sample 1/100th the volume of a drop of blood. This cutting-edge tool is helping researchers study biomarkers in new ways and has the potential to make a tremendous impact on clinical care. This
Science Highlights • December 19, 2008
Using DNA as building blocks, researchers from Arizona State University are designing miniature devices to unravel molecular identity cards of individual cells – one of the most difficult challenges in modern biomedical research
Science Highlights • November 26, 2008
To date, there has been little hope for recovery after severe spinal cord injury. A new injectable bioactive material designed by scientists at Northwestern University enabled paralyzed mice to move their legs again by instructing damaged nerve cells to grow extensions up and down the spinal cord.
Science Highlights • October 23, 2008
With roots in the telecommunications revolution, optical coherence tomography (OCT) has become the gold standard in retinal imaging. Advances in imaging speeds and quality now make OCT a promising technique for a variety of clinical specialties including oncology, cardiology, and gastroenterology. OCT data may also enhance point-of-care diagnostics.

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