NEWS & EVENTS
A biocompatible and highly stretchable optical fiber has now been created from hydrogel -- an elastic, rubbery material composed mostly of water. The fiber, which is as bendable as a rope of licorice, may one day be implanted in the body to deliver therapeutic pulses of light or light up at the first sign of disease. Read more at MIT News.
Researchers have described in great detail how to fabricate and use transparent graphene neural electrode arrays in applications in electrophysiology, fluorescent microscopy, optical coherence tomography, and optogenetics. Read more at University of Wisconsin-Madison News.
In an article in The Atlantic, NIBIB's Richard Conroy comments on NIH-funded efforts to create a census of the different cell types in the brain. Read the full story at www.theatlantic.com
NIBIB grantee Vivek Shenoy, Ph.D., is among the University of Pennsylvania's biomedical and engineering scientists awarded $24 million by the National Science Foundation to establish a Science and Technology Center focused on engineering mechanobiology. The center will study the way cells exert and are influenced by the physical forces in their environment. Read more at PennNews.
An NIBIB-funded engineer at Caltech is part of a team that's created the visual analogue of noise-canceling headphones. Read more at www.pasadenanow.com.
In a study published in the journal Annals of Biomedical Engineering, researchers from Stanford University detailed their work on foam bike helmets. Read more at TechTimes.
Women perform better than men on tests of verbal memory throughout life, which may give them a buffer of protection against losing their verbal memory skills in the precursor stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Read more at Medscape.