Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health



Grantee News • September 22, 2016

NIBIB-grantee Rebecca Richards-Kortum has been named a 2016 recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. Dr. Richards-Kortum is a bioengineer addressing global health disparities in low-resource settings by developing point-of-care medical technologies and a new approach to engineering education. Read more and watch the video from the MacArthur Foundation.

Grantee News • September 22, 2016

In announcing Rebecca Richards-Kortum as one of this year's 23 fellows, the MacArthur Foundation noted her commitment to "improving access to quality health care for all the world's people. Read more/listen at NPR. 

NIBIB in the News • September 22, 2016

NIBIB researchers have created a nanovaccine that could make a current approach to cancer immunotherapy more effective while also reducing side effects. Read more at

Science Highlights • September 21, 2016
Researchers are testing the use of magnetic bacteria to more efficiently deliver tumor-fighting drugs.
Grantee News • September 21, 2016

A new, inexpensive method for detecting salt concentrations in sweat or other bodily fluids has been developed by biomaterials scientists. The fluorescent sensor, derived from citric acid molecules, is highly sensitive and highly selective for chloride, the key diagnostic marker in cystic fibrosis. Read more at Penn State News.

Grantee News • September 19, 2016

Researchers have discovered a new technique for generating rapidly-differentiating human neural stem cells for use in a variety of tissue engineering applications, including a three-dimensional model of the human brain, according to a new report. Read more at TuftsNow.

Grantee News • September 19, 2016

A computer program has been developed that uses radiomic features found in routine MRI scans to distinguish between radiation necrosis and recurrent brain cancer. In a comparison, the program was nearly twice as accurate as a pair of radiologists. Read more at NDTV.

Grantee News • September 10, 2016
Dr. Robert Langer is a chemical engineer at MIT who has pioneered the fields of drug delivery and tissue engineering. Dr. Langer discusses how he has transformed the bio-materials landscape, from scratch.
NIBIB in the News • September 6, 2016
Teams of undergraduate engineering students from universities all across the country competed in the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams Challenge (DEBUT), with the University of Illinois’s team claiming second place.
Grantee News • September 1, 2016

NIBIB grantee Kullervo Hynynen has won the Focused Ultrasound Foundation's 2016 Visionary Award. Hynynen has been instrumental in the development of the first clinical system for MR-guided focused ultrasound. Read more at