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Grantee News • August 10, 2016

Post-burn scarring creates lifelong physical, psychological and social challenges. Now, a group of researchers has devised a new non-invasive method to prevent the scarring caused by second- and third-degree burns. Read more form Tel Aviv University.

Grantee News • August 5, 2016

Researchers have developed a computer model that will aid in the design of nanocarriers, microscopic structures used to guide drugs to their targets in the body. The model better accounts for features of the nanocarriers that will help them stick to cells long enough to deliver their payloads. Read more at Penn News.

Science Highlights • August 4, 2016
Researchers have engineered living bone tissue to repair bone loss in the jaw, a structure that is typically difficult to restore. They grafted customized implants into pig jaws that resulted in integration and function of the engineered graft into the recipient’s own tissue.
Grantee News • August 3, 2016

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a flexible wearable sensor that can accurately measure a person's blood alcohol level from sweat and transmit the data wirelessly to a laptop, smartphone or other mobile device. The skin patch could be used by doctors and police officers for continuous, non-invasive and real-time monitoring of blood alcohol content. Read more at UC San Diego News.

Science Highlights • July 25, 2016
A team with funding from the National Institutes of Health has created a new simulator that allows clinicians who perform a complicated ultrasound technique to gain practice on a mannequin before trying it on patients. This is the first simulator for duplex ultrasound scanning, a type of ultrasound used to assess the health of blood vessels. The development is reported in the May 11, 2016 advance online issue of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery.
 
Grantee News • July 20, 2016

A team of researchers have created a 'liver on a chip,' a model of liver tissue that replicates the metabolic variations found throughout the organ and more accurately reflects the distinctive patterns of liver damage caused by exposure to environmental toxins, including pharmaceutical overdose. Read more at Mass General News.

Science Highlights • July 19, 2016
As of Monday morning, July 18, 2016, an NIBIB-funded experiment is nested within the 4,975 pounds of cargo hurtling towards the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule. The experiment will grow bone cells in the microgravity of space and may help researchers understand the bone loss that is common to bed-ridden patients and to astronauts. 
 
Grantee News • July 14, 2016

With over two-thirds of US adults owning a smartphone, and the rise in miniaturized sensors that are used for remote health monitoring, mobile health (mHealth) is beginning to experience a boom. While the technology has the potential to expand access to services, and improve personal wellness and public health, such benefits may not be fully realized unless greater privacy and security measures are implemented. Read more from Dartmouth.

Science Highlights • July 11, 2016

Researchers funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) have created a new type of tissue chip that can better represent human tissues compared with current chips, and can be more widely used for drug testing. By engineering the chips as a silk gel, the researchers circumvented many of the problems with existing devices. The new chip also has the potential to someday be an implantable treatment itself.

Science Highlights • July 7, 2016
A team from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) has used a new imaging technique to measure how people break down dietary fat into products the cells of their bodies can use. The technique is a cost effective and convenient way to image this critical process—also called fat metabolism—and provides a way to test interventions aimed at reducing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and the increased risk of heart attack and stroke that can be caused by metabolic syndrome.

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