NEWS & EVENTS
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.
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.
NIBIB staff get a behind-the-scenes look at the Sheikh Zayed Institute of Pediatric Surgical Innovation, which develops technologies to make pediatric surgery more precise, less invasive and pain-free. Read the full story at nihrecord.nih.gov
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.
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 researchers have created a nanovaccine that could make a current approach to cancer immunotherapy more effective while also reducing side effects. Read more at www.ALNmag.com.
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.