Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health



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

Science Highlights • August 29, 2016
Scientists invent a multi-view microscope that doubles the resolution of images without exposing them to an increased amount of light or prolonging the imaging process.
NIBIB in the News • August 29, 2016
Three NIH-funded co-robots, included one developed by an NIBIB grantee, caught the eyes and interest of Capitol Hill staffers at a National Robotics Initiative briefing in June 2016.
Grantee News • August 26, 2016

Ultrasound imaging is used around the world to help visualize developing babies and diagnose diseases. The next step in ultrasound technology is to image not just anatomy, but specific cells and molecules deeper in the body, such as those associated with tumors or bacteria in our gut. Now scientists say that protein engineering techniques might one day lead to colorful ultrasound images of cells deep within our bodies. Read more at Caltech News.

Grantee News • August 26, 2016

A new device using shortwave infrared light could greatly improve ear infection diagnoses and drastically reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions, a major cause of antibiotic resistance. Read more at MIT News.