A team of researchers has developed three-dimensional (3D) human tissue culture models for the central nervous system that mimic structural and functional features of the brain and demonstrate neural activity sustained over a period of many months. With the ability to populate a 3D matrix of silk protein and collagen with cells from patients with Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and other conditions, the tissue models allow for the exploration of cell interactions, disease and response to treatment. Read more from Tufts University.
Grantee News · October 22, 2018
Grantee News · October 18, 2018
Science Highlights · October 17, 2018
Researchers at the University of Minnesota, with support from NIBIB, used a 3-D bioprinting technique to print photordetectors onto a curved surface. Through the combination of design innovation and the use of materials—including synthetic conducting polymers, functional electronics, and biological tissue—the team is creating prototypes of multiple replacement body parts, including skin, ears, spinal cord, and now a bionic eye.
Science Highlights · September 21, 2018
Engineers at Johns Hopkins University have created an electronic skin, which when added to a prosthetic hand allows the user to feel objects as if through their own hand, including feeling pain when touching a sharp object.
Science Highlights · September 12, 2018
NIBIB-funded researchers generated stable lines of spinal cord neural stem cells in a laboratory dish. Once transplanted into a rat model of spinal cord injury, the cells enabled robust regeneration of functional neurons along the length of the spine.
Science Highlights · September 11, 2018
The research roadmap published Sept. 11, 2018 in Radiology and resulting from the workshop on deposition of gadolinium-based contrast agents identifies knowledge gaps and prioritizes directions for needed research. NIBIB convened the workshop in February 2018.
Grantee News · September 10, 2018
Science Highlights · September 10, 2018
NYU School of Medicine's Center for Advanced Imaging Innovation and Research develops rapid, comprehensive imaging, with a focus on MRI. In August, the center, which receives support from NIBIB, established a collaboration with the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research group, to collaborate on an imaging project, called fastMRI, that will use AI to make MRI scans up to 10 times faster.
Press Releases · September 6, 2018
National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., has selected Bruce J. Tromberg, Ph.D., to lead the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). A pioneering leader in the field of biophotonics, Dr. Tromberg is currently a professor at the University of California at Irvine (UCI). He is expected to join NIH in the new year.