Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health



Science Highlights • December 19, 2008
Using DNA as building blocks, researchers from Arizona State University are designing miniature devices to unravel molecular identity cards of individual cells – one of the most difficult challenges in modern biomedical research
Science Highlights • November 26, 2008
To date, there has been little hope for recovery after severe spinal cord injury. A new injectable bioactive material designed by scientists at Northwestern University enabled paralyzed mice to move their legs again by instructing damaged nerve cells to grow extensions up and down the spinal cord.
Science Highlights • October 23, 2008
With roots in the telecommunications revolution, optical coherence tomography (OCT) has become the gold standard in retinal imaging. Advances in imaging speeds and quality now make OCT a promising technique for a variety of clinical specialties including oncology, cardiology, and gastroenterology. OCT data may also enhance point-of-care diagnostics.
Press Releases • September 16, 2008
Two new members were recently appointed to the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). The Council serves as the principal advisory body to the NIBIB, a component of the National Institutes of Health.
Science Highlights • August 28, 2008
Needle biopsies to track the progress of liver disease may find their way to medical history books if progress continues with a new imaging technique called magnetic resonance elastography (MRE). Based on magnetic resonance imaging and developed by Mayo Clinic researchers, MRE gives data-rich pictures of the liver so clinicians can see areas of scar tissue development called fibrosis
Science Highlights • July 31, 2008
To monitor tumor response to therapy without the need for painful biopsies and harmful scanning, scientists created a device that can capture circulating tumor cells from a small volume of blood. Analyzing the number and genetic profile of these cells will help doctors make an early diagnosis as well as treatment decisions and adjustments.
Grantee News • July 23, 2008
Newly developed MIT software will help to allay patients' fears about who has access to their confidential records, facilitating the use of that data for medical research. In the July 24 issue of the journal BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, a team of MIT researchers describes a computer program capable of automatically deleting details from medical records that may identify patients, while leaving important medical information intact.
Science Highlights • June 27, 2008
A new device, the size of a cell phone, may hold the key to better monitoring of sleep. Developed by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, the device provides a three-dimensional map of sleep quality at a fraction of the time and cost required in a traditional sleep lab.
Grantee News • June 18, 2008
Customized microscopic magnets that might one day be injected into the body could add color to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), while also potentially enhancing sensitivity and the amount of information provided by images, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) report.
Science Highlights • May 28, 2008
To fully realize the promise of personalized medicine, researchers and clinicians need tools to track the body’s response to both disease progression and therapy. A novel PET/MRI imaging system developed by a University of California, Davis-led team may be poised to overtake PET/CT as the workhorse of cancer, cardiovascular, and brain imaging studies.