This division supports the development of biomedical technologies (without preference for any disease or application) that directly interface with human physiology and control biological function to establish next-generation interventions for human health. This division also supports research to advance the design and deployment of future technology-driven interventions.
Division of Discovery Science & Technology (Bioengineering)
NIBIB in the News ·As they grow, solid tumors surround themselves with a thick, hard-to-penetrate wall of molecular defenses. Getting drugs past that barricade is notoriously difficult. Now, scientists have developed nanoparticles that can break down the physical barriers around tumors to reach cancer cells. Once inside, the nanoparticles release their payload: a gene editing system that alters DNA inside the tumor, blocking its growth and activating the immune system. Source: Science Daily/UT Southwestern Medical Center
Science Highlights ·Improvements in brain sensing technologies have allowed clinicians to perform increasingly complex surgeries and enabled researchers to map the signals of the brain that control feeling, movement, and thought.
Science Highlights ·Osteoarthritis – a painful condition that results from the deterioration of the cartilage in our joints – affects millions of people worldwide. To combat this issue, NIBIB-funded researchers are developing an implantable, biodegradable film that helps to regenerate the native cartilage at the site of damage. Their study, performed in rabbits, could be an initial, important step in the establishment of a new treatment.
NIBIB in the News ·This NIBIB-funded research is focused on creating a new group of nanomaterials designed to capture chemotherapy drugs before they impact healthy tissue. Source: AzoNano
Science Highlights ·NIBIB-funded researchers are developing an imaging method that would allow surgeons to better identify cancerous cells in breast tumor margins during surgery. This technique could lead to a reduction in follow-up breast cancer surgeries and reduce rates of breast cancer recurrence.