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UC Davis bioengineer receives Hartwell Foundation grant to address skull fusion disorder of infants

With support from a foundation that champions cutting-edge medical research, a biomedical engineer at UC Davis will start work this month on developing a new treatment for infants born with disorders that cause the sutures of their skulls to prematurely fuse together. The new approach is based ...

NIH awards Clemson bioengineer $1.5 million to improve durability of tissue heart valves

CLEMSON The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Naren Vyavahare, Hunter Endowed Chair and professor of bioengineering at Clemson University, more than $1.5 million over four years to develop durable bioprosthetic heart valves (BHVs). Aortic valves taken from pigs are used in thousa...

Generation innovation: Young UC San Diego bioengineer to use NIH grant to fuel tissue engineering

At 30, Karen Christman, an assistant bioengineering professor at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, plans to help fuel the growing field of tissue engineering. With a new $1.5 million New Innovator Award grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Christman will be able to do j...

Clemson bioengineer wins prestigious Early Career Award

CLEMSON Ning Zhang, assistant professor of bioengineering at Clemson University and the CU-MUSC Bioengineering Program, has received the prestigious 2008 Early Career Translational Research Award from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. The foundation judged Zhang's research on an injectable hy...

UC Riverside bioengineer receives high honor from chemical engineers

RIVERSIDE, Calif. As a boy growing up in Brooklyn, NY, UC Riverside's Jerome Schultz would often sneak into his father's office at home to peer into a microscope to examine slides of tissues his father, a physician, had on hand. Over the years, that early interest in science evolved into an ...

MIT bioengineer advances survival, promise of adult stem cells

MIT researchers have developed a technique to encourage the survival and growth of adult stem cells, a step that could help realize the therapeutic potential of such cells. Adult stem cells, found in many tissues in the body, are precursor cells for specific cell types. For example, stem cells fo...

Researchers design first model motor nerve system that's insulated and organized like the human body

...reatments do not yet exist. Researchers at the UCF have identified this to be a result of a deficiency in model research systems. James Hickman, a bioengineer at UCF and the lead researcher on this project explained: "The nodes of Ranvier act like power station relays along the myelin sheath. They chemically...

Scattered light rapidly detects tumor response to chemotherapy

...echniques, such as MRI or PET, or pathological response at time of surgery" said Julie Ostrander, Duke molecular cancer biologist, who along with Duke bioengineer Kevin Chalut were the paper's first authors. "If we had a way to detect early on in the apoptotic process whether or not a drug was working, patien...

Forced evolution: Can we mutate viruses to death?

... "We wanted to focus more attention on the roles that recombination and horizontal gene transfer play in the evolution of viruses and bacteria," said bioengineer Michael Deem, the study's lead researcher. "So, we incorporated both into the leading models that are used to describe bacterial and viral evolution, ...

New blood test for Down syndrome

...need to draw a small amount of blood from the woman. The blood is analyzed and the results are available within a couple of days, said Quake, who is a bioengineer at Stanford. Quake's interest in developing new technology to diagnose aneuploidies was sparked when he read a research article published in the jour...

Researchers develop nano-sized 'cargo ships' to target and destroy tumors

... in humans because they do not reach the diseased tissue in time or at concentrations high enough to be effective," said Sangeeta Bhatia, a physician, bioengineer and professor of Health Sciences and Technology at MIT who played a key role in the development. "These drugs don't have the capability to avoid the b...

Rice and UT-Houston join DOD push for regenerative medicine

... McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. The other is led by Rutgers University and the Cleveland Clinic. Rice bioengineer Antonios Mikos and UT-Houston surgeon Mark Wong are overseeing the Wake Forest consortium's research on craniofacial reconstruction. Mikos is Rice's J...

Novel living system recreates predator-prey interaction

...reated in a Petri dish with lowly bacteria. Working with colleagues at Caltech, Stanford and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a Duke University bioengineer has developed a living system using genetically altered bacteria that he believes can provide new insights into how the population levels of prey infl...

Unique fungal collection could hold key to future antibiotics

...f-the-art screening techniques for the discovery of new compounds and the manipulation, recombination and expression of their biosynthetic pathways to bioengineer new, related compounds. Dr Nicholls experience in the biotechnology industry and Dr Kelleys expertise and knowledge of mycology and biodiversity will ...

Rice's West honored as one of Texas' best researchers

... HOUSTON, Jan. 10, 2008 -- Rice University bioengineer Jennifer West is being recognized today with one of the Lone Star State's highest scientific honors, the O'Donnell Award from The Academy of Medicine,...

Changing environment organizes genetic structure

... has vexed mankind for millennia, and thanks to theory and almost a year's worth of number-crunching on a supercomputer, Rice University physicist and bioengineer Michael Deem thinks he has the answer: A changing environment may organize the structure of genetic information itself. Deem's research is availabl...

Growing nerve cells in 3-D dramatically affects gene expression

...d more, we're seeing evidence that cells cultured in three dimensions look and behave more like cells in your body," said Diane Hoffman-Kim, the Brown bioengineer who spearheaded the new study, "so culture method is critical. If you want to better understand how the human body behaves or how new drugs might figh...

Bones in motion: Brown scientists to create new 3-D X-ray system

...graphics and scientific visualization. The project cuts across disciplines and brings together a diverse team of Brown researchers. They include bioengineer Joseph Crisco, computer scientist David Laidlaw, orthopedic experts Braden Fleming and Douglas Moore, and biologists Stephen Gatesy, Thomas Roberts an...

Lab-on-a-chip could speed up treatment of drug-resistant pneumonia

...erial strains by growing them in culture first. At this week's AVS 53rd International Symposium & Exhibition in San Francisco, Michael Lochhead, a bioengineer at the Denver biotechnology company Accelr8, described a new lab-on-a-chip that can identify single bacterial cells for the most common cases of drug-...

Better sludge through metagenomics

...hor of the study and post-doctoral fellow in the DOE JGI's Microbial Ecology Program. "With this information now available, there are opportunities to bioengineer the process to make it more reliable." Removing excess phosphorus from wastewater can be most economically accomplished by environmentally friend...

One therapeutic dose of radiation causes 30 percent spongy bone loss in mice

...se outer area known as the cortical bone. "It's interesting that the trabecular bone, not the cortical bone, suffered the damage," said Bateman, a bioengineer who studies bone biomechanics. The remaining spongy bone must redistribute the load to bear the weight, but this makes the bone support structure less...

When the going gets tough, slime molds start synthesizing

...t bucket brigade that synthesizes polyketide molecules in slime mold cells. "Nature has paved the way to exploit this novel domain arrangement to bioengineer more efficient ways of making modified polyketides for human uses," said Austin. Moving to the bench, Austin and Noel lab manager Marianne Bowman...

Nano-particles effective in killing cancer with one-two punch of chemotherapeutics

...bioengineering,and now a fellow at Harvard Medical School. "Polymersomes get around those limitations". Discher developed polymersomes with Penn bioengineer Daniel Hammer in the 1990s. The Discher lab is further studying the drug- and gene-delivery capabilities of polymersomes, tailoring their shapes, siz...

Both alcoholism and chronic smoking can damage the brain's prefrontal cortex

...oughts, that allows you to feel both the outside world and your own movements, and that is as strong and graceful as an intact, biological limb," says bioengineer Greg Clark, the University of Utah's principal investigator on the project. "That's what our researchers, teaming with others around the world, are se...

University of Utah to help build bionic arm

...oughts, that allows you to feel both the outside world and your own movements, and that is as strong and graceful as an intact, biological limb," says bioengineer Greg Clark, the University of Utah's principal investigator on the project. "That's what our researchers, teaming with others around the world, are se...

The bioweapon is in the post

...necessary to launch a smallpox attack would probably arouse suspicion. "That would stand out from a technological point ofview," suggests Drew Endy, a bioengineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A more realistic risk is that terrorists could order genes thatfconfer virulence to dangerous pathoge...
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