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Newswise: Researchers Unveil New Collection of Human Brain Atlases that Charts the Early Developing Brain in Fine Detail
Released: 26-Jan-2023 10:35 AM EST
Researchers Unveil New Collection of Human Brain Atlases that Charts the Early Developing Brain in Fine Detail
University of North Carolina Health Care System

Human brain atlases can be used by medical professionals to track normative trends over time and to pinpoint crucial aspects of early brain development. By using these atlases, they are able to see what typical structural and functional development looks like, making it easier for them to spot the symptoms of abnormal development, such as attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, and cerebral palsy.

Newswise: A stretchable, wearable patch for cardiac ultrasound
Released: 25-Jan-2023 2:30 PM EST
A stretchable, wearable patch for cardiac ultrasound
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

After years of research, an NIH-funded team has developed a wearable cardiac ultrasound imager that can non-invasively capture real-time images of the human heart. The prototype patch, which is about the size of a postage stamp, can be worn during exercise, providing valuable cardiac information when the heart is under stress.

Newswise: NIH launches Home Test to Treat, a pilot COVID-19 telehealth program
Released: 5-Jan-2023 3:00 PM EST
NIH launches Home Test to Treat, a pilot COVID-19 telehealth program
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

NIH, in collaboration with the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response at HHS, has launched the Home Test to Treat program, an entirely virtual community health intervention that will provide free COVID-19 health services—at-home rapid tests, telehealth sessions and at-home treatments—in selected communities.

   
Newswise: Injectable, radioactive gel synergizes with chemotherapy to shrink pancreatic tumors
Released: 20-Dec-2022 12:25 PM EST
Injectable, radioactive gel synergizes with chemotherapy to shrink pancreatic tumors
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

NIBIB-funded researchers are developing a new method to treat pancreatic cancer. In their study, they combined an injectable radioactive gel with systemic chemotherapy in multiple mouse models of the disease. The treatment resulted in tumor regression in all evaluated models, an unprecedented result for this genetically diverse and aggressive type of cancer.

Released: 12-Dec-2022 4:15 PM EST
Molecules found in mucus could prevent cholera infection
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT researchers have identified molecules found in mucus that can block cholera infection by interfering with the genes that cause the microbe to switch into a harmful state.

Newswise: Temporary “tattoos” that measure blood pressure
Released: 28-Nov-2022 1:20 PM EST
Temporary “tattoos” that measure blood pressure
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

NIBIB-funded researchers are fine-tuning a wearable, cuffless blood pressure monitor. Made of graphene, one of the thinnest materials in the world, the device is worn on the underside of the wrist and can measure blood pressure with comparable accuracy to a standard blood pressure cuff.

Newswise: NIH establishes website for self-reporting COVID-19 test results
Released: 22-Nov-2022 12:00 PM EST
NIH establishes website for self-reporting COVID-19 test results
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Reporting a positive or negative test result just became easier through a new website from the National Institutes of Health. MakeMyTestCount.org, developed through NIH’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx®) Tech program, allows users to anonymously report the results of any brand of at-home COVID-19 test.

Newswise: Cosmic radiation detection takes front seat during NASA’s Artemis I space mission
Released: 10-Nov-2022 2:05 PM EST
Cosmic radiation detection takes front seat during NASA’s Artemis I space mission
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

When it blasts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Artemis I will carry two anthropomorphic mannequins strapped into its crew module. The mannequins are part of a project aided by a team of Duke University bioengineers with support from NIBIB.

Newswise: Tissue chip developments: what’s the 411?
Released: 4-Oct-2022 2:05 PM EDT
Tissue chip developments: what’s the 411?
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

NIBIB-funded researchers have developed an interlinked tissue chip system that can model four mature organs in their perspective environments simultaneously. These multi-organ tissue chips could represent a new way to evaluate diseases or drugs that affect multiple different tissues.

Released: 27-Sep-2022 11:05 AM EDT
New NIH MedTech program aims to accelerate medical devices to treat, diagnose nervous system disorders
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

The National Institutes of Health, through its Blueprint MedTech program, has established two incubator hubs and launched a funding solicitation in support of commercially viable, clinically focused neurotechnology solutions to diagnose and treat disorders of the nervous system.

   
Newswise: NIH announces winners of 2022 DEBUT Challenge
Released: 26-Aug-2022 9:20 AM EDT
NIH announces winners of 2022 DEBUT Challenge
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

The NIH announces the winners of the DEBUT Challenge with prizes totaling $130,000

Released: 29-Jun-2022 11:00 AM EDT
NIH-funded project offers efficient approach when tracking SARS-CoV-2 variants
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

An interdisciplinary research team has developed a fast, cost-effective method to detect the circulation of SARS-CoV-2 variants. The approach can augment current surveillance methods that use comprehensive next-generation sequencing of virus samples, helping focus sequencing efforts on samples representing unknown and emerging variants.

   
Newswise: Magnetized killers for the treatment of solid tumors
Released: 28-Mar-2022 3:20 PM EDT
Magnetized killers for the treatment of solid tumors
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

NIBIB-funded researchers are developing a method to activate natural killer cells using an external magnetic field, which not only enhances their cytotoxicity, but allows them to be tracked using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to verify that they’ve reached their target.

Newswise: Robotic pill can orally deliver large doses of biologic drugs
Released: 3-Mar-2022 1:20 PM EST
Robotic pill can orally deliver large doses of biologic drugs
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

NIBIB-funded researchers are developing a robotic pill that, after swallowing, can deliver biologic drugs into the stomach, which could provide an alternative method for self-injection for a wide range of therapies.

Newswise: UIC receives grant to prepare CPS educators to teach next generation of biomedical engineers
Released: 3-Feb-2022 12:30 PM EST
UIC receives grant to prepare CPS educators to teach next generation of biomedical engineers
University of Illinois Chicago

The BEST program has taught 27 CPS high school teachers who have gone on to share their learning with thousands

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Released: 6-Jan-2022 1:05 PM EST
Neuromuscular junction, how’s that function?
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

NIBIB-funded researchers have found a way to model the human neuromuscular junction by growing these synapses in a lab, which could accelerate novel treatments for neuromuscular diseases.

Newswise: New Color-Coded Test Quickly Reveals If Medical Nanoparticles Deliver Their Payload
Released: 5-Jan-2022 2:00 PM EST
New Color-Coded Test Quickly Reveals If Medical Nanoparticles Deliver Their Payload
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have developed a color-coded test that quickly signals whether newly developed nanoparticles — ultra small compartments designed to ferry medicines, vaccines and other therapies — deliver their cargo into target cells. The new testing tool, engineered specifically to test nanoparticles, could advance the search for next-generation biological medicines.

Newswise: When to Test offers free online tool to help individuals make informed COVID-19 testing decisions
Released: 3-Nov-2021 1:00 PM EDT
When to Test offers free online tool to help individuals make informed COVID-19 testing decisions
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

The NIH RADx initiative announced the launch of the When To Test Calculator for Individuals. By responding to just a few prompts, the new individual impact calculator indicates whether a person should get a test—now or soon.

   
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Released: 19-Oct-2021 11:35 AM EDT
Deep learning improves interpretation of tumors
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

NIBIB-funded engineers are using deep learning to differentiate tumor more accurately from normal tissue in positron emission tomography (PET).

   
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Released: 14-Oct-2021 3:00 PM EDT
NIH RADx initiative expands COVID-19 testing innovation for additional types of rapid tests
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

The NIH RADx initiative announced today that it has issued contract awards totaling $77.7 million to develop and manufacture 12 new rapid diagnostic tests for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

   
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Released: 23-Sep-2021 11:20 AM EDT
Sonothermogenetic pulse controls mouse behavior
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Bioengineers are using focused ultrasound to modulate motor activity in the brain without surgical device implantation, a first step toward non-invasive brain stimulation therapies.

   
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Released: 8-Sep-2021 4:25 PM EDT
Making the microbiome more amenable to cancer immunotherapy
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

The gut microbiome can impact us in a variety of different ways, from our metabolism to our mood. Now, NIBIB-funded researchers are investigating if a fiber-based gel can restore beneficial microbes in the gut to enhance the efficacy of immune checkpoint inhibitors, a type of cancer immunotherapy treatment, in mice.

   
Released: 17-Aug-2021 12:35 PM EDT
When it comes to innovation, this researcher is all ears
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

NIBIB funding drives progress in the diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of middle ear infections

Released: 16-Aug-2021 8:55 AM EDT
Engineers harness muscle power for healing
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Bioengineers have developed biocompatible self-assembling “piezoelectric wafers,” which can be made rapidly and inexpensively to enable broad use of implantable muscle-powered electromechanical therapies.

   
Released: 14-Jul-2021 1:55 PM EDT
Engineers Build Nanostructures That Fight Inflammation
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Nanofiber-based treatments stimulate the body to mount its own biological attack on immune disorders.

   
Released: 30-Jun-2021 9:00 AM EDT
NIH-funded screening study builds case for frequent COVID-19 antigen testing
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

In a study that compares rapid antigen and laboratory PCR approaches for COVID-19 serial screening, researchers affiliated with the NIH RADx initiative reported results from 43 people infected with the virus.

   
Released: 23-Jun-2021 11:35 AM EDT
NIH study suggests COVID-19 prevalence far exceeded early pandemic cases
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

In a new study, NIH researchers report that the prevalence of COVID-19 in the United States during spring and summer of 2020 far exceeded the known number of cases and that infection affected the country unevenly.

Released: 23-Jun-2021 10:05 AM EDT
Computers Design Precise Genetic Programs
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

A change of instructions in a computer program directs the computer to execute a different command. Similarly, synthetic biologists are learning the rules for how to direct the activities of human cells.

Released: 16-Jun-2021 12:50 PM EDT
Biophysical Study Sheds Light on Potentially Druggable Process of SARS-CoV-2 Replication
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

This study investigates how the nucleocapsid protein, or N protein, of the SARS-CoV-2 virus packages the viral genome.

   
Released: 26-May-2021 4:40 PM EDT
Building better bubbles for ultrasound could enhance image quality, facilitate treatments
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

NIBIB-funded researchers are investigating long-lasting, customizable nanobubbles for ultrasound contrast agents.

   
Released: 13-May-2021 12:05 AM EDT
Researchers launch ‘next generation’ human brain imaging lab
Virginia Tech

Researchers to measure the brain's subtle magnetic signals in two research volunteers simultaneously as they interact, capturing the rich complexity of the brain's signaling during face-to-face social interactions in real-time.

   
Released: 6-May-2021 11:40 AM EDT
Ultra-fast 3D printing produces life-like organ models
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

The new technique is capable of printing organ models containing live cells in minutes instead of hours— a major step in the quest to create 3D-printed replacement organs.

   
Released: 26-Apr-2021 3:55 PM EDT
Chemical cocktail activates stem cells, promotes repair after muscle damage
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

The technique used in this preclinical study could aid tissue regeneration following severe accidents, surgical resections, or progressive muscle loss due to age or genetic disease.

   
Released: 26-Apr-2021 2:05 PM EDT
RADx expands COVID-19 home and point-of-care testing, wastewater surveillance
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

The National Institutes of Health today announced three new contracts and one new award to an existing contract for scale-up and manufacturing of novel COVID-19 testing technologies. The four Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics initiative contracts totals $65.6 million.

Released: 5-Apr-2021 4:05 PM EDT
RADx diversifies COVID-19 test portfolio with four new contracts, including one to detect variants
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

NIH has awarded four additional contracts for the development and scaled-up manufacturing of new COVID-19 diagnostic testing technologies through its Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics Tech (RADx) initiative. The awards total $29.3 million and will help increase testing capacity for COVID-19.

   
Released: 31-Mar-2021 9:45 AM EDT
CDC and NIH bring COVID-19 self-testing to residents in two locales
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

CDC, in collaboration with the NIH, has launched a community health initiative called “Say Yes! COVID Test” starting in Pitt County, North Carolina, and coming soon to Chattanooga/Hamilton County Tennessee.

Released: 19-Mar-2021 12:30 PM EDT
Ultrasound tracks down misfiring heart sites
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Abnormal heart rhythms—cardiac arrhythmias—are a major worldwide health problem. Now scientists are using ultrasound for more accurate maps of arrhythmic sites in the heart for improved success of ablation procedures.

   
Released: 24-Feb-2021 4:55 PM EST
New shape-changing 4D materials hold promise for morphodynamic tissue engineering
University of Illinois Chicago

New hydrogel-based materials that can change shape in response to psychological stimuli, such as water, could be the next generation of materials used to bioengineer tissues and organs, according to a team of researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago.

   
Released: 3-Feb-2021 10:35 AM EST
New Virtual Clinical Training Aims To Assist COVID-19 Frontline Teams
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

In an era of required social distancing and stressed medical resources, a virtual clinical environment that allows doctors and nurses to safely practice intubating a simulated COVID-19 patient, among other necessary procedures, could accelerate and enhance training efforts. With the support of a new $654,000 supplement grant, a team of engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will develop an artificially intelligent agent called the Virtual Intelligent preceptor for COVID (VIVID), which will prepare teams for surgeries, to intubate patients, and to properly use personal protective gear, without increasing anyone’s risk of exposure.

   
Released: 30-Dec-2020 12:10 PM EST
Researchers engineer “gut feeling” in a lab dish
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Research into the gut-brain axis continues to reveal how the brain and gut influence each other’s health and well-being. Now researchers are endeavoring to learn more about gut-brain discourse using a model system built in a lab dish.

   
Released: 15-Dec-2020 2:05 PM EST
NIH-funded COVID-19 home test is first to receive over-the-counter authorization from FDA
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

The FDA granted emergency use authorization today for an innovative COVID-19 viral antigen test developed with support from NIH’s RADx Initiative.

   
Released: 9-Dec-2020 9:50 AM EST
Engineers 3D print lifelike heart valve models
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Engineers have created 3D printed patient-specific models of the aorta that can aid presurgical planning and improve outcomes of minimally invasive valve replacement.

   
Released: 7-Dec-2020 2:25 PM EST
NIH-funded tool helps organizations plan COVID-19 testing
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

The COVID-19 Testing Impact Calculator is a free resource that shows how different approaches to testing and other mitigation measures, such as mask use, can curb the spread of the virus in any organization.

     
1-Dec-2020 11:20 AM EST
Synthetic Biology and Machine Learning Speed the Creation of Lab-Grown Livers
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have combined synthetic biology with a machine learning algorithm to create human liver organoids with blood and bile handling systems. When implanted into mice with failing livers, the lab-grown replacement livers extended life.

   
Released: 3-Nov-2020 1:00 PM EST
Johns Hopkins Researchers Engineer Tiny, Shape-Changing Machines That Deliver Medicine Efficiently To The GI Tract
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Inspired by a parasitic worm that digs its sharp teeth into its host’s intestines, Johns Hopkins researchers have designed tiny, star-shaped microdevices that can latch onto intestinal mucosa and release drugs into the body.

   
9-Oct-2020 2:00 PM EDT
Researchers 3D print unique micro-scale fluid channels used for medical testing
University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

In a groundbreaking new study, researchers at the University of Minnesota, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center, have 3D printed unique fluid channels at the micron scale that could automate production of diagnostics, sensors and assays used for a variety of medical tests and other applications. The team is the first to 3D print these structures on a curved surface, providing the initial step for someday printing them directly on the skin for real-time sensing of bodily fluids.

   
Released: 15-Sep-2020 12:00 PM EDT
NIH award contracts to develop innovative digital health technologies for COVID-19
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

NIH has awarded seven contracts to companies and academic institutions to develop digital health solutions that help address the COVID-19 pandemic.

   
31-Aug-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Editing the Immune Response Could Make Gene Therapy More Effective
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Researchers created a system that uses CRISPR in a new way. Rather than acting on the genome to create permanent change, their system briefly suppresses genes specific to adenovirus antibody production, just long enough for the virus to deliver its gene therapy cargo unimpeded.

   
Released: 28-Aug-2020 9:25 AM EDT
Researchers 3D print lifelike heart valve models
University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

Researchers from the University of Minnesota, with support from Medtronic, have developed a groundbreaking process for multi-material 3D printing of lifelike models of the heart’s aortic valve and the surrounding structures that mimic the exact look and feel of a real patient. These patient-specific organ models, which include 3D-printed soft sensor arrays integrated into the structure, are fabricated using specialized inks and a customized 3D printing process. Such models can be used in preparation for minimally invasive procedures to improve outcomes in thousands of patients worldwide.

   
Released: 25-Aug-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Low-cost, customizable microscope takes top biomedical engineering prize
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

The winners of National Institutes of Health’s 9th annual Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge developed simple and low-cost diagnostics and treatments for conditions such as tuberculosis, cervical cancer, birth defects, and onchocerciasis (river blindness).

   

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