Research News

January 07, 2008

High-Energy Ultrasound Sharpens View of Liver Tumors

A high-energy form of ultrasound imaging developed by researchers at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering produces pictures of liver tumors that are better than those made with traditional ultrasound, according to results of a clinical study.

December 05, 2007

Pratt Fellow Garrett Wood Models Cervical Spine Muscles

Every year, millions of serious injuries in the U.S. are caused by automobile crashes. Of those incidents that lead to long-term disabilities or death, head and neck injuries stand as a major culprit. Therefore, it is important for automobile manufacturers and automobile owners alike to understand [...]

November 26, 2007

Tumor Assessment Device Wins Seed Funding from The Carolinas Photonics Consortium

The Carolinas Photonics Consortium (CPC) has selected biomedical engineering postdoctoral researcher Quincy Brown of Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering to receive $10,000 in seed funding for the development of a device aimed at dramatically decreasing the number of repeat surgeries for [...]

November 20, 2007

Capturing the Inner Workings of Early Stage Cancer in 3-D

Biomedical engineers at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering have captured three-dimensional images revealing microscopic changes to the inner workings of cells that occur at the earliest stages of cancer, suggesting a possible new way of disease detection.

October 03, 2007

Ashutosh Chilkoti Named Director of Center for Biologically Inspired Materials and Material Systems

Professor Ashutosh Chilkoti has been appointed director of the Center for Biologically Inspired Materials and Materials Systems (CBIMMS), an interdisciplinary center focused on bio-nano-manufacturing, biointerface science and nanomechanics, using designs found in nature as inspiration for [...]

October 01, 2007

Five Guilak Students Win Graduate Fellowships

Five graduate students and post-docs in Professor Farshid Guilak's Orthopedic Bioengineering Laboratory have received individual fellowships. Brian Diekman and Rebecca Wilusz, both of whom were previous Pratt Undergraduate Fellows, have received graduate research fellowships from the National [...]

September 01, 2007

Liang wins Poster Award

Yun Liang, a Ph.D. student in Morton Friedman’s lab, won first prize in the Biofluids and Imaging category in the Ph.D. student paper competition for her poster, "Coronary Artery Wall Strain Estimation from Clinical IVUS Images."

August 30, 2007

New Insights into Common Knee Injuries

The sort of swelling that occurs when a joint is damaged by injury or degeneration is normally essential to the healing process, but when it comes to the knee, that inflammation can actually interfere with healing. These findings in experiments with pigs may lead to treatments for injuries or [...]

August 15, 2007

Probing the Living Cell

Nanotechnology is offering up new methods to unravel the workings of the tiny human cell -- the basic building block of our body’s tissues. Think of poking a hole in a cell and sticking in a flashlight. Tuan Vo-Dinh A unique nanobiosensor developed by Duke biomedical engineering Professor Tuan Vo [...]

August 15, 2007

DNA, a la carte

In 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first human vaccine to offer protection against the H5N1 influenza virus, commonly known as avian or bird flu. Yet, in the event that a viral strain began spreading from human to human, the vaccine is expected to provide only limited [...]

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