Research News

June 20, 2007

3-D Ultrasound Provides Window on the Brain

Biomedical engineers at Duke's Pratt School of Engineering have adapted a three-dimensional ultrasound scanner that might guide minimally invasive brain surgeries and provide better detection of a brain tumor’s location. The “brain scope,” which is inserted into a dime-sized hole in the skull, may [...]

June 05, 2007

Diagnosing Skin Cancers with Light, Not Scalpels

In an early step toward nonsurgical screening for malignant skin cancers, Duke University chemists have demonstrated a laser-based system that can capture three-dimensional images of the chemical and structural changes underway beneath the surface of human skin.

May 30, 2007

How Brain Pacemakers Erase Diseased Messages

Brain "pacemakers" that have helped ease symptoms in people with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders seem to work by drowning out the electrical signals of their diseased brains. Despite the clinical success of the devices, which have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration [...]

May 01, 2007

Coulter-Duke Translational Partnership – Year Two

Four new projects have been selected for funding through the 2007 call for proposals for the Coulter-Duke Translational Partnership. Biomedical engineering professor Ashutosh Chilkoti is partnering with Assistant Professor Philip Febbo of the Duke School of Medicine and Institute for Genome Science [...]

April 24, 2007

Ultrasound Upgrade Produces Images That Work Like 3-D Movies

Parents-to-be might soon don 3-D glasses in the ultrasound lab to see their developing fetuses in the womb "in living 3-D, just like at the IMAX movies," according to researchers at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering.

April 10, 2007

Keck Futures Grant Supports Development of Liquid Electrodes for ‘Smart’ Prosthetics

The National Academies Keck Futures Initiative today announced that Warren Grill, of Duke's Pratt School of Engineering, and David Martin, of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, are recipients of a 2006 Futures grant to support their work on smart prosthetics.

March 26, 2007

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March 26, 2007

Light-Based Probe ‘Sees’ Early Cancers in First Tests on Human Tissue

In its first laboratory tests on human tissue, a light-based probe built by researchers at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering almost instantly detected the earliest signs of cancer in cells that line internal organs.

February 16, 2007

Biomedical Engineers Advance on ‘Smart Bladder Pacemaker’

Duke University biomedical engineering researchers have moved a step closer to a "smart bladder pacemaker" that might one day restore bladder control in patients with spinal cord injury or neurological disease.

February 09, 2007


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