Research News

October 28, 2015

Trying a New Pulse for Pain Relief

For people with incurable chronic pain, a small device that periodically stimulates the spinal cord with a small electric pulse can bring much needed relief. But the implantable devices don’t work for everyone. And when they do work, only about 60 percent of patients experience a halving of pain [...]

October 26, 2015

CRISPR Brings Precise Control to Gene Expression

Researchers have demonstrated the exceptional specificity of a new way to switch sequences of the human genome on or off without editing the underlying genetic code. Originally discovered as an antiviral system in bacteria, CRISPR/Cas9 is one of the hottest topics in genetic research today. By [...]

October 15, 2015

Duke Launches Autism Research App with Global Reach

A team of researchers, engineers and software developers from Duke University and the Duke Medical Center has introduced a free iOS app to learn more about autism in young children living around the world. Beginning Thursday, a ResearchKit app called “Autism & Beyond” is being offered from the [...]

September 23, 2015

Joel Collier: Nudging Immunological Responses

Joel Collier will join the faculty in Duke University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering in the spring semester of 2016. With a long history of designing self-assembling synthetic peptides and proteins, Collier will bring his foundation in basic science to Duke with the hopes of making an [...]

September 21, 2015

Protein Structures Assemble and Disassemble On Command

Scientists have deciphered the genetic code that instructs proteins to either self-assemble or disassemble in response to environmental stimuli, such as changes in temperature, salinity or acidity. The discovery provides a new platform for drug delivery systems and an entirely different view of [...]

September 08, 2015

BME Alumni to Provide Entrepreneurial Advice

Duke Biomedical Engineering is launching a new seminar series focused on entrepreneurship this fall. Featuring three Duke alumni who have gone on to start successful businesses, the lectures will give attendees the opportunity to learn from those who got their start in exactly the same spot. The [...]

August 28, 2015

Duke Engineers and Clinicians Create Medical Devices Together

Four new projects and two renewal projects will receive nearly $800,000 for research through the 2015 Coulter-Duke Translational Partnership grant. The funding, which begins on September 1, marks the 10th year of the program. This year’s new recipients are developing non-invasive methods of [...]

August 27, 2015

Randles Named Finalist for Supercomputing’s Top Honor

Amanda Randles, a new assistant professor in biomedical engineering at Duke University, has been named one of five finalists for this year’s Gordon Bell Prize—the top honor in the field of supercomputing. The $10,000 prize recognizes innovative applications of parallel computing to challenges in [...]

August 25, 2015

Ramanujam Awarded Two Grants to Help Screen for Cervical Cancer in Africa

Nimmi Ramanujam, the Robert W. Carr Jr. Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University and director of the Center for Global Women’s Health Technologies, has been awarded two National Institutes of Health (NIH) RO1 grants to work with industry and non-profit partners to develop strategies [...]

August 24, 2015

Lighting Up Plants’ Metabolisms for a Better Energy Future

Researchers from disparate corners of Duke University are joining forces to peer into the most basic processes of life to discover what makes plants be all that they can be for our nation's energy future. With the support of a three-year, $2 million grant from the Department of Energy (DOE), [...]

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