Research News

August 12, 2015

Bold New Brain Research in Neuroengineering, Brain-Inspired Design and Individuality

How does sleep affect individual memories? How do brain cells connect to form meaningful networks? How is a word like “chair” conceptualized in the mind? To support potentially transformative research in neural and cognitive systems, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded 16 grants to [...]

August 04, 2015

Molecular Tinkering Doubles Cancer Drug’s Efficacy

Researchers have packaged a widely used cancer drug into nanoparticles, more than doubling its effectiveness at destroying tumors. The drug paclitaxel has been used for decades to fight breast, ovarian, lung and other cancers. But its effectiveness has been limited by its small molecular size and [...]

August 03, 2015

Acquisition of Spin-Out Company Bioptigen to Bring Duke Imaging Technology to New Markets

In June 2015, microscopy and imaging systems company Leica Microsystems acquired Bioptigen, Inc., a company born from the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering. Formed in 2004, Bioptigen has become a leader in optical coherence tomography (OCT), an imaging technique that uses light to capture [...]

July 15, 2015

Engineering a New Curriculum in Uganda

As the inaugural class of one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s first biomedical engineering (BME) programs celebrated its graduation in Kampala, Uganda this May, Duke professor William "Monty" Reichert cheered their success from Durham. Reichert had recently returned to Durham from Kampala, where he spent [...]

July 13, 2015

Chemotherapeutic Coatings Enhance Tumor-Frying Nanoparticles

In a move akin to adding chemical weapons to a firebomb, researchers at Duke University have devised a method for making a promising nanoscale cancer treatment even more deadly to tumors. The invention allows an extremely thin layer of hydrogels (think contact lenses) to be deposited on the surface [...]

June 30, 2015

Beyond Engineering: Inventing Biomedical Prototypes

There’s an old adage in the aviation industry that pilots make the best airplane design engineers. Having a spatial sense of a cockpit and knowing how controls feel and how the airplane responds is invaluable when building the next Dreamliner. The same is true in the biomedical device industry. A [...]

June 24, 2015

MRI Technology Reveals Deep Brain Pathways in Unprecedented Detail

Scientists at Duke Medicine—including a recent Duke biomedical engineering PhD graduate—have produced a 3-D map of the human brain stem at an unprecedented level of detail using MRI technology. In a study to be published June 3 in Human Brain Mapping, the researchers unveil an ultra high-resolution [...]

June 23, 2015

Understanding Deep Brain Stimulation

For the past 17 years, neurosurgeons have implanted electrodes into the brains of persons with Parkinson’s disease to deliver a constant barrage of electric impulses. For many patients, the treatment known as Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) immediately relieves the motor impairment caused by the [...]

June 18, 2015

Fifth International Conference on Self-Healing Materials Set for June 22-24

If you think concrete that can repair its own cracks is pretty cool or the fact that electrically active artificial skin that can heal itself actually exists is pretty awesome, Durham has just the event for you. For only the second time, the International Conference on Self-Healing Materials will [...]

June 05, 2015

Amanda Randles: Computing Complex Biological Systems

Amanda Randles, a pioneer in using supercomputers to gain insight into biomedical challenges, will join Duke University’s Biomedical Engineering Department on July 1, 2015. Bringing with her computer models of how blood, particles and cells travel through our veins and arteries, Randles will work [...]

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