Research News

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), [...]

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 [...]

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