Research News

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 [...]

June 04, 2015

How Dividing Cells End Up the Same Size

There aren’t any giants or midgets when it comes to the cells in your body, and now Duke University scientists think they know why. A new study appearing June 3 in Nature shows that a cell’s initial size determines how much it will grow before it splits into two. This finding goes against recent [...]

May 13, 2015

Christine Schindler: Improving Women's Health Worldwide

As a Grand Challenge Scholar, my aim is to address the health disparities that exist for women on a global level by combining my passions and independent studies in global health and biomedical engineering as well as the research I have accomplished regarding women’s health. As a Duke University [...]

May 06, 2015

A New Way of Looking at Melanomas and Renaissance Paintings

During the last decade, Duke chemist Warren S. Warren has developed and refined a laser technique to help practitioners in both medicine and art see more deeply. For his work, Warren is receiving the 2015 C. E. K. Mees Medal, an award given biennially by the Optical Society of America to recognize [...]

April 23, 2015

Finding New Life for First-Line Antibiotics

Researchers have identified a single, simple metric to inform medication regimen design that could bring an entire arsenal of first-line antibiotics back into the fight against drug-resistant pathogens. A computer simulation created by Hannah Meredith, a biomedical engineering graduate fellow at [...]

April 21, 2015

Duke/UNC Collaboration Trying to Fix Human Ailments at Molecular Level

Anyone who has been sickened by the flu or a bout of food poisoning knows that viruses and bacteria can be powerful adversaries. But in recent decades, they have also become unlikely allies as scientists have turned bits and pieces of these infectious agents into tools for understanding and [...]

April 08, 2015

Jennifer West Wins 2015 Clemson Award

Jennifer West, the Fitzpatrick Family University Professor of Engineering with appointments in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Cell Biology, and Chemistry, has been awarded the 2015 Clemson Award for Basic Research from the Society for [...]

April 06, 2015

Pulling the Strings of Our Genomic Puppetmasters

Duke researchers have developed a new method to precisely control when genes are turned on and active. The new technology allows researchers to turn on specific gene promoters and enhancers—pieces of the genome that control gene activity—by chemically manipulating proteins that package DNA. This [...]

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