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‘Sister cell’ profiling aims to shut down cancer metastasis Michigan engineers release individual cells from a specially-designed chip using laser pulses.

In work that could improve understanding of how cancer spreads, a team of engineers and medical researchers at the University of Michigan developed a new kind of microfluidic chip that can capture rare, aggressive cancer cells, grow them on the chip and release single cells on demand.

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Keeping drugs on the job

Computer simulations developed at the University of Michigan reveal how well drug additives stop the active ingredients from crystallizing in the digestive tract. They tested these simulations on the anti-seizure drug phenytoin.

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Collaboration between Project MESA and Washtenaw Community College’s Advanced Fabrication Program

M-HEAL’s Project MESA has been finalizing its design of a portable gynecological examination table for use in rural mobile clinics in Nicaragua. In addition to improving the design’s comfort, durability, and clinical features, they have been working to simplify manufacturing of their product. The group connected with Amanda Scheffler, a welding instructor at Washtenaw Community College (WCC).

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Four BME students receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

U-M Biomedical Engineering had four National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship award winners in 2017.

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U-M Schools and Colleges Form Regenerative Medicine Collaborative

ANN ARBOR, MI –A Regenerative Medicine Collaborative, formed with support from U-M Office of Research, College of Engineering, and School of Medicine, aims to foster connections and enable new initiatives among investigators at the major U-M schools and colleges, including: U-M Engineering, Medical School, Dentistry, LSA, Public Health, and Pharmacy.

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U-M leads major new regenerative medicine center funded by NIH

ANN ARBOR—A new interdisciplinary health sciences resource center at the University of Michigan has received an $11.7 million award from the National Institutes of Health to advance regenerative medicine.

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Coating method could improve temporary implants that dissolve in the body

A strategy for coating complicated surfaces with biodegradable polymers has been pioneered by a team of researchers led by Joerg Lahann, a professor of chemical engineering and director of the Biointerfaces Institute at U-M. It could enable coatings for implants that dissolve in the body, such as drugs to improve healing.

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Tim Bruns wins NSF CAREER Award

U-M BME assistant professor Tim Bruns has received a prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award.

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3-D printed orthotics and prosthetics: A better fit, the same day

A new way to design and 3D print custom prosthetics and orthotics could give amputees, stroke patients and individuals with cerebral palsy lighter, better-fitting assistive devices in a fraction of the time it takes to get them today.

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Ellen Arruda elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering

Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Professor Ellen Arruda, has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

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‘5-D protein fingerprinting’ could give insights into Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

ANN ARBOR—In research that could one day lead to advances against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, University of Michigan engineering researchers have demonstrated a technique for precisely measuring the properties of individual protein molecules floating in a liquid. Proteins are essential to the function of every cell. Measuring their properties in blood and other […]

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Meet the new BME faculty

On January 2, 2017, five new faculty started at U-M Biomedical Engineering. Each brings their own expertise in diverse areas, adding to U-M BME’s many strengths. Carlos Andres Aguilar Assistant Professor Integrative Genomics Carlos Andres Aguilar joins BME in January. He will use his background in muscle stem cell biology, epigenetic regulation, and micro/nanofabricated devices […]

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U-M, colleges team up in biomedical science teaching and learning

They’re at two different ends of the higher-education journey: some just starting out on associate’s degrees, others finishing up advanced training after earning a doctorate in biomedical science.

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BME PhD student Yiying Zhu wins 2016 ESB EDGE Award

U-M Biomedical Engineering PhD student Yiying Zhu, out of Dr. Oliver Kripfgans Ultrasound Group in Radiology, was selected as one of the recipients of the 2016 Endowment for the Development of Graduate Education (EDGE) award.

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U-M research center spurs new approach to musculoskeletal health

ANN ARBOR – A promising new approach to musculoskeletal disease that focuses on the interactions between body systems like bone and muscle is a top priority at the newly established Michigan Integrative Musculoskeletal Health Core Center.

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M-HEAL’S Project MESA Wins $25K from Ford C3 Prize supports distribution of team’s portable exam table in Nicaragua

A team of U-M students is one of seven across the country to win $25,000 in the 2016 Ford College Community Challenge (Ford C3).

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Clinical Peer Mentors Identifying clinical needs and resources for the BME design program

This summer marks the second round of a new clinical peer mentor (CPM) program that offers internships to BME students interested in documenting clinical needs and resources for BME design courses.

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Turning blood into a laser emitter for drug testing, cancer treatment

University of Michigan researchers have successfully demonstrated a new technique that combines laser light with an FDA-approved fluorescent dye to monitor cell structure and activity at the molecular level.

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UM Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program Awards 4 Projects for 2016-2017 Funding

The UM Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program “Coulter Program” is pleased to announce its funding selection for FY 2017.

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SpecOp wins second place at BMEidea competition

U-M Biomedical Engineering graduate design team SpecOp took home second place in the 2016 BMEidea competition.

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One Lab, Three Approaches to Restoring Ovarian Function Ariella Shikanov

Ariella Shikanov has just received an NSF CAREER award to help restore ovarian function in women and girls undergoing treatment for cancer and autoimmune diseases.

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2016 NSF Fellowships

Three BME students won prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships in 2016.

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A ‘Communication Breakdown’ During General Anesthesia

When ketamine is used for general anesthesia, two connected parts of the cortex turn to “isolated cognitive islands.”

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Whitaker Awards

Three BME students have received awards from the Whitaker International Program, which aims to support the development of BME leaders with an international outlook.

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Kohn Elected SFB President

U-M BME & Dentistry Professor David Kohn has been elected to serve as president of the Society For Biomaterials (SFB) for the 2017-2018 term. Kohn has provided exceptional service to SFB for nearly 30 years.

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2016 Wolverine ‘Women to Watch’

BME senior Anastasia Ostrowski was recently named one of 26 up-and-coming women innovators at U-M.

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BME Students Triumph in Michigan Business Challenge

BME students took top honors in this year’s Michigan Business Challenge. The winning team featured a BME graduate student tackling cytokine release syndrome. An M-HEAL team took fourth in the social impact category.

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Virtual biopsy

A new imaging method in development at U-M uses infrared light to recover both ultrasound images and chemical information from tissues inside the body without breaking the skin. The technique could improve traditional biopsies or, in some cases, replace them.

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U-M BME Launches Streamlined, User-Centered Website

ANN ARBOR— The University of Michigan Department of Biomedical Engineering has just launched a new version of its website designed to better tell the BME story and allow users to access the information that matters to them quickly and intuitively.

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Andrew J. Putnam to be Inducted into Medical and Biological Engineering Elite

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the pending induction of Andrew J. Putnam, Ph.D., Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, to its College of Fellows.

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