Archive for the ‘Biotechnology & Biomedicine’ Category
December 5, 2013 – Wallace H. Coulter would have turned 100 this year. To celebrate the life and scientific legacy of Coulter, his namesake department, the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University, is hosting a celebration on Dec. 5-6.
November 27, 2013 – In a new clinical trial, individuals with paralysis were able to use a tongue-controlled technology to access computers and execute commands for their wheelchairs at speeds that were significantly faster than those recorded in sip-and-puff wheelchairs, but with equal accuracy. This study is the first to show that the wireless and wearable Tongue Drive System outperforms sip-and-puff in controlling wheelchairs. Sip-and-puff is the most popular assistive technology for controlling a wheelchair.
November 26, 2013 – Researcher are attempting to engineer an injectable therapy for the shoulder’s supraspinatus tendon, a rotator cuff tendon that is commonly torn in sports. When the tendon is damaged, the body makes things worse by activating enzymes that further break down the tendon. The scientists hope to develop an injectable compound that would deliver an inhibitor capable of blocking these enzymes, thereby reducing the severity of the injury or even healing the tissue.
November 5, 2013 — Pfizer Inc. recently worked with researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) to develop an easy-to-open and child-resistant container and cap to dispense one of its rheumatoid arthritis medicines. The square bottle with round, blue closure recently received the ease-of-use commendation from the U.S. Arthritis Foundation.
October 16, 2013 – Researchers have developed a new technology to sort human cells according to their stiffness, which might one day help doctors identify certain diseases in patients, according to a new study.
October 15, 2013 – As the newly appointed Chief Engineer for pediatric technologies for the Georgia Tech-Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta partnership, solving real world problems for clinicians by leveraging the engineering expertise on Georgia Tech’s campus is Leanne West’s new job.
October 7, 2013 – For years scientists have been working to fundamentally understand how nanoparticles move throughout the human body. One big unanswered question is how the shape of nanoparticles affects their entry into cells. Now researchers have discovered that under typical culture conditions, mammalian cells prefer disc-shaped nanoparticles over those shaped like rods.
September 18, 2013 – Microscopic, bottle-like structures with corks that melt at precisely-controlled temperatures could potentially release drugs inside the body or fragrances onto the skin, according to a recently published study.
September 16, 2013 – The National Institutes of Health has awarded Georgia Tech a $2-million research grant to unravel the mechanical forces at play in lymphedema, a poorly understood disease with no cure and little hope for sufferers.
September 11, 2013 – Researchers have discovered the details of how cells repair breaks in both strands of DNA, a potentially devastating kind of DNA damage.