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Category: Biomedical Engineering

A novel synthetic antibody enables conditional ‘protein knockdown’ in vertebrates — ScienceDaily

Research groups led by Dr. Jörg Mansfeld of the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC) and Dr. Caren Norden of the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) have developed a novel synthetic antibody that paves the way for an improved functional analysis of proteins. They combined auxin-inducible “protein knockdown” with a synthetic antibody to not only observe fluorescent proteins in living cells but also to rapidly remove them in a temporally controlled manner. Perhaps the…

MU’s STEM Cubs Program lands award from prestigious magazine

Yesterday, the University of Missouri STEM Cubs Program received the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). MU will be featured along with 77 other recipients in the September 2018 issue. The Inspiring Programs in STEM…

Can radar replace stethoscopes?

Researchers at FAU’s Institute of Electronics Engineering have developed a radar system which enables touch-free monitoring of heart sounds. The red beams show where the measurement is being made. Credit: FAU/Kilin Shi Along with a white coat, a stethoscope is the hallmark of doctors everywhere. Stethoscopes are used to diagnose the noises produced by the heart and lungs. Used in the conventional way, vibrations from the surface of the body are transmitted to a membrane in the chest-piece and then…

Welcome New Faculty – University of Missouri College of Engineering

The College of Engineering is excited to announce new faculty hires for the upcoming academic year, many of which are joint hires. These new faculty members bring world-class expertise, strong research capabilities and the ability to shape engineering students into future engineering leaders while supporting our pillars of pursuit. Big Data Analytics Derek Anderson, associate professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science: Derek joined the college in January as an associate professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. He…

Print and probe—how 3-D printers could improve access to technologies essential for scientific discovery

A microfluidic probe printed in 3D. Cube-shaped and green-colored, this probe is about the size of a ring box, however, the design can be printed in many sizes. Credit: New York University 3-D printers can make just about anything these days, from a pair of running shoes to chocolate, wood, and aircraft parts. And it turns out—even complex scientific gadgets used in cancer research. Innovative, cost-efficient tools are essential in life sciences research to understand how cancer cells migrate from…

UB researchers compared retired Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres players to non-contact sport athletes — ScienceDaily

-New University at Buffalo research is adding important information to the body of knowledge about the cognitive and behavioral status of a group of retired professional athletes who spent their careers in contact sports. The study findings, from UB’s Healthy Aging Mind Project, were published today online before print in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. The study assessed 21 professional athletes retired from the National Football League and the National Hockey League on neuropsychological measures associated with mild cognitive…

Researchers open the door to potential new therapies for certain metabolic and muscular diseases — ScienceDaily

Abundant in human babies and small mammals, brown adipose tissue (BAT), or brown fat, was only recently discovered in human adults, and its role remains unclear. Known to play an integral part in generating body heat and burning stored energy, its presence is linked to lower body weight and improved blood sugar levels, making it an attractive research target for potential treatments for diabetes, obesity and other metabolic diseases. Now, endocrinologists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have shown…

A new University of Delaware study is the first to examine the effect of headers on balance. These repetitive head impacts could have the potential to cause subtle neurological deficit — ScienceDaily

When France and Croatia go head to head in the World Cup final on Sunday, fans may want to see which team really has their head in the game. Soccer players who head the ball may be more likely to experience short-term balance problems, suggesting that repetitive head impacts could have the potential to cause subtle neurological deficits not previously known, according to a preliminary study by University of Delaware researchers. More research is needed to understand the long-term effects…

MU professor’s glaucoma modeling reaches breakthrough

MU Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Professor Giovanna Guidoboni has been working on building models to help formalize the cause and effect mechanisms and hypotheses of clinicians throughout her career. She and her research group’s most recent breakthrough came when their theoretical predictions in the realm of glaucoma were confirmed by a population-based study of nearly 10,000 subjects. Glaucoma is a disease of the eye wherein the optic nerve degenerates progressively, potentially causing blindness if not treated rapidly. Giovanna Guidoboni…

Mizzou, UM System ready to lead precision medicine revolution

Jamie Arndt, second from left, addresses a question as fellow panelists (from left) Sheila Grant, Rob Paul, Satish Nair, Mike Nichols and Peter Tonellato look on during Wednesday’s Precision Medicine Summit. Photos by Brandan Haskell. Precision medicine is the future, and Mizzou is ready to lead. MU hosted the Precision Medicine Summit on Wednesday, which brought exceptional faculty from MU as well as Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri-St. Louis, and Missouri S&T to highlight the breadth and quality of translational precision medicine…