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Technology that simulates complex molecular interactions could lead to better treatments for diseases like cancer and COVID-19

Posted September 6, 2022

Prof. Casim Sarkar and team designed the ‘MVsim’ app to be accessible for non-experts.

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Computer simulator helps steer COVID-19 clinical trial toward promising treatment

Posted August 17, 2022

The biophysics-based model from Prof. David Odde and team simulated the disease on a molecular and cellular level so the trial team could screen potential treatments computationally long before they were given to participants. 

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BME receives national recognition for encouraging underrepresented groups to pursue STEM careers

Posted August 15, 2022

A high school internship program from the Department of Biomedical Engineering received the 2022 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. 

Sound plus electrical body stimulation to treat chronic pain

Study finds that sound plus electrical body stimulation has potential to treat chronic pain

Posted August 11, 2022

A new neuromodulation technique from Professor Hubert Lim and team activated the brain’s somatosensory cortex and could potentially help those who suffer from chronic pain.

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New method of nasal vaccine delivery could lead to better vaccines for HIV and COVID-19

Posted August 10, 2022

Promising vaccine technology from assistant professor Brittany Hartwell and team has generated strong immune responses in mice and primates.

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Prof. Sarkar and team develop new tool that will allow for more personalized cell therapies

Posted July 20, 2022

The new quantitative approach gives scientists and engineers more control over the DNA editing process.

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UMN awarded $3.7M to prepare for clinical trials of lab-created pediatric heart vessels that grow with the recipients

Posted July 18, 2022

Prof. Robert Tranquillo and team have received a $3.7 million grant over the next four years from the U.S. Department of Defense to prepare for a human clinical trial of artificial blood vessels bioengineered in the lab that grow with the patient.

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Research finds cancer cells can migrate toward certain ‘sweet spot’ environments

Posted July 12, 2022

Prof. David Odde and team have found that cancer cells can gravitate toward certain mechanical “sweet spot” environments, providing new insights into how cancer invades the body.

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BME professor part of team that has published results of second large-scale study for tinnitus treatment

Posted July 7, 2022

At least 80 percent of participants experienced a reduction in their tinnitus symptoms after 12 weeks of treatment.

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Big wins for BME PhD students at SB3C

Posted June 24, 2022

BME students won two of the six divisions of the PhD student paper competition at the 2022 Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference.