First-ever study of triple gene combinations could help predict risk of disease

Posted

Like a giant game of Jenga, researchers reveal critical combinations of blocks that can cause a cell system to collapse MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (04/20/2018) — We inherit many traits from our parents including the color of our eyes and hair. Unfortunately, we also inherit risk factors for certain diseases such as cancer, heart disease, […]

Can stem cells mend our mightiest muscle?

Posted

Biomedical engineering researchers are developing a heart patch to heal scars after a heart attack Regenerative medicine is the physiological equivalent of turning back the clock—by replacing diseased or damaged organs and tissues with healthy, proliferating cells that can restore normal function. At the core of many approaches to regenerative medicine are […]

Researchers 3D print lifelike artificial organ models

Posted

Organ models could improve surgical outcomes in thousands of patients worldwide MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (12/06/2017) — A team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has 3D printed lifelike artificial organ models that mimic the exact anatomical structure, mechanical properties, and look and feel of real organs. These patient-specific organ models, […]

Research study gives new insight into how cancer spreads

Posted

Discovery could also benefit regenerative medicine therapies MINNEAPOLIS (06/06/2017) —  A research study led by University of Minnesota engineers gives new insight into how cancer cells move based on their ability to sense their environment. The discovery could have a major impact on therapies to prevent the spread of cancer. The research […]

3D-printed ‘bionic skin’ could give robots the sense of touch

Posted

Discovery could lead to electronics printed on real human skin MINNEAPOLIS (05/10/2017) — Engineering researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a revolutionary process for 3D printing stretchable electronic sensory devices that could give robots the ability to feel their environment. The discovery is also a major step forward in printing electronics […]

3D-printed patch can help mend a ‘broken’ heart

Posted

Discovery could lead to new treatments for patients after a heart attack MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (04/14/2017) — A team of biomedical engineering researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has created a revolutionary 3D-bioprinted patch that can help heal scarred heart tissue after a heart attack. The discovery is a major step forward in […]

Groundbreaking technology successfully rewarms large-scale tissues preserved at very low temperatures

Posted

Discovery is major step forward in increased availability of organs and tissues for transplantation MINNEAPOLIS/ST.PAUL (03/01/17)  — A research team, led by the University of Minnesota, has discovered a groundbreaking process to successfully rewarm large-scale animal heart valves and blood vessels preserved at very low temperatures. The discovery is a major step forward […]

Two U of M engineering faculty receive highest honor from U.S. government

Posted

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (01/09/2017)—University of Minnesota Department of Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Michael McAlpine and Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Adjunct Associate Professor Bérénice Mettler have been named as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government […]

University of Minnesota researchers win Breast Cancer Challenge Award

Posted

Recognition will help further research on exploring genetic connections to breast cancer MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (10/25/16) — The University of Minnesota announced today that it is one of two grand prize winners in the National Cancer Institute’s Up for A Challenge (U4C) Breast Cancer Challenge Award offered in partnership with Sage Bionetworks. The recognition […]

Artificial blood vessels developed in the lab can grow with the recipient

Posted

Groundbreaking discovery could potentially prevent need for repeated surgeries in children MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (09/27/16) — In a groundbreaking new study led by University of Minnesota biomedical engineers, artificial blood vessels bioengineered in the lab and implanted in young lambs are capable of growth within the recipient. If confirmed in humans, these new vessel […]