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August 26, 2014

Study finds cancer leaves a common fingerprint on DNA

In a study of a broad variety of cancers, published online in Genome Medicine on Aug. 26, an investigative team — including BME Professor Winston Timp, have found widespread and distinctive changes to chemical marks attached to DNA. These Insights could provide a foundation for development of early screening or preventive treatment for cancer.

August 19, 2014

Jennifer Elisseeff’s research team is engineering a long-lasting joint lubricant by mimicking nature

By finding a way to bind a slippery molecule naturally found in the fluid that surrounds healthy joints, BME’s Jennifer Elisseeff and a team of researchers have engineered surfaces that have the potential to deliver long-lasting lubrication at specific spots throughout the body.

August 18, 2014

New guidance system could improve minimally invasive surgery

Dr. Jeffrey Siewerdsen and his team of researchers have devised a computerized process that could make minimally invasive surgery more accurate and streamlined using equipment already common in the operating room.

Memories of errors foster faster learning

Using a deceptively simple set of experiments, Reza Shadmehr and team have learned why people learn an identical or similar task faster the second, third and subsequent time around. The reason: They are aided not only by memories of how to perform the task, but also by memories of the errors made the first time.

July 31, 2014

New mapping approach lets scientists zoom in and out as the brain processes sound

In David Yue’s research lab, a team of researchers have mapped the sound-processing part of the mouse brain in a way that keeps both the proverbial forest and the trees in view. The results represent a step toward better understanding how our own brains process language.

July 21, 2014

Injectable Foam Could Prevent Fatal Blood Loss in Wounded Soldiers

BME students design an injectable foam system to fill battlefield wounds in the critical first hour prior to receipt of more advanced medical help.

July 1, 2014

Cellular gates for sodium and calcium controlled by common element of ancient origins

Researchers in Dr. David Yue’s lab at Johns Hopkins have spotted a strong family trait in two distant relatives: the channels that permit entry of sodium and calcium ions into cells turn out to share similar means for regulating ion intake. New evidence is likely to aid development of drugs for channel-linked diseases ranging from epilepsy to heart ailments to muscle weakness.

June 3, 2014

Students’ Heart-Shocking ‘Shirt’ May Save Lives When Paramedics Are Not Nearby

Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering students have designed a lightweight, easy-to-conceal shirt-like garment to deliver life-saving shocks to patients experiencing serious heart problems.

May 1, 2014

Brain Tumor Cells Penetrated by Tiny, Biodegradable Particles Carrying Genetic Instructions

Jordan Green, PhD,  assistant professor of biomedical engineering and neurosurgery at the JHMI reports that nanoparticles were used to deliver a test gene to brain cancer cells in mice which can be used to induce death of the cancerous cells.

April 29, 2014

Brain tumor cells penetrated by tiny, biodegradable particles carrying genetic instructions

Working together, Dr. Jordan Green’s research team and neurosurgeons report that they have created tiny, biodegradable nanoparticles able to carry DNA to brain cancer cells in mice.