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January 19, 2017

Potentially Reversible Changes in Gene Control ‘Prime’ Pancreatic Cancer Cells to Spread

A multicenter team of researchers reports that a full genomic analysis of tumor samples from a small number of people who died of pancreatic cancer suggests that chemical changes to DNA that do not affect the DNA sequence itself yet control how it operates confer survival advantages on subsets of pancreatic cancer cells. Those advantages, the researchers say, let such cancer cells thrive in organs like the liver and lungs, which receive a sugar-rich blood supply.

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January 11, 2017

New type of CT scanner approved by FDA

Jeffrey Siewerdsen, professor of biomedical engineering, and a team of researchers have designed a new type of CT scanner that has recently been approved for commercial use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Michael Miller: Catching Alzheimer’s Early

Michael Miller, the Herschel and Ruth Sedar Professor of Biomedical Engineering and University Gilman Scholar, is analyzing MRI brain images of the elderly to unveil lurking signs of Alzheimer’s that cognitive tests cannot detect.

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Tumor Cells

January 7, 2017

Green and Schneck develop a strategy to lengthen lives of mice with skin cancer

Jordan Green, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and Jonathan Schneck, professor of pathology, both at the School of Medicine, have learned that by combining a biomimetic particle along with a more traditional immunotherapy they could lengthen the lives of mice with skin cancer better than either treatment alone. Both approaches focus on activating the rodent immune system killer T cells — white blood cells that fight infection and other invaders.

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December 16, 2016

New bioinformatics tool tests methods for finding mutant genes that ‘drive’ cancer

In their search for new ways to treat cancer, many scientists are using a high-tech process called genome sequencing to hunt for genetic mutations that encourage tumor cells to thrive. To aid in this search, some researchers have developed new bioinformatics methods that each claim to help pinpoint the cancer-friendly mutants.

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Recent PhD graduate Jennifer Xu

November 21, 2016

Jennifer Xu and the I-STAR Lab Reach Major Milestone in Cone-Beam CT

Recent PhD graduate from Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering, Jennifer Xu, reached an important milestone in translating her research from the laboratory to first clinical studies of a new point-of-care cone-beam CT (CBCT) scanner.

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November 4, 2016

Visualizing blood flow in the heart could help reduce the risk of stroke

New computer models that track the motions of blood flow in the heart may reduce the risk of stroke, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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Heart arrhythmia

October 30, 2016

Trayanova’s lab looks at gentle beams of light

Using high-tech human heart models and mouse experiments, scientists at Johns Hopkins and Germany’s University of Bonn have shown that beams of light could replace electric shocks in patients reeling from a deadly heart rhythm disorder.

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October 28, 2016

Johns Hopkins Brain Trust

The human brain is the most complex machine in existence. Every brain is loaded with some 100 billion nerve cells, each connecting to thousands of others, giving around 100 trillion connections. Mapping those connections, or synapses, could enable scientists to decipher what causes neurological disease and mental illness. It’s an immense, daunting task.

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October 26, 2016

Stand-up guys

From a napkin sketch to clinical trials, this weight-bearing CT scan wins industry accolades and provides doctors with a way to see bone breaks that may have gone undetected.

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