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Dr. Jennifer Barton, University of Arizona professor of biomedical engineering and director of the BIO5 Institute, has been appointed to the National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, part of the National Institutes of Health. The council advises the leadership of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, or NIBIB, on policies and priorities related to research, training and health information dissemination in the areas of biomedical imaging and engineering.
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People who suffer catastrophic breaks to their long leg bones usually face multiple surgeries, and all too often, amputation. UA COM-T Scientists, led by Orthopedic Surgery professor and BIO5 member Dr. John Szivek, have been working for more than 20 years to improve the treatment protocol by developing
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A team of researchers, including Dr. Philipp Gutruf, BIO5 member and Assistant Professor in the UA Biomedical Engineering Department, have developed an implantable device that can measure oxygen levels in a living animal, which has potential to pave a new avenue for research into physiological and pathological processes.
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A new implantable "teabag" could help children with Type 1 Diabetes. BIO5 member Dr. Klearchos Papas, Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Medical Imaging at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, and his team have engineered an innovative new biomedical device that could deliver all the benefits of a transplant to resolve diabetes without drawbacks of anti-rejection drugs.
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UA researchers are building a quantum hub known as Inquire, which will be the world's first shared research and training instrument to help researchers in diverse fields benefit from quantum resources. The interdisicplinary research team includes Dr. Jennifer Barton, Director of the BIO5 Institute and UA Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Biosystems Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Dr. Marek Romanowski, BIO5 member and Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering.
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Arizona’s Orthopedic Research Lab is hoping to use the technology to help military veterans with bone injuries. Dr. John Szivek, who runs the University of Arizona Orthopaedic Research Lab, said the lab received a $2 million grant from the Department of Defense to create 3D bone printing to help military personnel.
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BIO5's Dr. Mohammed Hassan, UA Assistant Professor of Physics and Optical Sciences, wants the UA to be the first place where humans take a photo of an electron in motion. Thanks to $1.75M in grants, Hassan says he will make that happen in the coming years.
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Research from the UA College of Engineering shows a way for light to control neurons in the brain, which may lead to doctors being able to turn off pain receptors or reduce the effects of neurological disorders. UA Biomedical Engineering Professor and BIO5 member, Dr. Philipp Gutruf, recently published a paper in the science journal Nature Electronics about his work with an implantable, battery-free, light-emitting diode.
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The gift, from a UA alumnus and his wife, will help provide engineering students with hands-on experience in biomedical device fabrication."The Salters understand the importance of our students gaining hands-on, real-world design and build experience," said Dr. Jennifer Barton, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the BIO5 Institute.
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Using an affordable, portable device that attaches to a smartphone, BIO5 member Dr. Dongkyun “DK” Kang, Assistant Professor in the UA Department of Biomedical Engineering and the College of Optical Sciences, and his collaborators hope to save lives of those suffering from cervical cancer in rural Africa.
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Dr. Ted Trouard, BIO5 member and UA Professor of Biomedical Engineering, is leading a project to find how MRI technology can collect data faster and get higher resolution images. He says the research can help doctors make better diagnoses, evaluate therapies, and investigate progressions of disease.
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The Arizona Biomedical Research Commission has recognized 14 researchers from the UA Health Sciences to receive grant awards totaling more than $5.92 million. Eight of those researchers are BIO5 members, including Dr. Frank Duca, Dr. Louise Hecker, Dr. Tally Largent-Milnes, Dr. John Purdy, Dr. Benjamin Renquist, Dr. Todd Vanderah, Dr. Jun Wang, and Dr. Frederic Zenhausern.
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UA bioengineers, led by BIO5's Dr. Marek Romanowski, have created a novel microscope that will play an important role in aiding neurosurgeons operating on blood vessels, tissues, and tumors in the brain. The "real-time" 3D imaging will elevate neurosurgical precision, providing image technology analogous to that of "Google maps".
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With over $630 million in research last year, UA faculty research represents a rich source for those ideas and inventions that have incredible potential to impact society and the economy. Now, with the addition of a new roster of Commercialization Partners (CPs), TLA adds business management into the mix of ingredients for success. To fulfill the leadership needs of new UA-born companies, TLA recruited experienced entrepreneurs and leaders, and from an original pool of 44 applicants, selected 12 individuals to serve in distinct CP roles.