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March 30, 2020

Weldon school students win all places in section of interdisciplinary poster session

The seventh annual Health and Disease: Science, Technology, Culture and Policy Research Poster Session showcased more than 100 graduate student presenters from colleges across campus. In the Healthcare Technology and Engineering section, Weldon School students Shruthi Suresh, Divya Tankasala, and Angel Enriquez swept the board, winning first, second, and third places, respectively.
March 11, 2020

Floating on a cell to precision medicine

Precise, personalized medicine requires nanoscale research and insight into the human cell to better understand disease and healing — the prerequisite for developing targeted therapies for specific pathologies and individual patients. But researchers cultivate cells in “wet” cultures hostile to electronic instrumentation, making it difficult to monitor cell function and behavior for a long period of time.
March 3, 2020

Frederick Damen receives Geddes-Greatbatch-Laufman Award for research contributions

Frederick Damen, a fourth-year MD/PhD student in the Purdue University Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, received the 2018-2019 Geddes-Greatbatch-Laufman Award on Feb. 4 at the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Association general body meeting. The annual award is presented to the outstanding student or postdoctoral fellow in the Weldon School.
March 2, 2020

Paper device could bring portable coronavirus detection, but funding bars production

Only a select number of state and local laboratories have permission from U.S. health officials to use diagnostic tests for COVID-19, a coronavirus-caused disease. If the virus is spreading nationwide, most communities do not have access to the necessary tests. Purdue University biomedical engineers have developed a handheld paper device that quickly and accurately detects a different strain of coronavirus, MERS-CoV, even in really small quantities.
February 28, 2020

Can you trust what you see?

A video on social media shows a high-ranking U.S. legislator declaring his support for an overwhelming tax increase. You react accordingly because the video looks like him and sounds like him, so certainly it has to be him. Not necessarily. The term “fake news” continues to take a much more literal turn as new technology is making it easier to manipulate the faces and audio in videos.
February 18, 2020

Pancreatic cancer 'time machine’ exposes plot twist in cell growth and invasion

Pancreatic cancer has one of the worst survival rates among cancers. Patients can expect as low as a 9% chance to live for at least five years after being diagnosed. Going back in time to observe how cells with key gene mutations interact and become invasive would help researchers better understand how the cancer starts and identify it sooner.
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