BME News

June 10, 2022

Novel vaginal speculum design wins Best Overall Award for BME Senior Design

A high percentage of women aged 15-65 avoid pelvic procedures involving speculums due to fear of discomfort, which can lead to increased rates of reproductive health issues. But one Senior Design team at the Weldon School devised a solution includes a novel opening mechanism, a tri-valvular conical blade design, variable blade sizes, and a novel locking mechanism. This novel design allows for easy insertion and less patient discomfort, and with transparent blades, physicians will have improved visualization of the vaginal wall.
June 10, 2022

Purdue University names Chiang its next president

The Purdue Board of Trustees announced June 10 its unanimous election of Dr. Mung Chiang, currently the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering and executive vice president for strategic initiatives, as the university’s next president. Chiang will replace current president Mitch Daniels effective Jan. 1, 2023.
June 10, 2022

Solorio recipient of METAvivor early Career Award grant for novel platform to measure global metabolic activity in breast cancer cells

Cancer treatment screening typically involves use of a synthetic polymer-based substrate, which leads to undesired defects in cell cultures. But researchers at Purdue, including assistant professor Luis Solorio, have developed a biomimetic platform using magnetic actuators for in vitro cell seeding. The setup is compatible with multi-well plates and allows for high throughput, thereby reducing the timeline to develop more targeted cancer therapy. This innovative research was the recipient of a METAvivor Research Program Early Career Award.
June 7, 2022

Hunting for early biomarkers of Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Medical providers currently lack standard imaging biomarkers to forecast cardiomyopathy's early onset or developmental pace. To facilitate those diagnoses, BME's Craig Goergen and IU's Larry W. Markham have developed an innovative method to measure strain in three dimensions.
June 6, 2022

BME researchers develop edible QR code to take a shot at fake whiskey

A silk tag with a QR code is a security measure that could reveal if whiskey is fake. Developed by biomedical engineers from Purdue University and the National Institute of Agricultural Sciences in South Korea, a smartphone can scan the tag to confirm the drink's authenticity.
April 22, 2022

A multidimensional mentor

Once the beneficiary of a mentor’s support, Weldon School head David Umulis now embraces opportunities to encourage his students and faculty in biomedical engineering.
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