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April 28, 2016

Company purchases Purdue technology to revolutionize bionic limbs

Technology developed at Purdue University is expected to soon change the lives of amputees with bionic limbs. These robotic prosthetics have traditionally been controlled by electrodes that sit on the skin to record signals from the muscle. Purdue researchers have developed tiny electrodes that, instead, are buried inside the muscle. It's a development a Chicago-based startup describes as "game-changing" for bionic limbs.
April 25, 2016

Spotlight on Shelley Claridge

Shelley Claridge, assistant professor of chemistry and biomedical engineering, received the 2016 Exceptional Early Career Award in recognition of outstanding undergraduate teaching and is featured in this Q&A.
April 12, 2016

Purdue student receives national Goldwater Scholarship

Purdue University junior Shovik Bandyopadhyay is a new 2016 Goldwater Scholar. Goldwater Scholarship recipients are undergraduate students who already conduct research in their fields and show promise for the future. Bandyopadhyay has conducted research in the lab of Ji-Xin Cheng, a professor of biomedical engineering and chemistry.
April 7, 2016

Harbin named University Faculty Scholar

Sherry Harbin, a professor of biomedical engineering and basic medical sciences, has been named a University Faculty Scholar. This honor recognizes outstanding faculty who are on an accelerated path for academic distinction in the discovery and dissemination of knowledge.
March 29, 2016

RoboDesk is a win for users with disabilities

Brad Duerstock, an associate professor of biomedical engineering and industrial engineering is the lead inventor of RoboDesk, a robotic motorized mount that's customized to attach to power wheelchairs, recliners, and hospital beds for users with disabilities. His team won third place in the Gold Division of the 29th annual Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition.
March 24, 2016

Rickus named University Faculty Scholar

Jenna Rickus, a professor of biomedical engineering and agricultural and biological engineering, has been named a University Faculty Scholar. This honor recognizes outstanding faculty who are on an accelerated path for academic distinction in the discovery and dissemination of knowledge.
March 23, 2016

Claridge receives Exceptional Early Career Award

Shelley Claridge, assistant professor of chemistry and biomedical engineering, has been named the recipient of a 2016 Exceptional Early Career Award. Claridge was surprised with the news on Tuesday (March 22).
March 22, 2016

Nauman receives Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award

Eric Nauman, professor of biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, and basic medical sciences and director of the College of Engineering Honors Program has been named the recipient of a 2016 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in Memory of Charles B. Murphy.
March 1, 2016

New direction urged to improve cancer nanotechnology

Researchers involved in a national effort to develop cancer treatments that harness nanotechnology are recommending pivotal changes in the field because experiments with laboratory animals and efforts based on current assumptions about drug delivery have largely failed to translate into successful clinical results.
February 25, 2016

Purdue professor integrates imaging techniques for ambitious projects mapping neural networks

Our fingerprints identify us, and that's about all they can do. Zhongming Liu, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering, gathers far more useful kinds of fingerprints--maps of neural circuitry and activity in our brains, which will truly characterize us and help us understand and treat mental illness and neurological disorders. Find out more about Liu's work in the latest issue of Discovery: Innovation@Purdue Engineering online magazine.
February 25, 2016

HemoTherm team wins Black Division at 29th annual Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition

HemoTherm, led by biomedical engineering seniors Tori Clift and Stephanie Eichman and Sahil Sanghani, a senior in electrical and computer engineering, won the $20,000 top prize in the Black Division of the Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition. Two teams led by Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering students and faculty also placed in the Gold Division: MarginPat won second place, and RoboDesk won third place.
February 23, 2016

New 'lipidomics' method could bring fast cancer diagnosis

Researchers have developed a new analytical tool for medical applications and biological research that might be used to diagnose cancer more rapidly than conventional methods. The research has implications for the field of lipidomics, which involves the identification and quantification of cellular lipid molecules, how they interact with other components in cells and their role in biological systems.
February 22, 2016

PRIME Ethics Named a Top Engineering Ethics Program

The College of Engineering at Purdue University has one of the top 25 engineering ethics programs in the country according to a new report issued by the National Academies of Engineering (NAE) Center for Engineering Ethics and Society (CEES). The report showcases PRIME Ethics: Purdue's Reflective & Interactive Modules for Engineering Ethics as an exemplary educational research program for its novel approach to infusing ethics into the development of engineering students.
February 15, 2016

Rui Li receives research award at SPIE Photonics West

Rui Li, a graduate student at the Purdue Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, received a SPIE Translational Research Award for his paper, "Intraoperative assessment of breast tumor margins using a multimodal photoacoustic tomography system." Li, a member of Purdue's Label-free Spectroscopic Imaging Group, was presented the award at the SPIE Photonics West 2016 conference Sunday, February 14, for work demonstrating innovative optical techniques for real-world healthcare challenges.
February 9, 2016

Science on Tap to discuss how point-of-care diagnostics are becoming a reality

Jackie Linnes, an assistant professor from the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, will headline Purdue University's Science on Tap next week with a talk on the current and future advancements that are making health care accessible around the world. The talk also will shine the spotlight on point of care (POC) molecular diagnostics in light of the ongoing Zika virus outbreak.
February 5, 2016

Purdue startup receives funding to accelerate innovation to treat MS pain

The Elevate Purdue Foundry Fund has awarded Neuro Vigor a $20,000 "Black Award" to accelerate commercialization of its drug therapy for pain in multiple sclerosis. Neuro Vigor's co-founder and chief scientist is Riyi Shi, professor of biomedical engineering and neurosciences. Shi has discovered a drug that can reduce a powerful neuro-toxin in the body, which has significant promise as a novel therapy for neuro-degenerative disease and injury.
February 1, 2016

Wang named finalist in InnovateHER Challenge

Pu Wang, a post doctoral researcher at the Purdue University Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, has been named a finalist in the 2016 InnovateHER Business Challenge by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Wang is co-founder of Vibronix Inc. with Ji-Xin Cheng, professor of biomedical engineering and chemistry. Wang was selected for his MarginPAT innovation; MarginPAT is an intraoperative assessment of breast tumor margin using a photo acoustic/ultrasound imaging system. The system provides a shorter procedure time, allowing a surgeon to clear cancer residue after removing a tumor from a breast cancer patient, which reduces the chance for a second surgery.
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