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Washington University in St. Louis
BME News

SUMMER 2016

Huntington's disease target of $4.5 million in NIH grants
Rohit V. Pappu, the Edwin H. Murty Professor of Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis, has received two grants from the National Institutes of Health totaling more than $4.5 million to study the causes behind this disease that may ultimately provide clues for a treatment or cure.
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American Medical Association to collaborate with IDEA Labs

IDEA Labs, a student-run bioengineering and design incubator started at WashU, will expand its national reach through a partnership with the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Setton lab awarded $1.2M NIH grant

Lori Setton's lab will develop protein-hydrogel hybrids that mimic a healthy intervertebral disc environment to promote increased pulposus cell survival and biosynthesis for self-repair.

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Renowned imaging engineer to join Department of Biomedical Engineering

Quing Zhu, who studies advanced imaging techniques for clinical diagnosis of breast and ovarian cancers, will join the faculty July 1.

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BME Day

Robert S. Langer (center, between Frank and Grace Yin) was the inaugural speaker for the Frank & Grace Yin Distinguished Lectureship in Biomedical Engineering, held April 26 in association with BME Day. The day's events included talks by BME faculty and winners of the annual Graduate Student Research Award, a poster session by all BME faculty at the Danforth and Medical campuses and a visit by the external advisory board.

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Stressed? There's an app for that

After learning that local veterans were facing long waits for mental health services, a team of medical and engineering students at Washington University in St. Louis wanted to help in some way.

A step toward personalized diabetes treatments

Signaling a potential new approach to treating diabetes, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Harvard University have produced insulin-secreting cells from stem cells derived from patients with type 1 diabetes.

Water Out of Thin Air wins 2016 Discovery Competition

Social venture WOOTA (Water Out Of Thin Air) is the winner of this year's School of Engineering & Applied Science's annual Discovery Competition and will receive $20,000 in cash, as well as $5,000 in legal services from law firm Polsinelli for building a device that turns humidity in the air into clean drinking water.


Calcium carbonate: A new weapon in fighting tumors

Engineers found a way to keep a cancerous tumor from growing by using nanoparticles of the main ingredient in common antacid tablets.

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