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microparticle shown via scanning electron microscopy
9/20/2022

mRNA therapy could break down treatment barriers for patients with chronic spinal cord injuries

In the wake of a spinal cord injury, a protective scar forms to allow the central nervous system to heal. It’s not unlike the body’s reaction to a run of…

9/12/2022

CRISPR-produced CAR T cells could better treat solid tumors

Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells are biological assassins: white blood cells that are specifically engineered to attack cancer cells. Over the past five years, they’ve become an established therapeutic…

Wireless nano antenna illustration
8/02/2022

Wireless nano antennas amp up brain sensing

To record brain activity, neuroscientists and physicians must choose between electrodes that require wires running through the skull or noninvasive options like electroencephalography (EEG) or magnetoencephalography (MEG) that track signals…

Randolph Ashton and Gavin Knight at Summerfest Tech
7/20/2022

Ashton lab spinoff safeguards developing brain, spinal cord from toxic threats

Amid his usual day-to-day of meeting with students, writing research papers and grant proposals, and overseeing experiments in a productive lab at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery on the University…

Ilhan Bok working in the lab
6/09/2022

Neural engineers use simulation to test nanoparticles for whole-brain imaging

Magnetic particle imaging (MPI) is an emerging technology that could allow researchers and clinicians to glimpse organs, in real time, with a resolution and sensitivity superior to commonly used tools…

UW Crest with engineering background
6/06/2022

New nanoparticles aid sepsis treatment in mice

Sepsis, the body’s overreaction to an infection, affects more than 1.5 million people and kills at least 270,000 every year in the U.S. alone. The standard treatment of antibiotics and…

PhD student Alana Stempien
6/06/2022

Cell mechanics offers new clue in genetic heart disease

Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) is a mouthful of a heart disease that’s essentially an invisible ticking time bomb for the estimated 1 in 10,000 people who have it. Often,…

Tandem bike
5/17/2022

Long ride: Biomedical engineering students persevere to build tandem bike for autistic adult

As an 8-year-old, Noah would pedal around the cul-de-sac in his Madison, Wisconsin, neighborhood, showing off hard-won biking skills his mom had patiently taught him over the course of multiple…

The colors in this image of induced pluripotent stem cells indicate the relative oxidation-reduction state of cells.
4/21/2022

Label-free imaging, plus data science, means better quality control for biomanufacturing stem cells

By reprogramming cells from a patient to yield induced pluripotent stem cells, scientists and clinicians can wield a fertile and versatile resource for personalizing patient healthcare via regenerative medicine, cell…

Play-Doh replica of Goldilocks with oxygen levels
4/05/2022

Channeling Goldilocks creates a lab environment for cells that’s ‘just right’

Humans breathe in a mix of air containing roughly 21% oxygen—yet, the oxygen levels in our individual cells vary considerably, depending upon their location and function and our body’s overall…