85 Results for 'Biomedical Engineering'
NAB-SPEAR: Measuring the Strength of COVID-19 Immune Responses
Vaccinations to protect people from the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus are well underway, but many outstanding questions have yet to be answered: how can a patient know if their body has mounted an effective immune response? How long does that immune response last? Is a person “safe” from COVID-19 after their first vaccine dose? Will their...
PhonoGraft: 3D Printed Tympanic Membrane Graft
Perforations of the tympanic membrane or “eardrum,” the thin membrane that conducts sound in the ear, can result in severe hearing loss and recurring infections. Worldwide, tympanic membrane perforations occur in about 30 million people, with about four million people in North America and the European Union alone, due to blast and other traumatic injuries,...
Microrobotic Laser-Steering Medical Device for Minimally Invasive Surgery
Endoscopy has proven extremely useful in many areas of medicine because it can be carried out with relatively few risks in a short time, and be used to diagnose and treat numerous diseases. In gastroenterology, endoscopies of the upper gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach, first part of the small intestine; upper GI endoscopies) and lower gastrointestinal...
Bone Marrow-Like Scaffolds for Accelerating Immune Reconstitution
Bone marrow transplants containing hematopoietic stem cells from an immune-compatible (“allogeneic”) donor can cure patients with otherwise fatal blood disorders including multiple myeloma and leukemias by reconstituting their entire immune systems after chemotherapy. However, following such a “hematopoietic stem cell transplantation” (HSCT), the restoration of T cell immunity – which depends on the production of...
Regenerating Tissues with Sustained Growth Factor Delivery
Millions of people worldwide suffer from traumatic injuries or health conditions that cause damage to soft tissues including nerves, muscles, and blood vessels. The body can heal some of that damage, but more serious cases like the severing of a nerve or sustained oxygen deprivation can lead to permanent loss of movement or sensation in...
Using Systems Biology to Find and Test New Drugs Faster
The pharmaceutical industry is infamous for big numbers: it takes 10-15 years and can cost over $2 billion to bring a new drug from the lab to the market. Up to 6 of those years and $1 billion are spent in laborious preclinical trials to identify and validate new potential drug compounds, and much of...
Feb 6, 2017, 10:00am - 11:00amLecture
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Wyss Core Faculty member Peng Yin will be presenting at the Tufts Biomedical Engineering Seminar at the Tufts Department of Bioengineering. This is a weekly seminar series held throughout the Spring semester.
Video/AnimationPhonoGraft: Programming the eardrum to repair itselfEardrum perforations are a widespread problem affecting millions worldwide. Current standard of care is invasive, involves harvesting an autologous tissue to patch the eardrum, and often requires to revision surgeries, while hearing outcomes remain unsatisfying. What if we could program the eardrum to repair itself after injury? Researchers at the Wyss Institute, Massachusetts Eye and...
Video/AnimationA Laser Steering Device for Robot-Assisted SurgeryResponding to an unmet need for a robotic surgical device that is flexible enough to access hard to reach areas of the G.I. tract while causing minimal peripheral tissue damage, Researchers at the Wyss Institute and Harvard SEAS have developed a laser steering device that has the potential to improve surgical outcomes for patients. Credit:...
Video/AnimationAlginate Hydrogel for AngiogenesisThis video describes how an alginate hydrogel can be used to trigger the formation of new blood vessels at an ischemic site in the body. Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University.
Video/AnimationeRapid: Bringing Diagnostics HomeSenior Research Scientist, Pawan Jolly, gives an overview of the eRapid Institute Project, a platform of multiplexed electrochemical sensors for fast, accurate, portable diagnostics. Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University
Video/AnimationImproving Canine HealthspanA Wyss Institute technology that can treat multiple age-related diseases is now being developed by Rejuvenate Bio into a treatment for mitral valve disease and other deadly conditions in dogs, with the goal of helping man’s best friend live longer, healthier lives. Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University
Video/AnimationInterrogator: Human Organ-on-ChipsThis video describes the “Interrogator” instrument that can be programmed to culture up to 10 different Organ Chips and sequentially transfer fluids between their vascular channels to mimic normal human blood flow between the different organs of our body. Its integrated microscope enables the continuous monitoring of the tissues’ integrities in the individual organ chips...