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Building complex polymer nanostructures on plant virus scaffolds

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have received a $540,000 federal grant to devise methods for building minute structures tailored to precisely deliver medicines to tumors or carry dyes that help imaging technologies detect disease, create more efficient nanowires and nanoelectronics, and more.

Building precisely defined structures on the nanoscale has proven a challenge for chemists. To provide control and precision, the researchers propose to build complex polymer nanostructures on scaffolds made of plant viruses, tiny organisms that infect plant cells but are benign outside the plant.

BME researchers win $1.7M NIH grant for artery imaging; score perfect 10 on proposal

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Case Medical Center hope to improve treatment and survival rates of ischemic heart disease patients by providing doctors an unprecedented look at the stents they place in coronary arteries.
The highly collaborative team received a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The primary investigators leading the effort are: David Wilson, professor of biomedical engineering and radiology; Andrew Rollins, professor of biomedical engineering; and Hiram G. Bezerra, MD, assistant professor of cardiology, Case Western Reserve’s School of Medicine, and medical director of the Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, Cardiovascular Imaging Core Laboratories at UH.

CWRU student innovators hope to hit Las Vegas “jackpot” at International CES show

Although too young to gamble, student innovators from Case Western Reserve University hope to “hit the jackpot” by drawing interest for their inventions from investors and companies at the Consumer Electronics Association’s International CES on Jan. 7-10 in Las Vegas.
Case Western Reserve students will exhibit, demonstrate and promote such products as electric bicycles, energy-saving shower meters and even rockets. Additional rockets will greet the expected 152,000 visitors as they enter the exhibit hall of the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center.

Engineering researchers learning to predict sickle cell crisis, monitor treatment with award from Doris Duke Foundation

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University received a $486,000 Doris Duke Foundation award to discover how to predict when sickle cell disease patients will suffer an acute crisis and monitor the effectiveness of treatments.
For decades, scientists have known that during acute crises, patients’ red blood cells change shape from round to a sickle or crescent, become sticky and block flow of healthy oxygen-carrying cells in the body’s smallest blood vessels. The oxygen starvation kills tissues and causes pain and swelling in organs and joints, feet and hands.

Engineering students, professor take part in first U.S. college course in Myanmar


Zack Scott (second from left) and Jordan Lajoie (far right) work with students from Yangon Technological University.

The streets of Yangon, Myanmar, are jam-packed with cars and a new Mercedes-Benz dealership has opened. People carry the latest smart phones and tablets.
Electricity is sporadic and unreliable, though. And the city has open sewers.
“It just feels like the place burst open to outside technology all at once; there was no gradual introduction to anything,” said Anne Walker, a Case Western Reserve University master’s student. “It’s an odd combination of high and low tech.”