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Case Western Reserve University grants student-led startup option to further develop hand-held malaria diagnostic device


The Disease Diagnostic Group team (from left): John Lewandowski, Mark Lewandowski and Brian Grimberg

Case Western Reserve University has granted a two-year technology transfer option to a student-led research spinoff company developing a hand-held device that diagnoses malaria more quickly, simply and affordably than existing methods.
Disease Diagnostic Group LLC, the startup formed last summer from biomedical engineering research at the university’s Case School of Engineering, also raised $250,000 to “field-test” the device this fall in Peru. These research dollars have come from various sources, including the Coulter Foundation. The Case Coulter Translation Research Partnership provides research dollars primary focused on clinical translation for medical devices.


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Maurice Adams recognized by Vibration Institute

Maurice Adams, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, won the Jack Frarey Memorial Award for Excellence from the Vibration Institute in recognition of his contributions to the field of rotor dynamics.
Adams was presented with the award at the Vibration Institute’s annual conference in June in Jacksonville, Fla., where he gave the keynote address, entitled "Analysis and Measurement Tools to Diagnose and Cure Rotating Machinery Vibration Problems in Power Generation and Aerospace Machinery."

EECS researchers design brain implant that could stifle drug highs

What happens if addicts get no high from the drugs they take?
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and Illinois State University received a grant for $390,000 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to help answer the question.
Addiction experts believe a mechanism that robs drugs of their ability to hook users could treat and possibly cure drug abuse and even dependence.
Pedram Mohseni, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Case Western Reserve, is building—and will soon start testing—a brain implant aimed at sensing changes in the dopamine levels when a rat is given addictive substances and suppressing the reward-related signals associated with a pleasurable high.

NAMII earns CWRU Team NEO Economic Development Award

Case Western Reserve University and its partners won a 2013 Economic Development Plus Award for Asset Creation from regional development organization Team NEO for their winning proposal that brought the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) to the region.
NAMII is part of a $70-million federal initiative focused on accelerating the implementation of additive manufacturing technologies in the United States. Last year, the institute was established with a $30-million federal grant awarded to a team led by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining, and including Case Western Reserve and Carnegie Mellon. An additional $40 million in funding will come from more than five-dozen other partner organizations across Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Two CWRU-led projects were among the first to receive grants from NAMII in its initial round of funding.

CWRU researchers awarded more than $6 million in Ohio Third Frontier Grants

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University and partners have won more than $6 million in Ohio Third Frontier grants to develop new technologies while training students for growing fields and helping create jobs in the state.

Projects awarded funding include BME's Hunter Peckham's project to test and commercialize an implantable computer network that would enable a quadriplegic to control movements; commercialize new MRI technologies; develop a prototype optical data storage disc; and BME's Anant Madabhushi's work to improve breast cancer testing.