In a matter of years, a doctor may see real-time images of a patient’s beating heart and steer a robotic catheter through its chambers using the push and pull of magnetic fields while the patient lies inside a magnetic resonance imager.
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have received a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to perfect such technology over the next four years.
Applications for project funding through the think[box] Student Project Fund are currently open to undergraduate students.
The think[box] Student Project Fund was established by an initial gift from Ben Gomes (CWR ’90) to provide material support to students working on individual projects and innovations as well as class activities such as senior design projects.
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have received two grants totaling nearly $1.7 million to build nanoparticles that seek and destroy metastases too small to be detected with current technologies.
They are targeting aggressive cancers that persist through traditional chemotherapy and can form new tumors. The stealthy travel and growth of micrometastases is the hallmark of metastatic disease, the cause of most cancer deaths worldwide.
Case Western Reserve University received the 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from Insight Into Diversity magazine, a national honor recognizing colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.
It marks the second straight year Case Western Reserve has won the award, which measures an institution’s achievement and commitment to diversity and inclusion on campus through initiatives, programs and outreach, student recruitment, retention and completion, and faculty and staff hiring practices.
(Clockwise) Microplasma dissociates ethanol vapor, carbon particles are collected and dispersed in solution, electron microscope image reveals nanosized diamond particles.
Instead of having to use tons of crushing force and volcanic heat to forge diamonds, researchers at Case Western Reserve University have developed a way to cheaply make nanodiamonds on a lab bench at atmospheric pressure and near room temperature.
The nanodiamonds are formed directly from a gas and require no surface to grow on.
The discovery holds promise for many uses in technology and industry, such as coating plastics with ultrafine diamond powder and making flexible electronics, implants, drug-delivery devices and more products that take advantage of diamond’s exceptional properties.