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Night Runner: How one student beats the clock

Meet biomedical engineering major Colin Morlock (CWR '13), who sees a side of our city few others experience when he treads streets while others sleep. See why he sees running as a metaphor for life--and academic success.

Interdisciplinary research team develops new MRI method to “fingerprint” tissues and diseases, leading to earlier, quicker diagnoses

CWRU professors of radiology and biomedical engineering team with UH radiologist, PhD student and Siemens; publish findings in Nature

A new method of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could provide early identification of specific cancers, multiple sclerosis, heart disease and other maladies, researchers at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center write in the journal Nature.

Each body tissue and disease has a unique fingerprint that can be used to diagnose problems before they become untreatable, the scientists explain.

By using new MRI technologies to scan simultaneously for various physical properties, the team could differentiate white matter from gray matter from cerebrospinal fluid in the brain in about 12 seconds. Even better, the team believes it could achieve the same results even faster in the near future.

Atotech and CWRU to shrink wiring for smaller semiconductors

semiconductorThe world’s lead manufacturer of chemicals for the metal finishing and electroplating industry has just signed a major research contract with Case Western Reserve University, aimed at developing novel chemistries and processes that will enable the manufacturing of smaller semiconductor devices than heretofore possible in routine production.
Such smaller semiconductors are critical to the fabrication of more powerful and more capable computers, phones and other electronic devices.

University joins clinical trial to help people with paralysis regain control of arms, hands

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and its primary affiliate University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center will begin testing the first of two technologies they plan to combine in a new effort to enable people with paralysis to regain some control of their arms and hands.

The physicians and scientists are now enrolling participants in the first part of this effort, a pilot clinical trial to assess the safety and feasibility of recording brain activity for control of assistive devices. The brain activity is recorded as the participants imagine using their arms and hands.

Air Force awards researchers $2.9 million grant to build foundation for heat-tolerant electronics

Case Western Reserve University is leading an international investigation of a finicky alternative to silicon-based electronics and its use in high temperatures or under radiation that would render traditional components useless.

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research has awarded a $2.9 million grant to the engineers and scientists to systematically analyze what’s called a “Quasi-2Dimensional-Electron Gas (Q-2D-EG)” forming at an oxide-heterointerface. The interface between a metal oxide film and a substrate can be formed into a transistor.

The goal of the tests is to make the transistor operate at more than 200 degrees Celsius, without external cooling.