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CWRU researcher to turn plant virus shells against human cancers

A Case Western Reserve University researcher has been awarded more than $3 million in federal and foundation grants to turn common plant viruses into cancer sleuths and search-and-destroy emissaries.
Nicole Steinmetz, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering, will customize tobacco mosaic virus to distinguish between indolent and aggressive prostate cancers, and potato virus X to deliver a pair of treatments inside triple-negative breast cancer tumors.
The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NBIB) and National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the American Cancer Society are providing the funding.

Changes in heart activity may signal epilepsy

Doctors have long characterized epilepsy as a brain disorder, but researchers at Case Western Reserve University have found that part of the autonomic nervous system functions differently in epilepsy during the absence of seizures.
This connection to the involuntary division of the nervous system may have implications for diagnosing and treating the disease and understanding sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).
The research is published online in the Journal of Neurophysiology.

BME’s Anant Madabhushi awarded patent on digital pathology based image predictor of disease outcome

Anant Madabhushi, professor of biomedical engineering and director of the Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics, was recently awarded U.S. patent: 9,286,672, titled “Integrated, multivariate histologic image-based method for disease outcome prediction.”
U.S. patent 9,286,672 relates to a system and method for predicting disease outcome using a multi-field-of-view approach based on image-features from multi-parametric heterogeneous images.

CWRU to host summer coding camp for high school students

Case Western Reserve University has teamed with TECH CORPS and RITE (Regional Information Technology Engagement) along with other Northeast Ohio higher education institutions to offer free coding and computer technology camps to high school students this summer.
The High School Coding Camps are designed to engage students in hands-on, interactive coding activities. The students will learn industry standard programming languages and through a series of activities they will be exposed to the same activities software developers encounter every day.   In addition to developing technical and 21st century skills, the students will interact with technology professionals from NEO companies as well as learn about educational and career pathways in the region.

Liming Dai selected for Faculty Distinguished Research Award

Liming Dai, the Kent Hale Smith Professor in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, is among four prominent university researchers named as this year’s Faculty Distinguished Research Award recipients.
Each year, a university committee selects Faculty Distinguished Research Award winners, honoring those who uphold and build upon Case Western Reserve’s history as an innovative, research-driven institution.
Dai has embodied excellence in organic materials research since his career began in 1983 as an engineer at China’s Zhejiang Chemical Industry Research Institute. Dai has since moved through the ranks of academia, with stops at various institutions along the way. Since 2009, he’s been on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University, where he’s continued his research in macromolecular science and engineering.