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Nanoparticle pinpoints blood vessel plaques

A team of researchers, led by biomedical engineers at Case Western Reserve University, has developed a multifunctional nanoparticle that enables magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to pinpoint blood vessel plaques caused by atherosclerosis. The technology is a step toward creating a non-invasive method of identifying plaques vulnerable to rupture—the cause of heart attack and stroke—in time for treatment.
Currently, doctors can identify only blood vessels that are narrowing due to plaque accumulation. A doctor makes an incision and slips a catheter inside a blood vessel in the arm, groin or neck. The catheter emits a dye that enables X-rays to show the narrowing.


Biomedical engineering’s Eben Alsberg appointed to editorial boards, academic society

Eben Alsberg, associate professor of biomedical engineering, recently was appointed to the editorial boards of Tissue Engineering, a leading journal in his field, and Nature Scientific Reports.
He also was elected to the Americas Council of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society for a three-year term. He is a member of the society’s membership committee.

CWRU and Lincoln Electric lead 3-D manufacturing project

Case Western Reserve University, in alliance with the Lincoln Electric Co. and a group of business partners, has been selected to lead a project to convert the laser hot-wire welding process developed by Lincoln Electric into a high-output, three-dimensional additive manufacturing process.
The project is among 15 recently announced by America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Youngstown, which is spearheading next-generation manufacturing technologies based on 3-D printing. The projects are winners of America Makes’ second round of funding.

LaunchTown announces 2014 entrepreneurship competition

Students are invited to submit their business ideas to the 2014 LaunchTown Entrepreneurship Awards for a chance to win a $10,000 cash prize.
Disease Diagnostic Group LLC—a team from Case Western Reserve—won the top prize at last year’s competition for its hand-held malaria detector.

Human Connectome Project leader David C. Van Essen to deliver spring Ford Lecture

The Case Western Reserve University community is invited to attend the spring 2014 Ford Distinguished Lecture on March 6 featuring David C. Van Essen, PhD, Alumni Endowed Professor in the Anatomy and Neurobiology Department at Washington University in St. Louis.
Van Essen is one of the principal investigators of the Human Connectome Project, a $30 million NIH grant to map brain circuitry in a large population of healthy adults using cutting-edge neuroimaging methods, giving the scientific community an unprecedented look at connectivity in the living brain.