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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.

EECS's Pedram Mohseni presents research in Seattle, Japan

Pedram Mohseni, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science and director of the BioMicroSystems Laboratory, spent the first half of June presenting his research in Seattle and Japan.
 
From June 2-3, Mohseni presented at a workshop on radio frequency assisted medicine in Seattle as part of the 2013 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) radio-frequency integrated circuits symposium. He also presented a paper at the conference, describing an impulse radio ultra wideband transmitter for high-site-density brain monitoring.

CSE alumnus Aaron Mayer wins Fulbright to study bioengineering in Switzerland

When Aaron Mayer (CWR ’13) started at Case Western Reserve University, he wanted to select a major that combined his love of math, science, medicine and engineering.

He decided to try biomedical engineering—and it turned out to be the perfect fit.

The range of coursework and classes fed Mayer’s overarching interests, but it wasn’t until he began his lab work that his passion grew and he saw the potential for a lifelong career.

Now, just more than a month after commencement, he’s starting that career: He’s earned a Fulbright Award to conduct research at Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne in Switzerland. Mayer applied for the Fulbright while a student at Case Western Reserve and recently was notified of the award.