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Injectable plant-based nanoparticles delay tumor progression

PlantResearchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in collaboration with researchers from Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine and RWTH Aachen University (Germany) have adapted virus particles that normally infect potatoes to serve as cancer drug-delivery devices.
And in a recent article published in Nano Letters, the team showed injecting the virus particles alongside chemotherapy drugs, instead of packing the drugs inside, may provide an even more potent benefit.

Mechanical and aerospace engineering’s Chris Yuan wins award for sustainable manufacturing research

Chris YuanChris Yuan, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, won first place in the Reusable Abstractions of Manufacturing Processes national research competition.
The national contest is organized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Science Foundation, American Society of Testing and Materials and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and is designed to showcase sustainable manufacturing techniques on a unit manufacturing process using a specific ASTM standard.

Engineer and entrepreneur Xyla Foxlin stars in Microsoft commercials

Xlya FoxlinXyla Foxlin had an unforgettable 21st birthday: She spent it in Los Angeles on the set of a commercial for the Microsoft Surface laptop.
Foxlin, a rising senior studying mechanical and aerospace engineering, is featured prominently in two recently released commercials promoting the new device.

Christian Zorman appointed interim associate dean of research

Christian ZormanThe Case School of Engineering has named Christian Zorman as the interim associate dean of research.
A renowned expert in the field of MEMS, Zorman has spent his research career focused on developing novel, enabling materials and their requisite processing techniques, particularly for applications in challenging environments. He earned both his MS and PhD at Case Western Reserve before becoming a researcher there in 1994 and then joining the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2002. He holds secondary appointments in both biomedical engineering and mechanical and aerospace engineering.

New machine-learning program shows promise for early Alzheimer’s diagnosis

Brain scan imagesA new machine-learning program developed by researchers at Case Western Reserve University appears to outperform other methods for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms begin to interfere with everyday living, initial testing shows.
More than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease, according to estimates, and the numbers are growing as the population ages. The disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. And while there is no cure, several drugs can delay or prevent symptoms from worsening for up to five years or more, according to the National Institute on Aging and published research.