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NIH's Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative

NIH BRAIN Initiative taps Garrett Stanley and Christine Payne from Georgia Tech

BME's Garrett Stanley and Christine Payne (biochemistry), both faculty members of the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, are among the 131 investigators working at 125 institutions in the U.S. and eight other countries receiving 67 new awards, totaling more than $38 million.  

These researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology are riding a second wave of grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. The new round of funding brings the NIH investment for BRAIN Initiative research to $85 million in fiscal year 2015. Stanley, Payne, and their collaborators are part of a new round of projects for visualizing the brain in action. It’s all part of the initiative launched by President Obama in 2014 as a wide-spread effort to equip researchers with fundamental insights for treating a range of brain disorders, like Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy and traumatic brain injury.

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Training the next generation of engineering students in robotics

Georgia Tech, Emory unite to train healthcare roboticists

Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University faculty members are uniting to train the next generation of engineering students in healthcare robotics technologies, so they can better understand the changing needs of patients and their caregivers and healthcare providers.

With the support of a five-year, $2.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation National Research Traineeship program, this faculty team will create new bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs and concentrations in healthcare robotics – the first degree programs in this area in the United States.  (Charlie Kemp pictured above)

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Gabe Kwong - Improving cancer detection with nanoparticles

New system employs nanoparticles for improved early stage cancer detection

The best way to fight cancer is to discover it at an early stage, which improves treatment outcomes. Of course, that isn’t easy because cancer detection thresholds based on measuring biomarkers shed by small tumors are limited.  But groundbreaking work by Georgia Institute of Technology researcher Gabe Kwong may improve the odds significantly. In a recently published research paper for PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States), Kwong and his colleagues explain their development of activity-based biomarkers for early cancer detection along with a mathematical framework to predict their use in humans.

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Activating and knocking out genes in a single cell

James Dahlman’s research team demonstrates streamlined control of complex gene regulation

Reporting in Nature BiotechnologyJames Dahlman, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University, along with MIT graduate students Silvana Konermann and Omar Abudayyeh, and colleagues at MIT now show that guide RNAs can control the catalytic activity of Cas9. The authors demonstrate that rationally designed ‘deadRNAs’ can prevent active Cas9 from cutting, and instead, activate gene expression.

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ImmunoEngineering seed grants announced

Five teams of Georgia Tech-Emory researchers awarded $50,000 each

Cutting edge research is not a solo act. Successful results are acquired through an ensemble effort, like the Georgia ImmunoEngineering Consortium, a collaborative partnership of multidisciplinary researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. But even the best collaborations require nurturing if they are to blossom into world-changing discoveries. That’s where the ImmunoEngineering Seed Grant program comes in.

“These seed grants allow us to pilot new ideas, gather data and be more competitive for large federal grants,” says Krish Roy, director of the ImmunoEngineering Research Center at Georgia Tech. “It also builds new bridges – collaborations across Georgia Tech and Emory, by providing ways to work together and generate new ideas, gather new data.”

Five new “bridges” – teams of Georgia Tech/Emory researchers – have just received important foundational support through the seed grant program for 2015-2016. 

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BME student and his team win 1st place in business competition

Two teams of Georgia Tech students brought home the top prizes at Hack ATL, the largest undergraduate business “hackathon” in the Southeast

Garrett Wallace, a biomedical engineering (BME) major, said his team signed up for the competition because they thought it would be a fun way to spend the weekend. But, as the weekend went on, he said they realized what they were developing had great potential..

They were one of the two teams of Georgia Tech students to bring home the top prizes at Hack ATL, the largest undergraduate business “hackathon” in the Southeast — with more than 35 teams participating. The third annual competition, held earlier this month at Emory University's Goizueta Business School, gave the teams just 36 hours to create a startup business — including a business model, marketing strategy, and prototype of their idea — and pitch it to real investors.. 

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You're invited: GT Fall Capstone Design Expo is December 3, 2015

You're invited: Georgia Tech's Fall semester Capstone Design EXPO is Dec 3, 4:30 p.m.

At the end of the semester, senior BME teams showcase their projects at the Georgia Tech Capstone Design EXPO in the McCamish Pavilion. The EXPO is attended by industry professionals, clinicians, and investors. This exciting event provides a great opportunity to see new solutions designed and developed by Georgia Tech students. 

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GT's Fall Biotechnology Career Fair - bursting with opportunities

BME's Biotechnology Career Fair brings in record numbers

The Wallace H. Coulter Department, a joint department of Emory University and Georgia Tech, served as host of the fair in the Molecular Science and Engineering Building (in September, per usual), bringing 514 students (mostly undergraduates) together with 25 companies that were seeking to fill internships and full-time positions. Five corporate sponsors supported the effort. The attendance and the number of sponsors were both record highs.

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