News: Medical

How the spleen filters blood

Subra Suresh and Ming Dao have discovered that the shape and size of blood cells is determined by a tiny opening in the spleen called the interendothelial slit, where the cells undergo a sort of "physical fitness test" before they're able to continue circulating.  " '…   more

You're the Expert: Angela Belcher

Professor Angela Belcher participated in a comedy/educational audio show on WBUR 90.9, Boston's NPR News Station called You're the Expert.  "Dr. Angela Belcher is an MIT professor and a MacArthur genius. She teaches comedians Aparna Nancherla, Josh Sharp, and Bobby Smithney about…   more

Glowing tumors light a path to cancer treatment

A new mechanism developed by Professor Angela Belcher and her team of others offers improved ovarian cancer detection and removal.  "A team at MIT, headed by Professor Angela Belcher at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, had been targeting a variety of cancers that pose…   more

Bioelectronics Innovation Prize

Professor Polina Anikeeva is part of a team of researchers who were recently awarded a $1M bioelectronics innovation prize for their endeavors to produce an implantable wireless…   more

Engineering a spinal cord repair kit

Professor Polina Anikeeva has been developing multifunctional fibers for some time now, serving to access the brain and other parts of the body as non-invasively as…   more

Chemical Sensing on a Chip

Anuradha Agarwal is working with Lionel Kimerling and Juejun Hu of MIT's DMSE in the pursuit of shrinking and advancing sensory technology.  …   more

Materializing the Future of Vaccines and Immunotherapy

The industries of immunotherapy and vaccination are on the brink of major breakthroughs, and many developments in the field are heavily focused on materials science. Safely modulating the immune system in patients with cancer is one of the biggest challenges at present, but developments in…   more

Remote Neural Stimulation

Professor Paulina Anikeeva utilizes the power of magnets to fire neurons remotely, without having…   more

Research and Education Initiatives, 2015-16

Here's a quick video update on research and education initiatives from DMSE. Professor Chiang offers his perspective on energy research, Professor Gibson describes DMSE's online educational offerings, Professor Fitzgerald explains DMSE's international collaboration with universities in…   more

Real-time data for cancer therapy

In the battle against cancer, which kills nearly 8 million people worldwide each year, doctors have in their arsenal many powerful weapons, including various forms of chemotherapy and radiation. What they lack, however, is good reconnaissance — a reliable way to obtain real-time data about how…   more

Materials science and neuroscience

Various powerful new tools for exploring and manipulating the brain have been developed over the last few years. Some use electronics, while others use light or chemicals. Professor Polina Anikeeva's research has potential to change how medicine treats people with brain disorders and to change…   more

Using sound waves to detect rare cancer cells

Cancer cells often break free from their original locations and circulate through the bloodstream, allowing them to form new tumors elsewhere in the body. Detecting these cells could give doctors a new way to predict whether patients’ tumors will metastasize, or monitor how they are responding…   more

MIT student participates in own cancer diagnosis and treatment

Steven Keating, currently a student in Mechanical Engineering and the Media Lab, participated in a 2007 research study that included MRI scans of his brain; a small abnormality was seen, and he was advised to have it evaluated in a few years. When he developed symptoms in 2014, he requested an…   more

Magnetic brain stimulation

New technique could lead to long-lasting localized stimulation of brain tissue without external connections. Read the Science story or learn more from the…   more

Better chemotherapy through targeted delivery

Every year, about 100,000 Americans are diagnosed with brain tumors that have spread from elsewhere in the body. These tumors, known as metastases, are usually treated with surgery followed by chemotherapy, but the cancer often returns. With collaborators at Brigham and Women's and Johns Hopkins…   more

Shape-memory materials used to treat disease

The millions of people worldwide who suffer from the painful bladder disease known as interstitial cystitis (IC) may soon have a better, long-term treatment option, thanks to a controlled-release, implantable device invented by MIT professor Michael Cima and other researchers. Learn more from…   more