Research

Ultra-Low Dose Total Body PET/CT Effective for Evaluating Arthritis

Total body PET/CT scans can successfully visualize systemic joint involvement in patients with autoimmune arthritis, according to new first-in-human research published in the October issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. The total body PET/CT scans showed high agreement with standard joint-by-joint rheumatological evaluation and a moderate to strong correlation with rheumatological outcome measures.

The Operating Room of the Future

As medical technology keeps advancing, one thing is clear: AI-controlled machines are just as good, if not better, than humans at certain medical tasks, such as detecting cancerous abnormalities. UC Davis’ Department of Biomedical Engineering is at the forefront of these AI-informed medical diagnosis innovations because of the work of Professor Laura Marcu.
 

BME Student Team Wins 2022 Sandia Engineering Design Award

The award-winning team, named Spinal Protective Implant for Neonatal Enhancement (SPINE), included undergraduate seniors from the Department of Biomedical Engineering: Rajul Bains, Natalie Kelly, Shannon Lamb, Joe Morrison and Maya Mysore. The competitive annual award, which is given at the Engineering Design Showcase, is supported by Sandia National Laboratories and recognizes an outstanding engineering design project that supports the lab’s mission, which is to secure a peaceful and free world through technology.

Biomedical Engineering Researchers Sweep International Conference Awards

A Ph.D. student and a project scientist from UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering received first and second prizes for their presentations given at the 2022 International Women in Photonics conference at Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology in Jena, Germany—a global center for the study of photonics.

Fulfilling a Dream of Studying Science

At 16, Alex Vargas made a split-second decision that changed the course of his life.

Growing up in Juarez, Mexico, Vargas was already thinking about university when he was a middle schooler with a passion for math and science. But he never imagined he’d actually get to attend an American university, let alone study for a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering at a school like UC Davis.

Taking Neuroengineering by Storm

The UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering recently received a $3 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to create a new graduate-level training program that stands to transform the field of neuroengineering. The grant is part of a larger effort by the Center for Neuroengineering and Medicine to promote neurological health and extend human capacity.