Measuring Brain Blood Flow and Activity With Light

May 12, 2021

Originally posted by Andy Fell

A new, noninvasive method for measuring brain blood flow with light has been developed by biomedical engineers and neurologists at the University of California, Davis, and used to detect brain activation. The new method, functional interferometric diffusing wave spectroscopy, or fiDWS, promises to be cheaper than existing technology and could be used for assessing brain injuries, or in neuroscience research. The work is published May 12 in Science Advances.

Ariño-Estrada Receives R01 Award for Gamma Detection System

April 27, 2021
Dr. Gerard Ariño-Estrada, an assistant project scientist in the Cherry Lab, has received an R01 award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a gamma detection system that will improve the quality control of radiotherapy using protons and improve its efficacy.

New Imaging Diagnostic Tool Lights Up Tumors During Brain Cancer Surgery

April 21, 2021

(SACRAMENTO) — A new optical imaging technology developed at the University of California, Davis, could help neurosurgeons visually and objectively differentiate between healthy and cancerous tissues during brain cancer surgeries. The technology, called Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIm), could allow surgeons to more precisely and thoroughly remove malignant tumors.

UC Davis Engineers Make Advances in Cell Adhesion

December 17, 2020
Sanjeevi Sivasankar and Soichiro Yamada, both associate professors in the department of biomedical engineering, took on the challenge of developing a technology capable of discovering membrane protein binding partners on the cell surface.

UC Davis Researchers Collaborating with Yale on $10.2M BRAIN Initiative Grant

October 05, 2020
Scientists from Yale and UC Davis will work with United Imaging to build the next-generation human brain PET scanner, the NeuroeXplorer (NX), to be installed at the Yale Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Center in two years. Funded by a five-year, $10.2 million BRAIN Initiative grant from the National Institutes of Health, the NX will replace the Yale PET Center’s HRRT system, which is currently the highest resolution brain scanner in the world.

Using Imaging Tools to Treat Pancreatic Cancer

July 22, 2020

Biomedical engineering professor Julie Sutcliffe and her team are using their expertise in cancer imaging and diagnosis to develop a new, effective treatment for pancreatic cancer. After her team created a therapeutic based on a radioactive imaging tool they previously developed, the team received $4 million from the Lustgarten Foundation and Stand Up to Cancer to bring their drug to clinical trials to help patients suffering from the disease.

A New Gold Standard for Early-Stage Cancer Diagnosis

July 22, 2020

Biomedical engineering assistant professor Randy Carney and his lab are on a mission to find new tools to diagnose very early-stage cancer. A new five-year, $2.5 million project funded by the NIH National Cancer Institute seeks to develop next-generation nanotechnology to identify traces of cancer in blood, saliva or sweat samples to find the disease earlier and save more lives.