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Thirty semifinalists pitched their pediatric device innovations in NCC-PDI's virtual "Make Your Medical Device for Kids!" competition on March 23, 2020.  The event was hosted by the Fischell Institute's Bill Bentley and Martha Wang. Two of the pitched innovations - CorFix and DSECCA - were born out of the University of Maryland, College Park. Both teams were led by Fischell Institute affiliates; Axel Krieger (Department of Mechanical Engineering) co-founded CorFix, while Greg Payne (IBBR) headed DSECCA. Plus, Clark School faculty and Fischell Institute affiliates repurpose lab space to create essential hand sanitizer and surgical masks for medical professionals amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The NCC-PDI "Make Your Medical Device For Kids!" is shifted to a virtual format before it occurs on March 23. The competition will feature innovations in cardiovascular, orthopedic and spine, and NICU devices. 

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More information on the inclusion of NCC-PDI procucts BabySteps and PolyVascular, as noted in the President's Fiscal Year Budget

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The National Institutes of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health is accpeting submissions for its Technology Accelerator Challenge. Nonperishable food and drink donations to benefit the UMD Campus Pantry and College Park Community Food Bank are being collected in A. James Clark Hall.

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The President's Fiscal Year Budget for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) included funding for the Pediatric Consortia Grants Program. This grant established the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI). The budget request specifically cited two devices born out of NCC-PDI, BabySteps Platform Software and Polyvascular. Plus: two fellowship application deadlines approach.

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Fischell Institute faculty member Robert Bienvenu's summer course will connect social and behavioral sciences, clinical research, and medical product development. Plus, members of the Institute meet with Hiroshi Inoue (Japan External Trade Organization) and Taizo Haruyama (Sumiron Co, Ltd.) to discuss opportunities for collaboration.

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Students from the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore compete in the 8th annual Maryland Center for Excellence in Regulatory Science (M-CERSI)'s "America's Got Regulatory Science Talent" Competition. Team Brain Alliance, comprised of four University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Docotral candidates, win first place. Other competitors include Fischell Institute researcher Caitlyn Singam. Plus, the Fischell Institute unveils its Introductory Video!

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Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor and Fischell Institute faculty member Monifa Vaughn-Cooke is awarded a Veterans Affairs (VA) Small Projects in Rehabilitation Effectiveness (SPiRE) grant. The research focuses on the development and validation of a virtual reality system to aid in balance and reach tests for individuals with compromised motor functioning. Per request, the application deadline for the MPowering the State Student Entrepreneurship Fellowship has been extended to March 1, 2020. The application deadline for the Fischell Institute/IBBR joint Travel Fellowship is also March 1, 2020.

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Mechanical Engineering assistant professor and Fischell Institute faculty member Ryan Sochol receives a NSF CAREER Award to explore new multi-material 3D nanoprinting technique. Plus, the Fischell Institute unveils its new logo.

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Members of the University of Maryland, Baltimore and the University of Maryland, College Park communities celebrate Mpower Day in Annapolis, MD. The event is an annual celebration of the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: Mpowering the State. Fischell Institute researchers and Mpowering the State Student Entrepreneurship fellows Rayan Alabsi (M.Eng. Bioengineering '19), Negin Haghighi Ara, Tejasvi Subramanya, and Alex Woo presented their projects at the event. 

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Researchers from Fischell Institute faculty member Chris Jewell's lab contributed to a Nature Biotechnology paper published earlier this week. Jewell Lab member Dr. Josh Gammon served as co-author on the paper. Also, the Jewell Lab is hiring a Research Technician.

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NCC-PDI and MedTech Innovator are accepting pitches for their 2020 pediatric device compeittion. NCC-PDI is an FDA-funded consortium led by Children's National and the Fischell Institute. Penn State University is hiring two postdoctoral fellows.

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Prospective applicants for both the MPowering the State Student Entrepreneurship Fellowship and the M-CERSI Regulatory Science Competition are reminded to submit application materials. The Fischell Institute hosts a happy hour.

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The Fischell Institute hosts the Advanced Mammalian Biomanufacturing Innovation Center (AMBIC's) December conference in College Park, MD. BIOE Ph.D. candidate Jinyang Li is honored for her research connecting biology with electronics using redox modality. The Fischell Institute invites guests for a happy hour.

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Fischell Institute faculty members Liangbing Hu (Materials Science and Engineering) and Chunsheng Wang (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) were recently recognized by the Web of Science group in their list of the world's most influential researchers for 2019. Plus, the Fischell Institute invites applications for the MPowering the State Student Entrepreneurship Fellowship.

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 Fischell Institute research on the gut-microbiome-brain axis and adapting Brillouin microscopy to the study of synaptic transmission is highlighted at the Brain and Behavior Initiative (BBI) Seed Grant Symposium. Plus, members of the Embassy of France join French biotechnology company Cyprio in visiting the Fischell Institute this week to discuss opportunities to expand their technology in the United States. The Fischell Institute joins LinkedIn.

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A group of graduate students and Fischell Institute faculty members William Bentley and Reza Ghodssi have invented a bPod (bioreactor pod), nicknamed "smart marbles", which hold promise for better outcomes from bioreactors. Fischell Institute faculty member Chris Jewell and members of his Immune Engineering laboratory group host 90 students from the Wheaton High School Biosciences Academy in Montgomery County, MD. The students take part in a day of hands-on lab sessions to learn about the body's immune system and how vaccines, immunotherapies, and biomaterials can influence how it works.

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The University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (M-CERSI) invites applications for its upcoming "America's Got Regulatory Science Talent" competition. The Maryland Department of Commerce prepares for a networking and informational event - "Maryland Innovation and Technology Series: Neurotechnology" at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda. 

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A research team led by Fischell Institute faculty member Chunsheng Wang has developed a method of breaking the bond between solvents and Li-ions by dissolving the fluorinated carbonate electrolytes into non-stable polar solvents. Plus, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration invites applicants for a postdoctoral associate position.

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A pioneering drone flight carried out by UMD is recognized as the Invention of the Year at the 2019 Baltimore Technical.ly Awards. The April 19 flight successfully delivered a kidney transplant to a waiting recipient. A new study by the UMD Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation delves into the effects of the Zika virus on babies who are infected in utero.

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MPowering the State Student Entrepreneruship Fellow Negin Haghighi Ara presents her research project, "AutoNutriFlow: Utilizing Sensors Gastroenteric Feeding Tubes " at the 2019 Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting. Plus, more about the work of Fischell Institute faculty members Lex Schultheis, M.D., Ph.D., and Martha Wang, Ph.D. 

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The National Institutes of Health awards a $2.8 million RF1 grant to a team of UMD researchers, including Fischell Institute faculty member Steven Jay, for their investigation of potential links between spinal cord injury and dementia. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration hosts an Innovation through Healthcare Simulation event in College Park, MD.

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2019 MPowering the State Student Entrepreneurship fellows Rayan Alabsi and Tejsavi Subramanya have developed the prototype for a novel reverse shoulder implant they hope could change the way shoulder surgeries are done. 

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Multiple members of the Fischell Institute speak at the 2019 MedTech Conference, one of the nation's largest conferences focused on emerging technologies. 

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One of the biggest risks for trauma patients during the ambulance ride is undiagnose, internal hermorrhagic bleeding. You can't see it - but a robot can. Fischell Institute faculty member Axel Krieger says that estimates suggest that one-third of trauma fatalities likely would have survived if they had access to hospital-level care sooner. Plus, Institute Director William E. Bentley and a team of UMD researchers have developed a technique for engineering bacteria to work together autonomously  - a first in metabolic engineering.

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Fischell Institute Director William E. Bentley and a team of UMD researchers developed a technique to advance cell based systems, and their research is published in Nature Communications. Members of TTI/Vanguard, a professional research organization for technology and business leaders, pays a visit to the Fischell Institute. 

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Fischell Institute faculty member Giuliano Scarcelli receives the Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award, one of the highest honors within the Clark School. 

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The National Science Foundation awards UMD researchers $1 million to investigate the complex effects of intestinal serotonin on both gut and brain health. On September 10, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration hosts a public advisory committee meeting on cybersecurity in medical patients. 

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The Clark School named Fischell Institute faculty member Chris Jewell a Minta Martin professor, recognizing his contributions to immune engineering. ABC7 Washington's Kellye Lynn interviews Fischell Institute student researcher Caitlyn Singam for a special Education piece. The piece highlights Caitlyn's efforts to develop a low-cost way for scientists to gather data about the atmospheric environment and airborne bacteria. 

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Fischell Institute faculty member Don DeVoe and a team of UMD researchers have developed a micro-scale device for analyzing bacteria in human blood that could enable rapid and efficient identification of pathogens at the point of care.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announces an opening for an ORISE research fellow position in biomedical/electrical/mechanical engineering.

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Fischell Institute, FDA collaborators investigate biocompatibility of 3D-printed dental devices. Plus, Fischell Institute pilot research proposals are due.
 
New multi-material 3D nanoprinting strategy could revolutionize optics, photonics and biomedicine.
 

Researchers awarded $1 million from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense to advance their efforts to develop wearable sensors that measure biochemical information to diagnose disease. Plus, the Fischell Institute invites applications for a postdoctoral associate position.

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Applications are open for the Summer 2019 Pilot Awards Research program, which was established in a collaborative effort by Children's National and UMD to catalyze ideas for new, commercialized biomedical devices. Plus, Fischell Institute faculty member Chris Jewell is honored with the Presidential  Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

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