Health

Wireless 'pacemaker for the brain'

Illustration of the proposed WAND device, with two of the new chips embedded in a chassis located outside the head.

12/31/2018 - A new neurostimulator developed by engineers at UC Berkeley can listen to and stimulate electric current in the brain at the same time, potentially delivering fine-tuned treatments to patients with diseases like epilepsy and Parkinson’s.

This innovation removes deadly arsenic from India's water

Professor Joyashree Roy and project team member Sreeman Mypati tasting water from ECAR plant.

12/12/2018 The Better India - Everyday, tens of millions of people drink water that significantly increases their risk of cancer and other deadly diseases. UC Berkeley professor Ashok Gadgil amd Asian Institute of Technology's Joyashree Roy hope to fix that with an efficient and cost-effective system called Electrochemical Arsenic Remediation (ECAR) for removing arsenic contamination from drinking water.

Sports Tech - The future of Cal Athletics

Sports-Tech class

12/7/2018 Berkeley Science Review - A new collaboration between Cal Athletics and the College of Engineering, puts athletes and engineers to work developing base technologies or applications that improve athletic performance.

Better breast cancer screening

Illustration courtesy the researchers

11/14/2018 Using microfluidic technology, researchers can distinguish cells that are central to breast cancer development.

Calorie burner

Mouse with a miniature bicycle

11/14/2018 Scientists found the specific biochemical pathway that activates brown fat and causes the body to burn more calories.

New test rapidly identifies antibiotic-resistant 'superbugs'

Tara deBoer holding synthetic urine samples being tested with DETECT solution

10/15/2018 - A new test dubbed DETECT, co-developed by Berkeley bioengineers, can diagnose patients with antibiotic-resistant infections in a matter of minutes and help limit the spread of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs,” which kill as many as 700,000 people worldwide each year.

Can common heart condition cause sudden death?

human stem cell-derived cardiac microtissue grown on a fiber-based scaffold

9/28/2018 Gladstone Institutes - Kevin Healy's bioengineering lab combined their tissue engineering with the Gladstone Institute's genome editing techniques to create a “diseased heart micro-tissue” model. The new tool will help explore how common environmental stress affects normal and abnormal heart tissue.

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