USC awarded multi-million dollar engineering research center by National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Southern California $17 million to fund a new center that is expected to move the Los Angeles region to the forefront of the growing biotechnology industry.

With this award, USC becomes one of only four universities in the country - and the only one in California - to have two of these coveted centers operating concurrently. (The others are at MIT, Georgia Tech and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.)

The new Biomimetic MicroElectronic Systems (BMES) center will:

  • Coordinate groundbreaking programs at USC, Caltech and UC Santa Cruz on the development of "biomimetic" devices designed to replace damaged or diseased systems in the human body;
  • Support educational programs in local schools designed to help high school students prepare for careers in research, and work with other local colleges to develop job-training skills in the high-tech biotechnology industry; and
  • Develop industry partnerships that will encourage the transfer of this technology to the marketplace.

Mark Humayun, a USC professor of ophthalmology and biomedical engineering and co-developer of a retinal implant that has received wide attention for its potential to restore sight, will direct the new center.

"The work of this center will extend the microelectronics revolution in medicine - which includes such implanted devices as the pacemaker and the cochlear implant - to the realm of the central nervous system," he said.

"We're going to implant into people devices that will communicate with tissue and treat incurable diseases such as blindness, paralysis and memory loss."

The NSF grant is expected to total $34 million over 10 years (in two $17 million installments), which will enable the integration of three separate biomedical research programs at USC, each of which is focused on developing electronic replacements for lost neural function. The grant

Contact: Jon Weiner
University of Southern California

Page: 1 2 3 4 5

Related biology news :

1. Ecology of infectious diseases grants awarded
2. Joslin President awarded medal from international diabetes organization
3. UNC researchers awarded $8.65 million from National Institute on Aging
4. ESA awarded new SEEDS grant
5. $5.5 million awarded to tree-ring research and climate studies
6. Dartmouth Medical School awarded $9 million grant for genomics research
7. BioTime awarded NIH grant to aid Hetacool development
8. New York microbiologists awarded research grants in antibiotic resistance and lyme disease
9. Researchers awarded $2 million to create high-tech tools for fighting wildfires
10. USC awarded $3.5 million to study DNA enzyme
11. Young scientists awarded for achievements in cancer research

Post Your Comments:

(Date:8/7/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... August 06, 2020 , ... ... to participate in the prestigious National STEM Scholar Program, a unique professional development ... building, and project support for middle school science teachers nationwide. , Created in ...
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... July 30, 2020 , ... Justin Zamirowski to lead ... near term focus on Type 2 diabetes and associated comorbidities. , Justin brings ... areas and classes. As Chief Commercial Officer, Justin will lead Better Therapeutics’ ...
(Date:7/10/2020)... Va. (PRWEB) , ... July 08, 2020 , ... ... Latest on Cell and Gene Therapy Regulation, An FDAnews Webinar, Wednesday, July 22, ... need a comparability study, but what is the most effective way to complete ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... July 29, 2020 , ... G-CON Manufacturing, ... its new tagline, “BUILDING FOR LIFE.” The adoption of this taglines comes at ... requiring fast track capacity to provide patients with urgently needed vaccines and other ...
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... ... eSource has long been touted as the solution to high data management and monitoring ... did not take off as quickly as people initially expected, and where eSource is ... data electronically for clinical trials and then repurposing it for downstream analysis, at a ...
(Date:7/18/2020)... ... ... After research model surgery and catheter implantation, the long journey of catheter maintenance and ... successful study, while protecting and accessing the catheter or device post-surgery is often undervalued ... Envigo in a live webinar on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at ...
(Date:7/10/2020)... ... July 08, 2020 , ... Bode Technology, ... of laboratory operations through its COVID-19 testing service, Bode-CARES . Bode-CARES combines ... Bode-CARES provides a turnkey solution that includes a comprehensive collection and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: