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Worcester Polytechnic Institute receives $2 million in federal funds for biomedical research centers

WORCESTER, Mass. Oct. 30, 2006 -- Two groundbreaking research programs at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will each receive $1 million in federal funding through a U.S. Senate Defense Appropriations Bill, setting the stage for the university to further its leadership in two key areas of biomedical research.

The allocations will go to two centers within the university's Bioengineering Institute (BEI): the Center for Untethered Healthcare, which is developing an integrated system of medical sensors, portable ultrasound scanners, and wireless technology to provide more effective medical care for soldiers in the field to improve their odds of surviving battlefield injuries; and the newly founded Center for Neuroprosthetics and BioMEMS, which is developing technology that will make it possible for prosthetic limbs and organs to be controlled by signals from the brain.

"These are critically important areas of investigation with far-reaching implications for national security and the quality of human life around the world," said WPI President Dennis D. Berkey. "With this new federal funding, WPI will have even greater opportunity to contribute leadership and new knowledge to such vital areas of bioengineering and biomedical research."

WPI's appropriation was part of a U.S. Senate Defense Appropriations Bill that included $12.3 million in spending to improve national security for the 3rd Congressional District represented by U.S. Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry, and U.S. Congressman James P. McGovern. "We are most grateful that the work of our outstanding scholars and researchers has been recognized in this way," Berkey said.

BEI Center for Neuroprosthetics and BioMEMS

This new center is engaged in research aimed at developing technology that will place prosthetic limbs and organs under the control of the nervous system, enabling users to control these devices in the same way they control their natur
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Contact: Michael Dorsey
mwdorsey@wpi.edu
508-831-5609
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
30-Oct-2006


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