With the aim of gaining improved understanding of how the brain and these networks work, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign used stem cells to engineer living bio-hybrid nerve tissue to develop 3-D models of neural networks. First author Gelson Pagan-Diaz compares the resulting tissue to a computer processing unit, which provided the… Read more

Roughly 8.5 million people in the United States suffer from peripheral artery disease (PAD), a narrowing of the arteries in the legs or arms (frequently due to the buildup of fatty plaque) that can cut off blood flow to the limbs, causing tissue death, gangrene, and even amputation. Strategies to combat PAD by delivering compounds… Read more

Despite their names, artificial intelligence technologies and their component systems, such as artificial neural networks, don’t have much to do with real brain science. I’m a professor of bioengineering and neurosciences interested in understanding how the brain works as a system – and how we can use that knowledge to design and engineer new machine… Read more

A memristive element made from nanowires that functions in much the same way as a biological nerve cell has been produced by scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich along with colleagues from Aachen and Turin. The component is able to save and process information, as well as receive numerous signals in parallel. The resistive switching cell made… Read more

Pluripotent stem cells have now been used to grow human esophageal organoids, scientists working to bioengineer the entire human gastrointestinal system in a laboratory report. The study is the latest advancement from researchers at the Cincinnati Children’s Center for Stem Cell and Organoid Medicine (CuSTOM). The center is developing new ways to study birth defects… Read more