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Takeaways from the 2011 Wyss Institute Microfluidics & Medicine Symposium (part 1)

Last month I attended the Wyss Institute’s Symposium on Microfluidics and Medicine, a fantastic gathering of some of the most influential people in microfluidics from around the world. While many speakers were from academia, it was different from a typical academic conference because (in the spirit of the new Wyss Insitute) the focus was on how microfluidics could be launched […]

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More on the CTC-chip: Talk by Daniel Haber

Thanks to Steve Pemberton, who mentioned this June 2010 talk by Daniel Haber given during a symposium at the Koch Institute on integrative approaches to cancer. Haber is collaborating with Mehmet Toner on a microfluidics system for detection of circulating tumor cells (CTCs). Recently their work was featured in a FluidicMEMS post on On-Q-ity, which […]

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5/17: Microfluidics @ World Health Medical Technology Conference @ Boston University

If you’re interested in how microfluidics can be applied to global health, check out the upcoming World Health Medical Technology Conference at Boston University on May 17th.  While there are many types of technology that can be applied to global health problems (see entries for MIT’s $100K Business Plan Contest Development Track as examples), it’s […]

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Crash course in biomicrofluidics: CIMIT Summer 2008 video series

If you’re looking to get an overview of medical applications of microfluidics, check out the videos from CIMIT‘s 2008 summer education series on the “Frontiers of Microfluidics and Microsystems in Biomedical Sciences and Clinical Medicine.”  The series includes eight lectures by leading researchers on topics ranging from heart muscle to bacterial detection to CD4 counting. […]

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Recent clinical trials of microfluidic devices

After I heard about a clinical trial for a microfluidic device that detects circulating cancer cells, I started wondering how many other microfluidic devices are in clinical trials.  A quick search turned up only seven studies (and two of those were withdrawn). Interestingly, five of the seven trials have some connection to the University of […]

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Microfluidics for studying cancer metastasis

What causes cancer cells to become metastatic, moving beyond their local environment to infiltrate other parts of the body? Some researchers have called metastasis “the most dangerous event in cancer,” and many believe that a better understanding of metastasis could lead to new cancer treatments. Microfluidics researchers have long been investigating metastasis, because metastasis is […]

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Microfluidics tackles HIV

In recognition of World AIDS Day today, here’s a highlight of some of the microfluidics work addressing HIV. In particular, Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology professor Utkan Demirci has published several recent papers on using microfluidics for HIV, in addition to work from the Toner lab, Rodriguez lab, Whitesides lab and others. Using microfluidics for […]

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Dec 3rd: The Social Responsibility of the Scientist

I’ve been interested in technology and culture issues for a long time. I remember as a kid reading a speech by Richard Feynman on the value of science. In it, he tells a story about how science is like a key that can open the gates of heaven or hell, depending on how we use […]

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Dec 1st CIMIT Forum: Life Science Innovation

I’ve posted about the CIMIT forum before — it’s a terrific series of talks on the integration of technology and medicine.  This week there’s an especially cool program on investing in life science innovation, including speakers Juan Enriquez of Excel Medical Ventures and Biotechonomy and Luis Barros of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. In addition, […]

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Why the boom in cancer nanotechnology?

In the last decade, a ton of work has been done in cancer nanotechnology, with over 2500 articles published since the 80s, entire conferences devoted to the topic, and products already launched, such as the nanoparticle paclitaxel drug Abraxane. Of the 74 nanoparticle clinical trials currently on record in the US, 65 of them are […]

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