A New Building, A New Discipline

Today, the University of Chicago announced plans to construct the William Eckhardt Research Center, an innovative new building along Ellis Avenue that will be home to many researchers in the physical sciences. But just as newsworthy as the new building is one of its prominent tenants: the Institute for Molecular Engineering, the largest new department […]

Your Heart in 3D

Ultrasound imaging is best known for pictures of developing fetuses; 3D is typically associated with monster movies. But when you put the two together and aim the technology at the heart, they create a valuable tool that is changing the way heart disease is treated. Three-dimensional echocardiography is a cutting edge imaging technique used to […]

Linkage 10/29: Coffee Grounds & The New Beagle

I’ve always been fascinated with the rock solid bags of coffee bought at the store, which have all the density of a brick until opened, when they crumble into scoopable grounds. Turns out that’s a physical concept at work, known as “jamming transition,” when separate, particulate materials are pushed so close together they act like […]

Linkage 10/15: Fetal PTSD and Goldilocks Doubt

Yesterday we talked about how Kathleen Cagney’s research appeared to reveal an effect of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the body mass index of people more than a thousand miles away in Dallas. By coincidence, Discover magazine published a book excerpt (from “Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives” […]

Linkage 6/18: The Personalized Medicine Highway & More World Cup

Personalized Medicine: The Brake vs. The Accelerator A recurring theme on the blog – and presumably on every other medicine and science blog – has been the push toward personalized medicine, the utopian future where every patient receives individualized care for a disease or even the genetic risk of disease. But the road to that […]

Subcutaneous Defibrillator Passes First Test

Last month, we told you about a new cardiac defibrillator device that was implanted for the first time in the United States here at the University of Chicago Medical Center. That procedure – performed by Martin Burke, professor of cardiology, on 38-year-old mother of four Brooke Bergeron – was also the first of a global […]

Linkage 5/7: Climate Change McCarthyism & Neanderthal Sex

Climate Scientists to Politicians: Enough Already A pretty remarkable letter was published in the journal Science this week, signed by 250 members (including4 University of Chicago scientists) of the National Academy of Sciences and calling for “an end to McCarthy-like threats” surrounding climate change. The letter makes a stand for reason on both climate change […]

BIO Conference Digest – Valleys of Death

Three days and 7,500 words later, I’m happy to be back at my office desk this morning after an exciting week at the BIO conference. For those of you without the time to wade into the coverage, here are some concluding thoughts and a selection of links to the most memorable parts of the meeting. […]

2010 BIO Conference – Wednesday

This is the third day of our coverage of the 2010 BIO International Convention, a massive biotechnology conference being held this week at McCormick Place in Chicago. Come back all day for reports from panels, lectures, and the exhibit floor on how scientists, government leaders, and industry hope to use the combined forces of science […]

A Shocking Improvement in Cardiology

Implantable pacemakers and defibrillators have been a staple of cardiology for decades. Offering round-the-clock protection against heart attacks and other issues, it’s not hyperbole to say that the devices have been a lifesaver for hundreds of thousands of people. But the majority of these implantable devices are still placed predominantly in older patients with heart […]


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