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Brown U dean points to a possible suspect driving metastasis

Dr. Jack Elias, dean of medicine and biological sciences at Brown University, has been studying the role of a protein called chitinase 3-like-1 in fibrosis and asthma for years. And now he says that new animal research indicates that this could also be a good target for cancer metastasis.

Brain sensors go wireless in Brown University study

Scientists have developed a high-data-rate, low-power wireless brain sensor and published testing data on it in the latest issue of the journal Neuron. The researchers expect that these sensors could lead to new and unique patient data collection since subjects needn't remain tethered by cables.

New compound kills tuberculosis bacterium in lab tests

With drug-resistant tuberculosis on rise worldwide, scientists are racing to develop new vaccines and other treatments to combat the deadly bacterium, which lays dormant in about a third of the globe's population. 

'Bioadhesive' coating helps oral drugs deliver payload

To create a novel class of oral platforms capable of delivering protein-based drugs like insulin, researchers are working on "bioadhesive" coatings that increase intestinal uptake in a controlled way.

Brown U. marries brains and computers

Brain-computer interfaces at Brown University have taken another step forward. And the key this time is to go wireless and rechargeable.

In the wake of BrainGate, Brown U. debuts wireless brain sensor

Brain-computer interfaces at Brown University have taken another step forward. And the key this time is to go wireless and rechargeable. Brown sees the advance as a next-generation tool to help paralyzed patients move objects with their thoughts, minus being tethered to any connecting wires. Read more >>

Compound could restore learning, memory in Angelman syndrome

Researchers at Brown University have concocted a compound that could restore neural functions in children with the rare genetic disorder Angelman syndrome and potentially lead to therapies for other diseases that affect learning and memory.

Bad breath bacteria could point to pancreatic cancer

Bad breath bacteria may indicate a significant risk for pancreatic cancer, according to researchers from the Forsyth Institute, Harvard University and Brown University.

Selenium could blast back bacteria on catheters and endotracheal tubes

Some of the biggest innovations likely to come to the medical device industry may come from enhancing some of the most basic products in the sector. A Brown University scientist and his team may have hit on something just along those lines, by coating catheters and endotracheal tubes with selenium nanoparticles to beat back bad bacteria.

BrainGate chip enables 2 tetraplegics to control robotic arms

A chip, about as big as a baby aspirin and implanted in the motor cortex, enabled two people paralyzed by a brain stem stroke who couldn't move their arms and legs to control robotic arms with their thoughts.