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Soft skin patch could provide early warning for strokes, heart attacks

Soft skin patch could provide early warning for strokes, heart attacks

July 22, 2021

UC San Diego engineers developed a soft, stretchy ultrasound patch that can be worn on the skin to monitor blood flow through vessels deep inside the body. Such a device can make it easier to detect cardiovascular problems, like blockages in the arteries that could lead to strokes or heart attacks. Full Story


UC San Diego among six U.S. institutions in new Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance

UC San Diego among six U.S. institutions in new Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance

July 21, 2021

UC San Diego is one of six universities invited to participate in the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance, a scientific collaboration that aims to transform human health on a global scale through the discovery and translation of the biological principles underlying human performance. The UC San Diego arm of the Alliance is led by Andrew McCulloch, a professor in the departments of Bioengineering and Medicine. Full Story


Calling all couch potatoes: this finger wrap can let you power electronics while you sleep

Calling all couch potatoes: this finger wrap can let you power electronics while you sleep

July 13, 2021

A new wearable device turns the sweat and press of a fingertip into a source of power for small electronics and sensors. This sweat-fueled device is the first to generate power even while the wearer is asleep—no exercise or movement required. Full Story


Artificial Intelligence Could Be New Blueprint for Precision Drug Discovery

Artificial Intelligence Could Be New Blueprint for Precision Drug Discovery

July 12, 2021

Writing in the July 12, 2021 online issue of Nature Communications, researchers at University of California San Diego describe a new approach that uses machine learning to hunt for disease targets and then predicts whether a drug is likely to receive FDA approval.    Full Story


Machine learning enhances non-verbal communication in online classrooms

Machine learning enhances non-verbal communication in online classrooms

June 21, 2021

Researchers in the Center for Research on Entertainment and Learning at UC San Diego have developed a system to analyze and track eye movements to enhance teaching in tomorrow’s virtual classrooms – and perhaps future virtual concert halls. Full Story


Bio-inspired hydrogel protects the heart from post-op adhesions

Bio-inspired hydrogel protects the heart from post-op adhesions

June 18, 2021

A hydrogel that forms a barrier to keep heart tissue from adhering to surrounding tissue after surgery was developed and successfully tested in rodents by a team of University of California San Diego researchers. The team of engineers, scientists and physicians also conducted a pilot study on porcine hearts, with promising results. They describe their work in the June 18, 2021 issue of Nature Communications.   Full Story