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University of California, Santa Barbara researchers in engineering and the sciences have developed a palm-sized, disposable device called MEDIC (Microfluidic Electrochemical Detector for In vivo Concentrations). The device measures, in real-time, the concentration of drug molecules, such as chemotherapy or other drugs, in a living patient's blood serum.
Bioengineering researchers at University of California, Santa Barbara have found that changing the shape of chemotherapy drug nanoparticles from spherical to rod-shaped made them up to 10,000 times more effective at specifically targeting and delivering anti-cancer drugs to breast cancer cells.
Their findings could have a game-changing impact on the effectiveness of anti-cancer therapies and reducing the side effects of chemotherapy, according to the researchers. Results of their study were published recently in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. pnas.org/content/early/2013/02/06/1216893110.abstract
“Conventional anti-cancer drugs accumulate in the liver, lungs and spleen instead of the cancer cell site due to inefficient interactions with the cancer cell membrane,” explained Samir Mitragotri, professor of chemical engineering and Director of the Center for BioEngineering at UCSB (bioengineering.ucsb.edu/). “We have found our strategy greatly enhances the specificity of anti-cancer drugs to cancer cells.”
Theodore Kim, assistant professor of media arts and technology at UC Santa Barbara, has been awarded an Academy Award for his wavelet turbulence research that has helped produce many of the special effects used in Hollywood blockbuster films such as Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, Super 8, and Hugo, among many others.
UC Santa Barbara computer scientists are changing the face of augmented reality by modeling user experience and adding dynamic crowdsourced data. News release at engineering.ucsb.edu/news/676
Augmented reality applications for mobile devices could become smarter and more sophisticated, thanks to two recent grants awarded to University of California, Santa Barbara computer science professors Matthew Turk and Tobias Höllerer.
While many mainstream augmented reality (AR) applications rely on mobile device sensors and a static dataset layered over real-time visuals or GPS coordinates, Turk and Höllerer envision next-generation AR that is more stable, realistic, and dynamically updated by users.
“Our research employs real-time computer vision for more stable presentation of 3D computer graphics that appear as if they are truly part of the physical world,” said Professor Höllerer. “Imagine applications, such as a landscape architect experimenting with design by placing virtual trees or walking within the grounds they plan to develop. A tourist at an archaeological site could explore the reconstruction of an ancient temple wh ere it once stood.”
The UCSB team is conducting intensive research that would couple mobile computer vision capture with crowdsourced user data that could immediately discern whether the app object matches the object in reality. They’ve termed it “anywhere” augmented reality.