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With mini-vessels, mini-brains expand research potential

Complete with capillaries.  Under the microscope lab staining highlights a network of vasculature amid the ball of neurons that make up a minibrain. Hoffman-Kim lab/Brown University:

A new study shows that Brown University’s mini-brains produce networks of capillaries, an important anatomical feature for lab studies of stroke and other circulation-related brain diseases.

Scientists have recently made a wondrous variety of mini-brains — 3-D cultures of neural cells that model basic properties of living brains — but a new finding could add to the field’s growing excitement in an entirely new “vein”: Brown University’s mini-brains now grow blood vessels, too.


Women in the Enterprise of Science and Technology

Kuhn to be Honored for Making Difference in Community at WEST Giving Back Ceremony

Brown University School of Engineering Ph.D. candidate Lindsay Kuhn will be among the honorees at the Women in the Enterprise of Science and Technology (WEST) ceremony on January 25. Kuhn will receive a Making a Difference in the Community Award for her project Inventing Heron. Inventing Heron is an online community of people sharing stories about what they call work.


Borton Named to Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development Post

Brown School of Engineering Assistant Professor David Borton has been named Research Biomedical Engineer, joining the Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology.  In his newest role, Borton and his lab will focus expertise on restoring function for veterans with spinal cord injury and brain disorders.


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