Max Armstrong working with a person who has a prosthetic leg.

ME Student's affordable prosthetic system could help amputees worldwide

Sept. 13, 2017

Few people figure out how they want to change the world in middle school. But in eighth grade, Peter “Max” Armstrong did just that. As part of a robotics project, his teacher prompted him to solve a problem in medicine. He talked to a family friend, a double amputee and...

Drawing of maggots

Tomorrow’s mini medical robots could squirm like maggots

July 26, 2017

Conventional pharmaceuticals aren't always the best way to treat an ailment. Drugs are often imprecise, unpredictable, or come along with tricky side effects. Medicine is always trying to move on to more targeted treatments. And soon, robots will be one of those options: small and mobile, they could theoretically deliver...

Virginia Ferguson and Chelsea Heveran in Ferguson's lab.

Of Mice & Mars - Virginia Ferguson Investigates Bone Loss in Space

June 6, 2017

Far above Earth, a curious colony of spacefarers is sharing close quarters on the International Space Station as part of research that could one day help lead us to Mars. These are no ordinary astronauts, they are mice, and their journey could be key to solving a problem that vexes...

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Engineering New Solutions to Joint Damage and Osteoarthritis

Jan. 10, 2017

"We can rebuild him. We have the technology," began every episode of the television show The Six Million Dollar Man. Unfortunately, in the real world, medicine has not been able to create flawless substitutes for human body parts. The devices we have, like replacement knees and hips, are imperfect and often wear out and must be swapped out again. Associate Professor Corey Neu would like to change that, using material from...