Starmus – On a mission to create awareness

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Blogger: Ann-Katrin Stensdotter, Professor at Dept. of Neuromedicine and Movement Science When did time start and where does the universe end? Those were the kind of questions I would, as a child, pester my mother with. I was also greatly concerned with life on the planet. Did you know that if you…

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Bacterial needle injections into host cells block immune responses

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Bloggere: Egil Lien, Professor II at Centre of Molecular Inflammation Research (CEMIR) and Mathias Pontus Ørning, PhD candidate. A number of human-pathogenic bacteria use specialized secretion systems to deliver bacterial effector proteins into host cells. These effector proteins can have many different functions, but the main bacterial goals are believed to be to…

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Microbubbles and focused ultrasound cure tumours in mice

Illustration: Ultrasound applied to tumors after injecting clusters of microbubbles/microdroplets causes giant oscillating bubbles.

Blogger: Catharina de Lange Davies, professor Department of Physics, NTNU A prerequisite for successful chemotherapy is that the drugs reach its target, and that damage to healthy tissue is limited. However, when drugs are injected into the blood, less than 1% of the drugs accumulate in tumours. Microbubbles combined with…

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Can the growth rate of brain tumours help predict survival?

MRI images of glioma segmentation

Bloggers: Anne Line Stensjøen, PhD Candidate, Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science (INB), and Asta Håberg, Professor and Centre Director, Centre of Innovative Ultrasound Solutions (CIUS) Glioblastomas are tumours that originate from brain tissue. It is both the most common and most aggressive type of brain tumour. The median survival…

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Beamforming – An international challenge

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Blogger: Alfonso Rodriguez-Molares, Postdoc and Senior Engineer, Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging and Centre for Innovative Ultrasound Solutions (CIUS). A revolt is being stirred up in the beamforming world, and CIUS is among the insurgents. For the first time in history a beamforming challenge was organized in the field of Medical…

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Improvements in ultrasound transducer design and manufacturing

A prototype transducer stack.

Blogger: Martijn Frijlink, Associate Professor, Centre for Innovative Ultrasound Solutions (CIUS) and University College of Southeast Norway     All ultrasound technologies in health care, maritime, and oil & gas make use ultrasonic transducers. For this reason, transducer design is a key research task of the Centre for Innovative Ultrasound Solutions…

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If van Gogh was a pathologist…

A false-colour image of a human breast cancer tissue. Image: Eugene Kim

Blogger: Eugene Kim, Post Doctor MR Cancer Group, Department of circulation and medical imaging       This image won the prize for Best Scientific Image at the 8th International PhD Conference in Medical Imaging 2016: Inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s signature bold, sweeping brush strokes, this contemporary piece evokes…

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