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First-ever Transient Pacemaker Harmlessly Dissolves in Body

June 2021   Researchers at Northwestern and George Washington universities (GW) have developed the first-ever transient pacemaker — a wireless, battery-free, fully implantable pacing device that disappears after it’s no longer needed.

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Untethering mothers

May 2021   Soft, comfortable sensors are first to comprehensively monitor pregnant women and their babies without wires

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Implanted wireless device triggers mice to form instant bond

May 2021   Northwestern University researchers are building social bonds with beams of light. For the first time ever, Northwestern engineers and neurobiologists have wirelessly programmed — and then deprogrammed — mice to socially interact with one another in real time. The advancement is thanks to a first-of-its-kind ultraminiature, wireless, battery-free and fully implantable device that uses light to activate neurons.

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Get the sensation

April 2021   Haptics research aims to add touch to virtual reality, online shopping, and artificial limbs

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Four professors named Guggenheim fellows

April 2021   Northwestern University faculty members Mesmin Destin, Vicky Kalogera, Jennifer Lackey and John A. Rogers are among the 2021 Guggenheim Fellows recently named by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

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‘Sweat sticker’ diagnoses cystic fibrosis on the skin in real time

March 2021   A Northwestern University-led research team has developed a novel skin-mounted sticker that absorbs sweat and then changes color to provide an accurate, easy-to-read diagnosis of cystic fibrosis within minutes.

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Smart tattoos

March 2021   Nina Notman takes a snapshot of the burgeoning field of health and fitness monitoring tattoos and patches

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Electronic skin: from flexibility to a sense of touch

March 2021   Flexible circuits inspired by human skin offer options for health monitoring, prosthetics and pressure-sensing robots.

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Tiny Machine Poised to Unlock Brain’s Mysteries

March 2021   A team of scientists, led by researchers at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago, has developed novel technology promising to increase understanding of how brains develop, and offer answers on repairing brains in the wake of neurotrauma and neurodegenerative diseases.

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Novel Device Provides Continuous Monitoring of Skin, Prostheses

January 2021   A multi-disciplinary team of investigators led by Northwestern scientists have created a wireless, soft and flexible sensor that can constantly monitor pressure and temperature between the patient’s skin and prosthesis.

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Wireless Device Improves Real-Time Monitoring of Blood Flow, Oxygenation in the Brain

January 2021   A novel wireless device may improve real-time monitoring of blood flow and oxygenation in the brain for neonatal and pediatric patients, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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Wearable COVID-19 sensor receives major award from the U.S. Department of Defense

December 2020   Sibel Health — a Northwestern spinout commercializing the sensor — has received $2.4 million from the U.S. Department of Defense through a Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium award.

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Northwestern and Maxim Integrated partner on next-generation medical sensors

December 2020   Northwestern University’s Querrey Simpson Institute for Bioelectronics (QSIB) has formed a long-term partnership with Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. to help lead the digital revolution in modern healthcare.

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News and Views piece on our smart catheters in Nature Biomedical Engineering.

October 2020   News and Views piece detailing our smart catheters with arrays of sensors and actuators in Nature Biomedical Engineering.

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Clinical-grade wearables offer continuous monitoring for COVID-19

July 2020   Sticker-like medical device streams symptom data to physicians.

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Monitoring COVID-19 from hospital to home

May 2020   Researchers at Northwestern University and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago have developed a novel wearable device and are creating a set of data algorithms specifically tailored to catch early signs and symptoms associated with COVID-19 and to monitor patients as the illness progresses.

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Protecting Thin, Flexible Brain Interfaces from the Human Body

April 2020   In a recent publication in the journal Science Translational Medicine, Northwestern University researchers demonstrate next-generation flexible brain implants with more than a thousand electrodes can survive for more than six years.

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Caring for the Most Vulnerable Patients

March 2020   An interdisciplinary team of Northwestern University researchers has developed a new wireless, battery-charged, affordable monitoring system for newborn babies that can easily be implemented to provide clinical-grade care in nearly any setting.

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Jayson Tatum's Gx Sweat Patch Commercial on TNT

February 2020   Gatorade, Epicore Biosystems, and Northwestern University's Gx Sweat Patch TV Commercial, 'Push the Game Forward' Featuring Jayson Tatum

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New 'smart skin' may let you reach out and virtually touch -- anyone

November 2019   In a paper published Wednesday in the journal Nature, Rogers and his team at Northwestern report a new wireless and battery-free smart skin that could shift the course of this technology. Through a fast, programmable array of miniature vibrating disks embedded in a soft, flexible material, this smart skin can contour to the body and deliver sensory input -- what you'd feel when using it -- that Rogers says is quite natural.

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‘Epidermal VR’ gives technology a human touch

November 2019   Northwestern University researchers have developed a new thin, wireless system that adds a sense of touch to any virtual reality (VR) experience. Not only does this platform potentially add new dimensions to our long-distance relationships and entertainment, the technology also provides prosthetics with sensory feedback and imparts telemedicine with a human touch.

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Trustees Lou Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Make Additional $10 Million Gift to Northwestern

November 2019   New Querrey Simpson Institute for Bioelectronics will expand the development of body-integrated electronic systems and enhance research collaborations

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Feinberg Faculty Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

October 2019   Four Feinberg faculty members have been honored with the election to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).

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Bioelectronic implant could prevent opioid deaths

October 2019   Project receives NIH grant worth up to $10 million over next five years.

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Prof. John Rogers with Chrissy Farr at CNBC Healthy Returns

May 2019   Sweating the Details: Prof. John Rogers with Chrissy Farr at CNBC Healthy Returns Conference.

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Tiny wireless sensors could revolutionize how premature babies are monitored

March 2019   Tiny wireless skin sensors are being tested to monitor stroke recovery and breathing disorders, but they could also help babies who are born prematurely, according to a new study in the journal Science.

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A Northwestern scientist's new invention to monitor NICU babies.

February 2019   Premature babies are often covered in wires. A Northwestern scientist's new invention could change that as detailed in new study published in the journal Science.

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Waterproof workout patch studies a surprising source of info: your sweat

January 2019   Elite athletes must listen carefully to their bodies during workouts and competition. Their muscles. Heart rate. And, sometime soon, maybe even their sweat. Northwestern scientists have created a soft, bandage-like device that collects and analyzes an athlete’s perspiration as they run, bike and even swim underwater.

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Your Sweat Will See You Now

January 2019   A new device — wearable, wireless and battery free — improves the ability to monitor and diagnose health problems by analyzing the sweat on your skin.

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L'Oréal Unveils Prototype Of First-Ever Wearable Microfluidic Sensor To Measure Skin pH Levels

January 2019   Winner of CES 2019 Innovation Award, the My Skin Track pH will enable L'Oréal, Epicore Biosystems, and Northwestern University to develop a new wearable microfluidics product and conduct new clinical studies.

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Northwestern sweat tech on display in new Serena Williams Gatorade ad

December 2018   Wearable technology developed by John Rogers' Lab at Northwestern University and Epicore Biosystems was front and center recently in a new Gatorade commercial featuring tennis superstar Serena Williams.

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Gatorade's new tech-infused tv campaign featuring Serena Williams

December 2018   The tennis legend talks about our sweat patch technology, why she’s pitching Gatorade, and what makes a successful brand partnership in new Fast Company article.

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Bioelectronics that vanish in the body

December 2018   Wire-free devices that dissolve could expand the use of electric pulses in medicine.

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Omnidirectional optogenetic stimulation

December 2018   A wireless, low-power optoelectronic platform, which is based on micro-LEDs, can provide multimodal programmable control over optogenetic stimulation parameters.

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John Rogers receives 2019 Benjamin Franklin Medal

December 2018   Northwestern Engineering's John A. Rogers has received the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Materials Engineering from The Franklin Institute, one of the oldest centers for science education and development in the country.

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World’s smallest wearable device warns of UV exposure, enables precision phototherapy

December 2018   Smaller than an M&M and thinner than a credit card, device can optimize treatment of neonatal jaundice, skin diseases, seasonal affective disorder and reduce risk of sunburns and skin cancer.

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Beyond the biological

November 2018   In 2011, materials scientist John Rogers, now at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, made what he called epidermal electronics: thin sheets of circuits, the mechanical properties of which were engineered to match those of human skin. Using a suite of mechanical and materials-engineering techniques, Rogers made rigid silicon — the electronic industry’s material of choice — compatible with flexible and stretchable surfaces.

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L'Oreal's new sensor tracks your exposure to UV rays

November 2018   The future wearable skincare technology is roughly the size of an M&M. Launching today, L'Oréal’s La Roche-Posay My Skin Track UV sensor clips onto clothing and measures the wearer’s exposure to UV radiation, a form of radiation that is known to damage skin and, in large amounts, cause skin cancer.

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New Wearable Tech Device—Now in Apple Stores

November 2018   The brainchild of L’Oréal and Northwestern Engineers, the new My Skin Track/UV device, which just launched at select Apple stores and on, is the world’s first battery-free wearable electronic device to measure UV exposure.

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Skin sensor could improve life for a million hydrocephalus patients

November 2018   A new wireless, Band-Aid-like sensor developed at Northwestern University could revolutionize the way patients manage hydrocephalus and potentially save the U.S. health care system millions of dollars.

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Biodegradable implant provides electrical stimulation that speeds nerve regeneration

October 2018   Researchers at Northwestern University and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed the first example of a bioresorbable electronic medicine: an implantable, biodegradable wireless device that speeds nerve regeneration and improves the healing of a damaged nerve.

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Feinberg School of Medicine Podcast

August 2018   John A. Rogers, PhD, has created a fleet of wireless, wearable devices that have the potential to change the way physicians collect data and treat patients, from NICU preemies to stroke patients in recovery.

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Turning the Light Switch on to Treat Chronic Pain

April 2018   Press release from NIH that highlights our work on wireless, implantable LED systems for optogenetics control of bladder pain, originally published in the journal Pain.

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Optogenetics: Controlling Neurons With Photons

April 2018   Coffey writes a cover feature article in Optics and Photonics News that highlights our work on wireless, implantable LED systems for optogenetics, originally published in Neuron and commercially avaialble from Neurolux, Inc.

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Palpatating biopsy needles

March 2018   Song and Greenleaf write a News and Views piece in Nature Biomedical Engineering that highlights our work on millimeter-scale, piezoelectric modulus sensors capable of integration with biopsy needles for in situ, soft tissue characterization, originally published in Nature Biomedical Engineering

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Gatorade, Northwestern University partner on sweat-reading hydration patch

March 2018   Northwestern University and Gatorade are developing a low-cost wearable skin patch that displays various colors to conveniently let the wearer know when they need to take a drink.

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Future of Medicine from a Leader in Biosensors

March 2018   Eric Topol, editor-in-chief of Medscape, and Prof. John Rogers, Northwestern University Professor, sit down to discuss bioelectronics, biosensors and the future of medicine.

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BBC Reports -- Wearable tech aids stroke patients

February 2018   Scientists in the US are developing wearable sensors to speed up the recovery of stroke patients.

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Stretchable Electronics a "Game Changer" for Stroke Recovery Treatment

February 2018   A groundbreaking new wearable designed to be worn on the throat could be a game-changer in the field of stroke rehabilitation.

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Northwestern Engineering Teams with Sports and Rehabilitation Leaders to Advance Sweat Analysis Technologies

February 2018   John Rogers’ microfluidic device heads out of the lab and into widespread distribution with Gatorade, AbilityLab, and the Air Force.

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Engadget Best of CES 2018 Award Winners

January 2018   Engadget's editors applied their extensive knowledge of the tech industry to scouring the show floor for the very best of the best at CES, choosing a winner in each of the 17 highly competitive categories based on level of innovation, design, market appeal and functionality.

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USA Today Coverage of UV Sense

January 2018   Our wireless, battery-free, millimeter-scale UV dosimeters featured in a CES best-of-show video and article by USA Today, January, 2018.

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Northwestern Researchers Develop Novel UV Sensor

January 2018   Our wireless, battery-free, millimeter-scale UV dosimeters are launched as a joint product with LOreal at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January, 2018.

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When Science Becomes Art

October 2017   Northwestern engineer John Rogers has elevated his cutting edge invention, a “Lab on the Skin,” to a rare level of cultural notoriety as part of a new exhibit in New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). In addition to multiple versions of the device itself, the exhibit includes an animated video from Northwestern to illustrate the technology and showcase potential future applications.

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Bioelectronic Devices: Long-lived Recordings

March 2017   Rotenberg and Tian write a News and Views piece in Nature Biomedical Engineering that highlights our work on flexible, capacitively coupled electronics for chronic mapping of electrophysiology (Originally published in Nature Biomedical Engineering, March 2017)

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A Minimally Invasive Tool to Measure Muscle Impairment

February 2017   A minimally invasive technique that accurately measures living muscle tissue could someday be used to diagnose and treat a wide range of movement disorders.

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Yonggang Huang Elected to National Academy of Engineering

February 2017   Huang's work has led to major advances in stretchable and flexible electronics with biomedical applications.

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Researchers Develop Soft, Microfluidic ‘Lab on the Skin’ for Sweat Analysis

November 2016   The low-cost wearable electronic device developed by Professor John A. Rogers collects and analyzes sweat for health monitoring.

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3D Imaging of Muscles Points to Potential Treatments for Muscle Diseases and Injuries

November 2016   A new form of 3D imaging of muscles has allowed researchers to “see” inside muscle and trace long cables made up of a protein called collagen. Collagen cables are one culprit behind muscular diseases and injuries, so targeting them could provide treatments.

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Four Professors Included in PNAS Special Materials Feature

October 2016   Work by Mark Hersam, Yonggang Huang, Chad Mirkin, and John Rogers appear in the Novel Materials Special Feature.

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Prof. Rogers is selected to receive an Honorary Professorship at Zhejiang University

October 2016   Zhejiang University (ZJU) is one of China’s top higher education institutions, as well as one of its oldest; its roots can be traced back to 1897 and the founding of the Qiushi Academy.

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Yonggang Huang to Receive Prager Medal

September 2016   The Society of Engineering Science bestows the award annually to a researcher with outstanding contributions in theoretical or experimental solid mechanics.

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Northwestern Engineering Names Winners of 2016 Cole-Higgins Awards

September 2016   Yonggang Huang and Ilya Mikhelson received this year’s teaching award; Alex Birdwell received the award for advising.

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RIC Stem-Cell Breakthroughs Promise Novel Treatments for Cerebral Palsy and Related Conditions

July 2016   Although the cause of CP remains a mystery, researchers at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) are at the forefront of those working to understand, treat — and ultimately cure — this life-long neurological disorder.

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Prof. Rogers is selected as the recipient of the 2016 IEEE EMBS Trailblazer Award

June 2016   IEEE is an association dedicated to advancing innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity.

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Japanese Paper Art Inspires New 3-D Fabrication Method

September 2015   A Northwestern University research team has created complex 3-D micro- and nanostructures out of silicon found in advanced technologies using a new assembly method that uses cuts to advantage.

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Bioelectronics Pioneer John Rogers to Join Northwestern University

August 2015   Rogers, currently the Swanlund Chair at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, will hold the inaugural Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professorship.

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Nanotech-Enabled Moisturizer Speeds Healing of Diabetic Skin Wounds

April 2015   Northwestern scientists have developed a new high-tech but simple ointment applied to the skin that may one day help diabetic patients heal ulcers on their feet.

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'Pop-up' Fabrication Technique Trumps 3-D Printing on Many Levels

January 2015   Researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new fabrication technique to create 3-D micro- and nanostructures with many advantages over 3-D printing.

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