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Vol. LIX, No. 25
December 14, 2007

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Division of Bioengineering and Physical Science Is Transferred to NIBIB

The Division of Bioengineering and Physical Science (DBEPS), formerly part of the NIH Office of Research Services, has been integrated into the intramural research program of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, effective Oct. 1.

The Laboratory of Bioengineering and Physical Science, the new name for DBEPS now that it is part of NIBIB, specializes in the development and application of new technologies, based on engineering, mathematics and the physical sciences, for the solution of problems in biology and medicine. The 26 staff members formerly associated with DBEPS have been transferred to NIBIB, along with equipment and over 14,000-square-feet of laboratory space. The current laboratory structure will be maintained and staff will perform their same functions.

Consultations and collaborative research with other NIH intramural scientists will continue to be the main focus of the groupís work. Research areas currently include new approaches to determine three-dimensional cellular structure, measuring interactions between macromolecules, modeling drug delivery and performing nanoscale diagnostics.

In addition to added staff and laboratory space, the transfer brings to the NIBIB intramural research program†some unique training opportunities for undergraduate biomedical engineering students and postdoctoral scientists and engineers through the Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program ( and the National Research Council NIH/NIST Research Associateship Program (

The new component will join existing intramural NIBIB, which includes the PET Radiochemistry Research Laboratory responsible for conducting research and training in the development and application of novel radiochemical probes for biomedical imaging and the joint Laboratory for the Assessment of Medical Imaging Systems at FDA. NIH Record Icon

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