Imagine a machine not-unrelated to the inkjet printer on your desk being able to create living organs, tissue and joints for transplant. It’s called bioprinting, and while it’s not going to happen tomorrow, research at major labs across the country indicates it is definitely the future. One of those labs is run by Dr. Ibrahim Ozbolat at the University of Iowa, who teaches in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and does research with the Center for Computer-Aided Design's Biomanufacturing Laboratory. In an article published in the January 2012 issue of Mechanical Engineering Magazine (MEM) entitled “Printed Life,” Dr. Ozbolat’s research on microfluidic vessel-like containers to house the printed cells and the fascinating world of 3-D bioprinting are explored in depth. [Photo of Dr. Ozbolat courtesy of University of Iowa]
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave $5 million worth of research funding to researchers at Iowa State University who are working on developing a type of corn capable of maintaining high yields despite temperature rises.
The Iowa First Campaign to raise $500 Million for medical research, care and training at the University of Iowa is well on its way to meeting its goal with $314M already pledged. The 7-year campaign will run through June 2013 and is being managed by the University of Iowa Foundation to benefit the Roy and Lucille Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospital and Clinics.