Impact Winter 2018

Putting the Brakes on Cancer

A team led by Johns Hopkins researchers has discovered a biochemical signaling process that causes densely packed cancer cells to break away from a tumor and spread the disease elsewhere in the body.

Charting the Connectome

In an early step toward mapping how all animal brains work, Carey E. Priebe has joined an international team of neuroscientists to create a complete map of the learning and memory center of the fruit fly larva brain.

A Gilded Future?

Johns Hopkins Engineering researchers are borrowing from the ancient Egyptian tradition of gilding to make fuel cells and other renewable energy technologies cheaper, better, and more sustainable.

Slowing Ebola’s Spread

Could a tiny protein make the deadly Ebola virus more contagious? The answer appears to be yes.

Upstarts: For Heartburn…And More

Patients with chronic acid reflux and other esophageal issues run an increased risk
of cancer. But biopsies are cumbersome, with dozens of slices that are frequently inconclusive.

Upstarts: A Better Blood Test?

Johns Hopkins researchers are working to develop sensors that will eventually “see” what’s in blood samples in a similar way to how the human brain detects patterns.

A Super Strong Alloy

The technological future of everything from cars and jet engines to the gadgets, appliances, and public utilities constituting the Internet of Things will depend on microscopic sensors.

Tech Tools: A Whole New View

The selective plane fluorescence light sheet microscope at Johns Hopkins is one of the first operational on the East Coast and the only one in Maryland.