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Winter 2014

Inquiry Magazine Archive

  • Spring 2016

    Spring 2016: Premium Blend

    Found in everything from space shuttles to dental fillings, composite materials have thoroughly infiltrated modern society. But their potential is still greatly untapped, offering researchers ample opportunity for discovery.

  • Fall 2015

    Fall 2015: Collision Course

    Within the particle showers created at the Large Hadron Collider, answers to some of the universe’s mysteries are waiting.

  • Spring 2015

    Spring 2015: Almost Human

    Model systems like pigeons can help illuminate our own evolutionary and genomic history.

  • Fall 2014

    Fall 2014: Small Wonder

    UT Arlington's tiny windmills are bringing renewable energy to a whole new scale.

  • Winter 2014

    Winter 2014: Overdue for an Overhaul

    The stability of our highways, pipelines, and even manholes is reaching a breaking point.

  • 2012

    2012: Mystery solved?

    Scientists believe they have discovered a subatomic particle that is crucial to understanding the universe.

  • 2011

    2011: Boosting brain power

    UT Arlington researchers unlock clues to the human body’s most mysterious and complex organ.

  • 2010

    2010: Powered by genetics

    UT Arlington researchers probe the hidden world of microbes in search of renewable energy sources.

  • 2009

    2009: Winning the battle against pain

    Wounded soldiers are benefiting from Robert Gatchel’s program that combines physical rehabilitation with treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • 2009

    2007: Sensing a solution

    Tiny sensors implanted in the body show promise in combating acid reflux disease, pain and other health problems.

  • 2006

    2006:Semiconductors: The next generation

    Nanotechnology researchers pursue hybrid silicon chips with life-saving potential.

  • 2005

    2005: Imaging is everything

    Biomedical engineers combat diseases with procedures that are painless to patients.

Lung Love

Breathe Easy

Researchers hope to regrow lungs through innovative drug-delivery system 

What if your trusty inhaler had more uses than protecting you when ragweed was at its peak? What if, in fact, it could help regrow your damaged lungs?

That’s the goal of a joint effort between UT Arlington and UT Southwestern. Researchers are developing a new drug-delivery system woven with nanoparticles that can dispense needed substances to help stimulate lung growth and function after partial lung removal or destructive lung disease. These nanoparticles, invisible to the naked eye, would be delivered via an inhaler.

“We’ve had some very good results using our nanoparticles to deliver various therapeutic reagents,” says bioengineering Associate Professor Kytai Nguyen.

The polymer used to house the drugs will degrade with time, allowing the drugs to be released within the lung. Magnetic or fluorescent labels may be incorporated into the nanoparticles as tracers initially, but omitted in final therapeutic formulations.

While transplantation is the only cure for destructive lung disease, researchers hope to amplify the lung’s innate potential for regrowth. Once the drugs are delivered, they could measure therapeutic response with non-invasive imaging, physiological testing and structural analysis.

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