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Novel Applicator Using FTA Paper to Collect Touch DNA

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a novel approach to an applicator designed to expedite and increase the efficiency of the DNA collection process at crime scenes.

Resolution Enhancement Method For Mm-Wave/Terahertz Imaging

UCLA researchers in the Department of Electrical Engineering have developed an imaging method based on low-cost CMOS process technologies showing enhanced resolution as high as 1.4THz.

Apparatus And Method For Optically Amplified Multi-Dimensional Spectrally Encoded Imaging

Scientists at UCLA have developed an advanced optical imaging technique that uses spectral brushes to capture image data across an entire sample area at once, a technique that enables faster imaging and higher sensitivity over current methods.

Novel Contrast Enhancement for Detection of Amyloid Beta Peptides using MRI, EPR, PET, and ESRM

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed nitroxide-coupled amyloid agents to produce contrast enhancement for amyloid beta peptide (Abeta) detection using MRI, EPR, PET, and ESRM.

Multiple in vivo tissue chromophores

The field of the invention generally relates to methods and devices used in diffuse optical spectroscopy. More specifically, the field of the invention generally relates to broadband diffuse optical spectroscopy methods and devices which are able to dynamically monitor multiple in vivo tissue chromophores. A device and method utilizes a broadband diffuse optical spectroscopy (DOS) system to dynamically calculate the concentrations of multiple chromophores in vivo using a non-invasive probe. The device and method permit dynamic monitoring of multiple in vivo tissue chromophores non-invasively with sensitivities necessary for effective therapeutic monitoring. The device includes a probe containing first and second source optical fibers as well as first and second detector optical fibers. The probe is placed adjacent to a sample of interest and detects reflected light which is passed to a proximally located detector and spectrometer. The concentrations of multiple chromophores are determined in real time. In a preferred embodiment, the multiple tissue chromophores include at least two of methemoglobin (MetHb), deoxyhemoglobin (Hb-R), oxyhemoglobin (Hb-O2), water (H2O), and methylene blue (MB). The device and method can be used quantify and monitor methemoglobin formation in subjects suffering from methemoglobinemia.

New label-free method for direct RNase activity detection in biological samples

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a new and simple, label-free method to detect milligram levels of RNase activity in undiluted biological samples that is selective, accurate and scalable

SIMPLE AND RAPID METHOD FOR QUANTIFICATION OF HALOGINATED DISACCHARIDES, SUCH AS SUCRALOSE, IN AQUEOUS MEDIA

Sucralose has become widely used as an artificial sweetener due in large part that it has low caloric content and is 600 times sweeter than table sugar (sucrose). Due to its resistance to metabolic degradation, sucralose can also be used as a marker for noninvasively assessing gastrointestinal small intestine or colonic permeability. This urinary marker is traditionally analyzed by time consuming and expensive methods, such as high performance liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry or evaporative light scatter as the detectors. We have developed an alternative methodology of using a chemical-fluorescent technique for rapid analysis of halogenated disaccharides, such as sucralose.

External Cavity Laser Based Upon Metasurfaces

UCLA researchers in the Department of Electrical Engineering have developed a novel approach for terahertz (THz) quantum-cascade (QC) lasers to achieve scalable output power, high quality diffraction limited, and directive output beams.

An Integrated Microfluidic Platform For Selective Extraction Of Single-Cell mRNA

The invention is a high-density, single-cell trapping array. A specialized probe tip can be precisely manipulated to non-destructively collect targeted intracellular material from the trapped cells for measurements. Due to the non-destructive nature of the invention, the integrity and function of the trapped cells can be preserved and they can be monitored over time to better understand disease processes.

A Method For Accurate Parametric Mapping Based On Characterization Of A Reference Tissue Or Region

UCLA researchers in the Department of Radiological Sciences have developed a method to address the issue of B1+ field inhomogeneity that is becoming a persistent problem in higher field strengths. 

Individual Identity Verified Through Device-Free, WiFi Based Framework

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a device-free, WiFi based framework that can isolate individual identity, from a small group of users, simply by observing variations in WiFi signals through a user’s gait.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance System for Determining Oil and Water Compositions in Drilling Mud

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) system and method for determining oil and water compositions in drilling mud.

Method To Probe Bulk And Surface States In Thermoelectrics And Topological Materials

Researchers in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA have developed a non-invasive, site-specific method to probe the electronic structure of both surface and bulk states within thermoelectric and topological insulator materials.

OptoPlates: Programmable LED Devices for Tunable Illumination of Tissue Culture Plates

A programmable, standalone LED array that unlocks new potential for both real-time activation of proteins and visualization of cells during high-throughput screening. This device can be used in such advanced research techniques as optogenetic activation, photoconversion, photobiology, and drug screening.

Pseudo Light-Field Display

Creating correct focus cues (blur and accommodation) has become a critical issue in the development of the next generation of 3D displays, particularly head-mounted displays.  Withough correct focus cues, current 3D displays create undue visual discomfort and reduce visual performance.  Current attempts to solve the focus cues problem are limited in their practical use.  For example, volumetric displays are limited because the viewable scene is restricted to the size of the display volume.  Multi-plane displays require very accurate alignment between the display and the viewer’s eyes.  Light field displays often require demanding resolution requirements and computational workload.   Researchers at UC Berkeley have developed a system and method to correct focus cues with a conventional display, a dynamic lens in front of each eye, and a method to measure the current focus or an estimate of the current focus of each eye.  Most of the system components are currently commercially available and the technology solves the speed and resolution problems in current light field displays. 

Shaped Piezoelectric Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducer Device

Piezoelectric Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers (pMUTs) have attracted industry attention for their good acoustic matching, small geometry, low cost-by-batch fabrication, and compatibilities with CMOS and consumer electronics. While planar pMUTs have reasonable performance over bulk piezoelectric transducers, certain deficits remain in terms of coupling and acoustic pressure outputs, DC displacements, bandwidth, and power consumption. To address these deficiencies, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a next generation of shaped pMUTs which are no longer fully defined by resonance frequency and can accommodate larger pressure outputs and bandwidths. This new pMUT apparatus can significantly boost overall performance while dramatically reducing power as compared to flat diaphragm state-of-the-art pMUTs.

Degraded/Distorted Image Restoration

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Software for Differential Dynamic Microscopy (DDMCalc)

A MATLAB code for performing differential dynamic microscopy (DDM).

Dry-Eye Formulation

The sensation of ocular discomfort commonly referred to as “dry eye” can be caused by various factors. The principal causative factors are (a) increased tear-evaporation rates attributable to meibomian gland dysfunction and insufficient/unbalanced tear-lipid films; (b) inadequate tear-aqueous production attributable to aging, medical procedures performed on the cornea (e.g., LASIK), or other general health conditions (e.g., autoimmune diseases); (c) environmental irritants (e.g., dust, smoke, wind, sun, or low humidity); and (d) eye strain attributable to extended viewing of computer monitors or other working environment-related factors. There are many different artificial-eye drops marketed and prescribed or recommended by medical practitioners to decrease dry-eye sensations. Unfortunately, all provide only short-term or no effects at all on tear-film stability and evaporation rates. Moreover, many artificial-tear formulations contain petrochemicals, (e.g., mineral oil) which have nothing in common with natural lipids comprising human tear-lipid films and might be potentially harmful to the eye.   Researchers at UC Berkeley have developed bicontinuous microemulsion formulations capable of delivering the components necessary to counteract compromised stability of tear-lipid layers and thus enhance the stability of entire tear films. These bicontinuous microemulsion components disperse spontaneously into a physical state that makes the microemulsion completely miscible with both human tear aqueous and human tear lipids. The components of these microemulsions are chemically identical or very close to natural tear lipids and tear aqueous and thus are completely biocompatible with human tear films. The lipids used in this formulation are biodegradable, and human tear enzymes will be able to metabolize these bicontinuous microemulsion lipids.  

Camera-Based Reader For Blurry And Low-Resolution 1D Barcodes

Virtually every packaged good is labeled with at least one form of barcode; generally, either by EAN or UPC standards. The success of barcode technology for identification, tracking, and inventory derives from its ability to encode information in a compact fashion with very low associated cost. Barcode reading via dedicated scanners is a mature technology. Commercial laser-based hand-held barcode scanners achieve robust readings. Recently, however, there has been growing interest in accessing barcodes with regular cellphone, rather than with a dedicated devices. Since cellphones are of ubiquitous use, this would enable a multitude of mobile applications. For example, a number of cellphone apps have appeared recently that provide access via barcode reading to the full characteristics and user review for a product found at a store. Unfortunately, cellphone camera images generated by low-grade lenses which produce blurred barcode images. Likewise, motion blur along with low ambient light make barcode reading difficult in certain situations.

Bio-Imaging Of Aldehyde Dehydrogenase Activity

Aldehyde Dehydrogenase (ALDH) activity is essential for generating cancer stem cells and drug resistance in cancer stem cells, which are the primary cause of treatment failure in oncology. Similarly, ALDH activity also plays a therapeutic role in a variety of inflammatory diseases and is needed for tissue regeneration and wound healing after a myocardial infarct, the detoxification of xenobiotics in the liver, the alleviation of pain, and the prevention of Parkinson’s disease. There is therefore great interest in developing small molecules that can inhibit or activate ALDH activity, however, this is currently challenging because of the inability to measure ALDH activity in cells.  The current method measures ALDH in cells indirectly, via ALDH substrates that are unable to distinguish between non-specific accumulation and genuine ALDH activity, and can only indirectly measure ALDH activity via flow cytometry.  UC Berkeley researchers have developed bio-imaging agents to image ALDH activity in cells. The new agents can spectrally distinguish between the small electronegativity differences between an aldehyde and a carboxylate and are exceptionally sensitive to changes in electronegativity.   

Faces: Art, And Computerized Evaluation Systems-A Feasibility Study Of The Application Of Face Recognition Technology To Works Of Portrait Art

Background: Portraits are not just forms of art; they usually identify important people and the artistic styles of that era. Currently, face recognition technologies for portraits do not exist and therefore, many great pieces in museums remain unidentified. Curators spend an excruciating amount of time, energy and already limited resources to identify paintings. A computer program that helps answer these questions will be beneficial not only for art identification-sakes but to discover the historical stories behind unknown paintings.  Brief Description: UCR researchers have developed a novel computerized system for identifying artists and artists’ styles. First, they fed known portraits into their algorithm for face recognition system training. Then, the Portrait Feature Space (PFS) feature analyzes the unknown portrait and looks for a match in the system. The system is able to learn artistic conventions, such as variation in brush strokes and facial proportion metrics, to compute a similarity score. Identity verification is a 2-step process where style modeling results in assigning the unknown portrait to a particular artist, then further authentication through analysis with known sitters.

A Video Based Hierarchical Vehicle Classification System

Background: Transportation and vehicle classification systems are becoming smarter and more automated. For example, electronic toll collection systems have been introduced and drivers are not required to stop, eliminating road delays. New technologies have also been added to these systems that enable service providers to acquire data on what type of vehicles are utilizing their amenities as well as vehicle identification for safety & control purposes.  Brief Description: UCR Researchers have developed a method and system for vehicle classification using video imaging. This novel invention entails a vehicle ground clearance measurement system along with a video camera that captures a travelling vehicle and categorizes it into a vehicle class. The cameras on current methods and systems rely on side views of the vehicle, which can easily be obstructed by other vehicles.

An integrated intraoperative diagnosis and therapy catheter system

In traditional cardiology and oncology, disease diagnosis and treatment are traditionally separate procedures resulting in increased costs and delayed treatment, which, in some cases, may increase morbidity. Therefore, a system that can diagnose and treat diseases simultaneously would greatly decrease costs and provide timely treatment, which may prevent death from the disease. Researchers in the Department of Engineering at UC Irvine, in collaboration with researchers at Shanghai Jio Tong University in China have invented a multimodal system for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and cardiac disease. Summary of development The present invention describes an intraoperative imaging and therapy catheter system for the accurate diagnosis and treatment of cancer and cardiac disease. This multimodal medical device combines imaging, cryosurgery, and thermal therapy thereby permitting accurate diagnosis and treatment of vulnerable plaques in blood vessels and various types of cancers. In addition, by adding low cost imaging modalities such as optical coherence tomography (OCT), ultrasound imaging, photoacoustic (PA) imaging, fluorescence imaging and thermal imaging, cryosurgery can be performed with much higher accuracy. Importantly, addition of these imaging systems enables accurate identification of lesion sites, precise depth of cryosurgery/heating probe placement, and the capability to monitor the extent of the freezing/heating process. Furthermore, the invention may include intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) facilitating visualization of cross-sectional images of the vessel wall, entire large lipid pools, and large tumor regions. These parameters are valuable for the guidance of cryoplasty regarding the treatment time, temperature and location.

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