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Below are this week's updates from the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices, including reminders about upcoming events. Have a story item or event you want shared? Email

UMD Transplant Organ Flight Named Invention of the Year

A pioneering drone flight carried out by University of Maryland (UMD) was recognized as the Invention of the Year at the 2019 Baltimore Awards. The April 19 flight, which successfully delivered a kidney for transplant to a waiting recipient, came about through a partnership among the University of Maryland Medical System, the Living Legacy Foundation, the UMD Department of Aerospace Engineering, and the UMD Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site
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Assessing the Neurological Damage of the Zika Virus on Unborn Babies

Zika virus (ZIKV) is an emerging pathogen which infected over 2 million people across 84 countries between 2014 and 2017. New research details the neurological damage that ZIKV causes babies infected while still in utero. Infections early in pregnancy lead to severe malformations in newborn babies including microcephaly and arthrogryposis (deformed joints). Infection later in pregnancy produces lower rates of microcephaly, but can still lead to tissue damage and developmental abnormalities. This recently completed project was supported by the University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation, a partner organization of the Fischell Institute. 
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Calendar Updates

Regulatory Education for Industry Clinical Investigator Training Course
November 12th - November 14th
University of Maryland, College Park

Innovation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
November 12th
Jeong H. Kim Building, University of Maryland
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