Biomedical Engineering NEWS

    April 2018
Annual Meeting abstracts due in 7 days!

Due May 1.

The Biomedical Engineering Society is now accepting abstracts for the 2018 BMES Annual Meeting which will take place in Atlanta, October 17-20.

The deadline to submit an abstract is May 1, 2018

CLICK HERE to submit your abstract.

For more information about the meeting, including special events, speakers, hotel & travel, and sponsorships & exhibit booths, please visit the Annual Meeting HOME PAGE.

During the 2018 Annual Meeting, the Society will celebrate its 50 th Anniversary. Special events will take place daily at the meeting honoring the milestone including:
  • Unveiling the 50th Anniversary Time Capsule
  • The past and present BMES presidents' panel discussion
  • Friday night dessert social
  • And much more
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BMES Professional Development Webinar Archive Available on Navigating Towards a Junior Faculty Position in STEM

The BMES Professional Development webinar series is a valuable benefit the Society offers members to enhance and grow professional skills. Don't miss your chance to register for the upcoming webinar below. Visit the BMES Education E-Learning   website to see the all the webinars available to members for free.

This webinar addresses the challenges academic women in STEM fields face in pursuing a junior faculty position in biomedical engineering (BME) and how to overcome challenges and support fulfilling and successful careers for all BMEs. It focuses on the early stages of preparing for a junior faculty position.
As women in the STEM field, the featured speakers share their perspectives and experiences and take questions from BME graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and their peers on what to know before applying for a junior faculty position, tips for navigating the application process, and ways to prepare for an interview. Access the Archive !
All live and archived webinars are free to BMES members, so take a moment to visit the  BMES Education E-Learning   website to learn more about all the professional development webinars offered by BMES. If you are not a BMES member, join now   to take advantage of this educational member benefit!  

Meeting which will take place in Atlanta, October 17-20.

BMES Award Applications 
Open  Through May 15

BMES recognizes individuals for their accomplishments, significant contributions and service to the Society and the field of biomedical engineering. BMES is now accepting nominations and applications for the following Awards:

BMES Mid-Career Award is a NEW award that recognizes meritorious achievements and energetic leadership in biomedical engineering. The achievements include scholarship, education, mentorship, or practice of biomedical engineering, as well as significant involvement and sustained contributions to BMES.

Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award is awarded each year to an individual to recognize outstanding achievements and leadership in the science and practice of biomedical engineering.

Diversity Lecture Award honors an individual, project, organization, or institution for outstanding contributions to improving gender and racial diversity in biomedical engineering.

Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Lecture Award is offered to stimulate research careers in biomedical engineering.

Career Development Awards are available to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, early career faculty, and early career professionals from underrepresented populations in biomedical engineering or involved in research and training focused on health disparities and minority health in biomedical engineering.

Student Travel Awards are available to support BMES student (undergraduate or graduate) members who are also members of a BMES student chapter to help attend the BMES Annual Meeting.
National Society of Black Engineers Student (NSBE) Travel Awards support NSBE student members. As part of the BMES-NSBE partnership, BMES supports attendance of NSBE members at the BMES Annual Meeting currently majoring in BME at the BS or PhD level.

For more information on these awards, including how to submit a nomination or apply, please visit and

Nominations and applications accepted online for the above listed awards through May 15, 2018.

2018 BMES Fellow Nominations Open Through May 15 

BMES is accepting Fellow nominations for the Class of 2018 Fellows. Being named a BMES Fellow is a level of professional distinction. BMES Fellows have demonstrated exceptional achievements and have made significant contributions within the biomedical engineering field and served within the Society.
Please visit to learn more regarding eligibility requirements and application process. All submissions are due by May 15, 2018.

BMES 2018 Undergraduate Design Competition 

The Biomedical Engineering Society's Undergraduate student members engaged in student design projects are encouraged to apply. All design team members must be BMES student members. The top 6 proposals will be chosen and those teams will be given an opportunity to present their work via presentations at the BMES 2018 Annual Meeting. APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY OPEN.

* Showcase the students' undergraduate design work
* Provide students an opportunity to present their innovations at BMES 2018 Annual Meeting
* Introduce students to the Biomedical Engineering Society
* Provide a chance to network with product development and design professionals in BME
* Six design teams will attend BMES 2018 and the top 3 will be selected as the winning teams.

Awardees will receive (Top 3 teams only)
* First place $3000
* Second place $1500
* Third place $500

To Access the Student Design Competition application, click here: BMES 2018 Design Competition Application

To Access the Judging Criteria, click here: BMES 2018 Design Competition Judging Criteria.pdf 

Important Information

1. The 2018 Design theme is Tissue Design focusing on interactions between medical devices.
2. All design team members MUST be BMES student members and BMES student chapter members in good standing.
3. Institutions may submit up to three teams. Excess entries by one institution will invalidate all entries by that institution.
4. All winners and non-winners will be notified by August 1st, 2018.

Please direct your inquiries/submit the application to Elizabeth Richards at


BMES 50th Anniversary Student Chapter Yearbook Challenge (Deadline extended)
Deadline: June 1st, 2018 
BMES will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2018 and the Society wants all the student chapter to have a chance to participate. 
We are encouraging our student chapters to participate in the Yearbook Challenge. For the project each student chapter will receive a designated page that will be published on the BMES website and be displayed at the meeting in Atlanta. 
Please use  this template  for your yearbook page and submit your document to All documents must be completed and submitted by the extended deadline, June 1st, 2018.
BMES Student Chapter Development Reports

Deadline June 1st
BMES Student Chapters are encouraged to submit their Chapter Development Reports annually. The Chapter Development Reports serve as a tool by which student chapters can monitor and assess their progress on an annual basis, as well as a mechanism for BMES to monitor the operations and activities of student chapters throughout the Society.
BMES chapters who submit their yearly CDR are eligible for funding for their programs.
For additional information, please visit

UW Bioengineer Deok-Ho Kim and team awarded Human Frontier Science Program Research Grant

University of Washington Bioengineering Associate Professor Deok-Ho Kim and a team of international collaborators were awarded a Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP) Research Grant to investigate the dynamics of collective cell migration on curved surfaces.

Their work aims to shed light on the mechanistic details underlying organism development and tissue repair, which could inform new and more effective approaches in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, according to a university article.

The HFSP Research Grants provide funding support to innovative, frontier research projects in life sciences that employ cutting-edge scientific and technological methodologies to study highly complex mechanisms in living organisms. The award specifically recognizes and encourages interdisciplinary research involving scientists from various countries to facilitate collaborations across borders and continents.

NIH awards $228,325 to advance development of magnetic resonance-compatible bio-recording system

A Purdue University-affiliated startup that is developing an affordable device to allow researchers and medical professionals to conduct MRI scans with increased efficiency, has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

MR-Link LLC of West Lafayette has secured the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I grant of $228,325. The goal of the program is to use federal funds to support scientific excellence and increase private sector commercialization of technological innovation, according to the university.

"This grant is validation for us that our idea is on the right track and there is a need for these kind of technologies that may help researchers to understand human physiology more accurately," said Ranajay Mandal, one of three MR-Link co-founders.

The coin-sized device works simultaneously with an MRI system to record electro-physiological signals and perform various imaging scans. The device allows researchers to record, stimulate and image the brain and other organs in synchronization the MRI system, allowing them and in the future, medical professionals, to understand patient's physiology more effectively.

Research at Case Western Reserve looks to accurately identify aggressive head and neck cancers

A Case Western Reserve-led research team will analyze computerized images of tissue samples for patterns which could become "biomarkers," or predictors, for determining relative risk for recurrence in one particularly common type of head and neck cancers, according to the university.

Those tumors, known as oropharyngeal cancers, occur primarily at the base of the tongue and in the tonsils, according to the announcement.

Currently, however, oncologists tend to treat all of these tumors with the same aggressive level of therapy. This is the case even though many of the oropharyngeal tumors which are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) tend to have favorable outcome-regardless of treatment-while another subset of the tumors progress and metastasize, or spread.

"Right now, it's a one-size-fits-all therapy for all of these patients with HPV head and neck cancers," said Anant Madabhushi said in the announcement. Madabhushi is the F. Alex Nason Professor II of Biomedical Engineering, founding director of the CCIPD at the Case School of Engineering and primary investigator in the new research and a BMES member.

Columbia engineers grow functional human cartilage in lab

Researchers at Columbia Engineering have successfully grown fully functional human cartilage in vitro from human stem cells derived from fat tissue, the university announced.

The study, which demonstrates new ways to better mimic the enormous complexity of tissue development, regeneration, and disease, is published in the April 28 Early Online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), according to the article.

"We've been able-for the first time-to generate fully functional human cartilage from mesenchymal stem cells by mimicking in vitro the developmental process of mesenchymal condensation," said Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, who led the study and is the Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia Engineering and professor of medical sciences. Vunjak-Novakovic is a BMES fellow.

"This could have clinical impact, as this cartilage can be used to repair a cartilage defect, or in combination with bone in a composite graft grown in lab for more complex tissue reconstruction," she said in the article.

Nano implants for the spine get FDA approval

Nano implant technology developed by BMES Fellow Thomas Webster and BMES member Chang Yao has been cleared by the FDA, according to Nanovis, the company producing the tehcnoloy.

Nanovis, announced the successful FDA clearance of its FortiCore TLIF and PLIF interbodies featuring a Nanosurface-enhanced deeply porous titanium scaffold intermolded with a PEEK core.

"Implant nano surface science has advanced from the early days when we simply created nanoroughness for implants because tissues have nanoroughness," Webster said. "Now we understand the mechanisms by which nanotopographies can interact with cellular signaling pathways. I'm delighted that with Nanovis' implants, patients can now benefit from a carefully designed and controlled nanotopography that harnesses this groundbreaking research." Webster is the Chemical Engineering Department Chair at Northeastern University.

Webster and Yao were early pioneers in the use of nanosurfaces to enhance bone growth.

Northwestern researchers develop 3D-printed vascular stents

Researchers at Northwestern University have designed a new 3D printer to create solid and biodegradable structures like vascular stents, according to a recent publication.

The technique, call Mircro-Continuous Liquid Interface Production (microClip), was highlighted in a recent Materials Today article.
The researchers also published a paper about their work in the journal Materials Today Chemistry.

While stents are effective at improving patients' lives, the devices do have issues such as causing inflammation or causing future blockage, according to the article.

"The need for improved manufacturing techniques and materials to create personalized medical devices to improve the outcome of medical procedures," was the stimulus leading to the development of the new technique, Guillermo Ameer said in the article. Ammeer is a BMES fellow and he worked with BMES member Cheng Sun.

Vanderbilt BME students repair medical devices at four Guatemala hospitals during spring break

Vanderbilt biomedical engineering undergraduates spent their 2018 break week in Guatemala, working alongside 30 engineering students and their professors from a Guatemala university repairing medical equipment at four hospitals, according to a university article.

It was the sixth trip with BME students since Associate Dean Cynthia Paschal began offering the service learning course in 2008, according to the article. Paschal is a BMES member.

The Vanderbilt students brought expertise in biomedical engineering and devices; the students from the School of Engineering at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG) have a solid foundation in electronics and mechatronics.

In teams, they worked at four hospitals.

Prior to the trip, students were assigned to find manuals for equipment they knew they'd work on, assemble parts, and, for two students, devise a rigorous inventory system, according to the article.


Support the BMES Time Capsule: 

As part of the Biomedical Engineering Society's 50 th Anniversary celebration, the Society is fabricating a time capsule which will be displayed in the National Museum of Health and Medicine until it is opened in 2068.

The time capsule will be on display at the 2018 BMES Annual Meeting in Atlanta. At that meeting, we will fill it with artifacts and seal it.

As part of the time capsule project, BMES is offering plaques to be attached to the time capsule. All money raised in this effort will go to student programs at BMES. The 2"x2" or 4"x4" tile plaques can either have a custom inscription or a logo/image engraved on them.

To learn more and to 
purchase a tile please visit: .


January 1 - 5, 2019
2019 Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Conference
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Coronado (San Diego), CA
More information coming soon!

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