Biomedical Engineering NEWS

    April 2019
BMES Annual Meeting - Philadelphia

Abstracts for the 2019 BMES Annual Meeting in Philadelphia are due May 1.

The October 16-19, 2019 meeting in Philadelphia promises to be a memorable one for the Society. 

In addition to a slate of diverse tracks, symposia, career events, and networking opportunities; the Friday night dessert bash will be held at the Franklin Institute Science Museum. 

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Laurencin and Vunjak-Novakovic named to American Academy Of Arts And Sciences

Two BMES fellows are among the new class of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the organization announced this week.

Cato T. Laurencin, Univesity of Connecticut, and Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Columbia University are members of the new class of more than 200 members.
Members are recognized for outstanding achievements of individuals in academia, the arts, business, government, and public affairs.

BMES 2019 Awards and Nominations Now Open - Deadline to apply 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. BMES awards include:
  • Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award
  • Diversity Lecture Award
  • BMES Mid-Career Award
  • Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Lecture Award
  • 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 and Student Chapter Awards
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2019 BMES Annual Meeting High School Expo & Poster Competition - Call For HS student applications

The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) is inviting junior and senior high school students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in science and engineering to apply to attend the High School Biomedical Engineering Expo at the 2019 BMES Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on Thursday, October 17, 2019.

Students will have the opportunity to connect with biomedical engineers, students, faculty and industry, get exposure to the biomedical engineering field, and share projects they are working on related to life sciences (biology, chemistry, biotechnology, healthcare), biomedical engineering, or bioengineering. 

Those selected to present will be eligible for a poster award competition at the Expo and prizes will be awarded to the top three winners.

Johns Hopkins researchers advance creation of 'artificial lymph node' to fight cancer, other diseases

In a proof-of-principle study in mice, scientists at Johns Hopkins Medicine report the creation of a specialized gel that acts like a lymph node to successfully activate and multiply cancer-fighting immune system T-cells, the university announced.

The work puts scientists a step closer, they say, to injecting such artificial lymph nodes into people and sparking T-cells to fight disease, according to the article.

UTSA researchers and oncologists develop protein cancer atlas to accelerate personalized medicine for leukemia patients

To improve the survival rate of acute myelogenous leukemia patients, researchers at UTSA and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center created an online atlas to identify and classify protein signatures present at AML diagnosis.

The new protein classifications will help researchers and clinicians recommend better treatment and personalized medicine for patients suffering from this aggressive cancer, which occurs in the blood and bone marrow, according to a University of Texas at San Antonio article. The breakthrough research is published in the latest April issue of Nature Biomedical Engineering.

Penn State researchers win $1.5 million grant to build multimodal optical microscope

Penn State University researchers won a $1.5 million grant to construction a new multimodal optical microscope, SCATTIRSTORM, that could enable more efficient bioenergy production, the university announced.

The U.S. Department of Energy grant was awarded to three Penn State researchers, according to the article. The researchers will use the microscope for high-precision investigation into the enzyme cellulase, important because it degrades cellulose, a structural component of plant cell walls and the most abundant polymer on Earth, the article states.

Purdue-developed technology that helps visually impaired see digital images presented on Capitol Hill

HaptImage LLC, a Purdue Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering-affiliated startup, presented an assistive technology that helps people with visual impairments "see" digital images at the 2019 University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Showcase in Washington, D.C.

The event is held annually by the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities to highlight federally funded university research that advances entrepreneurship, innovation and economic opportunities.

Startups were selected on criteria including the use of federal research funds to create and commercialize technologies to improve lives and contribute to the global society.

U of Michigan researchers explore new method of bone and soft tissue regeneration

University of Michigan researchers are exploring a potential therapy for bone and soft tissue regeneration, according to a recent announcement. Marrying high-intensity focused ultrasound with genetically modified cells may spur bone and soft tissue regeneration.

Mario Fabiilli, Ph.D., a research assistant professor of radiology and Renny Franceschi, Ph.D., a professor of periodontics and oral medicine at U-M, co-lead a team that explored a potential therapy for bone and soft tissue regeneration, according to the article.
Their research was recently published in the journal Biomaterials. Fabiilli is a BMES member.

Michigan State wins $1.8 million NIH grant to improve brain implants

Michigan State University has landed a $1.8 million National Institutes for Health R01 grant to improve brain implants used to treat Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, depression and traumatic injuries, according to the university.

The implants decipher complex chemical and electrical input and output that allow patients to bring parts of their brain and body back online, according to the announcement.

BMES Student Chapter Development Reports
BMES is currently accepting Chapter Development Reports submissions.

All BMES student chapters are encouraged to submit a CDR annually. 

Chapters that submit a CDR are eligible to apply for BMES Grant Funding for their programs. Deadline is June 1, 2019.

Please send CDRs to and your subject line should state "CDR for [Insert University name]".

For additional questions or information on applying please visit or contact

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