Biomedical Engineering NEWS

    August 2017
2017 BMES Annual Meeting: Early-Bird Registration Discounts Expire August 30

Early-bird registration discounts for the 2017 BMES Annual Meeting: Phoenix, expire August 30. Register by Wednesday August 30 for significant savings. 

The meeting will be held October 11-14 and we'll feature hundreds of research presentations, exceptional keynote addresses and dozens of career enhancement seminars.

CLICK HERE for registration information and to register online.

CLICK HERE for hotel information and to reserve your room online.

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Register by August 30 and take advantage of discounted early-bird rates.

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BMES 2017 Class of Fellows Announced

2016 Class of Fellows
The Biomedical Engineering Society is proud to announce its 2017 Class of Fellows. 

This year's class includes 20 members who were nominated by their peers.

Fellow status is awarded to Society members who demonstrate exceptional achievements in the field of biomedical engineering, and a record of membership and participation in the Society.

"This year's class truly exemplifies what it means to be a BMES Fellow. In addition to conducting ground-breaking research, BMES Fellows are leaders in education, promoting diversity and supporting all fields of science." said Lori Setton, BMES President.

BMES Fellows are invited to pursue leadership positions within the Society and work to improve the future of BMES. Fellows also play an integral role in supporting the field of biomedical engineering.

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BMES and AIMBE offer travel awards for Public Policy Institute  
The BMES Minority Network program will offer travel awards for underrepresented minorities to attend AIMBE's Public Policy Institute in Washington, DC, October 30 to 31, 2017.

Up to 20 underrepresented minority undergraduate students, graduate students and postdocs will receive awards to attend the Public Policy Institute for Rising Leaders workshop.
This 2-day workshop offers training in regulatory science and public health policy.

Rally for Medical Research set for Sept. 13 and 14 in DC
Held every September, this Capitol Hill Day event includes more than 300 national organizations coming together in support of the Rally for Medical Research.

The purpose of the Rally is to call on our nation's policymakers to make funding for National Institutes of Health (NIH) a national priority and raise awareness about the importance of continued investment in medical research that leads to more progress, more hope and more lives saved.

2018 Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Conference
Ocean Reef Club - Key Largo, FL
January 2 - 6, 2018
Conference Abstract Submission Deadline:   August 28, 2017
Hotel Reservation Now Open!
Reservation Deadline:   December 1, 2017
(or until the room block is full, whichever comes first)

Research abstracts for ABRCMS 2017 due Sept. 8
When you present your research and findings at the 2017 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students ( ABRCMS), you'll join one of the largest communities of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for a one-of-a-kind experience.

Submit your abstract for an oral or poster presentation, and join fellow researchers November 1-4, 2017, in Phoenix.

Abstract submission deadline: September 8, 2017

Your participation at ABRCMS will allow you to:
*        develop your presentation skills,
*        expand your scientific and professional development through innovative sessions,
*        interact with peers through multiple networking opportunities, and
*        learn about graduate schools, summer research opportunities, and postdoctoral fellowships through the robust exhibits program.

Students who submit an abstract may also be eligible to apply for a travel award. The travel award can help offset the costs of attending the conference and make it easier for you to join us!

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BMES undergraduate design competition - top 6 teams presenting in Phoenix

BMES received 11 Design Competition applications from several Universities. BMES thanks all design team members for participating in this year's Undergraduate Design Competition.

The top 6 teams presenting in Phoenix are Johns Hopkins University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Purdue University, University of Maryland, Florida Institute of Technology and Virginia Commonwealth University. 

All six design teams have been invited to attend BMES 2017 and present their work via oral presentations. The teams will compete to become one of the Top 3 winning teams receiving a monetary award First $3000, Second place $1500 and Third place $500. 

BMES announces student chapter awardees

Congratulations to the 2017 Student Chapter awardees which include Outstanding Student Chapter awardee University of California, San Diego, Commendable Achievement awardee Arizona State University, Outstanding Mentoring Achievement awardee Clemson University, Outstanding Outreach Program awardee University of Pennsylvania and Outstanding Chapter-Industry awardee University of Maryland.

We look forward to providing each chapter its plaque on Saturday, October 14th during the Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Lecture & Diversity Award winner Plenary Session; 10:30-12:30pm in Phoenix.
BMES student chapter tables

Student Chapter tables are currently available, at the BMES 2017 Annual Meeting. As a reminder these tables are to be used by chapters to showcase their 'project-in-a box' outreach projects. 

Please sign up as soon as possible as spaces are filling fast!  Contact for more details

BMES launches online membership directory  
Registration Now Open for Webinar on BME ABET Accreditation
The BMES Professional Development webinar series is a valuable benefit the Society offers members to enhance and grow professional skills. Take a moment to review the upcoming webinar below and visit the  BMES Education E-Learning   website to view the full webinar schedule and list of archived webinars available to members.
August 31, 2017 at 3:00pm Eastern
On this webinar, BMES Accreditation Activities Committee members will share updates and experiences on ABET EAC accreditation. This includes expectations of self-study reports and team campus visits. This information is targeted toward current-year BME Program Evaluators and also useful for departmental faculty leading and participating in accreditation efforts. Register today!
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!

Student Teams Gather for BMES Coulter College
Another successful BMES Coulter College program kicked off in Atlanta this month with 12 student teams participating and over 80 students, senior design faculty, clinicians, designers, and business advisors in attendance. From August 3rd to August 6th, rising undergraduate seniors from BME programs across the country came together in a creative environment to learn how to evaluate the best point of leverage within a given clinical need and understand how to evaluate possible solutions. By the end of the program, students developed a better understanding of how to balance providing clinical benefits alongside a viable commercial model.
On the last two days of the program student teams presented their designs and final projects in a venture capital pitch competition and the top teams received awards. BMES would like to recognize the winners and congratulate all the teams for their thought provoking presentations.
Thank you to the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation for a grant to support the program and to all those who participated in making BMES Coulter College a success.
Team 1 - Best Overall Venture Capital Pitch
Faculty Advisor: Mark Palmeri - Duke University; Students: Jemimah Aslarona - The City College of New York, Brad Trenteseaux - University of Maine, Patrick McNeil - University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Samantha Sun - University of Washington
Team 5 - Best Venture Capital Pitch in Rehabilitation
Faculty Advisor: Jeffrey Garanich - The City College of New York; Students: Jacob Stevens - Grand Valley State University, Santiago Jose Cifuentes Almanza - Universidad de los Andes, Mackenzie Wilderman - University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz, Freddie Ventura - University of Texas-Arlington
Team 11 - Best Venture Capital Pitch in Vision
Faculty Advisor: Cassandra Howard - University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz; Students: Petek Sener - Duke University, Michael Deprest - Texas A&M, Amanda Meriwether - University of Texas-Austin, Robert Trevino - University of Texas-San Antonio
Team 10 - Best Overall Design
Faculty Advisor: Juan Carlos Briceno - Universidad de los Andes; Students: Sarah Jacobs - Duke University, Elaine Chinn - Texas A&M, Jacob Rodenbusch - University of Texas-Austin, Mckenna Brown - University of Texas-San Antonio
Team 5 - Best in Rehabilitation Design
Faculty Advisor: Jeffrey Garanich - The City College of New York; Students: Jacob Stevens - Grand Valley State University, Santiago Jose Cifuentes Almanza - Universidad de los Andes, Mackenzie Wilderman - University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz, Freddie Ventura - University of Texas-Arlington
Team 2 - Best in Breast Cancer Design
Faculty Advisor: Alan Brewer - Texas A&M; Students: Tala Azar - The City College of New York, Michael Maier - University of Maine, Alexander Halliwell - University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Brittni Burgess - University of Washington
Get your Annual Meeting Exhibit Booth or Sponsorship Now!

Our exhibit floor is nearly sold out and just a few sponsorship opportunities remain.
Please visit to secure your exhibit booth or sponsorship today. There are also advertising opportunities available.
Remaining sponsorships include:
  • Celebration of Minorities in BME Luncheon - Sponsor prominently acknowledged by BMES President at event attended by more than 150 people. Sponsor logo displayed at event. Sponsor may have 2 minute of podium time at start of event
  • ReCharge Kiosk - BMES will offer a ReCharge kiosk for attendee to get a quick "jump start" for mobile devices, laptops and tablets that are about to run out of battery power. The station will be located in a high traffic area of the convention center. 1 large video screen sign on kiosk plays 3 images/ads of sponsor's choosing (Logo, booth
  • number, so on)
  • Track Sponsorships - Sponsor name/logo prominently displayed on technical track announcement signs. Sponsors may choose which specific technical track to sponsor. These podium sessions are among the highest attended events at the meeting.
  • And more
Please visit to view all the booth, sponsor and advertising options or email for more information.

Michigan researchers grow three-dimensional lung tissue

Michigan University researchers have successfully coaxed stem cells to grow into three-dimensional lung tissue which could be useful in future cell-based therapies that repair damaged lungs by cultivating new, healthy tissue, according to a university article.
Michigan researchers grew the tissue by injecting stem cells into a specially developed biodegradable scaffold, then implanting the device in mice, where the cells grew and matured into lung tissue, according to the article.
The team's findings were published in the Nov. 1 issue of the journal eLife.

Nanomaterials for targeting circulating tumor cells highlighted in CMBE journal

In the latest issue of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, Editor-in-Chief Michael King and coauthor Zhenjiang Zhang of Vanderbilt University assess the state-of-the-art in nanomaterials technology for capturing and targeting circulating tumor cells.

This review was published through the Open Access option, and is available to all readers without a subscription.
Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering recently received their latest, 2016 ISI Impact Factor of 2.535, representing the highest impact factor for the journal and an increase of 60% from the previous year.

Inkjet-printed tool enables sensitive diagnostic testing in point-of-care settings

Duke University researchers have created a portable diagnostic tool that can detect telltale markers of disease as accurately as the most sensitive tests on the market, while cutting the wait time for results from hours or even days to 15 minutes, the university announced.

Created by inkjet-printing an array of antibodies onto a glass slide with a nonstick polymer coating, the diagnostic tool, called the D4 assay, is a self-contained test that can detect low levels of antigens, the protein markers of a disease, from a single drop of blood, according to the article.

Tulane researchers honored with national stem award

Two Tulane scientists and a graduate student are among 40 national winners of the 2017 Inspiring Leaders in STEM Award, which honors professionals from underrepresented groups who have made a difference in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, according to a Tulane article.

The winners - psychology professor Michael Cunningham, biomedical engineering associate professor Michael Moore and doctoral student Katherine Elfer - will be featured with the other recipients in the September 2017 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.
Moore and Elfer are BMES members.

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