Biomedical Engineering NEWS

    August 2018
Annual Meeting: 
Early-Bird Registration Due September 5

Registration is now open for the 2018 BMES Annual Meeting: Atlanta. The meeting will be held October 17-20 and we'll feature hundreds of research presentations, exceptional keynote addresses and dozens of career enhancement seminars.

The Society will also celebrate its 50th Anniversary, with special events every day of the meeting.

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BMES 2018 class of fellows announced

2017 Class of fellows
The Biomedical Engineering Society is proud to announce its 2018 Class of Fellows. This year's class includes 21 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.
"As researchers, educators and leaders, this year's class of BMES Fellows represents every range of achievement and accomplishment in our field," said BMES President Lori Setton.
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.
The Class of 2018 joins 144 other BMES Fellows who have been recognized for their outstanding work and leadership.
The Class of 2018 Fellows will be recognized during the BMES Annual Meeting held this October 17-20, in Atlanta.

2019 CMBE Conference
January 2 - 6, 2019
Loews Coronado Bay Resort
Coronado (San Diego), CA
Hotel Room Block Now Open!
Abstract Submission Open!
Abstract Submission Deadline August 29, 2018
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2019 BMES/FDA Frontiers in Medical Devices Conference
March 19 - 21, 2019
College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
at the University of Maryland
Hyattsville, MD
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Council of Chairs
Registration Now Open for Artificial Intelligence Professional Development Webinar
The BMES Professional Development webinar series is a valuable benefit the Society offers members. The webinars will help you be successful regardless of your membership level. All upcoming and archived webinars are free to BMES members.

BMES Webinar: Artificial Intelligence Applied to Healthcare
August 30, 2018 at 1:00pm Eastern

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a major area of interest across a wide variety of fields with healthcare being no exception. In this webinar, John Showalter, CPO of Jvion, and John Axerio-Cilies, COO of Arterys will speak about how each of their organizations apply AI to the healthcare industry and give their views on where the field is heading. Click here to learn more and to register today!
Click here for the webinar flyer
Take a moment to visit the BMES Education E-Learning website to learn more about archived and upcoming professional development webinars offered by BMES and take advantage of this educational member benefit!
Student Teams Gather in Minneapolis at Medtronic for BMES Coulter College
BMES Coulter College convened August 2-5, 2018 at Medtronic in Minneapolis, MN, where students who completed the program were named Coulter Design Scholars. Over 80 students, design faculty, clinicians, designers, and business advisors were in attendance. 

BMES Coulter College is a training program focused on translation of biomedical innovations and for the first time this year was hosted by an industry partner, Medtronic. The core focus of this year's program was the design of new medical technologies with emphasis on health disparities and resource-constrained design. The program is supported by funding from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.
Twelve teams of undergraduate rising senior students from universities across the United States and abroad were selected to participate: Brown University, Indiana University Purdue University - Indianapolis (IUPUI), Milwaukee School of Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Stony Brook University, Universidad de los Andes, University of Arkansas, University of California-Santa Cruz, University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Virginia Commonwealth University.
The new industry partnership with Medtronic provided participants with an introduction to medical technology design in industry and gave teams the opportunity to tour two Medtronic facilities. The teams also toured the University of Minnesota's Bakken Medical Devices Center and Visible Heart Laboratory.
In a creative environment, mentors in key design areas guided the student teams through a highly dynamic process designed to help them better understand how innovations can meet clinical needs, while providing tools and approaches used to develop novel solutions for clinical problems. At 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, the student teams presented their designs and final projects in a venture capital pitch competition. The top teams received awards and Brown University, the overall winning team, is invited to present during the Engineering Solutions to Health Care Disparities Session on October 19th in Atlanta, GA at the 2018 BMES Annual Meeting.

2018 BMES Coulter College Winners
Best Design and Best Venture Capital Pitch for Hypertension - Brown University
Students: Colette Bare, Emily Borkowski, Adriana Trejo-Sheu, Kelly Williams
Faculty Advisor: Celinda Kofron
Best Design and Best Venture Capital Pitch for Stroke - University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz
Students: Dylan Carlson, Michaela Pott, Karla Sabio, Joshua Volkman
Faculty Advisor: Cassandra Howard
Best Design and Best Venture Capital Pitch for Chronic Pain - University of Wisconsin-Madison
Students: Raven Brenneke, Caroline Brumley, Callie Mataczynski, Lauren Ross
Faculty Advisor: Aaron Suminski
AIMBE Public Policy Institute for Students & Post Docs: Travel Awards Available
An unmatched learning opportunity for students and post docs to broaden their perspective on the public policies shaping medical innovation is approaching. Participate in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering's (AIMBE) highly acclaimed Policy Institute ( and engage with biotech industry leaders.
AIMBE is hosting a Public Policy Training Institute for Rising Leaders on October 29-30, 2018 in Washington, DC. Participants will learn from Washington insiders about the role of policy in shaping the scientific enterprise. Top government officials, industry representatives, and senior leaders at the FDA will lead discussions.
Keynote Speaker:
*              Keith Yamamoto, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy Director, UCSF Precision Medicine
Highlighted Speakers:
*              Ed Margerrison, Ph.D., Director, Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA
*              Grace Peng, Ph.D., Director of Computational Modeling, Simulation and Analysis, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), National Institutes of Health
*              Mahlet Mesfin, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Center for Science Diplomacy, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
*              Brenda Huneycutt, PhD, JD, MPH, Director, Regulatory Innovation, FasterCures
*              Joshua D. Sarnoff, J.D., Law Professor, DePaul University and Former Director, Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology
*              Ashley W. Wittorf, Executive Director, AdvaMed Accel; Global Head, Investor Relations
*              Jacob Carter Ph.D., Research Scientist, Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists
Contact Sarah Mandell ( to reserve your space. Space is extremely limited. Registration is $395. AIMBE is proud to partner with BMES to offer Travel Awards for Underrepresented Minorities. More information is available online at .
BMES 2018 Annual Meeting Undergraduate Design Competition - top teams presenting in Atlanta
BMES received Design Competition applications from several Universities, this year. We want to thank all design team members for participating in this year's BMES Undergraduate Design Competition.

The teams presenting in Atlanta at the Annual Meeting are 
  • Clemson University, 
  • Johns Hopkins University, 
  • Louisiana Technological University and 
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (with 3 entries). 

All six design teams have been invited to attend BMES 2018 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 2018 Annual Meeting Student Chapter Awardees
Congratulations to the 2018 Student Chapter awardees which include 
  • Outstanding Student Chapter awardee University Southern California, 
  • Commendable Achievement awardee San Jose State University,
  • Outstanding Mentoring Achievement awardee University of California, Davis, 
  • Outstanding Outreach Program awardee University of California Los Angeles and 
  • Outstanding Chapter-Industry awardee Purdue University.

Please continue to congratulate all of our chapters for their continued achievements. We look forward to providing each chapter their plaque on Friday, October 19 during the Walter H. Coulter Award for Healthcare Innovation Plenary Session; 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM in Atlanta.

BMES 50th Anniversary Student Chapter Jeopardy Tournament

BMES would like to invite our BMES student chapters to participate in the 50th Anniversary Student Jeopardy Tournament which will consist of teams of students from student chapters across the country representing their universities in a jeopardy style tournament. 

Question topics will include biomedical engineering coursework facts and 50 years of BMES history. It will be a fun, fast-paced, and friendly competition,

Our deadline for submission is September 1st.
For any questions, please contact

Researchers create 3D model to better understand the mitral valve

In the current issue of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, BMES members at the University of Texas, Austin share their research create 3D model to better understand the mitral valve.

The article is titled: The Three-Dimensional Microenvironment of the Mitral Valve: Insights into the Effects of the Physiological Load.

The article is a result of experimental and computational research from Professor Michael Sacks' Willerson Center for Cardiovascular Modeling and Simulation. Sacks is a BMES member.

In a U of Texas article, BMES member Salma Ayoub, the paper's first author and 2018 doctoral graduate to learn more, talked about the team's research.

"The question that led to this paper started with Dr. Sacks asking us what the cells of the mitral valve sense and what surrounds them. In order to further tissue engineering in this field we need to know the answers to these questions," Ayoub said in the article.

Suzie Pun Elected to Washington State Academy Of Sciences 2018

Suzie Pun, the Washington University Robert F. Rushmer Professor of Bioengineering, was elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences in 2018.

The members were selected for "their outstanding record of scientific achievement and willingness to work on behalf of the academy in bringing the best available science to bear on issues within the state of Washington," according to the organization.

Pun, along with 14 other UW faculty, will be formally inducted at the organization's annual meeting at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Pun is a BMES member.

Duke Researchers Create Model of Active Placenta

Duke University professor George Truskey has collaborated with researchers at the Duke University School of Medicine to create a model of the human placenta that will help researchers study preterm birth issues such as pre-eclampsia, according to a university article.

One of the reasons researchers don't understand pregnancy well is they don't understand the human placenta, which is extremely complex," Liping Feng, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology said in the article. Feng, who studies pregnancy complications and improving pregnancy outcomes, said: "The placenta is one of the most under-studied organs because we lack a model for research."
Feng approached Truskey to help with the project because of his expertise in microfluidics-the manipulation of small amounts of fluid-and his pioneering research in engineering model tissues and blood vessels, according to the article.

Truskey is a BMES fellow and a former president of the Society.

Barabino Awarded Nobcche Chemical Engineering Award

The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers will present its 2018 Dr. Joseph N. Cannon Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering to Gilda A. Barabino, dean of The City College of New York's Grove School of Engineering this fall.

The award recognizes her excellent achievements in chemical engineering. Barabino is a Biomedical Engineering Society Fellow and past president.

Barabino will be honored at NOBCChE's annual awards ceremony on September 20 in Orlando, Florida, according to a City College announcement. The prize is named for NOBCChE co-founder Joseph Cannon, a noted chemical engineer and Howard University professor.

U of Akron Biomedical Engineer Looks to Improve Cancer Treatment

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding the research of a University of Akron (UA) scientist that could lead to more effective cancer treatment, the university announced.

Dr. Hossein Tavana and students in his Tissue Engineering Microtechnologies lab recently developed and patented a method to make 3D cultures of clustered cancer cells (called spheroids) that better mimic tumors in the body than the 2D cultures used in traditional methods (in which a thin layer of cells is treated on a flat, plastic dish), ultimately allowing for more accurate drug testing, according to the article.

This resulted from a 2013 NIH grant to Tavana, an associate professor of biomedical engineering in UA's College of Engineering.
Tavana is a BMES member.

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