Biomedical Engineering NEWS

    December 2018
Happy New Year! 
Thank you for making 2018 a great year

As 2018 comes to an end, we would like to thank our members for making this one of the most successful years ever for the Biomedical Engineering Society. 

From the largest Annual Meeting ever, to the 50th Anniversary celebration, 2018 was a historic year for the Society. 

All the success is thanks to our members - you support BMES events, volunteer to assist with BMES committees and activities and are leaders in the BME community. This is what makes BMES such a strong organization.  

And, 2019 is set to be another great year for BMES. We have a number of meetings planned throughout the year, including our Annual Meeting in Philadelphia this October. 

We also have a great slate of activities and resources for 2019 including new webinars, student chapter events, career enhancement activities, industry-focused sessions and much more. 

One great way to get 2019 started is by reserving your exhibit booth for the Annual Meeting. Reserve by January 31 and you will receive one extra full registration for the meeting free. Another way? Make a year-end, tax deductible contribution to BMES to help support even more member related activities in 2019

BMES members among new class of 
AAAS fellows

Three BMES members are among the new class of fellows elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science organization.
Guillermo A. Ameer, Northwestern University; Karen J.L. Burg, University of Georgia; and Aydogan Ozcan, University of Califormnia, Los Angeles were named to the 2018 class, according to AAAS.
The organization named 416 of its members the lifetime honor of being an elected Fellow in recognition of their extraordinary achievements in advancing science.
The Fellows will be recognized at the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. During a Fellows Forum on Feb. 16, they will be presented with an official certificate and the AAAS Fellows' gold and blue rosette pin, the colors of which represent the fields of science and engineering respectively.
This year's Fellows, who represent a broad swath of scientific disciplines, were selected for diverse accomplishments that include pioneering research, leadership within their field, teaching and mentoring, fostering collaborations and advancing public understanding of science. 

New drug application could stop spread of brain cancer cells

A team of researchers at Virginia Tech, are developing a solution to stop the spreading of cancer cells due to interstitial fluid flow.

In people who have glioblastoma, the deadliest form of brain cancer, this fluid has a much higher pressure, causing it to move fast and forcing cancer cells to spread, according to an article about the research. And a common cancer therapy, which inserts a drug directly into the tumor with a catheter, can make this fluid move even faster.

The Virginia Tech team, led by Jennifer Munson, an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics in the College of Engineering, are working on the a solution to stop the cancer cell spread, according to the article. Munson is a BMES member.

In an article published on Nov. 19 in Scientific Reports, Chase Cornelison, lead author and a postdoctoral researcher at Virginia Tech, details the use of a drug that Munson's team found can block the way cancer cells respond to fluid flow. This work is part of a Munson-led five-year research grant project across multiple universities, examining the role of interstitial fluid flow in the spread of glioma cells, the article states. Interstitial fluid is the fluid that surrounds cells in the body.

Watch Select 2018 Annual Meeting Sessions On-Demand 

BMES members can listen to select 2018 BMES Annual Meeting recordings available on-demand. The latest recorded sessions include: 

* NIH Funding Panel Session 
* BMES-NSF Special Session on CAREER and UNSOLICITED Awards 
* BMES-NSF Special Session on Graduate Research Fellowships Program 
* BMES Student Chapter - Outstanding Chapter Best Practices (coming soon) 
* BMES Student Chapter - Mentoring, Outreach and Chapter-Industry Best Practices (coming soon) 
* BMES Undergraduate Student Design Competition (coming soon) 

To access the 2018 and all previously recorded sessions, log on to BMES then click Annual Meeting Recordings. We encourage you to complete corresponding session evaluations posted with the recordings to let us know your feedback on the sessions you view.

Ohio State: Gallego-Perez earns NIH high risk, high rewards research grant

Biomedical Engineering Assistant Professor Daniel Gallego-Perez has won a National Institutes of Health Director's New Innovator Award, the university announced.

The NIH recently announced 89 research grants from its High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program. This award supports exceptionally creative early career investigators who propose innovative, high-impact projects.

The program catalyzes scientific discovery by supporting compelling, high-risk biomedical research proposals that may struggle in the traditional peer review process despite their transformative potential. Program applicants are encouraged to think outside-the-box and to pursue creative, trailblazing ideas in any area of research relevant to the NIH mission.

Gallego-Perez, BMES member, will use $2.3 million in total funding to build on earlier studies that demonstrated how tissue nanotransfection (TNT) can convert skin cells into blood vessels and nerve cells, according to the announcement. Results of that regenerative medicine study appeared in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. The novel approach under development may be used to repair injured tissue or restore function of aging tissue, including organs, blood vessels and nerve cells.

Duke Engineering Design Pod gives engineering students opportunity to learn the design process

A program at Duke University that provides engineering students with practical design experiences is now requirement for engineering students.

The Pratt School of Engineering's First-Year Design Experience was developed to immediately provide incoming engineering students with practical design experience, according to the university.

The course is co-led by Ann Saterbak, the winner of the Theo C. Pilkington Outstanding Educator Award from the Biomedical Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education and professor of the practice in biomedical engineering, and Sophia Santillan, an assistant professor of the practice in mechanical engineering and materials science. Saterbak is a BMES member.

"There's a real opportunity at Duke to affect engineering on a wide scale with a first-year experience applicable to all engineering students," Saterbak said in a university article. "Engineering schools for a long time have introduced design concepts with wooden-stick bridge projects and the like. What's been missing is the client, and understanding how an engineer works to solve real problems for a real person or organization."

UC San Diego Chapter presents Brain Puzzle project

At the 2018 BMES Annual Meeting in Atlanta, the Outreach Committee at the University of California, San Diego presented a Brain Puzzle project.

The project aims to educate students about the different parts of the brain, as well as demonstrate the importance of each part to the brain as a whole. It consists of 3D printed puzzle pieces of different lobes of the brain, which magnetically connect to an acrylic board attached to a battery.

When students assembled the parts of the brain in the correct order onto the board, a small light at the top of the board would light up.
This project demonstrates that in order for our brains to perform everyday functions such as walking, eating, or giving them the mental capacity to complete this puzzle, all parts of the brain must be working properly and in unison.

The project was presented by UCSD BMES at the 2017 San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering.

USC 2019 Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering Makethon
The Makeathon is like a hackathon for designers instead of coders. In 30 hours, 15 teams of 4-5 members will brainstorm, design, and create a device under specific rules and guidelines, such as material and functional constraints. After eight hours, teams will present preliminary designs to a panel of judges who will deliberate and give feedback to the students based on their initials designs and prototypes.
Next, each team moves on to fabrication, and they will utilize USC's Fabrication Lab as well as 3D printers to construct their designs from a variety of materials and methods. All teams will prepare a final presentation to be delivered to the panel of judges as well as to the rest of the students that will cover design motivations, device functionality, impact on the field or on client needs, as well as other device- and field-related information.
USC is currently seeking additional donations to help make this event a reality. If you support this cause, please consider donating to its Ignite crowdfunding campaign .
FIU BMES Robotic Humanoid Hand & Forearm
The Florida International University Biomedical Engineering Society Student Chapter completed the making of an open-sourced 3D printed hand and forearm.
The project was displayed as part of the 'project-in-a-box' showcase at the 2018 BMES Annual Meeting along with other student chapter projects.
The entire hand and forearm is 3D printed. The fingers are actuated through the use of servo motors and are controlled via an Arduino Uno Microcontroller. The servo motors are tied to a braided fishing line which when pulled by the servo motor causes the fingers to flex or relax. A servo motor placed in the wrist also allows the wrist to rotate up to 90 degrees with the use of gears.
The project is displayed at STEM outreach events to promote Biomedical Engineering and inspire the future generations of Biomedical Engineers.
More information about the open-sourced project can be found on the official website .
For more information about FIU BMES visit Additional information about the Biomedical Engineering Program at Florida International University can be found by visiting To support FIU BMES and other student organizations at FIU please visit .

VCU BMES Student Chapter presents bili lights project 

The Virginia Commonwealth University student chapter presented its project in a box at the BMES Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Jaundice, a yellowish discoloration of the skin, eyes, mucous membranes, results when bilirubin levels in the blood are too high. High bilirubin levels can be caused by the inability of an immature liver to process high levels of bilirubin, specifically in neonates. 

The circuit the students decided to make and teach students about is how to integrate bili lights in series and parallel circuits. 

Bili lights are a type of phototherapy, light therapy, that is used to treat newborn jaundice. The light waves from the bili lights are absorbed by the baby's skin and blood and change bilirubin into products, which can pass through their system. The circuit is relatively simple to make and can make a huge health impact to those in need of a cost-effective method to treat jaundice in neonates

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 

To Learn more about the BMES Special Interest Groups: 
 Advanced Biomanufacturing - Click here 
 Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering - Click here 
 Medical Devices - Click here

Photos: 2018 BMES Annual Meeting Photos Now Available

Photos from the 2018 BMES Annual Meeting are now available for viewing and downloading. 

Please click HERE to view the photos. 

We are still in the process of editing and downloading all the images from the meeting, so please check the link again over the coming days to see more. 

If there is a specific image you need and you saw a photographer there, let us know and we will try and find the image. 


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