BMES eNewsletter
    February 2017
BMES 50th Anniversary: Call for historical photos

The Biomedical Engineering Society will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2018. Several programs and events are being planned to recognize the milestone.   

The 50th Anniversary Committee requests that members search their offices, homes and old hard drives for photos that document the Society's 50 years.   

We are interested in anything historical, including: 
  • Annual Meetings    
  • Lab personnel photos    
  • Campus events related to BMES    
  • Important achievements of BMES members    
  • And, any other documentation related to the Society's
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Annual Meeting: Abstract submissions open March 1

The 2017 Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting will take place this October in Phoenix and we will be accepting abstracts for the meeting starting March 1 with an April 26, 2017.
Please visit for more information about submitting your abstracts and about the meeting.
The October 11-14, 2017 meeting in Phoenix promises to be a dynamic and informative event. It will include an exciting set of tracks, symposia, career events, networking opportunities and more.  

3D printing and Biofabrication featured in special issue of Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, along with Biofabrication has evolved dramatically over the last few years, according to an editorial in the current issue of Annals of Biomedical Engineering

The current special issue of the journal aims to review and showcase some of the most promising trends in application of additive manufacturing to healthcare, including cardiovascular, orthopedic, craniofacial, and drug screening applications. 

Additive manufacturing (AM) has emerged during recent years as a flexible and powerful technique for advanced manufacturing in healthcare, the column written by Amir A. Zadpoor and Jos Malda states.
2017 BMES Professional Development Webinars
BMES offers a myriad of benefits to help you be successful in your BME career. One valuable benefit is the BMES Professional Development webinar series, which are free to BMES members.
BMES will be launching several new professional development webinars this year, including topics on:
  • Best Practices and How to Sustain a BMES Student Chapter (featuring 2016 Chapter Awardees) - February 28, 2017 at 3pm Eastern REGISTER HERE 
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Biomedical Engineering - April 2017
  • Partnerships between Clinicians and Engineers Using Computational Models Standards in the Classroom - April 2017
  • Launching a Start-Up from a University Research Lab - May 2017
  • BME ABET Program Criteria and Assessment - August 2017
  • How to Engage Industry More Effectively with Local Chapters - September 2017
  • How to Sustain a BMES Student Chapter (featuring 2017 Chapter Awardees) - October 2017
  • Connecting Leaders in BME with Underrepresented Groups - November 2017
The variety of webinars offered will help you be successful regardless of your membership level. Take a moment and CLICK HERE to visit the BMES E-Learning website to learn more about registering for upcoming webinars and accessing archived webinars.
BMES President Message: Statement on Immigration Executive Order

The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) serves as the professional home for biomedical engineering and bioengineering worldwide. 

Since its founding in 1968, internationally born and globally educated scientists and engineers have been interwoven into the fabric of biomedical research and innovation in the USA.  Contributions from internationally-born bioengineers at US institutions and corporations has literally transformed the diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from heart disease, cancer, diabetes and scores of other ailments that impact patients daily.
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BMES Award Applications Now Open 

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:
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 Award honors outstanding contributions to improving gender and racial diversity in biomedical engineering. Call for nominations opening soon.
Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Lecture Award is offered to stimulate research careers in biomedical engineering.
Distinguished Achievement Award is presented each year to an individual, company, charitable foundation, or non-academic institution that has made great contributions to the field of 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. The awards are also intended to support participation from BMES members involved in research and training focused on health disparities and minority health.
For more information on these awards, including how to submit a nomination or apply, please CLICK HERE . Please read each award description carefully as award requirements and amounts have changed for some awards.
Nominations and applications accepted online only through May 15, 2017.

BMES Chapter Development Reports due June 1st 2017

Submissions are being accepted now! 

Chapter Development Reports can be submitted any time prior to the June 1st deadline. All BMES student chapters are encouraged to submit a Chapter Development Report annually. 

The BMES Chapter Development Report (CDR) serves as a tool by which student BMES 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 Student Chapters submitting a yearly CDR are eligible to apply for BMES Grant Funding for their programs.  For additional questions or information on applying, please contact
BMES Student Chapters Johns Hopkins & University of Maryland collaborate

The BMES chapters of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, College Park are collaborating this year to hold the BMES Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Research Day on Friday, March 10th, 2017 at Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus.

This event will begin with a welcome and keynote speaker, followed by a poster session, oral presentations, and an award ceremony.

Judges will score the oral presentations and recognize the top three presenters. First, second, and third place presentations will receive $300, $200, and $100, and the "crowd favorite" poster from the poster session will win $50. 

This event has traditionally been a competition between Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, College Park, so we are excited to expand this event into the Mid-Atlantic region and continue to showcase the importance of pursuing scientific inquiry at the collegiate level. 

Purdue grad student associations to host research symposium

The Purdue University BME Graduate Student Association will host a research symposium on Thursday, March 9th.

The program includes poster and oral presentations to showcase students' interdisciplinary research and opportunities to network with professionals from industry and academia.

Over 35 research projects in tissue engineering, molecular diagnostics, device engineering, imaging and more in life sciences will be on display from undergraduate and graduate students in Biomedical Engineering and affiliate departments at Purdue.

Additionally, an alternative careers panel will be held alongside a keynote session from Verily scientist, Dr. Jerrod Schwartz.

This year we are also welcoming companies to display recruiting and informational booths during our lunch and poster presentations. 
If interested in networking or displaying booths, please  RSVP and contact Elizabeth at for questions.

Peppas Honored With Inaugural Pioneer Of Nanomedicine Award

The John Hopkins Center for Nanomedicine recently honored McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering professor Nicholas Peppas with the inaugural Pioneer of Nanomedicine Award, recognizing individuals whose work is at the intersection of nanotechnology and medicine and has profoundly impacted society and human health, according to a university article.

Broad Institute Wins Patent Office Ruling Related To Gene Editing Technique CRISPR

A U.S. Patent Office appeal board ruled in the ongoing dispute over control of patents on the gene-editing technique CRISPR, according to an MIT article.

The battle was brought by the University of California, Berkeley, when it challenged a dozen patents held by the Broad Institute, which is affiliated with Harvard and MIT, the article states.

According to a Broad Institute announcement: The Patent Trial and Appeal Board declared that the patents granted by USPTO to the Broad Institute, MIT and Harvard concerning CRISPR editing of eukaryotic genomes do not interfere with patent claims filed by UC Berkeley and the University of Vienna.

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Wash U St. Louis Researchers Receive $1.7 Million Award To Develop New Arthritis Treatment Via Silk

Washington University in St. Louis researcher were awarded $1.7 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a new therapeutic treatment that can deliver disease-modifying compounds in a manner to delay the development of inflammation, joint degeneration and arthritis, the university announced.

Researchers will use silk micro-particles to deliver long-lasting therapeutic compounds, helping better alleviate the pain of inflammation and injury, according to the university article.

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Photos From BMES 2016 Minneapolis Now Available   

Photos from the 2016 BMES Annual Meeting in Minneapolis are now available on the Society's Flickr page. 

You may view and download the images. 

CLICK HERE to view the photos. 

If you are having trouble locating a specific image, contact 

Thank you for making #BMES2016 one of the best in the Society's history.  

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