Biomedical Engineering NEWS

    February 2018
Now accepting abstracts for 2018 BMES Annual Meeting

The Biomedical Engineering Society is now accepting abstracts for the 2018 BMES Annual Meeting which will take place in Atlanta, October 17-20.

The deadline to submit an abstract is May 1, 2018

CLICK HERE to submit your abstract.

For more information about the meeting, including special events, speakers, hotel & travel, and sponsorships & exhibit booths, please visit the Annual Meeting HOME PAGE.

During the 2018 Annual Meeting, the Society will celebrate its 50 th Anniversary. Special events will take place daily at the meeting honoring the milestone including:
  • Unveiling the 50th Anniversary Time Capsule
  • The past and present BMES presidents' panel discussion
  • Friday night dessert social
  • And much more
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BMES launches new Mid-Career Award

The BMES Board of Directors recently approved a new BMES award to recognize mid-career members for meritorious achievements and energetic leadership in biomedical engineering. 

The Awards Committee, chaired by Rebecca Willits, will receive nominations until May 15, 2018. BMES members in good standing are eligible if they have earned their doctorate no more than 20 and no less than 10 years prior to May 15 of the year of application. 

The award includes an honorarium of $5,000 and travel expenses up to $1,000. 

Support the BMES Time Capsule: 
Deadline to reserve a custom tile is
March 30, 2018

As part of the Biomedical Engineering Society's 50 th Anniversary celebration, the Society is fabricating a time capsule which will be displayed in the National Museum of Health and Medicine until it is opened in 2068.

The time capsule will be on display at the 2018 BMES Annual Meeting in Atlanta. At that meeting, we will fill it with artifacts and seal it.

As part of the time capsule project, BMES is offering plaques to be attached to the time capsule. All money raised in this effort will go to student programs at BMES. The 2"x2" or 4"x4" tile plaques can either have a custom inscription or a logo/image engraved on them.

To learn more and to 
purchase a tile please visit: .

BMES 50th Anniversary Student Chapter Yearbook Challenge (Deadline extended)

Deadline: March 23, 2018 

BMES will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2018 and the Society wants all the student chapters to have a chance to participate. 

We are encouraging our student chapters to participate in the Yearbook Challenge. For the project each student chapter will receive a designated page that will be published on the BMES website and be displayed at the meeting in Atlanta. 

Please use this template for your yearbook page and submit your document to All documents must be completed and submitted by the extended deadline, March 23, 2018.

BMES Award Applications Now Open Debuting NEW Mid-Career Award

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:

BMES Mid-Career Award is a NEW award that recognizes meritorious achievements and energetic leadership in biomedical engineering. The achievements include scholarship, education, mentorship, or practice of biomedical engineering, as well as significant involvement and sustained contributions to BMES.

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 Lecture Award honors an individual, project, organization, or institution for outstanding contributions to improving gender and racial diversity in biomedical engineering.

Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Lecture Award is offered to stimulate research careers in biomedical engineering.

Distinguished Achievement Award is presented 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 or involved in research and training focused on health disparities and minority health in biomedical engineering.

For more information on these awards, including how to submit a nomination or apply, please visit and

Nominations and applications accepted online for the above listed awards through May 15, 2018.

2018 BMES Fellow Nominations Now Open

BMES is accepting Fellow nominations for the Class of 2018 Fellows. Please visit to learn more regarding eligibility requirements and application process. All submissions are due by May 15, 2018.

BMES Now Accepting Student Award Applications

BMES offers several awards recognizing outstanding contributions to biomedical engineering by students and student chapters. BMES is currently accepting applications for the following Student Awards:

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 Travel Awards support BMES student (undergraduate or graduate) members who are also members of a BMES student chapter. Applicants must submit an online application along with a one-page essay on "How Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) helps to support their work in BME."

The National Society of Black Engineers Student (NSBE) Travel Awards support NSBE student members currently majoring in BME at the BS or PhD level. Applicants must submit an online application along with an essay detailing what he/she hopes to gain from attending the BMES Annual Meeting and how this will impact his/her career path.

Applications are being accepted online for the above listed student awards through May 15, 2018.

For more information on these student awards, including how to apply, please visit

BMES 2018 Undergraduate Design Competition 

The Biomedical Engineering Society's Undergraduate student members engaged in student design projects are encouraged to apply. All design team members must be BMES student members. The top 6 proposals will be chosen and those teams will be given an opportunity to present their work via presentations at the BMES 2018 Annual Meeting. APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY OPEN.

* Showcase the students' undergraduate design work
* Provide students an opportunity to present their innovations at BMES 2018 Annual Meeting
* Introduce students to the Biomedical Engineering Society
* Provide a chance to network with product development and design professionals in BME
* Six design teams will attend BMES 2018 and the top 3 will be selected as the winning teams.

Awardees will receive (Top 3 teams only)
* First place $3000
* Second place $1500
* Third place $500

To Access the Student Design Competition application, click here: BMES 2018 Design Competition Application

To Access the Judging Criteria, click here: BMES 2018 Design Competition Judging Criteria.pdf 

Important Information

1. The 2018 Design theme is Tissue Design focusing on interactions between medical devices.
2. All design team members MUST be BMES student members and BMES student chapter members in good standing.
3. Institutions may submit up to three teams. Excess entries by one institution will invalidate all entries by that institution.
4. All winners and non-winners will be notified by August 1st, 2018.

Please direct your inquiries/submit the application to Elizabeth Richards at


BMES Annual Meeting Recorded Sessions Available On Demand

As a member benefit, you can listen to select 2017 BMES Annual Meeting session recordings on demand. Recently archived sessions include:

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

To access the 2017 and all previous select BMES Annual Meeting recorded sessions, log on to the BMES website at Once logged on, visit Annual Meeting Recordings to access the available recordings.
BMES members among new class of NAE members

The National Academy of Engineering announced it new members for the class of 2018 that includes three BMES members.

The BMES members named to NAE include: Jennifer Hartt Elisseeff, Eleftherios Terry Papoutsakis and Mark W. Saltzman.

Lihong Wang, of the California Institute of Technology, was also named to the class. Wang will deliver the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering lecture at the 2018 BMES Annual Meeting in Atlanta this October.

The National Academy of Engineering membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature" and to "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education," according to the organization.

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Polina Anikeeva and Feng Zhang awarded 2018 Vilcek Prize

MIT professors Polina Anikeeva and Feng Zhang have each been awarded a 2018 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science.

Awarded annually by the Vilcek Foundation, the $50,000 prizes recognize younger immigrants who have demonstrated exceptional promise early in their careers, according to the announcement.

"The Vilcek Prizes were established in appreciation of the immigrants who chose to dedicate their vision and talent to bettering American society," Rick Kinsel, president of the Vilcek Foundation said in the announcement. "This year's prizewinners honor and continue that legacy with works of astounding, revolutionary importance."

Anikeeva is the Class of 1942 Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and associate director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics, and Zhang is the James and Patricia Poitras '63 Professor in Neuroscience at the McGovern Institute. Both are BMES members.

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In Memoriam: Former BMES President Herbert Voigt

Herbert Voigt, a former president of the Biomedical Engineering Society, passed away suddenly recently.

A Fulbright Scholar who served in Peru in 2015, he was a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and an Associate Research Professor of Otolaryngology at Boston University. Voigt obtained a BE (EE, 1974) from the City College of New York (CCNY) and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering (1980) from the Johns Hopkins University, followed by a distinguished career in the field of biomedical engineering.

In 2016, Voigt received the Alpha Eta Mu Beta's Outstanding Dedication and Service Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Biomedical Engineering Honor Society.

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Study of data from previous Alzheimer studies identifies potential new target for research

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology used data from 51 existing studies. A new data analysis performed by Georgia Tech researchers has untangled evidence amassed in years of Alzheimer's studies and has given researchers new targets for studies about the diesease, according to a university article.

Though the bad amyloid-beta protein does appear to be an accomplice in the disease, the study has pointed to a more likely offender, another protein-gone-bad called phosphorylated tau (p-tau), according to the article.

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Medical research advocacy group says Trump budget proposal will slow research

President Trump's proposed 2019 budget would effectively freeze funding for the National Institutes of Health at a level that falls below what Congress has proposed for even FY 2018, the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research said this month in a statement.

"The return on investment in the NIH pays a lifetime of dividends in better health and quality of life for Americans, young and old," according to the statement. "Yet, rather than strengthening the federal commitment to the NIH, the president's FY 2019 budget proposal effectively would freeze funding for the agency at a level that falls below what Congress has proposed for even FY 2018."

The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research is a coalition of 300 patient and voluntary health groups, medical and scientific societies, academic and research organizations, and industry. The Ad Hoc Group has one mission: to enhance the federal investment in  biomedical, behavioral, social, and population-based research by increasing the funding for the National Institutes of Health.

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U of Penn researchers find stem cell property to speed up the restart of blood cells and immune systems in cancer patients

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science have found a property of stem cells that may speed the restart of blood cells and immune system components after a patient's own are compromised, according to a university article.

In a patient, the new cells need to make their way from the circulatory system into the bones as quickly as possible, according to the article. To do that, they must find the spots where blood vessels and bone are in close contact.

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January 1 - 5, 2019
2019 Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Conference
Loews Coronado Bay Resort
Coronado (San Diego), CA
More information coming soon!

Photos: BMES Annual Meeting images from Phoenix now available

Hundreds of images from the 2017 BMES Annual Meeting in Phoenix are now available on the Society's Flickr page.

Feel free to view all the pictures and download the ones you want to keep or post on social media, blogs and news articles.

If you are looking for a specific event that isn't posted on the Flickr site, let us know and we will see if images are available in the archive.


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