BMES eNewsletter
    January 2017
Blueprint on how to build partnerships between biomedical engineering depts. and medical schools created by BME Council of Chairs  

Biomedical engineering departments have a lot to gain by partnering with medical schools. Benefits include enhancing the translational potential of research; getting access to patients and much more. 

Despite these obvious benefits, creating these partnerships can be challenging for many reasons, according to an article in the current issue of Annals of Biomedical Engineering. The article was written by Steven C. George and M. Elizabeth Meyerand, on behalf of the Council of Chairs of Biomedical Engineering. 

According to the article, "departments must overcome significant obstacles to achieve these benefits including, but not limited to, differences in the types of trainees, salary structure (e.g., 9-month vs. 12-month appointments), criteria for promotion and tenure; teaching expectations; administrative structure; and financial priorities-clinical revenue vs. research."  

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Solar powered medical implants could be a reality  

The notion of using solar cells placed under the skin to continuously recharge implanted electronic medical devices is a viable one, according to research published in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering. 

Swiss researchers have done the math, and found that a 3.6 square centimeter solar cell is all that is needed to generate enough power during winter and summer to power a typical pacemaker. The study is the first to provide real-life data about the potential of using solar cells to power devices such as pacemakers and deep brain stimulators. 

According to lead author Lukas Bereuter of Bern University Hospital and the University of Bern in Switzerland, wearing power-generating solar cells under the skin will one day save patients the discomfort of having to continuously undergo procedures to change the batteries of such life-saving devices. The findings are set out in Springer's journal Annals of Biomedical Engineering.        

BMES 2017 Annual Meeting Event requests due February 15 

Any BMES Member, Committee or Special Interest Group (SIG) requesting to have a social event, workshop, session or special meeting added to the BMES 2017 Annual Meeting outside the parameters of the abstract submission process must submit an event request form no later than February 15, 2017. CLICK HERE to access the annual meeting event request form.
The Annual Meeting Co-Chairs will review the proposal and if necessary, seek the counsel of the National Meetings Committee, BMES Executive Committee and/or full Board of Directors. If approved, the activity may be added to the 2017 Annual Meeting on a date and time determined by the Meeting Co-Chairs based on availability. Requests and preferences will be taken into account, but are not guaranteed. For questions, please contact
BMES 2016 Annual Meeting Recorded Sessions Now Available On Demand 
As a member benefit, you can now listen to select 2016 BMES Annual Meeting session recordings on demand. 
Recently archived sessions include:
  • Research in BME and Grant Writing, 
  • Becoming a Biomedical Engineer, 
  • BME Careers in Academia, Industry, Government, and Alternate Careers, 
  • Mentoring and Chapter-Industry Best Practices, and more. 
To access the 2016 and previously recorded sessions, log on to the BMES website at Once logged on, visit  Annual Meeting Recordings to see all the available recordings.
ABET program evaluators sought

Ensure the foundation of engineering education while representing BMES - become an ABET Program Evaluator for biomedical engineering today.   

Are you an academic or industry biomedical engineer with at least 10 years post-baccalaureate?  We are seeking a diverse, representative set of individuals with a desire to contribute time and experience to reviewing world-wide biomedical engineering programs. Training provided. 

USC Makeathon provides hands-on experience 

The BMES Chapter at the University of Southern California has recognized the need to provide students with real-life, application-based challenges to students interested in the biomedical field. For this reason, ASBME began hosting the Makeathon in February of 2016. 

This year's event is February 17-19. CLICK HERE for registration.

This event provides students a hands-on opportunity to solve a real-world problem in a collaborative environment. Students are presented with a challenge, and have 30 hours and a limited amount of resources to solve the challenge.  

By working in teams, students engage in an interdisciplinary sharing of knowledge in order to solve a time-sensitive case. During the competition, corporate representatives and graduate students act as mentors, providing feedback to students, and offering advice. Students from other universities are invited to compete to provide exposure to Viterbi's innovative and collaborative environment and to foster bonds with students and organizations from other schools.  

For more information about the Makeathon please visit . If you are interested in providing a challenge, volunteering, or sponsoring please contact

Duke researchers evolve deep brain stimulation to treat Parkinson's  

Advances in deep brain stimulation technology developed at Duke University could evolve and improve how Parkinson's disease symptoms are treated, according to the university.  

Biomedical engineers at Duke have used computers to improve patterns of electric shocks delivered deep within the brain to treat Parkinson's disease symptoms, according to the announcement.  

The new energy-saving patterns could reduce the number of battery replacement surgeries needed during a patient's lifetime and lead to patterns tailored to treat specific symptoms.

Webster wins Acta Biomaterialia Silver Medal Award 

Biomedical Engineering Society Fellow Thomas Webster was named the recipient of the first Acta Biomaterialia Silver Medal Award, the organization announced.  

Acta Biomaterialia is an international journal that publishes peer-reviewed original research reports, review papers and communications in the broadly defined field of biomaterials science.  

Webster is the Art Zafiropoulo Endowed Chair and Professor at Northeastern University, Boston, MA.  He also serves as the current Chair of the Chemical Engineering Department at Northeastern.   

Webster's work is at the interface of nanotechnology and medicine to improve disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.  A major focus of his work has been to elucidate cellular interactions with nanomaterials with the goal to use such materials (without drugs) to inhibit infection, prevent inflammation, and increase tissue growth.

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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