Biomedical Engineering NEWS

    January 2018
Reserve an Annual Meeting exhibit booth by Jan. 31 and receive 1 bonus meeting registration

The 2018 BMES Annual Meeting in Atlanta is already on track to be the Society's largest meeting in organization's 50 year history. 

In addition to the unparalleled scientific programming; the four-day meeting will feature high-level keynote talks and many networking opportunities. 

Atlanta will also be the culmination of the Society's 50th Anniversary Celebration which will include unveiling a time capsule, special talks, and several other anniversary events. 

Make sure you reserve your exhibit booth for the meeting by January 31 to lock in an extra complementary meeting registration (for a total of 3). Booths reserved after January 31 receive 2 complementary registrations. 

CLICK HERE to reserve your booth today and to learn about meeting sponsorships. 

Call for Time Capsule Artifact Ideas

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.

The 50 th Anniversary Planning Committee would like your suggestions on what to put into the time capsule. The general idea is to fill it with things that exemplify biomedical engineering today.   But, any suggestions are welcome.

To make an artifact suggestion: CLICK HERE.

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: .

Researchers find new way to treat blast induced traumatic brain injuries suffered in combat

Head injuries due to blast trauma - such as what can happen to war fighters in combat - is different than head impact injuries. Currently, there are no preventive measures that specifically target Blast-induced traumatic brain injury.
However, researchers have now successfully tested the use of surfactants (poloxamers P188) to partially repair the damaged brain tissue due to blast trauma, according to an article about the research published in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering.
According to one of the authors, Dr. Michael Cho, researchers are still determining the differences and similarities between blast and impact trauma.
The two injuries were once thought to be different.
"The blast-induced incidents likely involve generation of transient vacuum during which cavitation (e.g., micron-size bubbles) may be formed and subsequently collapse with a significant pressure," Cho said.

BMES 2017 Annual Meeting Recorded Sessions Available On Demand

As a member benefit, you can listen to select 2017 BMES Annual Meeting session recordings now available 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 Annual Meeting Special Event Requests Due February 15th 

Any BMES Member, Committee or Special Interest Group (SIG) requesting to have a special event (social event, workshop, session, symposium, special meeting, etc.) added to the BMES 2018 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, outside the parameters of the abstract submission process, must submit an event request form no later than February 15, 2018. Any requests submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed. CLICK HERE to access the annual meeting event request form. For more information, please visit
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 2018 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. Any food and beverage costs or costs over and above the standard AV and set up will be the responsibility of the organizer. For questions, please contact

Wentworth Institute of Technology student chapter update

The Student Chapter at Wentworth Institute of Technology has recently been launched. The Chapter is in Boston, MA and will be hosting three distinct events around student activity in undergraduate research, technical engineering skills in 3D modeling and coding, and biomedical engineering industry night. A main goal of the Chapter is to be a liaison between students, faculty, and the undergraduate co-ops and careers office. As a liaison it hopes to motivate students to actively search for research opportunities, improve technical skills, and search for internships/co-ops earlier in their undergraduate education.

At Wentworth, students are required to complete two co-ops. To assist students in finding employment opportunities, the Chapter is co-sponsoring an event with our Co-op & Careers Office called: Biomedical Engineering Industry Night. This is an informal event for engineers from industry, including start-ups, to come to our campus and meet various students searching for co-ops/internships, but also jobs post-graduation. The chapter is currently seeking out employers and industry personnel to participate in this event. If in the Boston area and interested in learning more about our co-op program and meeting the school's students, please join the chapter. 

You may email for more information and for the online event registration.  

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

Imaging tool developed at Cornell could find early signs of arterial plaque
A brain imaging tool developed at Cornell University for neuroscience could have unexpected benefits in research on heart disease, the university announced.

A research team led by Nozomi Nishimura, assistant professor in the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering, has applied multiphoton microscopy to the study of atherosclerosis - the buildup of plaque in the walls of the arteries, according to a university article. This buildup is a major cause of heart disease and stroke.

Ghadiali named chair of Ohio State biomedical engineering
Dr. Samir Ghadiali, professor and Director of Graduate Studies, has been named the new chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The Ohio State University. He will succeed Dr. Richard Hart, Edgar C. Hendrickson Designated Professor and Department Chair, who has served as chair since 2006.

Both Ghadiali and Hart are BMES members.
Ghadiali earned his B.S. in chemical engineering from Cornell University and his M.S.E. and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Tulane University. He completed post-doctoral training at the University of Pittsburgh and was the Frank Hook assistant professor of bioengineering at Lehigh University before arriving as an associate professor at Ohio State in 2008.

Dr. John p. Fisher named co-editor-in-chief of Tissue Engineering
Dr. John P. Fisher, Fischell Family Distinguished Professor & Department Chair, and Director of the NIH Center for Engineering Complex Tissues at the University of Maryland, was named Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Tissue Engineering journals, the publisher announced this month.

Fisher will work with current Co-Editor Dr. Antonios Mikos, effective immediately, the journal publisher announced.

BMES members Sefton and Shoichet receive highest civilian Canadian honor
Two members of the Biomedical Engineering Society were recently appointed to one of Canada's highest civilian honors; the Order of Canada. Michael Sefton and Molly S. Shoichet received the honor.
The Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.
Sefton received his honor for his seminal contributions to the field of biomedical engineering and for his mentorship of the next generation of engineers, according to an announcement.
Shoichet  received the honor for her cutting-edge research in biomedical engineering and for her efforts to promote women in science and to advance scientific literacy.

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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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