Biomedical Engineering NEWS

    January 2019
BMES 2019 Annual Meeting: 
Exhibitor Incentive Available  

Reserve your booth by Jan. 31 and
Receive 1 additional free full meeting registration

After setting a new attendance record in Atlanta, The 2019 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia is already on track to be one of the Society's largest meetings ever. 

More than 110 exhibit booths have already been reserved!

The 2019 BMES Annual Meeting will be held in Philadelphia, October 16 - 19. 

Reserve your exhibit booth by Jan. 31, 2019:
  • Select your location on the exhibit floor
  • Receive 1 additional COMPLIMENTARY FULL registration

The BMES Annual Meeting attracted more than 5,200 attendees in 2018. 

Reserve your exhibit booth  for the Annual Meeting today for the additional meeting registration. 

See you in Philadelphia! 

CMBE meeting features fast-paced talks on cutting-edge research

The BMES Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Conference packed informative talks about research that could one day help alleviate some of the most vexing health issues including cancers, inflammatory conditions and much more at the four-day event in San Diego.

Speakers ranged from the most senior researchers to those in the early stages of their careers.

Andres Garcia, Georgia Tech, kicked off the first day with a talk about synthetic extracellular matrices for organoid technologies. Claudia Fischbach-Teschl, Cornell University, continued the morning with a talk about engineering considerations for studies of breast cancer bone metastasis. Followed by Anjelica Gonzalez, Yale University, who presented her research on engineering a microenvironment of microvascular inflammatory and fibrotic disease.

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Columbia University, was the 2019 recipient of the Shu Chien Achievement Award. 
understanding of science.

2019 BMES Annual Meeting Special Session Request Submissions Due February 22nd

Any BMES Member, Committee or Special Interest Group (SIG) requesting to have a Special Session (panel, workshop or symposium) at the 2019 BMES Annual Meeting in Philadelphia must submit a Special Session request form no later than Friday, February 22, 2019. 

Approved Special Session requests include panels, workshops or symposia that are often tied to the meeting theme (Connecting Communities) and that DO NOT fit within an existing track. Please carefully review the Special Session request submission requirements and existing meeting tracks before submitting your Special Session request. Any submissions that fit within a current track should be submitted through the general abstract submission process that opens February 21, 2019 or discussed directly with track chairs. 

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 Special Session may be added to the Annual Meeting on a date and time determined by the Meeting Co-Chairs based on availability. Requests and preferences selected on the submission request from will be taken into account, but are not guaranteed. 

CLICK HERE for all the details about the Special Session request submission process and to access the request form. For questions, please contact
BMES welomes six new student chapters

BMES is excited to welcome six new student chapters: 
  • University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa 
  • Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chil√© 
  • Northern Illinois University 
  • Southern Illinois University 
  • University of the District of Columbia 
  • Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico)

Thank you for your commitment to build and support the biomedical engineering community! 

Does your university have a student chapter? Get in touch with Liz Richards to find out more about starting one on your campus!

BMES Student Chapter Development Reports
BMES is currently accepting Chapter Development Reports submissions.

All BMES student chapters are encouraged to submit a CDR annually. 

Chapters that submit a CDR are eligible to apply for BMES Grant Funding for their programs. Deadline is June 1, 2019.

Please send CDRs to and your subject line should state "CDR for [Insert University name]".

For additional questions or information on applying please visit or contact
Colorado State University Student Chapter

Colorado State University will host the Spring Engineering Exploration Day at the Lory Student Center on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

This event allows high school students, transfer students, their parents, and community members to discover more about engineering majors and careers at CSU. 

The Academia Industry Alliance and the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) are hosting their 4th Annual Life Science Industry Showcase on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Thursday, February 21st, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

The Showcase is a way for college students to learn about the exciting biotech companies here in Colorado, visit their booths, and chat with recruiters and scientists from the industry in order to learn about companies, find a collaborator, or find potential internships and jobs. 

Registration and more information can be found at:

The Colorado State University Spring 2019 Engineering Career Fair will be held on Thursday, February 21st, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Recruiters from over 100 companies will be at the Fair, which is open to students from all CSU colleges. More information can be found at:

University of Missouri - Columbia Student Chapter

The University of Missouri - Columbia BMES Student Chapter worked in collaboration with the Columbia Public Schools Center for Gifted Education to organize and run "Boneheads".
In this week-long event, elementary students learned about the design of prosthetics and applied their knowledge of bones to build a prosthetic limb using classroom materials and demonstrate it to their classmates.
BMES members acted as engineering advisors to the 3rd and 4th grade design teams, assisting them with the biomedical engineering aspects that might apply to their plan while encouraging creativity and problem solving.
Read more HERE.

USC 2019 Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering Makeathon
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. 
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 .
Machine learning model foretells whether symbiotic relationships will thrive or collapse

Biomedical engineers at Duke University have used dynamic modeling and machine learning to construct simple rules for complex biology.
The researchers have devised a framework to accurately interpret and predict the behavior of mutually beneficial biological systems, such as human gut bacteria, plants and pollinators, or algae and corals, according to a university article.
The research appears on January 16, 2019 in the journal Nature Communications.

"In a perfect world, you'd be able to follow a simple set of molecular rules to understand how every biological system operated," said Lingchong You, a professor in Duke's Department of Biomedical Engineering. "But in reality, it's difficult to establish general rules that encompass the immense diversity and complexity of biological systems. Even when we do establish general rules, it's still challenging to use them to explain and quantify various physical properties," Lingchong, a BMES member, said in the article.

Ga. Tech researchers develop long-acting contraceptive that is self-administered via microneedle patch

Research Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new long-acting contraceptive designed to be self-administered by women. 

The technology could provide a new family planning option, particularly in developing nations where access to health care can be limited, according to a recent study. 

The contraceptive would be delivered using microneedle skin patch technology originally developed for the painless administration of vaccines, according to a university announcement.

U of Arizona researchers hope to stop some cancers with a smartphone

Research University of Arizona researchers have developed technology that can allow clinicians in rural clinics to diagnose Kaposi's sarcoma using smartphone confocal microscopes, or imaging devices that collect light from a single pinhole to create high-resolution images viewable on a smartphone, according to a university article. 

The low cost, easy-to-use and portable devices have a potential to make early diagnosis, more effective treatment and lower mortality rates possible, the article states. 

Assistant professor Dongkyun "DK" Kang of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the College of Optical Sciences developed the idea of imaging human tissue in vivo, or on a living person, using a smartphone attached to a microscope.

Webster named an overseas fellow to the Royal Society of Medicine 

BMES Fellow and Chemical Engineering Professor and Chair Thomas Webster was recently elected as an Overseas Fellow to the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) of the United Kingdom, the organization announced. 

Each year, an elite group of physicians or scientists is elected to the Royal Society of Medicine following nomination and committee review, according to the RSM. 

Independent and apolitical, the Society provides a neutral platform for informed debate about important, often controversial, healthcare topics.

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