Biomedical Engineering NEWS

    July 2018
President's Column: Celebrating 50 years at the annual meeting

By Lori Setton
BMES President
Department Chair, Washington University in St. Louis Dept. of Biomedical Engineering

We are just three months away from the 2018 BMES Annual Meeting being held in Atlanta.

This year's meeting will be truly special as we celebrate the Society's 50th anniversary. BMES was founded in 1968 by 83 founding members with the goal to create an organization for engineers focused on improving human health.

It was a simple idea and our success and identity today reflect the extraordinary vision, sustained commitment and hard work of hundreds of BMES leaders and members over those 50 years
In addition to the traditional Annual Meeting events, the Atlanta meeting will include a slate of activities dedicated to the anniversary. Much of that programming will take place at the 50th anniversary exhibit that will be located at the center of the exposition hall.

The star attraction at the booth will be the 50th anniversary time capsule. The capsule will be filled with objects that define biomedical engineering yesterday and today. The capsule will recognize support of our generous sponsors and individuals with mounted tiles ( And after the meeting concludes, the capsule will be housed at the National Museum of Health and Medicine along with the archives of the BMES over these last 50 years.

REU/Undergraduate abstracts due July 30

The Biomedical Engineering Society is now accepting undergraduate abstracts for the scientific program at our 2018 BMES Annual Meeting, October 17-20 in Atlanta. 

Abstracts are due by July 30.

CLICK HERE to submit your abstract.
The four-day Annual Meeting will include prestigious keynote talks, several daily career sessions, multiple networking events and much more. We will also celebrate the Society's 50 th Anniversary with daily activities at the meeting.
For more information about registering for the meeting, booking a hotel room, volunteering at the meeting for a reduced or free registration and much more visit the main meeting site .
For questions please email

CLICK HERE to submit your abstract. 

Annual Meeting: Registration now open for Atlanta meeting

Registration is now open for the 2018 BMES Annual Meeting: Atlanta. The meeting will be held October 17-20 and we'll feature hundreds of research presentations, exceptional keynote addresses and dozens of career enhancement seminars.

The Society will also celebrate its 50th Anniversary, with special events every day of the meeting.

CLICK HERE for registration information and to register online.

CLICK HERE for hotel information and to reserve your room online.

CLICK HERE to visit the BMES Annual Meeting website.

Walt Baxter: Pain management and drug delivery research can play major role in alleviating opioid epidemic

Walt Baxter, a Medtronic Inc. scientist and BMES member, said recently during a Capitol Hill briefing that public/private partnerships to develop pain management technology can be effective to combat opioid epidemic.

Baxter spoke alongside his Medtronic colleague Timothy Denison at the event organized by the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering. The Congressional Research and Development Caucus and the Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus also helped organized the event entitled: Fighting Pain Without Drugs, Industry Efforts to Combat the Opioid Epidemic.

Technology, such as electric spinal cord stimulation to alleviate pain, has already proven to be an effective alternative to opioids, Baxter said.

Targeted drug delivery is another method that could help patients he said. In that model, a reservoir that can hold liquid drug is implanted in a patient, along with a line to the specific location in the body where the drug is needed. So rather than taking an oral opioid that effects the whole body, the drug only treats the area where it is needed.

Studies already show that targeted drug delivery is very effective in getting patients to completely stop opioids.

Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 BMES High School Biomedical Engineering Expo

Deadline to Apply: Friday, August 10, 2018
BMES is inviting rising junior and rising senior high school students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in science and engineering to apply for the High School Biomedical Engineering Expo at the 2018 BMES Annual Meeting in Atlanta on Thursday, October 18, 2018.
Students will have the opportunity to connect with biomedical engineers, students, faculty and industry, get exposure to the biomedical engineering field, and share projects they are working on related to life sciences (biology, chemistry, biotechnology, healthcare), biomedical engineering, or bioengineering. Those selected to present will be eligible for a poster award competition at the Expo and prizes will be awarded to the top three winners.
High school junior and senior students in the Atlanta area or outside of Atlanta are welcome to apply. Applications are due Friday, August 10, 2018.
If you know high school students in your area who may be interested, please share: APPLICATION

BMES 50TH anniversary student chapter jeopardy tournament

BMES would like to invite you to join us for the 50th Anniversary Student Jeopardy Tournament which will consist of teams of students from student chapters across the country representing their universities in a jeopardy style tournament.

All questions utilized will be questions from biomedical engineering coursework and 50 years of BMES history in a fun, fast-paced, and friendly competition.

The deadline for submission is September 1st, 2018.

For any questions, please contact

In Memoriam: Christopher Jacobs, Columbia University

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Dr. Chris Jacobs. 

Chris was a long-time supporter of the Biomedical Engineering Society and was instrumental in launching the Society's first special interest group: Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering.

Dr. Jacobs joined the department of biomedical engineering at Columbia University in 2008 after already establishing himself as a leader in the field of biomechanics as a professor both at Stanford University and Pennsylvania State University, according to an announcement by X. Edward Guo, Chair and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia.
Dr. Jacobs was recognized for his seminal research in bone cellular mechanotransduction and computational biomechanics, specifically, for his demonstration of the importance of load-induced interstitial fluid flow and how the primary cilia are involved in the signal transduction mechanisms in bone and stem cells.

Athanasiou receives Savio L-Y. Woo Translational Biomechanics Medal

Kyriacos Athanasiou received the 2018 Savio L-Y. Woo Translational Biomechanics Medal at World Congress of Biomechanics conference this month in Dublin. The medal is awarded by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Athanasiou is a professor of biomedical engineering at the UC Irvine Samueli School of Engineering.
The award was in recognition of his exceptional contributions to bioengineering.
The Savio L-Y. Woo Medal is bestowed upon an individual who has translated meritorious bioengineering science to clinical practice through research, education, professional development, and with service to the bioengineering community.
Examples of meritorious activity might be basic bioengineering science that translates into a medical device or equipment, contributes to new approaches of disease treatment, establishes new injury treatment modalities, etc.

Annals of Biomedical Engineering achieves highest impact factor in publication's history

Annals of Biomedical Engineering - the Biomedical Engineering Society's flagship journal - reached its highest impact factor in publication's history. Its most recent impact factor is 3.405.

The journal's editor-in-chief, Stefan Duma, said many years of work led to the success of the journal. In particular, many of the initiatives launched by previous long-time editor in chief Kyriacos (Kerry) Athanasiou set the journal on a course of prosperity.

According to Athanasiou: It is gratifying to see the continued increase of the journal's impact factor which denotes that the work published in the Annals is reaching more scientific readers and it is helpful in more researchers' work.

U of Arkansas researchers develop method for identifying radiation-resistant tumors

New research at the University of Arkansas has found a way to identify radiation-resistant cancer cells, a breakthrough in the treatment of lung cancer that uses imaging to evaluate the response to treatment and match treatment to specific tumor cells, according to a university article.

Currently, there has been no way to determine immediately after beginning therapy if a tumor is resistant to radiation therapy or not, according to the article. The findings were published this month in Scientific Reports, a Nature journal.

"Our results demonstrate that the use of autofluorescence imaging of cell metabolism can identify treatment-resistant cancer cells," said Narasimhan Rajaram in the article. Rajaram is an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Arkansas and lead researcher on the project. He is also a BMES member. 

"More importantly, we think that this technique provides a sound method to evaluate tumor response to treatment and match tumors to the right therapy."

U of Del. Sarah Rooney receives national biomedical engineering teaching award

University of Delaware Assistant Professor Sarah Rooney received a Biomedical Engineering Teaching Award from the American Society for Engineering Education recently, the university announced.

The award is given annually by the society's Biomedical Engineering Division (BED) "to recognize contributions in the field of biomedical engineering education by new faculty members as evidenced by innovative teaching materials, curricula, textbooks and/or professional papers and by activity in ASEE/BED and/or other biomedical engineering organizations," according to the ASEE.
To be eligible, faculty members must have no more than five years of post-secondary teaching experience with primary course responsibility.

Barabino awarded presidential stem award for mentoring

BMES Fellow and past president Gilda Barabino was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM), the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) along with the National Science Foundation announced this week.

The PAESMEM award is for Barabino's work in the area of mentorship.
PAESMEM recognizes the critical roles mentors play outside the traditional classroom in the academic and professional development of the future STEM workforce.
Colleagues, administrators, and students nominate individuals and organizations for exemplary mentoring sustained over a minimum of five years. Since 1995, PAESMEM has honored the hard work and dedication mentors exhibit in broadening participation in the STEM pipeline.
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2019 Shu Chien Achievement Award

Application submission is now open!
Deadline:  August 1, 2018

2019 CMBE Conference
January 2 - 6, 2019

Loews Coronado Bay Resort
Coronado (San Diego), CA

Cal for ABSTRACTS is now open
CLICK HERE for more information

ABioM SIG Meeting

Late Breakin g  Abstract  S ubmission !  
D eadline: July 25 b y 5  p. m .  E D T

Early Registration Deadline:  Ju ly 30 , 2018

Save the date: 2019 BMES/FDA Frontiers in Medical Devices Conference

M arch 19 - 21, 2019

College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
at the University of Maryland

BMES Time Capsule: Deadline Extended

August 10: To see your tile in Atanta

Oct. 20: Orders will be accepted in Atlanta and tiles will be produced after meeting

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: .

Organize a National Workshop on ICME Approaches to Innovation in Biomedical Implants

August 11th - 12th, 2018 & Pre-Workshop Tutorial August 10, 2018, CLICK HERE for more info.

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