Biomedical Engineering NEWS

    June 2017
Registration now OPEN for
2017 BMES Annual Meeting  

Registration is now open for the 2017 BMES Annual Meeting: Phoenix.

The meeting will be held October 11-14 and we'll feature hundreds of research presentations, exceptional keynote addresses and dozens of career enhancement seminars.

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.
For questions, please email:

Register by August 30 and take advantage of discounted early-bird rates.

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Annals of Biomedical Engineering impact factor reaches new high  

The impact factor for the Annals of Biomedical Engineering journal has risen 35% since the current editorial office took over in 2010, according to data recently released.

ABME's 2016 impact factor is 3.221. The 2015 impact factor was 2.887, so this represents a 12% increase. 

The impact factor is obtained by dividing the number of articles published within a given timeframe by the number of times they are cited in a given time frame. There is typically a lag of two years between the publication date and impact factor calculation date, so that there is time for citations to appear. This year's impact factor is based on total citations in 2016 of articles that were published in 2014-2015. 

A high impact factor shows that many people have found important articles worthy of citing in that journal. It's a quick way to quantify the visibility and importance of a journal. A 35% increase shows that in the past 7 years, ABME has been publishing timely, novel, and compelling research that reaches a wide audience..

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BMES President Setton named chair of BME Department at Wash U      
Lori Setton has been named chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis effective Aug. 1.

"We are quite fortunate to have someone as talented and qualified as Dr. Lori Setton already at Washington University," said Aaron Bobick, dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science and the James M. McKelvey Professor. 

"Lori is not only a tremendous scholar and researcher, she is also a leader within the biomedical engineering comm0unity serving as the Biomedical Engineering Society president. I very much look forward to working with Lori as we work closely to achieve her great aspirations for the department," Bobick said in an announcement.
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The extended deadline to submit a Career Development Award application is July 31, 2017.  

The BMES Career Development Awards support travel to the BMES Annual Meeting for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, early career faculty, and early career professionals from underrepresented populations in biomedical engineering. These awards are intended to partially offset travel expenses for attendance at the Annual Meeting to enable participation from those who might not otherwise be able to attend the Meeting so they may benefit from conference programming, network, and establish connections with the potential for career-long impact.  

For more information on these awards, including eligibility and how to submit an application, please visit Applications are due July 31st.

2017 Student Travel Award applications are now being accepted   

BMES is now accepting applications for the 2017 Student Travel Awards. Winners receive a $300 travel stipend for the Annual Meeting in Phoenix.

Applicants for the 2017 Student Travel Awards must be a BMES Student member (undergrad or grad) and Chapter member.

Please be sure that you are a chapter member by having the chapter president add you to the chapter's roster and letting BMES know. The Chapter must also be in good standing.

Applicants must submit the application along with a one-page essay on "How the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) helps to support their work in BME".

BMES Student Travel Award winners receive a check for a $300 travel stipend at the Annual Meeting. The Student Travel Awards are only available to BMES student members who do not receive any additional BMES funding through additional BMES sources.

For information on applying for the 2017 Student Travel Awards, please contact Liz DaSilva (
Please submit your online application along with the essay to Your essay must include your name, academic institution and whether or not you are an undergrad or graduate student.
The Student Travel Award deadline is 11:59PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME on July 31, 2017. Late applications will NOT be accepted.

UC Davis researchers produce artificial cartilage that is as strong as natural 

A group of biomedical engineers at UC Davis has used tension successfully to produce cartilage with tensile properties at the level of native tissue, according to a university announcement. 

In a new paper published in Nature Materials, Jennifer Lee, Le Huwe, Nikolaos Paschos, Ashkan Aryaei, Courtney Gegg, Jerry Hu, and Kyriacos Athanasiou describe the creation of scaffold-free tissue that they placed in devices that stretched it gently lengthwise with intermittent and constant tension for five days, according to the article.

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U of Penn receives $9.25 million grant to study concussion   

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has awarded a $9.25 million grant to Penn researchers to study the underlying mechanisms of concussion and help uncover potential clinical interventions that could improve recovery.

Duke University and Columbia University will support the research. 

The grant was awarded to a team of researchers led by David F. Meaney, PhD, the Solomon R. Pollack professor and chair of Bioengineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Douglas H. Smith, M.D., the director of the Center for Brain Injury and Repair and the Robert A. Groff professor of Neurosurgery in the Perelman School of Medicine.       

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Annals of Biomedical Engineering Journal Seeks Editor-in-Chief Applicants  

The Annals of Biomedical Engineering has been the flagship journal of the Biomedical Engineering Society since its founding in 1973.   

After providing 8 years of outstanding leadership for the journal, Editor-in-Chief Kyriacos Athanasiou's term will end January 2018.

Athanasiou has served the maximum two terms as EIC for the journal.   

The BMES is currently seeking applicants for the Editor-in-Chief position.       

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Archives of BMES professional development webinars are now available  

The BMES Professional Development webinar series is a valuable benefit the Society offers members.

Recent topics include: Launching a start-up, the role of computational modeling and entrepreneurship. 

The webinars will help you be successful regardless of your membership level.

Take a moment to review the featured information below and visit the BMES Education E-Learning website today to view the full webinar schedule and list of archived webinars available to members.

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Warning: Annual Meeting hotels in Phoenix 

BMES has NOT authorized any housing service to help you make room reservations for the Annual Meeting this October in Phoenix.

If you receive an email or call from a company offering to make your reservations they are a scam and not authorized by BMES.

BMES has negotiated discounted hotel rooms for meeting attendees; please go to the travel page on the BMES website to book your hotel room: .

If you have a question feel free to call BMES HQ at 301.459.1999 or email .

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