Biomedical Engineering NEWS

    March 2018
Now accepting abstracts for 2018 BMES Annual Meeting

The Biomedical Engineering Society is now accepting abstracts for the 2018 BMES Annual Meeting which will take place in Atlanta, October 17-20.

The deadline to submit an abstract is May 1, 2018

CLICK HERE to submit your abstract.

For more information about the meeting, including special events, speakers, hotel & travel, and sponsorships & exhibit booths, please visit the Annual Meeting HOME PAGE.

During the 2018 Annual Meeting, the Society will celebrate its 50 th Anniversary. Special events will take place daily at the meeting honoring the milestone including:
  • Unveiling the 50th Anniversary Time Capsule
  • The past and present BMES presidents' panel discussion
  • Friday night dessert social
  • And much more
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MRI-guided spinal injection could make ALS therapy faster and less invasive
A robotic system named SpinoBot uses MRI guidance to position a needle for percutaneous injection into the spinal cord and could potentially be used for procedures that require precise access to the spine, according to a paper in the most recent issue of Annals of Biomedical Engineering.
The neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) results in the death of motor neurons in voluntary muscles, the abstract states. There are no cures for ALS and few available treatments.
In studies with small animal models, injection of cellular therapeutics into the anterior horn of the spinal cord has been shown to inhibit the progression of ALS, according to the abstract.
It was hypothesized that spinal injection could be made faster and less invasive with the aid of a robot. The robotic system presented-SpinoBot-uses MRI guidance to position a needle for percutaneous injection into the spinal cord.

Duke researchers find modified biomaterials perform orderly self-assembly in response to temperature cues
Biomedical Engineers from Duke University have demonstrated a new approach to making self-assembled biomaterials that relies on protein modifications and temperature, according to a university article.
The hybrid approach allows researchers to control self-assembly more precisely, which may prove useful for a variety of biomedical applications from drug delivery to wound healing, according to the article.
The research appears online on March 19 in Nature Chemistry.
Biomaterials have broad applications across the fields of tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and drug delivery, according to the article. Protein- and peptide-based materials are attractive for these applications because they are non-toxic, biodegradable and have a well-defined composition. But these biomaterials are limited to the 20 amino acids found in nature.

Webster co-authors book on immune aspects of biopharmaceuticals and nanomedicines
BMES fellow Thomas Webster co-authored a new book that examines and provides a broad survey of various topics pertaining to the immune effects of biopharmaceuticals and nanomedicines, both beneficial and adverse.
The book is designed to be a reference for the novice and expert alike in diverse areas such as medicine, law, biotechnology, nanotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences, toxicology, drug development, regulatory science, and governmental affairs.
It highlights both cutting-edge technological advances and also addresses critical topics such as nano-bio interactions, toxicity, and FDA regulatory issues.

Wake Forest scientists use nanotechnology to detect molecular biomarker for osteoarthritis
Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have been able to measure a specific molecule related to osteoarthritis and a number of other inflammatory diseases using a newly developed technology, according to a university article.
This preclinical study used a solid-state nanopore sensor as a tool for the analysis of hyaluronic acid (HA), according to the article.
HA is a naturally occurring molecule that is involved in tissue hydration, inflammation and joint lubrication in the body, it states. The abundance and size distribution of HA in biological fluids is recognized as an indicator of inflammation, leading to osteoarthritis and other chronic inflammatory diseases. It can also serve as an indicator of how far the disease has progressed.
"Our results established a new, quantitative method for the assessment of a significant molecular biomarker that bridges a gap in the conventional technology," said lead author Adam R. Hall, Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Wake Forest School of Medicine, part of Wake Forest Baptist. Hall is a BMES member.

In Memoriam: Former BMES board of directors member Murray Sachs
Murray Sachs, who served as Director of the Biomedical Engineering Department at Johns Hopkins University, passed away this month.
Sachs was a Biomedical Engineering Society fellow and former member of the board of directors.
Sachs received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering from MIT (B.S. '62, M.S. '64, Ph.D. '66). He worked in the field of biomedical engineering, in particular using mathematics to model the way sound is received, transmitted, encoded, and comprehended between the ear and the brain, laying groundwork for advances such as the cochlear implant, according to Legacy.
Sachs was elected a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering for his scientific contributions and his leadership in biomedical engineering education.
Sachs is credited with doubling the size of the biomedical engineering department, at Johns Hopkins creating a unique research and training environment housed within two Johns Hopkins schools, according to a university article.

Oklahoma U engineers create 3D printed hand for 12 year old boy
Researchers at Oklahoma University designed and created a 3-D printed hand for a local boy who was born with a condition that made his left hand significantly smaller than his right, and fused his fingers together.
According to an Oklahoma Daily article, the hand attaches to the boy's wrist like a glove, and the fingers move in an inward motion as he bends his wrist. It is most helpful with grabbing things, which was his greatest difficulty before the hand, according to the article.
The hand was created by 3-D printing segments of a wrist part, palm part and fingers made out of polylactic acid, a type of plastic. The segments are printed separately and assembled using elastic and velcro, according to the article.
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BMES Award Applications 
Open  Through May 15

BMES recognizes individuals for their accomplishments, significant contributions and service to the Society and the field of biomedical engineering. BMES is now accepting nominations and applications for the following Awards:

BMES Mid-Career Award is a NEW award that recognizes meritorious achievements and energetic leadership in biomedical engineering. The achievements include scholarship, education, mentorship, or practice of biomedical engineering, as well as significant involvement and sustained contributions to BMES.

Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award is awarded each year to an individual to recognize outstanding achievements and leadership in the science and practice of biomedical engineering.

Diversity Lecture Award honors an individual, project, organization, or institution for outstanding contributions to improving gender and racial diversity in biomedical engineering.

Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Lecture Award is offered to stimulate research careers in biomedical engineering.

Career Development Awards are available to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, early career faculty, and early career professionals from underrepresented populations in biomedical engineering or involved in research and training focused on health disparities and minority health in biomedical engineering.

For more information on these awards, including how to submit a nomination or apply, please visit and

Nominations and applications accepted online for the above listed awards through May 15, 2018.

2018 BMES Fellow Nominations Open Through May 15 

BMES is accepting Fellow nominations for the Class of 2018 Fellows. Please visit to learn more regarding eligibility requirements and application process. All submissions are due by May 15, 2018.

BMES Now Accepting Student Award Applications

BMES offers several awards recognizing outstanding contributions to biomedical engineering by students and student chapters. BMES is currently accepting applications for the following Student Awards:

Career Development Awards are available to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, early career faculty, and early career professionals from underrepresented populations in biomedical engineering or involved in research and training focused on health disparities and minority health in biomedical engineering.

Student Travel Awards support BMES student (undergraduate or graduate) members who are also members of a BMES student chapter. Applicants must submit an online application along with a one-page essay on "How Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) helps to support their work in BME."

The National Society of Black Engineers Student (NSBE) Travel Awards support NSBE student members currently majoring in BME at the BS or PhD level. Applicants must submit an online application along with an essay detailing what he/she hopes to gain from attending the BMES Annual Meeting and how this will impact his/her career path.

Applications are being accepted online for the above listed student awards through May 15, 2018.

For more information on these student awards, including how to apply, please visit

BMES 2018 Undergraduate Design Competition 

The Biomedical Engineering Society's Undergraduate student members engaged in student design projects are encouraged to apply. All design team members must be BMES student members. The top 6 proposals will be chosen and those teams will be given an opportunity to present their work via presentations at the BMES 2018 Annual Meeting. APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY OPEN.

* Showcase the students' undergraduate design work
* Provide students an opportunity to present their innovations at BMES 2018 Annual Meeting
* Introduce students to the Biomedical Engineering Society
* Provide a chance to network with product development and design professionals in BME
* Six design teams will attend BMES 2018 and the top 3 will be selected as the winning teams.

Awardees will receive (Top 3 teams only)
* First place $3000
* Second place $1500
* Third place $500

To Access the Student Design Competition application, click here: BMES 2018 Design Competition Application

To Access the Judging Criteria, click here: BMES 2018 Design Competition Judging Criteria.pdf 

Important Information

1. The 2018 Design theme is Tissue Design focusing on interactions between medical devices.
2. All design team members MUST be BMES student members and BMES student chapter members in good standing.
3. Institutions may submit up to three teams. Excess entries by one institution will invalidate all entries by that institution.
4. All winners and non-winners will be notified by August 1st, 2018.

Please direct your inquiries/submit the application to Elizabeth Richards at


BMES Annual Meeting Recorded Sessions Available On Demand

As a member benefit, you can listen to select 2017 BMES Annual Meeting session recordings 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 Webinar: Navigating towards a Junior Faculty Position in STEM: A Women's Perspective

This webinar addressed the challenges academic women in STEM fields face in pursuing a junior faculty position in biomedical engineering (BME) and how to overcome challenges and support fulfilling and successful careers for all BMEs. 

The webinar focused on the early stages of preparing for a junior faculty position. As women in the STEM field, the featured speakers shared their perspectives and experiences and took questions from BME graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and their peers on what to know before applying for a junior faculty position, tips for navigating the application process, and ways to prepare for an interview. 

View the archive of this webinar and the full library of BMES webinars HERE.

Support the BMES Time Capsule: 

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: .


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

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