Biomedical Engineering NEWS

    May 2018
Record number abstracts submitted for 2018 Annual Meeting

Abstract submissions for the 2018 BMES Annual Meeting in Atlanta smashed previous records by more than 20%.

More than 2,800 abstracts were received for the Annual Meeting that will be held October 17-20 in Atlanta.

BMES will celebrate the Society's 50 th Anniversary at the meeting, with events planned for all four days of the meeting. The meeting will also feature prominent keynote speakers, daily networking events, career sessions and much more.

Registration for the meeting is scheduled to open June 13.

Abstract submissions for Research Experiences for Undergraduates ( REU) is schedule to start on July 1 with a July 31 deadline.

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BMES members featured on Bill Nye show

Biomedical Engineering Society members Glenn Gaudette and Josh Gershlak were recently featured on the Netflix show Bill Nye Saves the World.

Gaudette and Gershlak discussed their research conducted at Worcester Polytechnic Institute to use the vascular system of plants to solve a major bioengineering problem blocking the regeneration of human tissues and organs.

"Hopefully, the Bill Nye piece inspires people to be curious about the world around them and look for creative solutions to problems that are of interest to them," said Gaudette. 

"In BME we are interested in improving (and maintaining) health. This is one example of how biomedical engineers can identify a health problem, in this case cardiovascular disease, and use engineering principles to overcome obstacles limiting advancements in the field. I think Bill Nye does a great job describing the engineering and science, while also demonstrating the excitement that comes with engineering."

2019 Shu Chien Achievement Award

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

ABioM SIG Meeting

Call for abstracts is now open!
Abstract Submission Deadline: June 1, 2018
Acceptance Notification: June 18, 2018
Early Registration Deadline: June 25, 2018

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BMES Professional Development Webinar Archive on Navigating Towards a Junior Faculty Position in STEM
The BMES Professional Development webinar series is a valuable benefit the Society offers members to enhance and grow professional skills. Don't miss your chance to register for the upcoming webinar below. Visit the BMES Education E-Learning   website to see the all the webinars available to members for free.
This webinar addresses 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. It focuses on the early stages of preparing for a junior faculty position.
As women in the STEM field, the featured speakers share their perspectives and experiences and take 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. Access the Archive !
All live and archived webinars are free to BMES members, so take a moment to visit the  BMES Education E-Learning   website to learn more about all the professional development webinars offered by BMES. If you are not a BMES member, join now   to take advantage of this educational member benefit!  
Scientist Mentoring and Diversity Program MedTech: Call for Applicants
The Scientist Mentoring and Diversity Program (SMDP) MedTech is a one-year career mentoring program that pairs ethnically diverse students (Baccalaureate, Master or Ph.D.) and early career researchers with industry mentors who work at companies in the medical technology, biotechnology and consumer healthcare industries.
With their mentors, Scholars attend a 5-day training session to learn about career opportunities in industry and receive career development coaching. They also attend a major industry conference.
Baccalaureate, graduate or Ph.D. students and Post-Doctoral researchers from racial and ethnic groups (Hispanic Americans, Pacific Islanders, African Americans and Native Americans), underrepresented in the medical technology, biotechnology and consumer healthcare workforce are qualified to apply. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States without needing a visa or sponsorship.
To learn more and apply, please visit .

Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University BMES Student Chapter: Graduate Student Research Symposium
The Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Student Chapter hosted their student-led Graduate Student Research Symposium on May 9th, 2018.
The event provided students with the opportunity to interact and exchange research ideas with colleagues and industry leaders with as many as 36 oral presentations from graduating students and 75 poster presentations.
The symposium promoted research collaboration between the two campuses and cutting-edge facilities, such as the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, the Virginia - Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.
The event is entirely student-organized and is 100% dependent on corporate sponsorship. In addition, presentations from Altair, Medtronic, and Exponent allowed students to interact with industry representatives.
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
For more info visit:

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 Student Chapter Development Reports
Deadline June 1st

BMES Student Chapters are encouraged to submit their Chapter Development Reports annually. The Chapter Development Reports serve as a tool by which student chapters can monitor and assess their progress on an annual basis, as well as a mechanism for BMES to monitor the operations and activities of student chapters throughout the Society.
BMES chapters who submit their yearly CDR are eligible for funding for their programs. For additional information please visit awards

Duke University: Metastatic cancer gorges on fructose in the liver

Biomedical engineers at Duke University have demonstrated that metastatic cancer cells can reprogram their metabolism to thrive in new organs, the university announced.

Specifically, the research shows that cells originating from colorectal cancer change their dietary habits to capitalize on the high levels of fructose often found in the liver, according to a university article.

The finding offers both general and specific insights into new ways of fighting metastatic cancer. It appears April 26 in the journal Cell Metabolism.

Cancer becomes much more deadly once it spreads to different parts of the body, yet treatments don't take their location into account, according to the article.

"Genetically speaking, colon cancer is colon cancer no matter where it goes," explained Xiling Shen, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Duke. "But that doesn't mean that it can't respond to a new environment. We had a hunch that such a response might not be genetic, but metabolic in nature."

Ga Tech, Emory researcher Michael Davis researches stem cell 
therapies and 3d printing related to pediatric cardiology

Michael Davis, director of the Children's Heart Research and Outcomes Center (HeRO) under the Georgia Tech and Emory University's Department of Biomedical Engineering is using stem cell research, predictive medicine models and 3D printing to treat pediatric cardiology issues.

According to a Georgia Tech article, a few years ago, Davis noticed that during bypass surgery, small amounts of tissue were being removed to run the bypass tubing into the heart, and surgeons were throwing it away after removal.

Davis, a BMES member, asked and was granted permission to use the tissue in his research lab for stem cell studies, according to the article. Davis began extracting and quantifying the stem cells, eventually finding that the young cells had more reparative qualities, and when injected into damaged tissue, released healing proteins.

Doctor of science for Dr. Cato Laurencin

At Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai's medical school commencement Surgeon-Scientist Dr. Cato T. Laurencin was bestowed an honorary Doctor of Science degree.

The honorary degree's citation proclaims, "Doctor Cato T. Laurencin, for your revolutionary impact on the fields of biomaterials, stem cell science, nanotechnology, drug delivery systems, and regenerative engineering, for advancing our ability to treat diseases and heal injuries, and for inspiring important lines of inquiry now and in the future, it is a privilege to confer upon you the degree of Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa."
Laurencin is a BMES fellow.

Liquid assembly line to produce drug microparticles

University of Pennsylvania engineers developed a microfluidic system in which more than ten thousand of these devices run in parallel, all on a silicon-and-glass chip that can fit into a shirt pocket, to produce a paradigm shift in microparticle manufacturing, according to a Penn Bioengineering post.

The team, led by David Issadore, Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering, outlined the design of their system in the journal Nature Communications. Issadore is a BMES member.

Metastasis enablers: Findings could unlock new ovarian cancer treatments

Research from the lab of Pamela Kreeger, an associate professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has identified one way ovarian cancer cells appear to successfully spread.

The work, detailed in a paper published May 8, 2018, in Cancer Research, could lead to new therapies to curb metastasis of these tumors. Kreeger is a BMES member.

"Like most cancers, it's not the primary tumor that's usually the problem. It's the spread of the tumor to nearby organs that leads to serious complications," Kreeger said in a university article. "So if you can slow that process down, it's possible the patient will live longer and/or have a better quality of life."

U of Texas professor Jiang to develop new platform for cancer immune therapy

Jenny Jiang, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas, Austin, has received a new grant to develop an integrated platform that will identify T cell receptors to treat cancer.

The grant is from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Jiang is a BMES member.

T cell receptor-based adoptive cell transfer therapy involves isolating cancer antigen specific T cell receptors, engineering them into patient derived T cells, and reinfusing these T cells back into patients to treat disease, according to a university article.

While recent successes have generated excitement in the research community, the lack of an efficient tool for isolating therapeutic T cell receptors has limited this approach.

Jiang's team will develop an integrated technology to speed up the process of therapeutic T cell receptor identification and validation. The research aims to establish a foundation for a paradigm shift in future cancer immune therapy, as well as make T cell receptor-based adoptive cell transfer therapy applicable to more kinds of cancers and more patients.

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: .


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