Biomedical Engineering NEWS

    May 2019
Record number of abstracts submitted for 2019 BMES Annual Meeting - Philadelphia

More than 3,000 abstracts were submitted for the 2019 BMES Annual Meeting, which will be held in Philadelphia this October. 

The 3,000+ abstracts beats the record set last year and ensures the Annual Meeting will be packed with great talks, posters, keynotes and much more. 

The meeting will take place October 16-19 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. 

"We are thrilled with the impressive number of abstracts submitted to BMES 2019 in Philadelphia!" said Alisa Morss Clyne, one of the co-chairs for the 2019 meeting. Morss Clyne (Drexel University) is joined by Jason Burdick, University of Pennsylvania and Ruth Ochia, Temple University as chairs of the meeting.

Now accepting BMES Design Competition entries

Entries are now being accepted for the 2019 Annual BMES Design Contest, sponsored by Medtronic. 

This year's topic is Digital Imaging. 

If your team is chosen as one of the top six design submissions you will be given the opportunity to present your work at the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia this October. 

Winners also receive monetary prizes and travel/registration reimbursement. 

Learn more HERE

Deadline: June 30,2019.
Member Spotlight: Jamal Lewis 

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BMES Member Survey: Thank You

Thank you to the hundreds of members who took time to take our recent member survey. The information provided will help the Society continue to grow and better provide the services our members want.
The winners of the survey random prize drawing are :
  • Complementary Registration for the Annual Meeting - Yupeng Chen
  • BMES Swag Bags - John Valdovinos, Wilson Peguero Rosario, Nicole Iverson, Abraham Kang and Marcela Mireles
  • Complementary 1-year membership - Varsha Viswanath
2019 BMES Annual Meeting High School Expo & Poster Competition - Call For HS student applications

The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) is inviting junior and senior high school students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in science and engineering to apply to attend the High School Biomedical Engineering Expo at the 2019 BMES Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on Thursday, October 17, 2019.

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.

Register today for the May BMES professional development webinar on developing a mentor relationship to jumpstart your career

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 this month to learn about developing a mentoring relationship. Visit the BMES Education E-Learning website to see the all the webinars available to members for free.  

BMES members included in 2019 Tau Beta Pi Fellowship recipients

Seven BMES members are part of the new Fellowship Board of Tau Beta Pi class, the organization announced.

The engineering honor society selected 37 engineering students from 339 applicants for graduate fellowships.

Rebecca Richards-Kortum named to National Inventors Hall of Fame

Rebecca Richards-Kortum was named a 2019 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, the organization announced.

The mission of the NIHF is to recognize inventors and invention, promote creativity and advance the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Richards-Kortum is a BMES fellow

Richards-Kortum develops low-cost, high-performance medical technologies for poor communities where standard medical equipment isn't an option. As an engineer and educator focused on improving access to quality healthcare, she teaches students to be technological innovators who think in human terms.

Hopkins researchers develop new way to map cancer images

Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have developed a new approach for accurately computing and visualizing the structural and functional blood vessel changes needed for tumor growth, the university announced.

Researchers compare the method to a "Google Maps" approach, according to the article.

Binghamton researchers win grant to study generating power from human sweat

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant to faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York for research to generate power from human sweat, the school announced.

Binghamton University's Seokheun Choi, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Ahyeon Koh, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, will attempt to generate a practical and longstanding power source from human sweat, which is one of the few available energy resources on the skin, by using the metabolisms of sweat-eating bacteria, according to the article. Koh is a BMES member.

UC Irvine professor featured in Netflix documentary

University of California, Irvine biomedical engineering professor Michelle Khine appears in the just-released documentary film on Netflix: The Creative Brain.

The film follows neuroscientist and author David Eagleman as he investigates the creative process of various innovators, such as Khine, while exploring ways to spark creativity.

Khine's lab is known for employing Shrinky Dinks as a platform for medical applications, according to a university article.

Researchers develop method to 3D print complex vasculature

Researchers developed a method to bioprint vascular networks which constitutes a major step in being able to 3D print replacement organs, according to Rice University.

The new innovation allows scientists to create entangled vascular networks that mimic the body's natural passageways for blood, air, lymph and other vital fluids, according to the Rice article.

Webster selected as a fellow of the International Journal of Nanomedicine

Northeastern University Chemical Engineering Professor and Chair Thomas Webster was selected as a Fellow of the International Journal of Nanomedicine.

Webster received the designation based on the fact that one of his articles was cited in the top 1% of all articles published in the International Journal of Nanomedicine since its inception in 2004, according to the publication.

Researchers find new ways to heal damage after a heart attack

Novel strategy and material turns body's inflammatory response into signal to heal.

Researchers at Northwestern University and University of California San Diego have designed a minimally invasive platform to deliver a nanomaterial that turns the body's inflammatory response into a signal to heal rather than a means of scarring following a heart attack, according to a UCSD article.

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

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