BMES eNewsletter
    November 2016
Call For Abstracts: Frontiers In Medical Devices Conference 

Abstracts are now being accepted for the 2017 BMES/FDA Frontiers in Medical Devices Conference: Advancing Translational Science.

The conference will take place May 16-18, 2017, at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. 

Abstracts are now being solicited that highlight the latest developments in computer methods and best practices in computational modeling and simulation of medical devices. 

Deadline for submission is January 22, 2017. 

This conference will provide a forum for participants involved in the development and evaluation of medical devices to meet and share their expertise, establish collaborations, and discuss strategies to effectively utilize computational modeling to support patient care and improve final outcomes.    

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BMES President's Message: Collaborative Research And Diversity Leads To Innovation To Improve Human Health 

Weeks have passed since our convergence of talent and community in Minneapolis for an all-around fabulous BMES Annual Meeting. Thank you to our dedicated meeting chairs, Cynthia Reinhart-King, Song Li and David Odde, for creating opportunities to learn, network, and make memories that will last us until 2017 in Phoenix. 

Recently our colleagues and our community shared their voices through votes for a new Presidential administration.  And this change in administration will likely lead to great policy changes in 2017. 

As the leading society for biomedical engineers and bioengineers, we at BMES are compelled to pursue the brightest possible future for our profession. 

As guided by our core mission, BMES will continue to build and support the BME community, to share advances, discoveries, and inventions that impact human health and well-being, to promote education and professional development for a broad and diverse talent pool, and to integrate the perspectives of the academic, medical, governmental, and business sectors in these goals.

Photos From BMES 2016 Minneapolis Now Available   

Photos from the 2016 BMES Annual Meeting in Minneapolis are now available on the Society's Flickr page. 

You may view and download the images. 

CLICK HERE to view the photos. 

If you are having trouble locating a specific image, contact 

Thank you for making #BMES2016 one of the best in the Society's history.  

Setton Named Lopata Distinguished Professor Of Biomedical Engineering 

BMES President Lori Setton has been named the Lucy and Stanley Lopata Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, the university announced. 

She was installed Oct. 24 in a ceremony. 

Setton joined the School of Engineering & Applied Science faculty in 2015 from Duke University. Her research uses tools from mechanical engineering, materials synthesis and cell and molecular biology to advance use of drug depots, or those injected in a local mass from which it is gradually absorbed by surrounding tissue, and biomaterials as therapies for musculoskeletal diseases.

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BMES 2017 Annual Meeting Event Request

Any BMES Member, Committee or Special Interest Group (SIG) requesting to have a social event, workshop, session or special meeting added to the BMES 2017 Annual Meeting outside the parameters of the abstract submission process must submit an event request form no later than February 15, 2017.
CLICK HERE to access the annual meeting event request form.
The Annual Meeting Co-Chairs will review the proposal and if necessary, seek the counsel of the National Meetings Committee, BMES Executive Committee and/or full Board of Directors. If approved, the activity may be added to the 2017 Annual Meeting on a date and time determined by the Meeting Co-Chairs based on availability. Requests and preferences will be taken into account, but are not guaranteed. For questions, please contact .
BMES Webinar Archive Now Available: Connecting Leaders with Underrepresented Groups

If you missed the last BMES webinar, Connecting Leaders with Underrepresented Groups, all BMES members can now access the archive for free by
Clicking Here . Dr. Robert Langer, David H. Koch Institute Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was the featured speaker. The webinar is intended to be part of a series, organized by the BMES Diversity Committee, to give BMES members that are part of underrepresented groups a chance to hear from and interact with leaders in the field and provide a means to potentially forge new relationships. Access the Archive Here today!

All webinars are free for BMES members, so take a moment to visit the
BMES Education E-Learning website to learn more about all professional development webinars offered by BMES.  If you are not a BMES member, join now   to take advantage of this educational member benefit!  
2017 CMBE Conference

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel
January 3-7, 2016
Early Registration Deadline November 21, 2016
Discounted Hotel Room Rate Deadline December 16, 2016
(or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first)  
Click here to reserve your hotel room online or 1-800-321-6248  (Reference CMBE)
About the Conference...
Carnegie Mellon chapter hosts Research Fair

On November 9th, the Carnegie Mellon University BMES Student Chapter hosted its annual BME Research Fair.

The event was hosted in the campus's newest addition, Scott Hall, which now serves as the location for the Biomedical Engineering Department. CMU BMES Chapter holds this event each year to encourage undergraduate students to become involved with BME research by having faculty and graduate students discuss and showcase posters of their projects.

Nearly 20 interdisciplinary labs and research groups were represented at this event allowing students to mingle and learn about research opportunities on campus.

BME Western Regional Conference hosted by BYU BMES Student Chapter

January 19-20, 2017

Registration is Open! Please register early!

Priority Register ( by December 2nd

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E-Cigarettes Pose Similar Cardiovascular Disease Threat As Tobacco Cigarettes, Study Finds   

Electronic cigarettes are just as harmful for cardiovascular disease development as traditional tobacco cigarettes, according to researchers from Stony Brook University. 

Using e-cigarettes, researchers were able to investigate the individual components of tobacco smoke, David A. Rubenstein, an associate professor at Stony Brook. 

"Our recent work aimed to address two standing issues in the field of cardiovascular disease development," he said. "First, it is currently unknown which component of tobacco smoke initiates cardiovascular diseases. Second, it is unknown whether or not electronic cigarettes instigate cardiovascular disease responses."

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BMES Members Among Newly Elected National Academy Of Medicine Members

The National Academy of Medicine recently announced the election of 70 regular members and 9 international members.

Two BMES members are part of the new class: Paula Therese Hammond, Ph.D., David H. Koch Professor of Engineering and head, department of chemical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Samir Mitragotri, Ph.D., Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Chair Professor, department of chemical engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara. 

Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

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Biomedical Researchers Create CareToy For Stimulation And Assessment Of Preterm Infant Activity  

A novel sensorized system, called CareToy, was designed to provide stimulation in the form of goal-directed activity training scenarios and motor pattern assessment of main developmental milestones, such as rolling activity, grasping, and postural stability. 

A research paper about the technology was recently published in Annals of Biomedical Engineering journal. 

According to the article, early intervention programs aim at improving cognitive and motor outcomes of preterm infants.

Intensive custom-tailored training activities are usually accompanied by assessment procedures, which have shortcomings, such as subjectivity, complex setups, and need for structured environments.  The CareToy aims to mitigate those shortcomings.

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