Biomedical Engineering NEWS

    November 2018
Photos: 2018 BMES Annual Meeting Photos Now Available

Photos from the 2018 BMES Annual Meeting are now available for viewing and downloading. 

Please click HERE to view the photos. 

We are still in the process of editing and downloading all the images from the meeting, so please check the link again over the coming days to see more. 

If there is a specific image you need and you saw a photographer there, let us know and we will try and find the image. 


Guillermo Ameer receives key to Panama City, Panama

Northwestern Engineering's Guillermo Ameer, was presented the Key to Panama City, Panama, by Vice Mayor Raisa Banfield recently.

Ameer, the Daniel Hale Williams Professor of Biomedical Engineering with the McCormick School of Engineering, was in his hometown to attend at APANAC 2018, the XVIII Congreso Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia, the nation's premier science conference, according to a university article.

He also serves as a professor of surgery at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, and he is the director of the Center for Advanced Regenerative Engineering (CARE).

BMES webinar archive now available on Maximizing Industry Engagement With Chapters

The BMES Professional Development webinar series is a valuable membership benefit and a great professional development tool, regardless of your membership level. All live and archived webinars are free to BMES members and accessible on the  BMES Education E-Learning website.


The Purdue University BMES Student Chapter, winner of the 2018 BMES Student Chapter Industry Award, speak about their best practices of engaging industry from the perspective of a student chapter. The webinar also features an industry member who talks about successes in recruiting industry members to chapters and providing networking, professional development, recruitment, and business development opportunities to chapter members. This is a valuable webinar for students and industry members alike to see the unique tactics that can be used to increase industry involvement in your area. Access the Archive!
Take a moment to visit the BMES Education E-Learning website to learn more about another recently archived webinars on Artificial Intelligence Applied to Healthcare, and many more professional development archives available for free to members.
If you are not a BMES member, join now to take advantage of this educational member benefit!

Call for Symposium Applications for LATTICE (Launching Academics on the Tenure Track: an Intentional Community in Engineering)
Launching Academics on the Tenure-Track: an Intentional Community in Engineering (LATTICE), a joint effort between the University of Washington, North Carolina State University, and California Polytechnic State University, is a national program to advance faculty diversity in engineering.
LATTICE offers a national symposium for early-career underrepresented minority women in engineering interested in faculty careers. The call for applications for the 2019 LATTICE II Symposium is open through December 21st. The symposium will take place May 30 - June 2, 2019.
More information about LATTICE and the symposium application process can be found at

New U of Texas technology identifies disease-fighting cells at high speed in high volumes

Biomedical engineers at The University of Texas at Austin have found a faster, more efficient and more reliable way to identify combinations of antigens and T cell receptors, according to a university article.

Identifying these combinations is crucial in the development of disease vaccines and immunotherapy drugs according to the article.
The research findings are published in Nature Biotechnology.

"T cells play a central role in the human immune system, as each expresses its own unique TCRs, a kind of defense system that identifies and then destroys unwelcome pathogens and cancer cells," said the study's lead author Jenny Jiang, an associate professor in the Cockrell School's Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Dell Medical School's Department of Oncology. 

"Effective vaccine and cancer immunotherapy development is contingent on understanding how TCRs behave."

U of Utah engineers develop method to 3-D print ligaments and tendons

A team of University of Utah biomedical engineers have developed a method to 3-D-print cells to produce human tissue such as ligaments and tendons, according to a university article.

A person with a damaged ligament, tendon, or ruptured disc could have new replacement tissue printed and ultimately implanted in the damaged area, according to the article. The research is explained in a new paper published in the Journal of Tissue Engineering, Part C: Methods.

"It will allow patients to receive replacement tissues without additional surgeries and without having to harvest tissue from other sites, which has its own source of problems," said University of Utah biomedical engineering assistant professor Robby Bowles in the article. Bowles co-authored the paper along with former U biomedical engineering master's student, David Ede. Bowles and Ede are BMES members.

U of Penn Michael Mitchell receives NIH director's new innovator award

University of Pennsylvania's Michael Mitchell received a $2.4 million NIH Director's New Innovator Award, which is part of the NIH Common Fund's High-Risk, High-Reward Research program.

The High-Risk, High-Reward Research program supports innovative research proposals that might not prove successful in the conventional peer-review process despite their potential to advance medicine.

Mitchell is the Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Innovation in Penn Engineering's Department of Bioengineering. His reseaarch draws on a variety of fields-biomaterials engineering, data science, gene therapy and machine learning-to tailor the next generation of drug delivery vehicles with this level of precision.

UC San Diego holds annual Lab Expo

On January 18th UCSD BMES student chapter will host its annual Lab Expo.

Lab Expo is a student organized research symposium that aims to promote scientific literacy, scientific advocacy, and interdisciplinary collaboration. It is the largest event at UCSD that connects undergraduate students with the vibrant research community on campus.

Attendees can watch graduate students compete through a pitch-style competition, listen to a keynote speech, enjoy lunch and casual conversation with researchers, and learn about the research being conducted on and around campus through poster presentations.

Students of all disciplines are able to enjoy Lab Expo, and many even begin to work in labs after attending.

Learn more HERE.

Ohio State to hold Engineering in Healthcare: Industry and Research Symposium

The Ohio State University BMES student chapter will host its annual Engineering in Healthcare: Industry and Research Symposium (EHIRS) on Friday, February 8th.

The event allows faculty, business professionals and students to interact in an intimate environment. The symposium will feature an Industry keynote speaker, Networking session/career fair, breakout sessions and research fair. OSU student chapter is accepting abstracts for this event.

For additional information, see event flyer.

2019 CMBE Conference 
January 2 - 6, 2019 
Loews Coronado Bay Resort 
Coronado (San Diego), CA 

Advance registration is now open. 
Register now and save! Click here 
Rooms are filling up. Book your hotel room now!  Click here 

2019 BMES/FDA Frontiers in Medical Devices Conference 
March 19 - 21, 2019 
College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at the University of Maryland 
Hyattsville, MD 

Abstract Submission Closes Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018! Click here for more information 

To Learn more about the BMES Special Interest Groups: 
 Advanced Biomanufacturing - Click here 
 Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering - Click here 
 Medical Devices - Click here

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