Biomedical Engineering NEWS

    October 2018
4 Days of Research, Science and Inspiration Highlight Record Breaking BMES Annual Meeting

The 2018 BMES Annual Meeting in Atlanta included thousands of research presentations, several inspirational keynote talks, ample opportunities to connect with colleagues and make new friends, and much more.

More than 5,300 people attended the record-breaking meeting that was also home to the largest BMES expo floor in the Society's history.

Over the next few days, we will edit and organize hundreds of photos from the meeting, including awards presentations. A link to those pictures will appear on our homepage as soon as they are ready.

To catch up on all the details of the meeting, please take a look at our four daily newsletter produced in Atlanta.

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Call for BMES Committee Members: Apply to Join a Committee by November 15th 

BMES is calling on members to join a committee to share your experience and expertise to help grow the field - all while developing skills that will benefit you both personally and professionally. 

The volunteer self-nomination process remains open through November 15, 2018


* Must be a current member in good standing and you must maintain your membership status during your term if appointed to a committee (students are encouraged to apply, but are non-voting members) 

* Must be willing to serve a 3-year term 

* Must support the BMES Strategic Plan 

* Must be an active, collaborative participant in committee meetings (frequency varies by group) 

If you are interested in joining a BMES committee, complete an application for consideration by November 15, 2018. For information about committee charges and to review and apply for committees accepting applications, please visit  .

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Register Today for BMES Professional Development Webinar on Student Chapter Industry Engagement

The BMES Professional Development webinar series is a valuable benefit the Society offers members. The webinars will help you be successful regardless of your membership level. All live and archived webinars are free to BMES members and accessible on the BMES Education E-Learning website. 

November 14, 2018 at 12:00pm Eastern 

The Purdue University BMES Student Chapter, winner of this year's BMES Student Chapter Industry Award, will speak about their best practices of engaging industry from the perspective of a student chapter. 

Additionally, an industry member will talk about the success in recruiting industry members to their chapter and providing networking, professional development, recruitment, and business development opportunities to their 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. REGISTER TODAY


Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a major area of interest across a wide variety of fields with healthcare being no exception. In this webinar, John Showalter, CPO of Jvion, and John Axerio-Cilies, COO of Arterys speak about how each of their organizations apply AI to the healthcare industry and give their views on where the field is heading. 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!

BMES 2019 Pritzker and Diversity Award Recipients Announced
Annually, the Biomedical Engineering Society recognizes individuals for their accomplishments, significant contributions and service to the Society and the field of biomedical engineering. The Society is proud to announce its 2019 award recipients. 

The 2019 award recipients will be recognized and deliver a plenary lecture during the 2019 BMES Annual Meeting next year in Philadelphia. 

2019 Robert A. Pritzker  Distinguished Lecture Award 
Christopher Chen, PhD - 
Boston University 

The Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award is the premier award of the Society given to an individual to recognize outstanding achievements and leadership in the science and practice of biomedical engineering. Dr. Chen is recognized for his seminal contributions to biomedical engineering. He is Professor, a founding director of Biological Design Center, Deputy Director and Co-PI of NSF STC for Engineering Mechanobiology, and Deputy Director, NSF ERC for Cellular Metamaterials, Boston University. He is one of the leading scientists in the field of mechanoiology. His paper in elucidating the key role for cell shape in control of cell fate switching has 4,707 citations. He has made significant contributions to stem cell field. His research in human mesenchymal stem cells revealed the role of RhoA as the critical signaling pathway regulating mechanical force responsive stem cell differentiation. He helped develop a cell patterning platform for characterizing mechanical stress induced cell morphogenesis. His Google Scholar h-index of 92 with nearly 40,000 citations. 

2019 Diversity Lecture Award 
Steven D. Abramowitch, PhD - Department of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh 

The Diversity Lecture Award honors an individual, project, organization, or institution for outstanding contributions to improving gender and racial diversity in biomedical engineering. Dr. Abramowitch has an impressive list of accomplishments and commitment to improving diversity in BME. He is the CoPI on 2 funded NSF programs (PITTS STRIVE and GEPS) which focus on increasing representation of minorities in graduate programs. 

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

Early registration closes November 21, 2018. 
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 Open! 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

Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Journal publishes 2018 Young Innovators Issue
Articles by this year's Young Innovators of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering are now available in the October issues of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Journal. 

The awardees presented the papers in this issue in a special, two-part platform session at the 2018 Annual Meeting of BMES in Atlanta. 

The articles in this issue represent some of the most innovative and impactful bioengineering studies carried out by junior faculty in our field. Four of this year's Young Innovators are women, and all are being recognized as rising stars in their field.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Research hints at predicting autism risk for pregnant mothers
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute continue to make progress with research focused on autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 

A recent paper authored by Juergen Hahn -- professor and head of biomedical engineering -- and Jill James from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in the journal Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders discuss their research. 

The work focuses on predicting with approximately 90 percent accuracy whether a pregnant mother has a 1.7 percent or a tenfold increased risk of having a child diagnosed with ASD, according to a university article. 

Hahn is a BMES member. 

Currently there is no test for pregnant mothers that can predict the probability of having a child that will be diagnosed with ASD, according to the article. Recent estimates indicate that if a mother has previously had a child with ASD, the risk of having a second child with ASD is approximately 18.7 percent, whereas the risk of ASD in the general population is approximately 1.7 percent, it states. 

"However," Hahn said in the article, "it would be highly desirable if a prediction based upon physiological measurements could be made to determine which risk group a prospective mother falls into."

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