Biomedical Engineering NEWS

    September 2017
Elliott Elected President of BMES

Dawn Elliott - Department Chair of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware - was elected president of the Biomedical Engineering Society this month.  
Ben Noe, an engineer at Medtronic, was selected to be the Society's new treasurer.
Elliott and Noe are joined by five new members of BMES's board of directors:
  • Rebecca Willits, University of Akron
  • Angelica Gonzalez, Yale University                
  • Craig Simmons, University of Toronto  
  • Hanjoong Jo, Emory University and Georgia Tech
  • Denise Forkey, Medical Device Development Solutions
Denise Forkey, Medical Device Development Solutions, will take over the director position vacated by Ben Noe until October 2018.
Elliott will begin her role as president at the Society's 2018 Annual Meeting in Atlanta.
Noe and the board members will start their new roles at the Society's 2017 Annual Meeting in Phoenix, October 11-14.
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2017 BMES Annual Meeting:  
On-Line Registration Discounts Expire Sept. 27

On-line registration discounts for the 2017 BMES Annual Meeting: Phoenix, expire Sept. 27. Register by Wednesday, Sept. 27 for significant savings. 

The meeting will be held October 11-14 and we'll feature hundreds of research presentations, exceptional keynote addresses and dozens of career enhancement seminars.

CLICK HERE for registration information and to register online.

CLICK HERE for hotel information and to reserve your room online.

CLICK HERE to visit the BMES Annual Meeting website.
For questions, please email:

Register by Sept. 27 and take advantage of discounted on-line rates.

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Congratulations to the 2017 BMES award recipients!
The Biomedical Engineering Society takes great pleasure in honoring the following award recipients for their significant accomplishments and contributions in the field of biomedical engineering.  
Professional Society Awards
2017 Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award
Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, PhD (Speaking Oct. 12 at 10:15 am at #BMES2017)
2018 Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award
Rashid Bashir, PhD
2017 Wallace H. Coulter Award for Healthcare Innovation Award Lecture
Bonnie Anderson (Speaking Oct. 13 at 10:15 am at BMES2017) 
2017 BMES Diversity Award Lecture
Manu O. Platt, PhD (Speaking Oct. 13 at 5:15 pm at #BMES2017)
2017 Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award
Craig J. Goergen, PhD (Speaking Oct. 14 at 10:30 am at #BMES2017)
2018 Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Conference
Ocean Reef Club - Key Largo, FL
January 2 - 6, 2018
Registration Now Open!
Hotel - Ocean Reef Club
We are pleased to report that the Ocean Reef Club (ORC) weathered Hurricane Irma without major damages.  The ORC is currently in cleanup mode and making minor repairs.  The
administrative operations are functional, including their reservation desk.   
To make your reservation you can call
(305) 367-5923 or click here to go online.
Reservation Deadline:   December 1, 2017
(or until the room block is full, whichever comes first)
Industry Program at #BMES2017: Entrepreneur Workshop, Investment Pitches & much more!   
Wednesday, October 11th
12:30 - 3:30 PM Industry Tours
Ticket purchase required
Thursday, October 12th
8:00 - 9:00 AM   Principles of Project Management
9:00 - 10:00 AM Verification and Validation of Medical Devices
1:00 - 2:00 PM   BMES Special Interest Group Overview
2:00 - 5:00 PM   Entrepreneur Workshop
Ticket purchase required
7:00 - 9:00 PM    Industry and Clinical Mixer
Sponsored by Brooks Kushman P.C.
Ticket purchase required
Friday, October 13th
8:00 - 10:00 AM Tech Transfer Innovation Challenge
1:00 - 3:00 PM   Clinical Innovators Spotlight
3:00 - 5:00 PM   Investment Pitches and Partnering
For more info visit:
Webinar on Engaging Industry with Local BMES Chapters  
The BMES Professional Development webinar series is a valuable benefit the Society offers members to enhance and grow professional skills. Take a moment to review and register for the upcoming webinar below and visit the  BMES Education E-Learning   website to view the full webinar schedule and list of all the archived webinars available to members.
September 21, 2017
The University of Maryland 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, the North Carolina (Research Triangle Park) Industry Chapter will talk about the success they have had in recruiting industry members to their chapter and providing networking, professional development, recruitment, and business development opportunities to their members. This will be 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. View the webinar archive soon: HERE.
Archive Available
BMES Accreditation Activities Committee members shared updates and experiences on ABET EAC accreditation. This included expectations of self-study reports and team campus visits. This information is targeted toward current-year BME Program Evaluators and also useful for departmental faculty leading and participating in accreditation efforts. Access the Archive Today !
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 Announces Travel Award Winners  
Congratulations to the 2017 BMES travel awardees which include winners of the BMES Student Travel Awards, BMES-NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) Student Travel Awards, and the BMES Career Development Awards. These awards assist with travel to the BMES Annual Meeting and primarily support major goals of the Annual Meeting and mission of BMES to broaden the inclusion of underserved and underrepresented communities at undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels, as well as junior faculty and career professionals, who may not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in the BMES Annual Meeting.
Thank you to the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health for grants to support the BMES-NSBE Student Travel Awards and the BMES Career Development Awards.
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Ohio State researchers develop regenerative medicine technology

Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State's College of Engineering have developed a new technology that can generate any cell type of interest for treatment within the patient's own body, according to a university article.

The technology is called Tissue Nano-Transfection (TNT) and was developed by Daniel Gallego-Perez, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and surgery along with L. James Lee, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and Chandan K. Sen, director of Ohio State's Center for Regenerative Medicine & Cell Based Therapies, according to the article.

Feng Zhang named Lemelson-MIT Prize winner

Feng Zhang - who will speak at the 2017 BMES Annual Meeting - is the 2017 Lemelson-MIT Prize winner. The award recognizes individuals who translate their ideas into inventions that improve the world in which we live.

Zhang is Pioneer of the revolutionary CRISPR technology and optogenetics.

Senate committee approves $2 billion increase for NIH budget

The National Institutes of Health will see a $2 billion budget increase for biomedical research under a funding bill passed the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services.
The bill, passed last week, has bipartisan support and increases total NIH budget to $36.1 billion, according to an announcement from the committee.
"I'm proud that we were able to secure another $2 billion increase for the NIH, providing doctors and researchers in Missouri and across the nation more resources to help them treat and cure our most deadly and costliest diseases," said Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), chairman of the subcommittee.

Researchers receive $8 million grant to develop bioengineered, human heart-tissue patch

To prevent heart failure and restore heart function, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham will work to create a bioengineered, human heart-tissue patch that is large, standardized and highly functional, according to the university.
This preclinical work will be supported by a seven-year, $8 million grant just awarded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, according to a university article.
The research hub is led by Biomedical Engineering Chair Jianyi "Jay" Zhang, Timothy Kamp, M.D., of Wisconsin and Nenad Bursac, Ph.D., of Duke. The teams will work with individual cells and bioengineered patches made up of many cells. They will test the bioengineered cells in mice and the bioengineered patches in pigs, according to the article.

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