Happy Holidays from the EMBS Executive Staff

EMBS is lucky to have dedicated employees and volunteers and the EMBS executive office would like to thank you for all your hard work and dedication this past year. 


May this holiday season bring tons of success, good health, prosperity to you and your families.





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Adrian Plummer, Laura Wolf, Sin Kuen Hawkins.
Scott Woodhouse,  Michael Markowycz, Janice Sandler

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1st IEEE EMBS Distinguished Lecturer Event at the
University of Illinois at Chicago

Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Michael Friebe
The IEEE EMBS Chapter at UIC hosted a Distinguished Lecturer Event on the 28th of November, 2017. We were honored to host Dr. Michael Friebe, a man of many talents and accolades who is truly deserving of the position of distinguished lecturer. His presentation was focused on trends that will become popular in the medical device industry, such as machine learning and the Internet of Things, trends which the medical and scientific community generally agree will see exponential growth in the future and become a cornerstone of future healthcare policies and practices. He also spoke for a time on the current state of affairs regarding healthcare policies and practices, and how they must change if society as a whole desires a healthy population. 

Advances in technology that can make diagnoses at home would eliminate frequent trips to expensive healthcare professionals. In the instance that visiting a healthcare professional is necessary, such as in the case of an MRI or X-Ray procedure, artificial intelligence is making more accurate diagnoses than doctors. All these factors will greatly change the way we conduct medicine in the future, most likely for the better. Our event brought in at least 60 student members and more than 5 faculty members from the colleges of Engineering and Medicine.
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ISBI 2018
April 4-7, 2018 in Washington DC
DEADLINE to submit 1 page abstracts is Monday, 08, January 2018
IEEE Journal Papers on Biomedical Imaging Published in 2017
All peer-reviewed IEEE journal papers published by SPS or EMBS societies during 2017 whose topic is in the biomedical imaging and image analysis domains are eligible for presentation at ISBI 2018, subject to space availability and approval by the ISBI Program Chairs. Requests for presentation of such papers should be made by submitting a one-page abstract of the paper through the ISBI 2018 website on or before the submission deadline ( January 8, 2018 ). Approved requests for presentation must have one author/presenter registered for the symposium according to the ISBI 2018 registration rates. The final format of presentation (oral or poster) is the decision of the ISBI 2018 Program Chairs. The accepted abstracts will not be published in IEEE Xplore or indexed otherwise . "
Housing now OPEN for ISBI 2018
Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available
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EMBC 2018
EMBC 2018 will be on July 17-21, 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii 
Call for Contributed Papers and 1 Page Papers
Author Instructions for Contributed and 1 Page Papers

C ontributed Papers-Full are presented either as an oral presentation or a poster presentation. The type of presentation will be determined by the Conference Editorial Board based on factors such as the reviewer's suggestions and topic of the paper. All presented and contributed papers will be published in IEEE Xplore and indexed by PubMed and Medline.


At least one author of the paper must be registered at the appropriate full conference rate (Member, Non-member, Student member, Student non-member) in order to upload the final paper. If complete payment of a registration fee is not received, authors will not be able to proceed with uploading their final manuscript. While any author of the paper may be registered, only the designated "corresponding author" may upload the final paper. Once a manuscript has been uploaded, the registration fees cannot be refunded. Please be sure that the attending author completes payment and uploads the final paper. This means that they must be the "corresponding author".

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Approximately 15 minute walk to Hawaii Convention Center

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Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available
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BHI - BSN 2018
4-7, March 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada
CALL FOR DEMO/POSTER ABSTRACTS - IEEE BSN 2018
IEEE International Conference on Wearable and
Implantable Body Sensor Networks
DEADLINE to submit 1 page and poster abstracts is Friday, 22, December 2017
The IEEE International Conference on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks (BSN) 2018 is the 15th in a series of annual conferences sponsored by IEEE EMBS dedicated to address the challenges in the areas of sensor-exploiting medical/healthcare systems and networking. IEEE BSN18 will be co-located with the HIMSS2018 (Health Information Management Systems Society Annual Conference) and the IEEE BHI2018 (IEEE International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics) in Las Vegas, March 4-7, 2018. The joint program will have world-renowned speakers from research institutes, government agencies, and industry. More than a thousand attendees are expected in this leading event for healthcare and medical technologies.
Accepted paper notification is 18, December 2017

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Engaging Student Community in Universiti Tun Hussein Onn, Malaysia
Development program at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn (UTHM), Malaysia. This campus has a thriving student population and were very eager to engage with the EMBS Malaysia Chapter. At the membership development program, besides talking about the many benefits of the EMBS society, we also revealed the new price structure for student members. We also presented the options of forming an EMBS student club and EMBS student chapter. The EMBS Malaysia chapter also pledged our support towards helping the students transition from a student club to a student chapter.

The chapter also organized a technical talk and hands-on workshop session for the students at UTHM. Our volunteer Norliza Noor gave a talk on Machine Learning, and went on to lead the hands-on workshop on MATLAB and Weka - assisted by Joel Than.

The chapter concluded our visit to the university by inviting all attendees to celebrate IEEE Day with us.
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Engineering and Medical Sciences meet at a Medical Imaging
Seminar at University of Lahore

IEEE University of Lahore Student branch has reactivated after a long time. The University hosts a large student body of more than 35000 students from various disciplines including Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, Medical Imaging and Neurosciences and Mathematics and Physical Sciences. Our great volunteers at the Student Branch lead by Ahsan Hafeez organized Medical Imaging Seminar on a very beautifully sunny day of winter. More than 200 students attended the seminar and learnt how engineering and medical science can contribute in advancing technology for humanity. Many students visited EMBS Membership Desk outside the seminar hall before and after the seminar to learn about research and student activities in EMBS. Dr. Hassan Mohy-ud-Din, a very brilliant and energetic researcher with training in Engineering and Medicine from universities like John Hopkins and Yale shared his research and inspiration in interdisciplinary research in Medical Imaging. 

IEEE University of Lahore Student Branch is thankful to Dr. Mohy-ud-Din, EMBS and team of our dedicated student volunteers for making this seminar happen with such a great impact.
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MECBME 2018
4th IEEE Middle East Conference on Biomedical Engineering
It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the 4th IEEE Middle East Conference on Biomedical Engineering (MECBME 2018), which will be hosted by IEEE Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Tunisia chapter and the IEEE Tunisia section, in collaboration with the REGIM-Lab. (University of Sfax, Tunisia).

The conference will be held at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Gammarth - Tunis (Tunisia) from March 28-30, 2018.
MECBME 2018 is technically co-sponsored by IEEE Region 8 and IEEE Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS).


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Save the Date
Technical Committee Spotlight
BioRobotics Technical Committee Establishes International Collaborative Workshops and Assists in Keynote Speaker Selection for EMBC 2018

This highlight features three important aspects of the IEEE EMBS Technical Committee on BioRobotics-Organization of international workshops for knowledge exchange, keynote speaker selection for EMBC, and nomination of IEEE professional awards.

The IEEE EMBS Technical Committee on BioRobotics seeks to expand the impact of biorobotics related research through educational outreach, both within academic engineering, and the larger public community. Conferences, workshops, and international exchanges encourage collaboration and expand knowledge. Over the past quarter, Prof. Paolo Dario co-organized an Italy-Japan Workshop on Robotics and Sport Science (Fig. 1), held at Waseda University in early December 2017. In addition, Prof. Massimiliano Zecca presented at the workshop. The workshop has been organized for over 15 years, and is highlights the collaboration between Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and Waseda University.

In addition, the BioRobotics Technical Committee assists in selection of speakers for the Society's flagship conference, Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference (EMBC). For this coming year, we are pleased to announce the Theme 8 BioRobotics keynote speaker: at EMBC 2018 this coming July in Honolulu, the keynote proposed by the BioRobotics theme will be Prof. Dr. Brad Nelson, from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, with a lecture entitled: Soft Microrobotics and its Application in Medicine.

Finally, the Technical Committee on BioRobotics seeks to highlight leadership in the biorobotics field through awards from the IEEE EMB Society, and we are still seeking nominations. Academic and industrial leaders are selected, and the Technical Committee on BioRobotics works with the greater IEEE / EMBS organizations to bestow these awards. The EMB Society sponsors twelve awards of member recognition for technical and professional excellence, service, community impact, and publications. The awards range from career achievement awards to distinguished lectures supported by EMBS. Once again this season, it is important for all members and others in the biorobotics interest area to provide worthy candidates for consideration of these prestigious awards. To provide nominations, please contact Prof. Jim Patton (pattonj@uic.edu) or visit the EMBS webpage on awards.
Publications Spotlight
Gut Feeling
RESEARCHERS ARE DISCOVERING A LINK BETWEEN 
DEPRESSION & GUT BACTERIA
The human gut is home to an abundant and diverse community of microbes-each of us carries roughly 100 trillion, representing more than 1,000 different species. The composition of one's gut microbiota is individually specific, dynamic, and influenced by genetics, diet, age, metabolism, medication use, stress, and geography. These bacteria perform a range of necessary and beneficial functions, including breaking down our food and supporting our immune systems. But mounting evidence suggests that immunity and digestion are just a small part of what all of those microbes actually accomplish. 

Researchers are finding that microbes seem to play a role not only in intestinal health but also in psychiatric health, including an individual's proclivity to depression. Now psychobiotics, or nutritional psychiatry, has the potential to tackle mental health issues-through the gut bacteria. 

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Software Toolbox for Low-frequency Conductivity and
Current Density Imaging using MRI

Saurav Z. K. Sajib  ;  Nitish Katoch ;  Hyung Joong Kim ;  Oh In Kwon ;  Eung Je Woo
The human gut is home to an abundant and diverse community of microbes-each of us carries roughly 100 trillion, representing more than 1,000 different species. The composition of one's gut microbiota is individually specific, dynamic, and influenced by genetics, diet, age, metabolism, medication use, stress, and geography. These bacteria perform a range of necessary and beneficial functions, including breaking down our food and supporting our immune systems. But mounting evidence suggests that immunity and digestion are just a small part of what all of those microbes actually accomplish. 

Researchers are finding that microbes seem to play a role not only in intestinal health but also in psychiatric health, including an individual's proclivity to depression. Now psychobiotics, or nutritional psychiatry, has the potential to tackle mental health issues-through the gut bacteria. 

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