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Call for Distinguished Lecturers
DEADLINE November 16, 2017
The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) invites nominations for EMBS Distinguished Lecturers. The IEEE EMBS Distinguished Lecturers Program provides high quality speakers to the Biomedical Engineering Community, especially, EMBS Chapters, Student Branch Chapters, and Student Clubs.  Appointment as an EMBS Distinguished Lecturer is a major Society recognition. The Distinguished Lecturers are selected by the Awards Committee and announced in December after approval by the EMBS AdCom.
South African Biomedical Engineering Conference
 4-6 April 2018
You are invited to submit a paper to the 3rd South African Biomedical Engineering Conference. The conference will be held at the Spier Wine Estate outside of the picturesque university town of Stellenbosch on 4 - 6 April 2018 in collaboration with the IEEE EMBS, the IEEE South Africa Section, the IEEE EMBS South Africa Section and Stellenbosch University.

Biomedical Engineering is a progressive and exciting field aimed at improving or solving health-related problems. There remains huge potential for innovation and human capacity building in this field not only in South Africa, but in Africa and globally. The scope of the conference is general and will focus on the interdisciplinary nature of biomedical engineering. Call for papers are now open and the deadline for 4-page original paper submissions is 8 December 2017. Please visit our website at or send me an email for more information.
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BHI/BSN 2018 
Paper Deadlines Extended to November 6, 2017
The IEEE Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI) 2018 and the IEEE Conference on Body Sensor Networks (BSN) 2018, two premier flagship venues in the area of mHealth, health analytics and wearable computers, will be co-located this year along with the Health Information Management Systems Society Annual Conference (HIMSS) 2018. Our joint event will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 4-7 March 2018.

The joint organization will provide a unique forum to showcase novel sensors, systems, signal processing, analytics and data management services. The presentations will offer the latest findings of researchers on efficient and innovative signal acquisition, transmission, processing, monitoring, storage, retrieval, analysis, visualization and interpretation of multi-modal signals including physiological, biomedical, biological, social, behavioral, environmental, and geographical data.

Submission Deadlines

Dates for the following have been extended:

BHI & BSN Full Papers

  • Submission Deadline EXTENDED: November 6, 2017
  • Accept/Reject Notification: December 20, 2017
  • Final Paper Submission Deadline: January 15, 2018

BHI & BSN Special Sessions & Workshops
  • Accept/Reject Notification EXTENDED: October 23, 2017

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Life Sciences Conference
Paper Deadlines Extended to November 6, 2017

The date to submit accepted final papers for the Life Sciences Conference has been moved to Monday, November 6, 2017.

2017 IEEE Brain Initiative Workshop on Advanced NeuroTechnologies
November 9-10 in Washington DC
Dr. Krishna Shenoy from Stanford University will share a talk on intra-cortical motor BMIs during our 2017 IEEE Brain Initiative Workshop on Advanced NeuroTechnologies.

Professor Shenoy directs the Neural Prosthetic Systems Lab at Stanford, where his group conducts neuroscience and neuroengineering research to better understand how the brain controls movement and to design medical systems to assist those with movement disabilities. 

He co-directs the Neural Prosthetics Translational Laboratory which conducts brain-machine interface FDA clinical trials with people with paralysis.

The Workshop is taking place November 9-10 in Washington, DC. There's still time to register! More information here.
Call for Participation: IEEE Brain Data Bank Competition
December 9, 2017 in Boston, MA, USA

This is the last in a series of challenges and competitions sponsored by IEEE Brain Initiative in 2017 that explore various brain/neuro datasets. Datasets for the Boston competition are provided by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and were collected as part of a broader intervention-based study via funding by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) under the Strengthening Human Adaptive Reasoning and Problem-solving (SHARP) program. The full datasets can be downloaded from IEEE Dataport.

Cash awards will be given to top winners.

ISBI 2018 
April 4-7, 2018 in Washington DC
Keynote Speakers
Samuel Achilefu, Ph.D


Dr. Samuel Achilefu is the Michel M. Ter-Pogossian Professor of Radiology. He holds joint appointments as a Professor in Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering. He currently serves the Chief of the Optical Radiology Laboratory, Director of the Molecular Imaging Center, Director of the Center for Multiple Myeloma Nanotherapy, and co-Leader of the Oncologic Imaging Program of the Siteman Cancer Center. Dr. Achilefu is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Optical Society of America, SPIE, and the Academy of Science - St. Louis.
Kim Butts, Ph.D.


Kim Butts Pauly received her PhD from the Mayo Graduate School, did a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford, and joined the faculty at Stanford in 1996. She is currently Professor of Radiology, with courtesy appointments in Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering. She has worked on MRI and the use of MRI to guide interventions such as cryoablation and thermal ablation. Her current interest is in transcranial MR-guided focused ultrasound for ablation, BBB opening, and neuromodulation.  She is a fellow of both the ISMRM and AIMBE and a distinguished investigator of the Academy of Radiology Research.
                          Anne Carpenter, Ph.D.


Dr. Carpenter directs the Imaging Platform at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. Her research group develops algorithms and data analysis methods for large-scale experiments involving images. The team's open-source CellProfiler software is used by thousands of biologists worldwide ( Carpenter is a pioneer in image-based profiling, the extraction of rich, unbiased information from images for a number of important applications in drug discovery and functional genomics.

Laura Waller, Ph.D.


Laura Waller is the Ted Van Duzer Endowed Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley, a Senior Fellow at the Berkeley Institute of Data Science, and affiliate in Bioengineering and Applied Sciences & Technology. She received B.S., M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2004, 2005 and 2010, and was a Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer of Physics at Princeton University from 2010-2012. She is recipient of the Moore Foundation Data-Driven Investigator Award, Bakar Fellowship, Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award, Agilent Early Career Professor Award Finalist, NSF CAREER Award, Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator Award and Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering.
Housing now OPEN for ISBI 2018
Omni Shoreham Hotel

2500 Calvert Street NW Washington,
District  of Columbia
EMBC 2018
EMBC 2018 will be on July 17-21, 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii 


The #EMBC18 Organizing Committee has extended the proposals submission deadline for workshops, tutorials, invited sessions, mini-symposia, and special sessions to Wednesday, November 15th.

The theme of the meeting is "Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future," inspired by the 40th anniversary of the world's largest international biomedical engineering meeting. We hope you'll join us! 

Complete details are available on the conference website: visit conference website

Sponsorship's Opportunities Now Available

Are you interested in a sponsorship opportunity at EMBC 2018 find out more HERE
Call for Contributed Papers at EMBC 2018
Author Instructions for Contributed Papers - Full

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".
Call for Proposals to Organize a Session at EMBC 2018
Workshops, Tutorials, Invited Sessions, Mini-Symposia
and Special Sessions

Proposals for Workshops, Tutorials, Invited Sessions, Mini-Symposia and Special Sessions are invited. Submission opens on September 1, 2017 and closes  November 1, 2017. The activities are subdivided into pre-conference and during-conference.  Pre-conference activities will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2018, from 8.00 AM - 5.00 PM.

If you have already read the instructions and are returning to this page to submit a proposal, GO TO PROPOSAL SUBMISSION
EMBC'18 is accepting proposals for the following sessions:
  • Workshops (pre-conference)
  • Tutorials (pre-conference)
  • Mini-symposia (during conference)
  • Invited Sessions (during conference)
  • Special Sessions (during conference)
Housing now OPEN for EMBC 2018
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki
Beach Resort

Approximately 15 minute walk to Hawaii Convention Center

2005 Kalia Road  Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Tel: +1-808-949-4321  Website

Click here to book  at EMBC discounted rates, before June 13, 2018.
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Society Spotlight
1ST Distinguished Lecturer EVENT @ IEEE EMBs JUST SBC
IEEE EMBs JUST SBC meets DL Prof. Michael Friebe,
Otto-von-Guericke University
Michael Friebe, PhD - EMBS Distinguished Lecturer

On August 13th , IEEE EMBS JUST SBC , in a first of its kind event in Irbid, Northern Jordan , hosted its first Distinguished Lecturer event on JUST campus. Titled 'Introduction to Healthcare Innovation 'and presented by none other than distinguished lecturer Prof. Michael Friebe, the event was a highly interactive lecture series that delved into numerous interesting topics and mind provoking activities. In an auditorium of 100+ students and faculty members, the DL event was the event of the YEAR !! 

The first session of the series stated with an introduction from our fine guest from Germany about his career as a scientist and entrepreneur, his university, and a glance at his works. Later, he took it upon himself to deliver some learning goals to our us including understanding as future leaders the possibilities in the healthcare sector, medical know-how and some basic economic understanding. It concludes to the fact that we are in need to search for unmet clinical needs in combination with future possibilities. Afterwards, it was all about healthcare innovation needs including exponential technologies were data and numbers about the current Jordan / world were discussed and analyzed.

In proceeding sessions, future trends of healthcare, reverse innovation and entrepreneurial opportunities and educational challenges were discussed. The last session of the series included some design thinking activities, blue ocean discussion, and challenges that provoked the engineering minds of our students.

To be leaders of the future, you should think like a leader of the future and not of the present ' . Prof. Michael Friebe . A full enthusiastic day filled with education, inspiration and knowledge was the outcome of the distinguished visit Prof. Michael has made to our campus. We are full of gratitude towards him and our sponsors and especially EMB for making such an event come to life.

Publications Spotlight
Grappling with the Health Consequences of Floods

In early September 2017-when the rains from Hurricane Harvey finally subsided in Houston, Texas-Seth Pedersen loaded up his pickup truck
with sample collection kits, waders, rubber boots, buckets, and a small aluminum fishing boat. On that particular day, Pedersen was on a mission to test the water in homes flooded by the hurricane-looking for E. coli bacteria, chemicals, heavy metals, and other pathogens. In the days and weeks following floods, the threat of infectious disease becomes high. 

The specific public health impacts of floods depend greatly on where the flooding event occurs, and since Houston is home to many oil and gas companies, the floods that accompanied Harvey sent a cocktail of chemicals into the floodwater in addition to the sewer overflows. As such, health authorities in Houston were concerned about the possibility of a surge in flesh-eating bacteria, as well as cases of antibiotic-resistant staph infections, diarrheal disease from noroviruses, along with other respiratory infections and disease. Recent research from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, confirmed the impact of floods on human health after examining 113 cases of floods that occurred worldwide. Notably, they found that skin infections, gastrointestinal infections, wounds, and poisonings from carbon monoxide, gasoline, bleach, and hydrocarbons all spiked after storm events in both developing and developed countries.

Physiological Effects of Single- and Multi-Walled Carbon
Nanotubes on Rice Seedlings
Authors:  Hao Zhang ;  Mengxia Yue ;  Xueke Zheng ;  Chengshen Xie ;  Hong Zhou ;  Lijia Li
In this paper, single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were found to accelerate leaf growth and development of rice seedlings at a low concentration (20 mg/L), accompanied with the increased chlorophyll content and net photosynthetic rate (PN). Quantitative realtime polymerase chain reaction results indicated that both SWCNTs and MWCNTs significantly increased expression of genes associated with chloroplast development and cell sizes. Further analysis revealed that the abscisic acid content decreased and the gibberellin content increased while the content of O-2 and H2O2 was slightly elevated and the activities of antioxidative enzymes (SOD, EC, and POD, EC were differently modulated after treatment with the carbon nanotube (CNT). These results suggest a possible link between reactive oxygen species and plant hormones under CNTs treatment to promote rice seedlings growth.

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