BMES eNewsletter
     March 2015

Video: Submit an abstract for the 2015 Biomedical Engineering Society's Annual Meeting        


The program chair of the 2015 BMES Annual Meeting, Angelique Louie, discusses submitting and abstract for the Oct. 7-10 meeting.   


Louie, a professor at University of California, Davis, also discusses some of the highlights planned for the fall meeting.  


For more information and to submit an abstract, visit:   


To go directly to the abstract submission system visit:   


The deadline to submit an abstract is April 23, 2015.   


The theme of the 2015 BMES Annual Meeting is: Innovation at the Interface.



Applications now being accepted for BMES Coulter College student program


Once again BMES is pleased to be offering Coulter College, a training program focused on translation of biomedical innovations, August 13-16, 2015 in Coral Gables, Fla. 


BMES Coulter College participants take what they learn during the workshop forward to their senior design courses.

BMES and the Coulter Foundation are looking for dedicated teams to participate in this exciting program and invite senior design faculty to submit a team application. 

At BMES Coulter College, student design teams will be guided by faculty and clinical experts through a highly dynamic process designed to help them better understand how innovations can meet clinical needs, while providing tools and approaches used to evolve identified problems into novel solutions. 

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Upcoming BMES Regional Meetings


2015 Northeast Regional Conference

Together with the Northeast Bioengineering Conference

Hosted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

April 17, 2015


Save the Dates!


2015 Southeast Regional Conference

Hosted by UNC/NCSU Joint BME Department

Sponsored by Duke Pratt School of Engineering

Raleigh, NC

October 23, 2015


2015 Midwest Regional Conference

Hosted by the University of Akron

Akron, OH

November 6, 2015

BMES Undergraduate Design Competition applications are being accepted

All BMES student chapter members engaged in student design projects are encouraged to enter. All design team members must be BMES student members and chapter members in good standing. The top 6 proposals will be chosen and those teams will be given an opportunity to present their work via oral presentations at the BMES 2015 Annual Meeting.

This is a great opportunity for students to showcase their undergraduate design work and present their innovations at BMES 2015 Annual Meeting and network with product development and design professionals in BME. Prizes will be awarded. Please visit for details. 

Questions or additional information on applying, please contact Liz DaSilva.

Application deadline is 5 p.m. EST on May 25, 2015
. Late applications will not be accepted.


2nd Annual Biomedical Research Symposium hosted by University of Texas -San Antonio BMES Student Chapter


On March 21st 2015, the University of Texas at San Antonio Student Chapter and the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio will host The Biomedical Research Symposium.  


This joint effort will showcase research being conducted by students at both the University of Texas San Antonio and the University of Texas Health Science Center. The students have invited prominent members of the biomedical engineering and medical fields to join and share their experiences while providing advice to students interested in industry, graduate school, or medical school.  


The Symposium was created to bring together students of all different majors and concentrations with the interest of the betterment of the medical field.   



North Carolina BME Symposium is an opportunity for learn about research and network


East Carolina University's BMES Student Chapter, along with Duke University, North Carolina State and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host a Biomedical Engineering Symposium on Saturday, March 28, 2015, 9-6 pm at Duke University in the E-Quad.  


This BME Symposium is an opportunity to bring together BME students, faculty, and industries from across North Carolina and the Southeast region. This year's Symposium will feature several expert panels, a senior design competition, undergraduate poster presentations, keynote speakers, industry representatives, and networking opportunities. This is a free event and includes lunch


For additional information and to register for the event, please visit 


Stony Brook University Student Chapter hosting a New York City Best Practices Meet-Up with several Northeast BMES chapters.

April 25, 2015, Stony Brook University Biomedical Engineering Society is hosting a New York City Meet-Up with several of the Northeast BMES chapters. This event will help BMES chapters to learn best practices and develop connections. The New York City Meet-Up will be hosted on Stony Brook University's Manhattan campus on a Saturday, April 25th. All BMES Chapters local to NYC are invited to attend. Please contact Stony Brook BMES at if you are interested in participating.


BMES 2014 Annual Meeting Session Recordings 


One valuable benefit the Society offers is the BMES Professional Development webinar series. The various webinars will help you be successful regardless of your membership level. BMES members will find upcoming webinars on topics including Medical Devices (May 2015), Translation, Intellectual Property and Venture Capital (July 27, 2015), ABET New BME Program Criteria (August 2015), and Tenure Promotion Process (September 15, 2015).


Take a moment to visit the BMES E-Learning website today to view the 2015 webinar schedule and list of archived webinars available to members.


This month's Featured Webinar is Technology in the Classroom 

. This archived webinar shares best practices around using available technology to support and enhance student learning for BME education.   


Webinars are a key component of BMES's educational and professional development program. By sponsoring a BMES webinar, you can associate your institution or company's brand with the Society's year-round dedication to educational programs and professional development. Visit the BMES E-Learning website to see the list of upcoming webinars. If you are interested in learning about how to sponsor a BMES webinar, click here for more information and complete the Webinar Sponsorship Form. If you have questions, contact BMES Education Director, Michele Ciapa at


BMES Annual Meeting session recordings 


As a member benefit, you can listen to select annual meeting sessions online.  


The most recent archived sessions include:  

  • Outstanding Chapter & Commendable Achievement Awards,
  • Outstanding Mentoring & Outstanding Outreach Awards,
  • How to Get Your First Job,
  • Networking Effectively,
  • Mock Interview Demonstration,
  • Owning Your Career & Using Mentors, and
  • Research in BME and Grant Writing.


To access the recorded sessions visit: You must be logged on as a member to access this content. 


Are you taking advantage of recognition opportunities? 


Annually, BMES recognizes individuals for their accomplishments, significant contributions and service to the Society and the field of biomedical engineering. The BMES Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the following awards:


Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award

- is awarded each year to an individual to recognize outstanding achievements and leadership in the science and practice of biomedical engineering.


Diversity Lecture Award

- honors an individual, project, organization, or institution for outstanding contributions to improving gender and racial diversity in biomedical engineering.


Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Lecture Award

- is offered to stimulate research careers in biomedical engineering.


Distinguished Achievement Award

- is presented each year to an individual, company, charitable foundation, or non-academic institution that has made great contributions to the field of biomedical engineering.


For more information on these awards, including how to apply, please visit

Nominations accepted online only through May 31, 2015.


BMES accepting nominations for fellow


All BMES Member-level members who have been in good standing for the past three years are eligible to be nominated for Fellow status in BMES.  


More information on the qualifications for Fellowship can be found at


Nominations will be accepted until May 31, 2015.               


Be a featured BMES spotlight member


All BMES members are encouraged to sign up for the BMES featured member spotlight! This is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow members - and for them to get to know you! All member levels are welcome and encouraged to submit their information here.


BMES membership - profile updates


Have you started a new job? Changed career paths? New title? Whatever it may be, please remember to update your information with BMES!  


Login to the website at with your username and password (contact BMES Membership at if you can't remember those), your profile page with instantly pop-up so you can update all your information at once.


Welcome new BMES members


In the month of January, BMES welcome over 120 new members to the Society! You can find a list of all new members, updated monthly, at New members can be research on the Society's membership directory. Please take a moment to look up and welcome a new BMES member.


Skin cancer detection device could save billions of health care dollars    


A new 3-in-1 skin cancer detection device that screens for abnormal skin cells in less than 5 seconds could potentially save billions in U.S. health care, according to an article from The University of Texas at Austin.   


James Tunnell, an associate professor at Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, led a team of researchers that estimate that 25 negative biopsies are performed for every one case of skin cancer detected, which translates to $6 billion to the U.S. health care system each year, according to the article. Tunnell is a BMES member.    


The 3-in-1 device is the first probe of its kind and inexpensive enough to be used in hospitals, clinics, and doctors offices everywhere, according to the researchers.

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Material that triggers stem cells to form bone could treat breaks and defects    

A new material that triggers stem cells to begin forming bone could enable a more effective treatment for hard-to-heal bone breaks and defects, according to a Texas A&M University article. 

The biomedical engineer teams research is detailed in the scientific journal ACS Nano and is supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.  

Its findings could change the way medical professionals treat fractured bones that experience difficulty in healing and often require bone graft procedures, says Akhilesh Gaharwar, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Texas A&M. Gaharwar is a BMES member.

Computer model could help pitchers avoid elbow injuries       

Baseball pitching imposes a dangerous load on the elbow that puts the joint at severe risk for injury, according to an article in the current issue of Annals of Biomedical Engineering journal. 

The goal of the research highlighted in the article was to develop a musculoskeletal modeling approach to enable evaluation of muscle tendon contributions to mitigating elbow injury risk in pitching.  

The researchers include BMES member Wendy Murray, along with James H. Buffi, Katie Werner, Tom Kepple. 



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