BMES eNewsletter
     April 2015
Deadline extended for BMES Annual Meeting abstract submissions 


For those needing additional time to submit an abstract for the 2015 BMES Annual Meeting, the deadline has been extended to Thursday, April 30.  
The meeting will be held October 7-10 in Tampa.

CLICK HERE to submit an abstract.

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Frontiers in Medical Devices Conference scheduled for May 18-20, 2015 in Washington, DC

The Biomedical Engineering Society and the US Food and Drug Administration have formed a partnership to co-host the BMES/FDA Frontiers in Medical Devices Conference, a meeting for researchers, engineers, clinicians and other professionals with interests in the design and development of medical devices. 

The conference will be held May 18-20, 2015 in College Park, Md. on the campus of the University of Maryland.

CLICK HERE for more information and to register for the meeting.      

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BMES Undergraduate Design Competition applications are being accepted

All BMES student chapter members engaged in student design projects are encouraged to enter the undergraduate design competition.  

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 in Tampa.

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.


Sangeeta Bhatia receives Heinz Award   


Biomedical Engineering Society Fellow Sangeeta Bhatia was named a recipient of the 20th Heinz Awards, the organization announced this month.   


Each year, candidates are considered for Heinz Awards in up to five categories. Each represents the areas in which John Heinz was most active: Arts and Humanities, Environment, Human Condition, Public Policy, and Technology, the Economy and Employment.  


BMES members receive Tau Beta Pi graduate fellowships    


The Fellowship Board of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, selected 30 engineering students from 370 applicants for graduate fellowships in 2015-16, the organization announced.   


All of this year's recipients will receive cash stipends of $10,000 for their advanced study.    


Three of the recipients are Biomedical Engineering Society members: Morgan Elliott, Saint Louis University; Neil Gandhi, University of California, San Diego; and Jacquline Plyler, University of South Carolina.  


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Jennifer West Wins 2015 Clemson Award      

Duke University's Jennifer West was awarded the 2015 Clemson Award for Basic Research from the Society for Biomaterials, the university announced recently.   


West is the Fitzpatrick Family University Professor of Engineering with appointments in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Cell Biology, and Chemistry at Duke. West is a Biomedical Engineering Society Fellow.    


Clemson Awards are given in honor of the strong traditional ties between the Society for Biomaterials and Clemson University that have existed since 1974. Awardees are selected by the Society for Biomaterials Awards, Ceremonies and Nominations Committee and confirmed by the President of Clemson University, according to the announcement.


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Study examining hockey helmets and concussions featured on ESPN         


A new study appearing in Annals of Biomedical Engineering finds that more than a quarter of all hockey helmets worn by players, from the NHL to youth leagues, are not recommended based on their inability to reduce concussion risk.   


Stefan Duma, head of Virginia Tech's Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanic and the Harry Wyatt Professor in Engineering spearheaded the research and is featured prominently in the ESPN story.  


Duma is a Biomedical Engineering Society member  Virginia Tech released its five-star ratings of hockey helmets, judging their abilities to help prevent concussions, according to a university announcement.  


The findings so far: Only one of 32 tested helmets earned three stars with all other models faring worse in laboratory impact tests representative of the blows experienced by hockey players.


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Telemetric system allows animals to be monitored continuously over a long period of time for cardiovascular disease research 


Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the world. More than 17 million people died of the disease in 2008, around 3 million died before the age of 60 and according to the World Health Organization, many of these deaths could have been prevented, according to a research published Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology journal.   


More research in cardiovascular disease (CVD) can lead to better detection and improved treatment for patients with either acute or chronic CVD, according to the research paper.    


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Collaborative effort between University of Florida and BioD will focus on regenerative medicine   

The biotechnology company BioD has committed $1 million to the University of Florida J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering.

The thrust of the funding will be on regenerative medicine research, according to a university announcement. 

The funding will be used to establish the Tim Brahm Endowed Term Professorship in Biomedical Engineering, and to bolster a collaborative research partnership between the university and the company, the announcement says.


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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.


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