BMES eNewsletter
     July 2015
REU, Undergraduate Abstracts for 2015 BMES Annual Meeting due Aug. 5   

Undergraduate students may now submit abstracts for the 2015 BMES Annual Meeting for the special summer submission process.  


Only abstracts from undergraduate presenters are eligible.     


CLICK HERE to submit your undergraduate abstract   



The summer deadline allows undergraduate students to submit summer research, however any undergraduate may submit at this time even if the completed work occurred during the main academic year.   


Summer Undergrad Submission Deadline - August 5, 2015  

Registration Now Open for BMES 2015 Annual Meeting: Early Bird rates apply 

Registration for the BMES Annual Meeting in Tampa October 7-10 is now open! 

CLICK HERE for registration information and to register online. 

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

CLICK HERE for the Schedule-at-a-Glance. 

For questions, please email:   

Register by September 4 and save

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BMES Webinar Series: Upcoming Webinars, Archives and Sponsorship Opportunities   


Join BMES on July 29, 2015 at 3:00 PM ET for the professional development webinar Translation, Intellectual Property and Venture Capital.  


The webinar will provide an introduction to what it takes to transfer technologies from an academic research setting into a start-up or corporate environment.    


For more information and to register, visit BMES E-Learning.


Please post and share the Intellectual Property Webinar flyer with BME faculty and colleagues.   


If you are a BMES member and missed the last webinar, How Good is Good Enough?, the archive is available on demand.  


New cancer treatment: Sound waves gently cull circulating tumor cells from blood samples   


The capture and analysis of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in the blood of cancer patients is a valuable tool for treatment decisions and therapy monitoring.  


Until recently, it was a huge challenge to capture these rare cells in a blood sample.   


In a new approach funded by NIBIB, bioengineers have developed a system that efficiently isolates CTCs using sound waves, without physical contact or damage to the cells, assuring that their original characteristics are maintained, according to an NIBIB article.   


The contact-free nature of the method offers the potential for more precise cancer treatment and monitoring, and new discoveries on how cancer spreads. 

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Wichita State team develops remote heath system based on smartwatch 


A team of biomedical engineering students from Wichita State University has invented a remote health monitoring system that allows physicians to check on patients using a programmable smartwatch, according to a university article. 

The team consists of Biomedical Engineering Society member Travis Vo, along with Linh Vu and Brandon Bartlett, according to the article. 

Their product is called Mobile HealthLink and it is sponsored by Via Christi HOPE.

With the remote system, which won third place in WSU's Shocker NewVenture Competition in May, a physician enters a set of questions into the Mobile HealthLink website customized for each patient and their ailment, according to the article. 

The patient can quickly answer the questions by pressing a couple of buttons on their smartwatch. The physician is alerted to the responses and can see overall trends that might merit a follow-up appointment.


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Barry Lutz named 2015 Innovation Fellow at U of Washington 


University of Washington Bioengineering Assistant Professor Dr. Barry Lutz is one of 17 UW faculty to be named 2015 CoMotion Presidential Innovation Fellows.

Appointed by UW Interim President Ana Mari Cauce, the appointees are selected for their success in fostering a culture of innovation at UW, according to a university announcement.

The fellows initiate groundbreaking programs, foster industry collaborations and share their ideas, knowledge and entrepreneurial thinking across UW.


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Nanoscale cancer treatment developed at Duke could help kill deadly tumors     


Researchers at Duke University have devised a method for making a promising nanoscale cancer treatment even more deadly to tumors, according to a university article.


The technology allows an extremely thin layer of hydrogels to be deposited on the surface of nanoshells -- particles about a hundred nanometers wide designed to absorb infrared light and generate heat, according to the article.   


When heated, these special hydrogels lose their water content and release any molecules (such as drugs) trapped within.   


By depositing the hydrogels on tumor-torching nanoshells and loading the new coating with chemotherapeutic drugs, a new way to combat tumors is possible.   


The research is described in a paper published in the journal ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering. 


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$50 million gift will expand and elevate Cornell biomedical engineering department     


A decade after its creation, Cornell's Department of Biomedical Engineering has received a $50 million endowment gift that will expand and elevate it as the Nancy E. and Peter C. Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering, according to a university article.   


Representing the largest single philanthropic commitment by individual donors to one of the university's colleges in Ithaca, the gift is made by Nancy Meinig '62 and Peter Meinig '61, along with daughters Anne '87, Kathryn, MBA '93, and Sarah and their own families, the article states.   


"This is a pivotal moment for Engineering at Cornell," Lance Collins, the Joseph Silbert Dean of the College of Engineering said in the article.  


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University of Florida researchers invent device that makes chemotherapy more personalized, efficient       

Two University of Florida researchers have invented a device that makes chemotherapy treatments more personalized, efficient and affordable, according to a University of Florida Health article.   


The miniaturized platform, known as a microarray, uses patients' cancer cells to test various doses and combinations of chemotherapy drugs, the article states.   


The device's breakthrough capability, its ability to work with a smaller number of cancer stem cells, is especially crucial because such cells are particularly rare, according to UF Health.  


Cancer stem cells comprise about 1 percent of a typical tumor, and other drug-testing methods require larger amounts of cells.  The device was developed by Biomedical Engineering Society members Benjamin G. Keselowsky, Ph.D., an associate professor in the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering and Matthew R. Carstens, Ph.D., a post-doctoral associate in Keselowsky's laboratory.  


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