BMES eNewsletter
     August 2015
BMES Annual Meeting: Early Bird registration discounts end September 4 

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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2015 BMES Annual Meeting on pace to set records for number of attendees and exhibitors     
The 2015 BMES Annual meeting in Tampa is on pace to shatter previous records for attendance and exhibitors.

Registration for the October 7-10 meeting is about 20% above recent years. And more than 140 exhibitors are set to be at the Tampa meeting.

The online tool to search abstracts and sessions is also available now. Just visit to find an abstract.

And be sure to reserve your hotel room by September 4, before specially negotiated discounts expire. Visit: 

A bulletin board is also available for those looking to find a place to share, or for roommates for the meeting: 
CMBE 2015 Young Innovators Announced 

The Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering journal recently announced its class of 2015 CMBE Young Innovators. 

The researchers are featured in the September 2015 issue of the journal which was edited by Nicholas Peppas, Cynthia Reinhart-Kind and Christine Schmidt.

Attendees of the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting in Tampa can see the Young Innovators present their work on Friday, October 9 at 8 am and 1:45 pm in Tampa. 

The Young Innovators for 2015 are: Danielle Benoit, University of Rochester; Akhilesh Gaharwar, Texas A&M University; Anjelica Gonzalez, Yale University; Zhen Gu, University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University; Brenton Hoffman, Duke University; Princess Imoukhuede, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Deok-Ho Kim, University of Washington; Shelly Peyton, University of Massachusetts; Nicole Steinmetz, Case Western Reserve University; Stephanie Willerth, University of Victoria and Lijie Grace Zhang, George Washington University.
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Call for Executive Summaries: Venture Capital Investment Pitches at BMES Annual Meeting          

Venture Capital Investment Pitches: Will provide a forum for start-up companies to pitch to venture capitalists, angel investors, and large company venture groups.

All member-attendees are welcome to attend the session and hear the pitches. 

The event will be in Tampa, Fla., Friday, October 9th, 2- 3 PM 

To submit an executive summary email with the subject line: Venture Capital Executive Summary.                                      

Deadline: September 9  

CLICK HERE for more info

Call for Abstracts: Tech Transfer and Licensing 
The event will take place Friday, October 9th, 3:15 - 5 PM in Tampa, Fla.  

Abstract criteria        
  • 1 page max     
  • Description of the technology       
  • Indications for use      
  • Value prop for the technology, touching on both clinical and economic value    
  • Results of bench-top or clinical studies
  • Next steps in the research project and timeline  
To submit an abstract email and use the subject lineTech Transfer and Licensing 

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Upcoming BMES webinar topics include: Tenure Promotion Process and Finding Venture Capital     
The Biomedical Engineering Society Professional Development webinar series is a valuable benefit the Society offers members.

The webinars will help you be successful regardless of your membership level.  

Take a moment to visit the BMES E-Learning website today to view the webinar schedule and list of archived webinars available to members. 
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BMEs learn about translation research at 2015 Coulter College       
Another successful BMES Coulter College program was held in Coral Gables, Florida this month with 20 teams participating and over 200 students, faculty, clinicians and experts in attendance. 

BMES Coulter College is a training program focused on translation of biomedical innovations. Topics include patent law, working with the technology transfer office, follow-on funding sources, regulatory and reimbursement strategies, and more. 

To help bring this crucial information and insights to audiences of innovators and entrepreneurs, the program is offered to Biomedical Engineering Senior Design Teams and their faculty advisors.   
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Research Spotlight: Study of cell adhesion and cell activation could one day help control inflammation in patients         

Research examining cell adhesion and cell activation could potentially lead to identification of new drug or therapeutic approaches for controlling inflammation, according to research published in the current issue of Annals of Biomedical Engineering

The study focused on understanding what the key processes are in cell adhesion and cell activation, according to researchers. 

The study's authors include BMES Fellows Richard E. Waugh and Daniel A. Hammer. The other authors are Michael T. Beste and Elena B. Lomakina. 

According to Waugh, in response to infection or injury, the body generates an immune response that is manifested as inflammation. Inflammation is important for fighting infection or promoting a healing process, but when it is uncontrolled it can lead to chronic disease or even death in extreme cases.  
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Finol receives NIH grant to study abdominal aortic aneurysms       

Ender Finol, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio, was recently awarded a $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the clinical management of abdominal aortic aneurysms. 

"We need a faster and more accurate way of knowing when these aneurysms will rupture," he said in an article posted by the university. "Through our research study, we hope to learn more about when surgery is unnecessary and when it can actually save lives." 
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Advancements in neuroscience may lead to better understanding of epilepsy        

By Karl Lewis
PhD Candidate CUNY - City College of New York
Department of Biomedical Engineering

A study from a recent issue of the Journal of Neurophysiology investigates indices of inhibition and excitation using a visual paradigm.

Isabel Vanegas, a graduate student at The City College of New York, and colleagues employed a configuration of stimuli that generate a scenario where the brain's response to visual input is suppressed, as reflected in the cortical electrical activity, according to the paper.

Vanegas is a BMES member.  For this study, steady-state visual evoked potentials (SSVEPs) were generated in subjects using a flickering foreground image. Background (surround) patterns were static. SSVEPs in the visual cortex can be initiated by flickering the upper and lower disks in the visual stimulus in temporal phase opposition but not when they are in phase.  
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BMES member creates reverse science fair for middle school students  

Engineers at the University of Tennessee recently created a reverse science fair as a way to give middle school students hands-on experience in understanding the fields of STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

The idea for the program came from BMES member Caroline Bryson a UT College of Engineering doctoral student. 

Bryson's idea was to enable the students to participate in projects rather than just sit and watch them, according to a university article. 

The result: "Stempunk," a fair that will be part of MITES' Middle School Introduction to Engineering Systems' camp this summer, according to the article. 

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