BMES eNewsletter
    October 2015
BMES Annual Meeting in Tampa features scientific talks, awards, career sessions and much more

Thousands of the world's top researchers flocked to Tampa for the 2015 BMES Annual Meeting.
The meeting was the largest in the Society's history with nearly 4,000 attendees. 

Highlights of the meeting included Martin L. Yarmush's Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Lecture, BMES President Richard T. Hart's State of the Society address, an award presentation for the 2015 class of BMES Fellows and much more. 

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Congratulations 2015 BMES Innovation and Career Development Award Winners   
BMES would like to congratulate the Innovation and Career Development awardees and thank all those who submitted applications. 

This award provides travel support to attend the BMES Annual Meeting for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, early career faculty, and professionals at critical transition or reentry points in their careers from underrepresented populations in biomedical engineering to include racial and ethnic minorities.

The awards are aimed at helping minorities and underrepresented groups in biomedical engineering involved in research and training focused on health disparities and minority health.

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Upcoming BMES meetings  

2015 Midwest Biomedical Engineering Regional Conference

Hosted by The University of Akron

November 6, 2015 - The University of Akron Student Union

Advance Registration Deadline:  October 28, 2015 Click here to register

2016 CMBE and ABioM Joint Conference

January 6-10, 2016

Royal Sonesta New Orleans

Early Registration Deadline:  November 19, 2015  Click here to register 

Hotel Room Block Open!  Click here to reserve your room

Nominations for CMBE Young Innovators Special Issue now being accepted            

Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, an official journal of the Biomedical Engineering Society, is currently accepting self-nominations for the 2016 CMBE Young Innovators Special Issue.

The 2016 Young Innovators issue will be co-edited by Tejal Desai, Dan Hammer, and Michael King.

Accepted authors will be invited to present their work in a special two-part platform session at the 2016 BMES Annual Meeting in Minneapolis.

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BME departments invited to participate in USA Science and Engineering Festival   
All BME departments and programs are invited to join BMES at The USA SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FESTIVAL, 15-17 April 2016, in Washington, DC. 
The event will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. 
For more information visit: .

This is a great opportunity for student chapters to interact with the world on a grand scale. If your chapter students are developing lessons in a box or other types of hands on lessons this is a great opportunity to test them. This every other year festival is the largest celebration of science and engineering in North America and draws a minimum of 375,000 visitors. The average number of visitors to a booth is over 22,000.

Call for Committee Members
Are you interested in becoming more active in the Society? 
Apply to join a BMES committee. All members of committees must be members of the Society. Unless otherwise specified, the term of office for all committee members is three years. 
Each committee may also include non-voting student members. 
If you are interested in joining a BMES committee, complete an application by November 23, 2015. 
For information about each committee and to review committees accepting applications, please visit . 
Webster named International Director of International Research Center for Translational Orthopaedics  

The International Research Center for Translational Orthopaedics officially was launched this month at Soochow University in Suzhou, China. 

BMES member and Northeastern University Chemical Engineering Department Chair Thomas Webster will be the International Director for the center, according to the organization. 

The IRCTO, with its headquarters in Suzhou, China is an agglomeration of 5 research groups, 17 professors from China as well as 9 research groups and 10 professors from overseas.

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Research Spotlight: Cancer fighting drugs disguised as platelets show promise in combating the disease         

Researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a technique that coats anticancer drugs in membranes made from a patient's own platelets, allowing the drugs to last longer in the body and attack both primary cancer tumors and the circulating tumor cells that can cause a cancer to metastasize, according to an NC State article. 

The work was tested successfully in an animal model, according to the article. 

"There are two key advantages to using platelet membranes to coat anticancer drugs," said Zhen Gu, corresponding author of a paper on the work and an assistant professor in the joint biomedical engineering program at North Carolina State 

"First, the surface of cancer cells has an affinity for platelets - they stick to each other. Second, because the platelets come from the patient's own body, the drug carriers aren't identified as foreign objects, so last longer in the bloodstream," said Gu who is a BMES member.
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