BMES eNewsletter
    November 2015
Track topics announced for Frontiers in Medical Devices Conference

Track titles for the 2016 BMES/FDA Frontiers in Medical Devices Conference ''Innovations in Modeling and Simulation: Patient-Centered Healthcare'' have been announced. 

Abstracts for the meeting will start being accepted later this month and are due January 15, 2016. 

The conference will take place May 23-25, 2016 in College Park, MD, just outside Washington, DC.  

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Grande-Allen named Deputy Editor-in-Chief for ABME journal       
The Annals of Biomedical Engineering announced that Jane Grande-Allen will serve as a Deputy Editor-in-Chief for the journal. 

In that role, she will join ABME's Kyriacos Athanasiou (Editor-in-Chief), Holly Ober (Managing Editor), and Deputy Editors-in-Chief Scott Simon and Daniel Elson.   

Grande-Allen is the Isabel Cameron Professor of Bioengineering at Rice University.  Her research group investigates the structure-function-environment relationship of heart valves through bioengineering analyses of the extracellular matrix and cell mechanobiology.   

Their goal in characterizing the mechanisms of heart valve remodeling is to derive novel therapies that can be used to treat patients earlier in the disease process.    

Her research has been funded by NIH, NSF, Pfizer, the American Heart Association, the Whitaker Foundation, and the March of Dimes, and is described in more than 100 peer-reviewed publications.   

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Laurencin launches Regenerative Engineering and Translational Medicine journal     
BMES Fellow and Board Member Cato Laurencin (UConn) recently announced \the launch of Regenerative Engineering and Translational Medicine (RETM), published by Springer and the newly formed Regenerative Engineering Society. 

Laurencin is the journal's Editor-in-Chief, and the Executive Advisory Editors are Robert Langer (MIT), Robert M. Nerem (Georgia Tech), Nicholas Peppas (University of Texas at Austin), C.N.R. Rao (Jawaharlal Nehru Centre), and Xingdong Zhang (Sichuan University). 

RETM is an international journal covering Convergence of the disciplines of advanced materials science, stem cell research, the physical sciences, and areas of developmental biology and clinical translation. 

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Research Spotlight: Integrating a flipped lecture into a laboratory course   

By Asem F. Aboelzahab
Instructional Laboratory Coordinator
BME Honors Society Co-Advisor
Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering Purdue University

The flipped classroom model allows for active student learning by 'reversing' the traditional classroom structure.

The content traditionally delivered inside the classroom (i.e. lectures) is recorded and provided to students online, while the in-class time is dedicated to identifying knowledge gaps and problem-solving. 

This develops a more collaborative environment and provides more one-on-one interaction between instructors and students. Still, there is a disparity in the instructor to student ratio, lecture/lab correlation, and other variables. 

In the Biotransport laboratory course taught at Purdue University's Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, an innovative structure was implemented to address this. 

The Biotransport laboratory course is taught at the junior level with a focus on experimental design, computational modeling, and statistical analysis. The lab introduces 3 distinct open-ended modules covering the delivery of nutrients to tissues, drug distribution throughout the body, and preservation of cells in deep freeze.

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Abstracts sought for Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference: Due December 7  

The 32nd Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference will be held at the Shreveport Convention Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, on March 11-13, 2016.

Abstracts are being solicited for contributed Oral and Poster presentations at the conference. Abstracts are due December 7.

Abstracts related to Biomedical Engineering and related research and education will be considered. Submission of a 2-page paper in IEEE format is optional.

The conference brings together researchers, clinicians, students, and industry leaders to discuss current ideas and state-of-the-art developments in biomedical translational research and advances and innovations in the related sciences, technology and education.

For more information, and to submit an abstract visit: .
Binghamton BMES Student Chapter Hosts Student-Faculty Dinner  

, the Binghamton BMES hosted a student-faculty dinner with Dr. Kaiming Ye, Dr. Amber Doiron, Dr. Gretchen Mahler and Dr. Abhinav Bhushan with over 50 students in attendance.  

The event opened with students and faculty interacting and socializing over delicious food for twenty minutes followed by each professor delivering an introduction regarding their research and interests.  

The event lasted for another hour with students and faculty mingling and asking stimulating questions on both academic and social topics. Overall, the event proved to be a great success and well-received by both students and faculty.  

Photos have been posted to the Binghamton BMES Facebook page:     

BMES student chapter award  

BMES 2015 Fleetest Feet Award Application is NOW open.

Applications are being accepted through December 5th, 2015, 11:59PM EST.  

All BMES student chapters in good standing can submit an application.

The Fleetest Feet award honors the BMES student chapter traveling the most miles to attend the 2015 Annual Meeting.  

The winning chapter is recognized and receives a plaque at the 2016 Annual Meeting. All award eligibility requirements are found at .  

For questions, please contact me via email at .

Seventh Annual Bay Area Biomedical Device Conference  

The San Jose State University BMES Student Chapter is hosting its 7th Annual Bay Area Biomedical Device Conference on March 30th, 2016.

The event will take place at the Student Union Ballroom at San Jose State University.  

The conference is a forum for the latest developments in Biomedical Device technology, and an opportunity to hear presentations from the nation's leaders in biomedical engineering. The conference is organized entirely by a group of Biomedical Engineering Society (SJSU BMES) students - both undergraduates and graduate students.  

This is an excellent opportunity for professionals to network with each other and to potentially recruit future employees from among the students.

The full day event will feature speakers from academia and industry who will be presenting current developments in their respective areas of expertise.

SJSU BMES cordially invites all students, professionals, and interested parties to attend.            

The conference program is available online, and will be updated periodically with speaker, and sponsor profiles.   Bay Area Biomedical Device Conference Website: . If you have any questions contact .

George Mason hosts BMES Movie Night  

The Biomedical Engineering Society student chapter will host its first movie night showing Ex Machina followed by a discussion on how it relates to bioengineering.  

Come sit down, relax and enjoy some snacks with friends; November 23, 7pm.  

BMES members land $5.4 million DARPA research award    
BMES members Zhongming Liu and Matthew Ward will be part of a team selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop an implantable, nerve stimulating ''bionode'' to treat inflammation. 

DARPA has awarded $5.4 million to Purdue University to lead the interdisciplinary research.

''The Purdue team includes professors Terry Powley, a distinguished professor in Purdue's College of Health and Human Sciences; Paul Robinson, a professor of cytomics and biomedical engineering; Zhongming Liu, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering; and research scientist Matthew Ward.''

Study could lead to new therapies to treat coronary artery disease    
A recent study published in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering suggests ''a new paradigm whereby the safety of drug eluting stents can be optimized through the use of resorbable biocompatible coating materials with resorption kinetics that coincide with the dissociation and tissue elimination of receptor-bound drug.'' 

"The conventional wisdom - that sustained drug elution from stent coatings over the course of weeks or months is required for clinical efficacy - has dramatically restricted the options for stent coating materials," said Abraham R. Tzafriri, co-first author on the paper. 

"Based on these data, we can assert that this presumption is no longer true," he said in an announcement. 

The study's authors include BMES member Natalie Artzi along with Keith M. Faucher, Geoffrey Moodie, Theresa Albergo, Suzanne Conroy, Scott Corbeil, Paul Martakos, Renu Virmani and Elazer R. Edelman

Langer awarded Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering     
Queen Elizabeth II presented BMES Fellow, Robert Langer with The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering for his work in the field of Biomedical Engineering, according to an announcement from Buckingham Palace. 

The Queen presented Langer with a 1 million British pounds prize as part of the award. 

Langer's work related to the treatment of both brain and prostate cancer was cited as a one of the reasons for the award, according to a Daily Mail article.  
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.

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