BMES eNewsletter
    April 2016
BMES Annual Meeting
Abstract Deadline Extended:  Due May 3

The deadline to submit abstracts for the 2016 BMES Annual Meeting has been extended to May 3.

Biomedical engineering researchers are invited to submit abstracts for the scientific program at the 2016 meeting in Minneapolis, October 5-8, 2016.  
 
Abstracts will be fielded through an online system available at: http://submissions.mirasmart.com/BMES2016  
 
The submission deadline is May 3, 2016  
 
A one-page abstract format is required. This format will allow reviewers to more effectively choose those abstracts which are best suited for podium presentations.  
 
Hotel Discounts Expire April 29: BMES/FDA Frontiers in Medical Devices Conference 
 
Meeting Dates: May 23 - 25, 2016 
 
Registration: Now Open 

CLICK HERE
to reserve a hotel room. 
 
This year's theme is Innovations in Modeling and Simulation: Patient-Centered Healthcare. 
 
Location: The College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at the University of Maryland. 
 
The conference will provide a forum for participants involved in the development and evaluation of medical devices to meet and share their expertise, establish collaborations, and discuss strategies to effectively utilize computational modeling to support patient care and improve final outcomes. 
 
The program will feature plenary talks by Alexandra Golby, MD (Harvard Medical School), Natalia Trayanova, PhD (Johns Hopkins University), and Olivier Verborgt, MD, PhD (AZ Monica, Belgium). 
 

Study Of Structure Inside The Nucleus Of Cells Could Lead To New Therapies To Treat Cancer  
 
Research focused on the nucleus of cancer cells could one day lead to new therapies to treat the disease and provide a better understand of cancer's progression, according to a review published in the journal Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering

All cancers have abnormal DNA sequence and abnormal gene expression, and the cancer nucleus containing the DNA often looks abnormal, according to one of the authors Dennis E. Discher, with the Molecular and Cell Biophysics Lab and Physical Sciences Oncology Center, University of Pennsylvania.

Microneedle Patch Delivers Localized Cancer Treatment For Melanoma   
 
Biomedical engineering researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a technique that uses a patch embedded with microneedles to deliver cancer immunotherapy treatment directly to the site of melanoma skin cancer, the universities announced. 

In animal studies, the technique more effectively targeted melanoma than other immunotherapy treatments, according to an NC State article. 

Melanoma treatments range from surgery to chemotherapy and radiation therapy, according to the article. A promising new field of cancer treatment is cancer immunotherapy, which helps the body's own immune system fight off cancer. 

UT San Antonio Tissue Printing Device To Be Used To Regenerate Organs 
 
The biomedical engineering program at The University of Texas at San Antonio acquired a piece of equipment that can print tissues and potentially regenerate organs, according to a university article. 

The device works similarly to a 3-D printer and is now a part of the laboratory of Teja Guda, a Biomedical Engineering Society member and an assistant professor of biomedical engineering. 

"There aren't very many organ printers in the world," Guda said in the article. "We wanted to explore this new space in regenerative medicine since so many at UTSA have those strengths."


Webster Discusses Zika Virus On WHDT World News   
 
Biomedical Engineering Society Fellow Thomas Webster recently discussed the science surrounding the outbreak of Zika virus on WHDT World News. 

The biggest issue, Webster said, is the lack of data and information related to Zika. 

"We don't have all the answers now, and what we do now is from documented cases," Webster said. 

Webster is the Department Chair of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University. 

"I hope this leads to more research and more funding for research," Webster.     
 
Gary Bledsoe Named Chair Of Saint Louis University BME Dept.    
 
Gary Bledsoe, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Saint Louis University, will take over as chair of the department, the university announced. 

"Dr. Bledsoe has a long history of providing solid leadership at SLU. I am very happy that he has agreed to assume leadership of the biomedical engineering department, and I am confident that he is the right person to lead the department into the future," said current chair, Michelle Sabick, Ph.D. 
  
Save the Dates   
 
2016 Postdoctoral Preparation Institute: Career Transitions

Hosted by the FASEB MARC Program
June 2 - 3, 2016
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel
$1, 250 Travel Awards available
 

42nd Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference

Hosted by Binghamton University
April 5 - 7, 2016
Registration Deadline:  March 30, 2016
 
BMES Award Applications Now Open 
 
BMES recognizes individuals for their accomplishments, significant contributions and service to the Society and the field of biomedical engineering. BMES is now accepting nominations and applications for the following awards for 2016:
 
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 Award honors 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.
 
Innovation and Career Development Awards are available to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, early career faculty, and early career professionals from underrepresented populations in biomedical engineering. The awards are also intended to support participation from BMES members involved in research and training focused on health disparities and minority health.
 
For more information on these awards, including how to apply, please CLICK HERE
 
Nominations and applications accepted online only through May 31, 2016.
 
BMES Accepting Fellow Nominations
 
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 HERE.
 
Nominations will be accepted until May 31, 2016.
 
BMES E-Learning
 
If you missed last month's webinar, How to Join a Local BMES Industry Chapter, the archive is available on the BMES Education E-Learning website.

The webinar features speakers from the North Carolina RTP, San Francisco Bay Area, and Minneapolis Twin Cities BMES Industry Chapters, who share best practices for launching and growing a chapter and the different types of activities their chapters are doing.

The webinar covers the benefits associated with joining a BMES Industry Chapter, the support BMES provides to these groups, and expectations and logistics for starting and running a chapter in your area.
 
All webinars are free to BMES members, so take a moment to visit the BMES Education E-Learning website today to access archived webinars and learn more about upcoming webinars.
 

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