BMES eNewsletter
    May 2016
BMES/FDA Frontiers in Medical Devices Conference - 
Innovations in Modeling and Simulation: Patient-Centered Healthcare

Hundreds of researchers, clinicians, industry members, government officials and more gathered this month for the BMES/FDA Frontiers in Medical Devices Conference. 
The theme of the 2016 meeting was Innovations in Modeling and Simulation: Patient-Centered Healthcare
The wide range of talks included topics such as virtual patients, computer assisted guidance for surgeons, computer modeling to improve diagnosis and treatment of patients, and much more. 
The meeting also included dozens of platform and poster presentations highlighting the cutting edge of modeling and simulation research. 

Industry partners also held several special luncheon sessions and exhibited their latest technology over the three-day event in College Park, MD. 

For more information about the meeting CLICK HERE.
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.
Design Standards for Biomedical Engineering Webinar: June 16th  
Join BMES on June 16, 2016 at 3pm EDT for the professional development webinar, Design Standards for Biomedical Engineering. The webinar will discuss how to incorporate design standards into biomedical engineering student capstone projects, best practices for teaching design control, biocompatibility testing and risk assessment, and affordable ways students and faculty can access standards. The featured speakers will share their experience on use and development of standards in the classroom and industry. Click here to learn more and register.
If you missed the April webinar, Regulatory Standards and Risk Management in Medical Devices, the archive and supporting materials are now available on the BMES Education E-Learning website. The webinar features BMES Member George Serafin, and his team at Deloitte & Touche's Life Sciences and Healthcare Regulatory Risk and Compliance Advisory Practice, who highlight their unique career paths to industry and provide an overview of the quality and regulatory trends within the medical devices industry.
BMES webinars are free to members, so take a moment to visit the BMES Education E-Learning website today to learn more about upcoming and archived webinars.
BMES Receives $1.2 Million Grant From Wallace H. Coulter Foundation    
The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and the Biomedical Engineering Society signed an agreement this month for a $1.2 million grant for the Society to produce programs over the next four years.   


The programs to be produced under the grant include:   


* Creating a biomedical engineering minority network


* Holding an annual Coulter College symposium


* Establishing the Wallace H. Coulter keynote lecture & award  


The Coulter Foundation has been a long-time supporter of BMES and has awarded the society nearly $1.8 million in grants over the years.

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Ultrasound Could Become A Diagnostic Imaging Tool For Better Oral Care    
Ultrasound could potentially become a non-invasive diagnostic imaging tool for better oral care, according to a recent study published in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering journal. 

Besides the advantages of portability and cost-effectiveness, ultrasound technique has no ionizing radiation, as found with traditional dental X-rays. 

Intraoral ultrasonography uses high-frequency mechanical waves to study dento-periodontium. 

Previous studies employed a single transducer or an array of transducer elements, and focused on enamel thickness and distance measurement, according to the article.

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Method For Printing 3D Keratin Scaffolds Could Potentially Aid Tissue Engineering    
Keratin, a naturally-derived polymer derived from human hair, is physiologically biodegradable, provides adequate cell support, and can self-assemble or be crosslinked to form hydrogels, according to a paper published in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering.

Nevertheless, keratin has had limited use in tissue engineering and has been mainly used as casted scaffolds for drug or growth factor delivery applications.

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U Of Michigan 'Kidney On A Chip' Could Lead To More Precise Drug Dosing    
University of Michigan researchers have used a "kidney on a chip" device to mimic the flow of medication through human kidneys and measure its effect on kidney cells, according to a university article. 

The new technique could lead to more precise dosing of drugs, including some potentially toxic medicines often delivered in intensive care units. 

Precise dosing in intensive care units is critical, as up to two-thirds of patients in the ICU experience serious kidney injury, according to the article. Medications contribute to this injury in more than 20 percent of cases, largely because many intensive care drugs are potentially dangerous to the kidneys.

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Laurencin Receives National Medal Of Technology And Innovation Award    
BMES Fellow Dr. Cato Laurencin received his National Medal of Technology and Innovation award at the White House this week. 

President Barack Obama presented the award to Laurencin, a University of Connecticut Professor, Chief Executive Officer, Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) and Director, Institute for Regenerative Engineering. 

The National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation is Nation's highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology, according to the US Patent and Trademark Office.

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NIH Funds Pitt Study To Develop Culture-Free Fat Cell-Based Vascular Grafts In Cardiovascular Disease Patients  
The National Institutes of Health have awarded BMES Fellow David Vorp, , with a two-year, $417,838 R21 grant for research into the use of cells from a patient's own adipose (fat)  as vascular grafts in arterial bypass surgery, according to the university. 

Vorp is the William Kepler Whiteford Professor of Bioengineering and Associate Dean for Research of the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

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BMES Bylaws Vote
The BMES Bylaws vote will close on May 31, 2016.  If you have not yet reviewed the proposed changes, please do so by 5 pm Eastern on May 31st. BMES Fellow, Member, Early Career and Emeritus members received the survey on May 18th via Survey Monkey.

For more information contact 
BMES Student Affairs News:
Chapter Industry Award recognizes outreach to industry

BMES is sponsoring the Outstanding Industry Program Award for Student Chapters that are in good standing. To apply chapters must submit a Chapter Development Report highlighting activities and outreach within local industry.

BMES Undergraduate Design Competition applications due May 30

All BMES student chapter members engaged in student design projects are encouraged to enter the undergraduate design competition.

BMES Student Travel Awards available for Annual Meeting

Student Travel Awards are due July 31, 2016 - please visit

Chapter Expirations: Please renew now if expiring in May/June/July

If your chapter is scheduled to expire within the summer months, please renew online at

Rochester festival celebrates innovation
Imagine RIT is an annual festival held by the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, that includes live entertainment, demonstrations, and hands-on exhibits that celebrate creativity and innovation.

Virginia Tech/Wake Forest hosts Graduate Research Symposium

On, May 11th, The Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University BMES Student Chapter hosted its 15th annual Graduate Student Research Symposium at Biotech Place in Winston-Salem, NC.

Stevens Institute of Technology holds successful events

The Biomedical Engineering Society at Stevens Institute of Technology has had an especially productive and successful semester, chapter officials report.

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