Archive September 2017

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BYU-developed helmet smartfoam signals potential concussions in real time

Brigham Young University researchers have developed nano composite smartfoam that can be placed inside a football helmet to measure the impact and power of hits. The data lets coaches know within seconds how hard a player has been hit and whether or not they should be concerned about a concussion.

BMES Announces Travel Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2017 BMES travel awardees which include winners of the BMES Student Travel Awards, BMES-NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) Student Travel Awards, and the BMES Career Development Awards. These awards assist with travel to the BMES Annual Meeting and primarily support major goals of the Annual Meeting and mission of BMES to broaden the inclusion of underserved and underrepresented communities at undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels, as well as junior faculty and career professionals, who may not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in the BMES Annual Meeting. 

Feng Zhang named Lemelson-MIT Prize winner

Feng Zhang – who will speak at the 2017 BMES Annual Meeting – is the 2017 Lemelson-MIT Prize winner. The award recognizes individuals who translate their ideas into inventions that improve the world in which we live.

Funding for National Cancer Institute included in House spending bill

Two National Institutes of Health related amendments were included in the final FY 2018 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill, according to the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research. 

Senate committee approves $2 billion increase for NIH budget

The National Institutes of Health will see a $2 billion budget increase for biomedical research under a funding bill passed the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services.

Elliott elected president of BMES

Dawn Elliott – Department Chair of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware – was elected president of the Biomedical Engineering Society this month. Ben Noe, an engineer at Medtronic, was selected to be the Society’s new treasurer. 

Ohio State researchers develop regenerative medicine technology

Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State’s College of Engineering have developed a new technology that can generate any cell type of interest for treatment within the patient’s own body, according to a university article.