A Welcome Message from the BMES 2022 Co-Chairs

Annual Meeting,

As Co-Chairs of the 2022 BMES Annual Meeting, we are delighted to invite you to this year’s meeting!

From October 12-15, 2022, in the vibrant multicultural city of San Antonio, we will celebrate the tremendous contributions made by BMES members in research, teaching, education, and the workforce that directly impact many sectors of our society. We also aim to highlight equity issues in healthcare and education stemming from racial and socioeconomic diversity, gender and sexual orientation, and disabilities.

This year, we are planning an in-person conference with streaming of the plenaries and DEI events to provide a taste of our best and brightest for those who can’t make it in person and to encourage students at HBCUs, community colleges and high schools to learn about BME. While it’s hard these days to break away from our screens, we strongly encourage you to join us in San Antonio for the full experience. The BMES Annual Meeting is a unique event where you can reconnect with colleagues and expand your network with BMEs for future collaborations, mentorship, and possible employment. We understand that traveling in these times is a personal decision, so we’ve created an online networking system to bridge the gap between in-person attendees and those who can only join us virtually.

In an effort to enhance the experience of attendees, we are introducing a new “Session Co-Chair Trainee” program. This addition will allow BMES members, in the early stages of their careers, to shadow appointed Session Co-Chairs at the Annual Meeting. These positions are critical to the success of our meetings.

There will be a renewed focus on the existing women’s and global health tracks. In addition, thanks to the diligent planning of BMES Committees, we have included a series of Special Session tracks dedicated to DEI, professional development, and student support. Further, we seek proposals for Special Sessions from BME stakeholders that elevate these topics and help facilitate equality in STEM.

While the highlight at BMES Annual Meetings is promoting the importance of cutting-edge science, we will also celebrate the leadership and accomplishments of those who have made the most significant impact in our community — BMES Grade of Fellows and award winners. These two groups embody the BME leaders of tomorrow, so we hope you will nominate someone who inspires you and deserves recognition within our community.

We are confident that you will have a productive, rewarding, and enjoyable experience at the 2022 BMES Annual Meeting. We hope you are as ready as we are to connect with and broaden our community. So come join us as part of the BME community this October!

See you in San Antonio!

2022 BMES Annual Meeting Co-Chairs:

Treena Arinzeh, PhD (bio)

Kris Billiar, PhD (bio)

Anita Singh, PhD (bio)

To learn more or get the latest news about the 2022 BMES Annual Meeting, visit the Annual Meeting homepage!