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Bioengineering Resources


If you enjoyed the feature on bioengineering, then delve into some of the many related articles that exist in our own Next Wave archives, or simply spend a little time surfing through the many bioengineering Web links the Next Wave editorial team has collected for you.

In Next Wave:

In 1998, Next Wave published nine articles in our first feature on biomedical engineering, which dealt with topics ranging from the job market in the United States and the worth of an undergraduate degree in BME, to first-hand accounts of U.S. scientists working in the biomedical industry.

Next Wave has also published a feature on trends and careers in biomaterials. Read this series of articles to find out why biomaterials specialists are in demand and what hot skills are necessary for success, and to look for trends in different areas of biomaterials research.

Read about all of the attention that the field of tissue engineering received at this year's British Association Festival of Science, in an article by the UK's Hilary Marshall.

And if you're wondering what the fuss surrounding biophotonics is all about, Canada's Lothar Lilge explains why biologists, biotechnologists, and bioengineers should take the time to understand what it is and even use this technology.

You can also read the Grant Doctor's advice on obtaining funding for bioengineering and cardiovascular research.

On the Web: Bioengineering Resources From Around the GlobeAssociations, Professional Bodies, and Research

Medical Physics Group of the Institute of Physics. Runs meetings, summer schools, and an annual essay competition.

Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. Professional body for medical physicists, clinical engineers, and medical technologists, the institute accredits courses necessary for qualification as an NHS medical physicist. Circulates job openings.

Association of Institutions concerned with Medical Engineering. An umbrella body of physics and engineering institutions with an interest in medical engineering and technology.

Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society. A national professional society affiliated with the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering. One of the aims of the CMBES is to bring together all individuals in Canada who are engaged in interdisciplinary work involving engineering, the life sciences, and medicine. The CMBES also organizes national medical and biological engineering conferences annually in various cities across Canada, and posts Canadian bioengineering jobs.

BECON. The NIH Bioengineering Consortium (BECON) has new management--the NIBIB. BECON is NIH's one-stop shop for all its biomedical engineering information. It consists of representatives from all NIH institutes and centers as well as from other parts of the U.S. government that are also interested in the topic.

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). The BMES runs a number of student chapters with reduced membership rates for young scientists and also publishes a number of journals. Of primary interest to Next Wave readers are the bulletins and a 1996 publication on a guide to careers in BME.

Institute of Biomedical Sciences. UK general institute for biomedical science, which particularly welcomes members interested in engineering fields. Offers one year's free student membership to all those who are studying full time on an IBMS-accredited honors science degree course.

Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) of the IEEE. Represents 10,000 biomedical engineers, a quarter of whom are based outside the United States. The EMBS has local chapters throughout the United States and around the world, and there are a few student chapters based at American universities. This Web site contains details of the society's publications, meetings, and organization. There is also a forum for discussion of current hot topics in the field.

BIOMAT. A National University of Singapore-based, multidisciplinary research Centre of Excellence for Biomaterials Research Engineering and Education. Through its collaborative projects, BIOMAT is creating R&D networks and cooperative links with overseas research institutions, local hospitals, and industries, targeting regional need via the formation of an Asia-Pacific Concerted Action in Bioengineering.

Also at the NUS, the Laboratory for Biomedical Engineering focuses on research efforts in biomedical engineering between and among the various centres and groups from the engineering, medicine, dentistry, and science faculties.

Biomedical Engineering Research Centre. Homepage for a recently formed research center at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

Career Information

NHS Careers--Medical Physicist. Information about the role of medical physicists in the NHS and how to join the profession.

Engineering in Health Week 12 to 15 November 2001. A program of events (aimed at schools) taking place in London, Birmingham and Glasgow, organized by the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

European Tissue Engineering Society. The ETES is holding its first biannual meeting on 5 November. This conference Web page also lists numerous links to other European tissue engineering Web sites.

BMEnet. The Biomedical Engineering Network (BMEnet) Web site has links to academic biomedical engineering departments, job sites, and funding sources. BMEnet is a must-see for U.S. academic bioengineers.

Tissue Engineering Pages. An online magazine that posts breaking research news in the field and also job listings for scientists and postdocs in Europe.

Funding Opportunities

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. EPSRC invites proposals in the field of physics for health care. The Associate Programme Manager is Neil Pratt, who can be reached at

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council's Engineering and Biological Systems Committee. The BBSRC has a theme of Engineering for Medical Applications.

The Whitaker Foundation. One of the largest private foundations for biomedical engineering fellowships and grants. You'd better hurry, though--the Whitaker Foundation has vowed to give away all its money by 2006!

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. NIBIB is the newest institute on the NIH campus. Visit its Web site to read about grants and fellowship you can apply for.

Ontario Centres of Excellence. Four centers established by the provincial government to promote the economic development of Ontario through directed research, commercialization of technology and training for highly qualified personnel. Possible BME funding and collaborative opportunities exist through two centers: Materials and Manufacturing Ontario (MMO) and Photonics Research Ontario (PRO).

Natural Science and Engineering Research Council. The main grants council for bioengineering research in Canada.

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