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Issue 1 • Date Jan. 2013

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): C1
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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 1
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  • Staff listing

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 2
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  • Grand challenges in biomedical engineering [From the Editor]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 3 - 4
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  • It's a Great Time to Be a Biomedical Engineer [President's Message]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 6
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  • Call for AdCom Nominations

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 7
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  • The Patient Perspective [Perspectives on Graduate Life]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 8 - 9
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  • Making the big decision [Perspectives on Graduate Life]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 9 - 10
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  • IEEE EMBC 2013

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 11
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  • Medical Imaging: Just What the Doctor (and the Researcher) Ordered: New Applications for Medical Imaging Technology

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 12 - 17
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    The advancement of different medical imaging modalities was discussed and how medical imaging will also make a major difference in cancer management in the future by allowing doctors to select a therapy that matches a particular patient's needs. Whether it is optical tomography or molecular imaging, computerised tomography (CT) or ultrasound, or some technique or combination of technologies, medical imaging has already improved medical care and is poised to do more. Regardless of the exact path medical imaging takes, it is certain that it will continue to improve medical care, whether by diagnosing diseases earlier, formulating treatment plans that are perfectly suited to individual patients, or providing researchers with the understanding of structure and functions to help them understand the intricacies of disease initiation and progression so that they can devise drugs and other treatments to manage illnesses and possibly even cure them. View full abstract»

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  • Molecular Imaging Probes Spy on the Body's Inner Workings: Miniaturized Microscopes, Microbubbles, 7- and 15-T Scanners, Diffusion-Tensor MRI, and Other Molecular-Imaging Technologies Are Pushing Molecular Imaging into the Future

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 18 - 22
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    Molecular imaging is one of the hot-button areas within medical imaging. This technology employs imaging techniques in concert with molecular probes, or biomarkers, that together noninvasively spy on cellular function and molecular processes. In some cases, this technology may be able to detect the very earliest stages of diseases and eliminate them on the spot. This paper discusses how miniaturized microscopes, microbubbles, 7T and 15T scanners, diffusion-tensor MRI and other molecular imaging technologies are pushing molecular imaging into the future. View full abstract»

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  • Tightening of Ethical Standards in Bioengineering Brings Teaching the Fore: In a Realm Noted for Puzzlement, a Rare Consensus Is Achieved

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 23 - 27
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    While the practice of ethical pondering has a formal academic history more than several thousand years old, and its pedigree within the human heart is undoubtedly much older, the somewhat specialized field of bioethics goes back approximately only 50 years in the United States. And while practitioners in the field-known as much for their painstaking pondering as for their acrimonious tendency to disagree-rarely achieve quick consensus on the pressing issues of the day, it would appear that in the United States we have reached some consensus on the best way of teaching biomedical ethics to undergraduate students. View full abstract»

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  • Clinical ethical concerns in the implantation of brain-machine interfaces: Part I: Overview, target populations, and alternatives

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 28 - 32
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    Recently, implantable brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) for the severely disabled have generated a great deal of excitement in the biomedical community, and clinical trials investigating their use as communication aids have already begun in the United States (these trials are discussed in the "Existing Devices and Trials" section). While the hypothetical societal implications of such devices are often discussed, the relative risks and benefits associated with their clinical use, as well as the alternative options available to patients, are not always part of this discussion. This article therefore seeks to outline the associated ethical concerns of the devices, the user populations for which the devices are intended, and existing noninvasive alternatives. View full abstract»

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  • Reverse Engineering by Design : Using History to Teach

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 33 - 38
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    This article discusses reverse engineering as a common approach to understanding design components with strong historical antecedents. The following are also highlighted: the original Kolff drum design; Brigham-Kolff drum; and Baxter-Travenol twin coil. It is concluded that historic reverse-engineering projects have proven a viable engineering education venue. Such projects can be adapted to virtually any biomedical device or other historic engineering artifacts to provide a unique learning experience for students. View full abstract»

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  • Congratulations to the 2013 Elected Fellows of EMBS

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 39
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  • It's all positive [State of the Art]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 40
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  • IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 41
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  • The secret world of cutting [Point of View]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 42 - 44
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  • International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 43
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  • Search for Editor-in-Chief IEEE Transaction on Nanobioscience

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 45
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  • Design transfer and design for manufacturability [Senior Design]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 46 - 47
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    An understanding of manufacturing operations allows biomedical engineers to design products that can be manufactured at a reasonable cost. The ability to apply lean manufacturing and design for manufacturability principles can help speed up assembly operations, avoid repetitive motion injuries among production workers, and reduce waste and scrap, resulting in time and cost savings. Students need to understand that their role on a project team in industry will not end after design validation and verification and that they will be responsible for tasks included in the design transfer phase. To expose them to the entire design process and improve their understanding of the requirements of professional practice, capstone design courses should include design transfer as part of the course curriculum. At the end of the class, students understood the importance of designing a product not only for the end user but also with the assembler and inspector in mind. View full abstract»

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  • Congratulations to the EMBS Senior Members Elevated in 2012

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 48
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  • The mathematization of biology and medicine: Who, when, how? [Retrospectroscope]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 50 - 56
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    The objective herein is to review and collect the most important efforts made to mathematize biology and medicine from Leonardo da Vinci's time to the present, where mathematical biology (often including biophysics by sheer need) has become an established discipline with departments, congresses, and journals devoted to its further development. View full abstract»

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  • EMBS Career Center

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 57
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  • Magnetic Nanoparticles [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 58
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IEEE Pulse covers both general and technical articles on current technologies and methods used in biomedical and clinical engineering; societal implications of medical technologies; current news items; book reviews; patent descriptions; and correspondence

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