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06/14/2024

ICYMI: For the first time, Prof. Alexander Opitz and team showed that non-invasive brain stimulation can change a specific brain mechanism that is directly related to human behavior.

This is a major step forward for discovering new therapies to treat brain disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.

Read more: https://bit.ly/3wTveBY

Study involving BME researchers shows ultrasound therapy significantly reduces rheumatoid arthritis disease activity 06/06/2024

In a first, a study demonstrated splenic ultrasound therapy can significantly reduce rheumatoid disease activity directly in human patients. SecondWave Systems, Inc., a company co-founded by Professor Hubert Lim, completed the pilot clinical study.

➡️ Read more: https://bit.ly/4em8rjI

Study involving BME researchers shows ultrasound therapy significantly reduces rheumatoid arthritis disease activity May 9, 2024 — SecondWave Systems, a company co-founded by Department of Biomedical Engineering Professor Hubert Lim at the University of Minnesota, announced completion of a pilot clinical study evaluating its novel noninvasive ultrasound stimulation technology. The study marks the first demonstra...

05/14/2024

Feeling very of BME undergraduate Nedda Abuhadid on being awarded a 2024 President’s Student Leadership Service Award! The award recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding student leaders at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Nedda currently mentors high school students through the College of Science and Engineering’s Rooted in STEM program where she encourages students to pursue their interests in engineering and other STEM fields.

Congratulations to Nedda!

➡️Read more: https://bit.ly/4bdyh6W

05/09/2024

Building a new medical device from scratch: Today's Star Tribune tells the tale of how a dogged team of student inventors and a Department of Biomedical Engineering faculty member answered a patient’s call for help.

➡️ Full story: https://bit.ly/4bmhsH8

Photos from College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota's post 05/07/2024
05/02/2024

A simulator developed by Prof. David Odde and team was used in a phase 3 randomized clinical trial published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

🚨 Research news! A new U of M study found that metformin can decrease the amount of COVID-19 virus in the body and lower the chances of the virus coming back strongly after initial treatment. Read more ➡️: bit.ly/4bhpsJm.

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04/30/2024

👏Congrats to Graduate Research Fellowship recipients Bri Brennecke and Hannah Szafraniec, and honorable mentions Kira Lynch and Paige Nielsen.

➡️Read more: https://bit.ly/3QiTNz5

Matthew Johnson Receives Distinguished Teaching Award 04/25/2024

Congratulations, Prof. Matt Johnson, on being awarded the George W. Taylor/CSE Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching!

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Matthew Johnson Receives Distinguished Teaching Award April 13, 2024 — BME Professor and Institute for Translational Neuroscience Scholar Matthew Johnson has been awarded the George W. Taylor/CSE Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.The College of Science and Engineering Honors and Awards Committee recommended Prof. Johnson for the award, which re...

BME start-up receives $3 million to develop ultrasound-based anti-inflammatory therapy 04/16/2024

Congrats to start-up SecondWave Systems, a company co-founded by Prof. Hubert Lim, on securing $3 million in funding. Funding will advance the development of a wearable ultrasound stimulation platform for treating rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.

BME start-up receives $3 million to develop ultrasound-based anti-inflammatory therapy April 2, 2024 — University of Minnesota start-up SecondWave Systems, a company co-founded by Department of Biomedical Engineering Professor Hubert Lim, has secured $3 million in funding to support the development of a wearable ultrasound stimulation platform for treating rheumatoid arthritis and o...

04/04/2024

🌟 Reminder: Our LAST grand rounds talk of the semester is coming up on Monday, April 8. See you there!

Register: z.umn.edu/rsvp-gr-424
More info: z.umn.edu/bme-grand-rounds

On April 8, we’ll be partnering with Sollievo Pharmaceuticals to host our next UMN BME-Industry Grand Rounds. Speakers will talk about new treatments for epilepsy and acute anxiety:

"Emergency in the Emergency Department" — Robert K. Schultz, Ph.D., President and CEO, Sollievo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

"Intranasal Delivery of a Diazepam Prodrug for Rapid Reversal of Seizures" — Ronald A. Siegel, Sc.D., Professor, Departments of Pharmaceutics and Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota

Register: z.umn.edu/rsvp-gr-424
More info: z.umn.edu/bme-grand-rounds

04/04/2024

Alumni: Don’t forget to register for our 4/17 spring BME alumni reception!

✅ Hosted appetizers
✅ Hosted bar
✅ Reconnect with former classmates, colleagues, instructors, and friends.

This event will be held in conjunction with the Senior Design Showcase, sponsored by Boston Scientific. We encourage you to join us early — the showcase goes from 3:30-6:30 p.m. — for a chance to interact with undergrads who’ll be displaying posters and projects they have worked on in their senior design courses.

🔗More info and register:
https://z.umn.edu/bme-alumni-event-424

RSVPs by Friday are appreciated.

03/25/2024

🎉Thrilled to celebrate Jonathan Sachs’s induction into the AIMBE College of Fellows 2024!

He was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for seminal contributions to biomolecular physics as applied to protein engineering and drug discovery for neurodegenerative and inflammatory diseases.

This is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to medical and biological engineers, comprising the top two percent of engineers in these fields. Congrats, Jonathan! 🙌

Read more: https://bit.ly/3Py38mk

U of M BME alumni event 03/22/2024

🌟Alumni: Join us 4/17 for our spring BME alumni reception!🌟

Enjoy hosted appetizers, a hosted bar, and the chance to reconnect with former classmates, colleagues, instructors, and friends.

This event will be held in conjunction with the undergraduate program Senior Design Showcase, which is scheduled from 3:30-6:30 p.m. and sponsored by Boston Scientific. We encourage you to join us early to have a chance to interact with students who’ll be displaying posters and projects they have worked on in their senior design courses.

🔗 More info and register:

U of M BME alumni event U of M BME alumni event Join BME for an alumni reception following the Senior Design Showcase! The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) invites you to our spring BME alumni reception. Enjoy hosted appetizers, a hosted bar, and the chance to reconnect with former classmates, colleagues, instruc...

03/07/2024

On April 8, we’ll be partnering with Sollievo Pharmaceuticals to host our next UMN BME-Industry Grand Rounds. Speakers will talk about new treatments for epilepsy and acute anxiety:

"Emergency in the Emergency Department" — Robert K. Schultz, Ph.D., President and CEO, Sollievo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

"Intranasal Delivery of a Diazepam Prodrug for Rapid Reversal of Seizures" — Ronald A. Siegel, Sc.D., Professor, Departments of Pharmaceutics and Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota

Register: z.umn.edu/rsvp-gr-424
More info: z.umn.edu/bme-grand-rounds

03/06/2024

What are the biggest challenges facing biomedical engineering today?

A team of leaders in the field, including Professor and Head Brenda Ogle recently identified five top challenges in the journal IEEE Open Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology:

✅ Creating avatars of human physiology
✅ Augmenting human functions
✅ Engineering the brain and foundations for in vitro modeling
✅ Harnessing the immune system for health and wellness
✅ Engineering genomes and cells.

Read more: ⬇️
https://bit.ly/3V3FYHW

02/13/2024

STEM undergrads: There’s just a couple weeks left to apply to our summer research experience in biomedical engineering.

Called BME Pathways, the summer research experience is designed to give the next generation of biomedical engineers the chance to gain valuable skills, conduct research in a lab, and share their research findings at a poster symposium.

Some of the program’s unique features include visits to biomedical companies, tours of world-famous labs such as the Visible Heart Laboratories (where the first open-heart surgery was performed!), and access to pioneering University of Minnesota research centers.

Admitted students receive a $5,000 stipend, dining and lodging, and round-trip flights with covered luggage. We also arrange excursions so students can make the most of their time in Minneapolis — past outings have included Minnesota Twins baseball games, amusement parks, the Mall of America, and more!

Applications due March 1.

Learn more & apply ➡|:
https://lnkd.in/eUvn2xaY

BME High School Internship Program 01/31/2024

High school juniors: Don’t miss your chance to gain hands-on experience in biomedical engineering this summer through our award-winning, paid, six-week program.

BME High School Internship Program BME High School Internship Program Gain hands-on experience in biomedical engineering the summer before your senior year through our paid, award-winning, six-week internship program in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at the University of Minnesota. What you get Lab toursTour research....

01/26/2024

Congratulations to all CSE students who made the Fall 2023 Semester Dean's List! See the full list ➡️ z.umn.edu/CSE_DeansList

Wei Shen receives R21 award 01/03/2024

Congrats to Prof. Wei Shen, who recently received an R21 grant that’ll allow her to study structural adaption of the Dystrophin-Associated-Protein-Complex (DAPC) in regulating nanotopography-responsive myotube orientation.

This important transmembrane protein complex serves as both mechanical and signaling hubs in regulating cells in muscle and other tissues and organs, and mutations affecting DAPC components are associated with a wide range of diseases.

Wei Shen receives R21 award December 13, 2023 — Department of Biomedical Engineering Associate Professor Wei Shen was recently awarded an R21 to study structural adaption of the Dystrophin-Associated-Protein-Complex (DAPC) in regulating nanotopography-responsive myotube orientation. DAPC is an important transmembrane protein...

12/19/2023

Why do tumors respond — or don’t respond — to therapies? This is exactly what Prof. Dave Odde and team are trying to answer through modeling and simulation. The technology can also be used to test ideas for new cancer therapies and harness the power of personalized medicine.

11/29/2023

To improve cancer therapies, Prof. Paolo Provenzano and team are using advanced optical imaging so researchers can look inside a tumor and see cancer cells as they move.

Opinion | What Am I Thankful for This Year? Amazing Scientific Discoveries. 11/27/2023

What were people thankful for this year? One New York Times opinion writer was grateful for 2023’s amazing scientific discoveries, including a transplantation “first” from Prof. John Bischof and team.

Opinion | What Am I Thankful for This Year? Amazing Scientific Discoveries. They could lead to fewer hospital-acquired infections, more kidneys available for transplantation and fewer greenhouse gases.

11/21/2023

Can the success rate of cancer clinical trials be doubled? That’s exactly what the Cancer Bioengineering Initiative aims to do in the next 10 years, under the leadership of Profs. Dave Odde and Paolo Provenzano. By using an integrated engineering approach, they’re reimagining cancer therapy design.

10/31/2023

Happy Halloween from Prof. Paolo Provenzano, his team of minions, and all of us in the Department of Biomedical Engineering!

Jon Moon named BMES fellow 10/31/2023

Jon Moon, who served on our Industry Advisory Board for 10+ years, has been named a 2023 BMES Fellow in recognition of his impactful contributions to the biomedical engineering community. Congrats, Dr. Moon!

Jon Moon named BMES fellow October 14, 2023 — Jon Moon, who served as a Department of Biomedical Engineering Industry Advisory Board member for more than a decade, has been named a 2023 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Fellow.BMES Fellows are selected based on demonstrated impactful achievements and significant contrib...

10/27/2023

Way to go, Rebecca!

Congrats, CSE Three-Minute Thesis winners! First Place: Rebecca Butler, biomedical engineering, "Targeting tremors through deep brain stimulation," (Advisor: Matt Johnson) Second Place: Carolyn Bernemann, mechanical engineering, "Affordable home dialysis in low-income countries." (Advisor: Natasha Wright). Both students tied for the People's Choice Award. Rebecca will represent CSE at the Graduate School's 3MT competition on Nov. 10.

BME PhD students shine at IEM poster competition 10/18/2023

Congratulations to the FOUR Biomedical Engineering PhD students who took honors at the 2023 IEM Annual Conference Poster Competition. We are so of you, Michael Bielecki, Rebecca Butler, Angelica DaSilva, and Paige Nielsen!

BME PhD students shine at IEM poster competition October 12, 2023 — Four BME PhD students took honors at the 2023 IEM Annual Conference Poster Competition. The September 26 event capped off UMN’s Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM) Annual Conference and came with a cash prize and certificate. The winning posters will be displayed in th...

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