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Applications for internship in WHO open!

The application for internship in the World Health Organisation (WHO) is now open.

The World Health Organization (WHO) as the leader in global public health issues is committed to building future leaders in public health. WHO’s Internship Programme offers a wide range of opportunities for students to gain insight in the technical and administrative programmes of WHO.

The duration of WHO internships is between six to twenty four weeks. WHO internships are not paid and all costs of travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the intern candidate.

For more details, visit: http://www.who.int/employment/internship/en/

Updates from WHO


WHO is pleased to present the updated publications on medical devices:

Among others, it includes new French and Spanish versions of the WHO Technical Specifications on Oxygen Concentrators: http://www.who.int/medical_devices/publications/tech_specs_oxygen-concentrators/en/
http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/251752/1/9789242509885-fre.pdf?ua=1 (French)

Updated website on priority medical devices: http://www.who.int/medical_devices/priority/en/
which includes all previous publications and sites on medical devices, in a more organized way, for ease of use.

Important events for 2017

3rd Global Forum on Medical Devices, in Geneva 10-12 May , 2017
Confirmation and more information will follow very soon.


International Conference on advances in Radiation Oncology in Vienna, 20-23 June, 2017 at ICARO2

Nozomu Hoshimiya (1941 – 2017)

1941 – 25 January 2017

Dear colleagues of Biomedical Engineering,

We are sad to announce that our colleague Professor Nozomu Hosimiya passed away on 25 January 2017.

Nozomu Hoshimiya was born in Japan, 1941. He received the Ph.D. degree in electronic engineering from Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, in 1969. From 1972 to May 1982, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering, School of Engineering, Tohoku University. From June 1982 to April 1988, he was a Professor in the Research Institute of Applied Electricity, Hokkaido University. Starting in May 1988, he was a Professor in Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University (Chair of Biomedical Electronics). He was a Vice-President of Tohoku University in 2001–2002. He was the President of Tohoku Gakuin University from 2004 to 2013. He was a chancellor of Tohoku Gakuin (educational institution) in 2007-2015.

His principal fields of interest are the following biomedical engineering fields: functional electrical stimulation (FES) as a neural prosthesis, especially its application to rehabilitation fields; self-organizing neural networks, especially on the recognition and generation of the spatio-temporal patterns; and physiological instrumentation. Dr. Hoshimiya was an Ad-Com Member of the IEEE/EMBS in 1989–1990, and was a founding Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, in 1993–1996. He was also an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Japan Society of Medical Electronics and Biological Engineering, 1991–1995. He has been an AIMBE Fellow since 2002. He was a Vice-President of the Japan Society of Medical and Biological Engineering in 1998–1999. He was a Member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) in 1999–2000, and has also been the President of Japan FES Society since 2004–2005. He has been IEEE Fellow and Life Fellow since 1994, 2008, respectively.

We deeply regrets this loss and sends sincere condolences to Prof. Hoshimiya’s family, friends and students.


IFMBE Administrative Council

Call for Papers – APCBME 2017

Call for Papers – Asia Pacific Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering (APCBME)

Engineers Australia is hosting the 10th Asia Pacific Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering (APCBME) in Sydney this July – in conjunction with the Australian Biomedical Engineering Conference (ABEC). Engineers Australia recognises the diverse nature of the work of biomedical engineers and is looking to celebrate this during these joint conferences in 2017. These events will bring together all branches of biomedical engineering into one venue to focus on the role engineering has to play in improving health care outcomes.

The conference committee is currently calling for papers and expect to attract some exciting speakers from Australia and abroad. This opportunity provides you with a unique platform from which to reach a high profile, highly targeted audience of leading professionals.

For more information on the conference and how you can submit your abstract or paper visit apcmbe17.com

Doctorate Programme Call

EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action COFUND action – BioMEP doctoral programme

Application Deadline: 30 Nov 2016

Applications are invited for 15 PhD candidate positions under EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action COFUND action – BioMEP doctoral programme – which offers unique inter/multidisciplinary and intersectoral research and training opportunities for young scientists in Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics across Europe.
The BioMEP training and research activities are characterized by a multidisciplinary approach and allows candidates to submit proposals under the following five focus research areas:

  • Musculoskeletal biomechanics
  • Molecular, cell and tissue engineering
  • Biosignals
  • Multimodal neuroimaging
  • Biomedical devices and diagnostics

More information on the application and evaluation procedure for the BioMEP doctoral positions is available on the BioMEP homepage: http://www.uef.fi/biomep.

The deadline for sending the application is November 30, 2016, at 16:00 CET.

>> More information

WHO Recruitment

Vacancy Notice for Coordinator (Innovation, Access and Use)

Deadline: 07 Oct 2016

The units of Policy Access and Use and Public Health and innovation of the Essential Medicines and Health products department of WHO are being merged into one new unit which is called  “Innovation, Access and Use” .

More details on:

Global Clinical Engineering Day

Are You Ready for Global Clinical Engineering Day?

~ Mark your calendar – October 21, 2016 ~

On behalf of the Global Clinical Engineering Advisory Board, you are invited to participate and engage in a day-long recognition event celebrating the contributions clinical engineers make every day. Health technology is vital to global health care and therefore its optimal management has never been more critical for patient outcomes.

On October 21, 2016, the first Global Clinical Engineering Day will be celebrated around the world. On that day, for 24 hours, the website http://global.icehtmc.com will feature interviews with members of the CE community, highlighting associations function from around the world such as ACCE, chat room in different languages, and streaming videos showing off various CE roles and functions.

You are invited to submit photos and, more important, short videos to be broadcast throughout that day. Rotating around the world in each of the world’s time zones, delegates will be online sharing their experiences and responding to participants’ comments. Short videos of up to 5 minutes are preferred as well other material like brochures, professional success stories and similar content are welcome. Please create a video of your department and send it over so we can show off our accomplishments.

This event is sponsored by an international group supported by the International Federation of Biological and Medical Engineering (IFMBE) Clinical Engineering Division (CED), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), and national CE associations including those in Italy, Brazil and China.

For more information, please feel free to contact Yadin David, CE Advisory Board Chairman at David@BiomedEng.com.

WHO’s 2014 Compendium of Innovative Health Technologies

WHO’s 2014 Compendium of Innovative Health Technologies for Low-Resource Settings is now available for download at:


Antonio F. C. Infantosi (1947 – 2016)

1st September 1947 – 16th March 2016


Dear colleagues of Biomedical Engineering,

The board of the Brazilian Society of Biomedical Engineering (SBEB) is sad to announce that our colleague Professor Antonio Fernando Catelli Infantosi passed away on 16 March 2016.

Prof. Infantosi is one of the biggest names in Biomedical Engineering in Brazil, he was one of the founders of the Biomedical Engineering Program of COPPE-UFRJ, the SBEB and journal Research on Biomedical Engineering (RBE). He was President of SBEB several times and president of the Latin American Regional Council on Biomedical Engineering (CORAL).

The board of the SBEB deeply regrets this loss and sends sincere condolences to Prof. Infantosi’s family, friends and students.

Prof. Sérgio Santos Mühlen, DSc, CCE
President of the Brazilian Society of Biomedical Engineering – SBEB

World Congress 2015 Abstracts

Available for download now!

The programme and abstracts book of the World Congress 2015, held in Canada, can be downloaded/viewed by clicking on the book cover below: