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
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
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:
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.
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” .
~ 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 for Low-Resource Settings is now available for download at:
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
Our friend and our colleague Prof Robert Brown sadly passed away on 4th February 2016 at the age of 64. An extraordinary human being, Robert is survived by his mother Doris Brown, his daughter Elizabeth Pelichet, his son Michael Brown and grandson Finlay Brown. His passing is a huge loss to the UCL community and the tissue engineering community in the UK, Europe and Internationally. He was as well a key figure of the IFMBE Working Group for Cell and Stem Cell Engineering.
Robert was awarded his Ph.D. in 1976 by Manchester University where, under the supervision of Dr J.B.Weiss, he successfully defended his research into “A Molecular Dissection of Rheumatoid and Normal Synovial Membranes with Special Reference to their Collagen Contents”. This started his lifelong fascination of all things collagen. He had a brief stint with industry working first as a research assistant and then as Deputy Head of R&D with Blood Products Laboratory (Elstree) between 1977-1983 before joining UCL Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science, Royal National Orthopaedics Hospital, Stanmore as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer ( 1984-1992). In 1992 on his promotion to Reader he moved his research base to Bloomsbury as Director of the Tissue Repair Unit which he setup along with the UCL Tissue Engineering Centre (TREC). In 2002 he was appointed as UCL’s first Professor of Tissue Engineering and moved his research base back to Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science, Royal National Orthopaedics Hospital, Stanmore. He was a founding member of the British Tissue Engineering community and past president of the Tissue and Cell Engineering Society (TCES) UK.
His key research achievements were in understanding the control of growth, especially nano-micro struc-ture, in 3D tissue models. 2 key output innovations underpinned this: orientated fibrillar fibronectin cell scaffolds and the Culture Force Monitor (CFM) model, measuring/applying directional loads to 3D culture. He was a pioneer in developing 3D models and their use in elucidating the effect of mecha-nics. His research innovation (Plastic Compression -rapid, biomimetic fabrication process for collagen tissues) established him as an international leading scientist for biomimetic tissue engineering. His ability to collaborate across disciplines resulted in many successful research alliances with leading scientists in the UK, Europe and Internationally. He successfully supervised over 30 M.D. and Ph.D. students, over 60 M.Sc. projects and numerous post-doc researchers. Throughout his career at UCL Robert was a beloved teacher, a sought after research supervisor, collaborator and friend to many UCL colleagues across Faculties. He was also a very popular and highly regarded scientist in the Tissue Engineering community nationally and internationally.
Robert leaves behind a rich legacy of scientific innovations, motivated students with successful careers and scientifically productive collaborations across the UK, Europe and Internationally. But most importantly he leaves behind a legacy of global friendships brought together by Robert’s passion for science and human beeings. We feel honoured to have spent time with a distinguished scientist, a funny storyteller and remarkable man. Rest in peace our dear Robert.
Chair IFMBE Working Group, Cell and Stem Cell Engineering,
February 11th, 2016
The German Society for Biomedical Engineering at the VDE Association is awarding the literature prize to young scientist from the “Klee Family Foundation”. The prize is worth 5,000 euros prize and will be awarded in a competition for outstanding scientific work with the following priorities:
The submitted scientific work may be present as a publication in a scientific journal, a dissertation or a book.
Application Deadline: 31st January 2016.
For more details, please visit www.vde.com/klee-preis