I met Prof. Nagel more than 20 years ago at one of the Mediterranean Conferences in Biomedical Engineering, when Joachim was already an established researcher and well known scientist, and I was entering the arena of BME research. Shortly after that event, Joachim invited me to start collaborating within the frame of the Int’l Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering. One of the first projects we realized was the IFMBE’s Mediterranean Conference which was held in Pula, in Croatia in 2001. At that time, Joachim was already the President-Elect of the IFMBE and I was enjoying listening to his ideas and plans for the future development of the Federation, involving the young generation of researchers into BME and increasing the visibility of the profession. We were usually sitting on a terrace of a small restaurant on the shore in the bay, after the presentations at the Conference and all meetings were finished, looking at the yachts at the anchorage in the marina, letting the breeze bring us refreshment and new, fresh ideas. We continued to collaborate on numerous different IFMBE and later IUPESM projects, until and after Joachim’s retirement, until a few months ago when Joachim withdraw into private life due to health reasons. During all those years, Prof. Nagel has been the leading person or has been actively involved in different initiatives, which resulted in increasing of visibility and importance of biomedical engineers and medical physicists in medicine and health as well as in large number of benefits for IUPESM and IFMBE affiliated societies and individuals.
Joachim Nagel received his Diploma in Physics from the University of the Saarland, Germany, in 1974 and his D.Sc. in Medical Engineering Physics from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, in 1979. Following appointments in industry and as a faculty member at the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, he joined the University of Miami, Florida, USA, in 1986, where he served as a Professor of Biomedical Engineering (1986-96), Professor of Radiology (1990-96), and Professor of Psychophysiology (1988-96), Director of the Medical Imaging & Instrumentation Lab (1986-1996), and Director of Biomedical Engineering at the Behavioral Medicine Research Center (1986-1996). In 1996, he accepted the position as Professor of Biomedical Engineering and at the same time the Director of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart with appointments as Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology at the University of Miami. He was the leader of several International Associations: he served as the President of the International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (IUPESM) and the President of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE). He was a member of the Scientific Council of the International Centre for Biocybernetics of the Polish Academy of Science, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP), a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE), a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), Founding Fellow der European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering and Sciences (EAMBES) and an Academician Member of the UNESCO/UATI World Academy of Biomedical Technologies. He has served on the IEEE/EMBS Administrative Committee as a European and as a US representative, and he was a member of the IEEE Engineering Research & Development Committee (Technology Policy Council). He was an honorary member of the Czech Society for Biomedical Engineering and Medical Informatics of the Czech Medical Association of J. E. Purkyně.
In 2012, Prof. Nagel was honored Honorary Life Membership of International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE). Also in 2012, he was awarded the IUPESM Award of Merit for his “Outstanding Achievements in Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine”.
Joachim Nagel was an editor of the IOPP Book Series in Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering and the IFMBE Book Series in Biomedical Engineering, he has served as an Editor for the BMES journal Annals of Biomedical Engineering (1989-94), the IOPP journal Physiological Measurement (1994-98), and he was a member of numerous Editorial and Review Boards. He served as a consultant to NIH, NHLBI, the Scientists’ Institute for Public Information, the American Cancer Society – ACS/NASA Subcommittee, and numerous companies. He has been funded by NIH and the DFG, and he has taken part in EU-funded projects.
His main research interests were in the fields of cardiovascular monitoring, instrumentation and physiology, medical image acquisition and image processing, physiological signals, MEMS, and biological effects as well as therapeutic applications of ultrasound. He has published more than 200 scientific papers, books, book chapters, patents, and conference papers.
Joachim Nagel was the coordinator of the European project BIOMEDEA (Biomedical Engineering Preparing for the European Higher Education Area). The objective of the project was to develop and establish consensus on European guidelines for the harmonization of high quality MBES programs, their accreditation and for certification and continuing education of professionals working within the health care systems.
Prof. Nagel’s contributions to biomedical engineering and medical physics are numerous and it is very difficult to mention them all.
IUPESM Health Technology and Training Task Group
Together with Prof. Barry Allen, Prof. Joachim Nagel established the IOMP/IFMBE Task Group for Health Technology and Training in Developing Countries later called “Health Technology and Training Task Group”. They started to develop policies and a program in accordance with WHO approaches, involving WHO and the governments and health care systems of the countries
with which IFMBE and IOMP are cooperating. Such a program is a milestone in developing healthcare around the world, especially in developing countries.
Collaboration with WHO
Prof. Nagel has considerably increased the cooperation of IUPESM and IFMBE with WHO. As the president of the IFMBE he has participated in WHO General Assemblies in Geneva during his term of office and continued to represent the IFMBE at general assemblies also after 2006.
It is Prof. Nagel’s achievement that IFMBE is included into the WHO’s World Alliance for Patient Safety.
Other NGO activities
Prof. Nagel re-established IFMBE’s status of an NGO at United Nations and included IFMBE into the initiative “Information Society of the UN”. Prof. Nagel also initiated the cooperation of IFMBE with international standardization organizations (ISO, IEC and ITU). IFMBE has meanwhile been accepted as member of the World Standards Cooperation.
Prof. Nagel recognized the value of IFMBE publications, mainly its Journal MBEC and its potentials. Therefore, he was leading negotiations with the most significant publishers in the field of biomedical engineering and together with other members of the Journal Committee decided to sign a contract with a new publisher, Springer. He achieved three major successes for the IFMBE:
Prof. Nagel was working actively in biomedical engineering and medical physics education not only as a university professor and Head of the BME department, but he also initiated a series of workshops on biomedical engineering and founded a European project BIOMEDEA in 2004. The BIOMEDEA project gathered BME societies and BME university programs. This initiative resulted in a number of documents (criteria, guidelines and protocols) for harmonization and accreditation of biomedical engineering and science programs. The project has also dealt with training, certification and continuing education of biomedical and clinical engineers working with the healthcare system.
During the realization of this project it became evident that this project is interesting not only for Europe but also for the BME community worldwide, so that at the III BIOMEDEA meeting,
representatives from all over the world were present. The success of the BIOMEDEA project encouraged Prof. Nagel to continue it with that activity with a strong support of the IFMBE which incorporated many of the BIOMEDEA policy statements into policy IFMBE policies.
Prof. Nagel has found it his professional obligation to attend and to communicate with IFMBE members at all possible levels and in all regions. Such an open and friendly approach resulted in the increase of applications for IFMBE co-sponsorship and endorsement of worldwide BME conferences. Prof. Nagel continued this policy also as IUPESM president.
Positions held in IUPESM
IUPESM President, 2006-2009
Member of Congress Coordinating Committee
ICSU Liaison Committee
Member of the Administrative Council of IUPESM
Positions held in IFMBE
Member of the Administrative Council since 1997
President-Elect and Vice-President, 2000-2003
Immediate Past President, 2006-2009
Chairman of the Federation Journal Committee, 2004 -2007
Chairman of the Publications and Publicity Committee, 2000 -2007
Chairman of the Awards Committee, 2000-2003
Co-Chairman of the Awards Committee, 2003-2006
Member of the Education and Accreditation Committee
Member of the WHO Committee
Member of the EAMBES Executive Board, 2003-2004
Editor of the IOPP/IFMBE/IOMP book series since 2002-2006
Editor of Springer biomedical engineering book series
Co-Founder and Coordinator IFMBE Proceedings Series 2001-2006
Co-editor of IFMBE Proceedings Series
Prof. Nagel has also held a number of positions in many other learned societies and organizations. Prof. Nagel is a distinguished scientist who contributed to biomedical engineering and science and published a large number of scientific publications.
I have never met any person, scientist or engineer, who has been as much engaged and as much successful in representing interests and achieving aims of a scientific organizations in biomedical engineering as Prof. Nagel. In many years of his work, Joachim earned many friends and admirers, and he also changed many people’s lives for the better. I am honored to have been among them.
The 3rd Global Forum on Medical Devices will be organized in Geneva, 10 to 12 May 2017, at the Geneva Conference Center.
It will include: plenary , panels, parallel sessions, workshops, exhibition and poster sessions.
These will build on the success of the – 1st Global Forum in Bangkok, 2013 and 2nd Global Forum in Geneva 2013.
Considering that Member States recognized in resolution WHA60.29 and WHA67.20 that medical devices are indispensable for health care delivery but their selection, regulation and use present enormous challenges, the 3rd WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices is to be presented 10 years later to discuss the achievements that have been made in the field and the enormous challenges in low and middle income countries. This will also serve as an opportunity to share the WHO EMP strategy in the framework of Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals.
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We kindly invite you to participate in the Scientific Challenge launched within the IFMBE International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics (ICBHI2017).
This Scientific Challenge aims to encourage the development of algorithms for respiratory sound analysis, that will recognize whether a respiratory cycle contains crackles, wheezes, or crackles and wheezes, or is normal.
To develop solutions for the challenge, participants have access to a respiratory sound database containing various events(e.g., noise, cough, wheezes, crackles) collected from healthy subjects and patients with different respiratory disorders. Clinical experts have annotated these events.
We encourage you to register and submit your solution to the challenge website,as well as to submit a paper related to your solution.
For more information on the procedure and data, as well as rules and deadlines, please see
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/
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/
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.
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
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.
IFMBE is proud to announce that our past president, Herbert F. Voigt, has been awarded the 2016 National Alpha Eta Mu Beta (AHMB) Outstanding Dedication and Service Award.
Alpha Eta Mu Beta is the International Biomedical Engineering Honor Society. Established in 1979, Alpha Eta Mu Beta was formed to recognize and encourage excellence in the field of Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering. Members of Alpha Eta Mu Beta are recognized in an outstanding manner for having conferred honor on their Alma Mater by distinguished scholarship, exemplary character, honorable activities, and leadership.
Herbert Voigt, a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University, is the 9th recipient of the award, which was presented to him at the AHMB Reception and Award Ceremony on 6 October 2016 following the AHMB Annual Meeting during the Annual Biomedical Engineering Society meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“I am very honored and grateful to be recognized by the Biomedical Engineering Honor Society, Alpha Eta Mu Beta (AHMB), which, for years, I have been referring to as the ‘farm team’ for the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).”
“One of our chief responsibilities to society is to nurture our most precious capital resource, our future generations of biomedical engineering leaders. AHMB represents the very top of engineering college students studying to participate in one of the most important professions of the 21st century.”
Herbert F. Voigt