Biomedical engineers worldwide meet in St. Louis

The annual meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society began Oct. 1 and continues through Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in St. Louis.

Frank Yin, M.D., Ph.D., the Stephen F. and Camilla T. Brauer Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering and chair of the department, is chairing the event that expects to draw about 2,000 biomedical engineers from around the world.

The four-day conference will consist of workshops, poster sessions, lectures, committee meetings, career fairs and career-improvement sessions.

Yin also hosted a dinner Oct. 1 in Whitaker Hall for the Council of Chairs, a group of the nation’s biomedical engineering department chairs.

Biomedical engineering integrates physical, chemical, mathematical and computational sciences and engineering principles to study biology, medicine, behavior and health.

It advances fundamental concepts; creates knowledge from the molecular to the organ systems level; and develops innovative biologics, materials, processes, implants, devices and informatics approaches for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, for patient rehabilitation and for improving health.

Although informal collaborations between WUSTL engineers and WUSTL medical researchers goes back several decades, the biomedical engineering department was formally launched in 1997 with Yin as its first full-time chair. The department is recognized as one of the best in the country.

Yin heads a dynamic, young department with 16 faculty members, more than 300 undergraduate majors and nearly 100 doctoral students.

The department offers master’s degrees, doctoral degrees and, together with the School of Medicine, a joint M.D./Ph.D. degree.

For more information, contact Yin at 935-6164.