September/October 2019

Society News September/October 2019
Six NICU Device Innovators Share $150K in Awards at 7th Annual Pediatric Device Innovation Symposium
Children’s National Hospital and the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI) announce the six winners of the $150,000 “Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!” competition, each receiving a $25,000 award and the opportunity to participate in NCC-PDI’s... Read more
Society News September/October 2019
What is it Like to Be an IEEE EMBS Distinguished Lecturer?
I was actually talked into considering a position as an EMBS Distinguished Lecturer (DL) by one of my Indian graduate students, who believed that some of my entrepreneurial and innovation-oriented lectures would be of great value to the international community... Read more
Cover Story September/October 2019
Microbial Treatments for the Mind
For $99, you can obtain a kit that includes two cotton swabs and instructions for properly collecting your own stool sample, along with oral and skin samples. Upon shipping those specimens to the Knight Lab in La Jolla, CA, you... Read more
Feature September/October 2019
Heart to Heart
A person who has had a myocardial infarction often gets excellent emergency treatment at a hospital, and is able to go home or even return to work in a matter of days. Despite this quick recovery, all is not perfect,... Read more
Feature September/October 2019
Biological Pacemakers: Still a Dream?
A biological pacemaker is one or more types of cellular components that, when implanted into certain regions of the heart, produce electrical stimuli that mimic that of the body’s natural pacemaker cells. Somatic gene transfer, cell fusion, or cell transplantation... Read more
Senior Design September/October 2019
Attitudes Toward Failure in Capstone Design Projects
While working in industry during the 1980s and 1990s, project failures were to be avoided at all costs. For engineers in the medical device industry, these failures could be in the form of: 1) an idea for a new product... Read more
Feature September/October 2019
The State of Nanorobotics in Medicine
From Ant-Man to the Incredible Shrinking Machine, society has long envisioned developing devices tiny enough to enter human cells. Such nanotechnology could revolutionize the diagnosis of diseases like cancer and neurodegeneration, span new methods of precise drug delivery, and even... Read more
State of the Art September/October 2019
We, as a society, have become too easily distracted. We are all suffering these days from lack of focus, and it could get worse. “TMI” stands for “too much information,” and it is too much information that contributes to our... Read more
Retrospectroscope September/October 2019
Giordano Bruno: Expander of the Copernican Universe
How many crimes were and are committed in God’s name? Combien de crimes ont été et sont commis sur le nom de Dieu? Wie viele Verbrechen wurden und werden auf Gottes Namen begangen? ¿Cuántos crímenes fueron y son cometidos en nombre de Dios? Quanti... Read more
Book Reviews September/October 2019
The Nurse’s Guide to Innovation: Accelerating the Journey
Bonnie Clipper, Mike Wang, Paul Coyne, Vince Baiera, Rebecca Love, Dawn Nix, Wayne Nix, and Brian Weirich, Superstar Press, 2019, ISBN: 978-1-60773-124-5, viii+ 108 pages, $19.95 I recently obtained a copy of this text: The Nurse’s Guide to Innovation from author... Read more