March/April 2015

Society News March/April 2015
Call for Papers: IEEE EMBS International Student Conference
ISC 2015 – Call for Papers 1st IEEE EMBS International Student Conference (ISC) Welcome to the 1st International Student Conference organized by IEEE EMBS, the first in our series of conferences organized by the students, for the students. This first edition will... Read more
News and Notes March/April 2015
Two Day IIT Workshop on Histopathology Features Eminent Scientists in Medical Imaging
A two day interdisciplinary workshop on Achieving In situ Functional Histopathology (AifH 2015) was held in March at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, India. The workshop showcased invited lectures from eminent academicians, clinicians and inventors in the field... Read more
Cover Story March/April 2015
Hacking Away
Above: Bryan Ranger and collaborators at 2014 MedTech hackathon in Mbarara, Uganda (photo credit Lina A. Colucci). Imagine a room filled with hundreds of highly accomplished people. There are doctors, engineers, software developers, entrepreneurs, designers, and scientists. All these people have put... Read more
Feature March/April 2015
Introducing Med-X
Above: Group photo of IEEE EMBS International Summer School. Interdisciplinary research involving biomedicine, engineering and the physical sciences is critically important. Indeed, Dr. Susan Hockfield—President of MIT—has suggested that the third revolution of life sciences may be emerging as the life sciences,... Read more
Feature March/April 2015
Making Diagnostics Portable
Above: Eugene Chan with the rHEALTH. Right now, it’s an unimposing device about the size of a tissue box, with a hinged lid on one side. But this little machine carries a big punch: it embodies a novel approach to diagnosing... Read more
Feature March/April 2015
Biomedical Engineering Education “Down Under”: the Australian Experience
This year, IEEE Pulse is taking a closer look at biomedical engineering (BME) education around the world. We began our discussion in our March/April issue with Jennifer Berglund’s pieces on BME education in the United States (see “The Great Divide”... Read more
Feature March/April 2015
Neurotechnological Revolution
The brain contains all that makes us human, but its complexity is the source of both inspiration and frailty. The world’s scientific community is working hard to unravel the secrets of the brain’s computing power and to devise technologies that... Read more
Feature March/April 2015
Unlocking Pain
Depression and chronic pain know no geographical boundaries. About 350 million people around the world experience long-lasting sadness and an unshakeable sense of hopelessness, and one person out of ten tries to live each day to its fullest despite continuous... Read more
Feature March/April 2015
Outside Access
A treatment for depression, chronic pain, cravings, and more—this is the emerging field of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). In tDCS, transcranial means through the skull, and direct current is a weak stimulation current delivered to the brain using noninvasive electrodes... Read more
Feature March/April 2015
Inside Tract
When she was 37, Clare developed a tremor down her left side. At 39, she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and put on a series of medications. These helped for a time, but the effect didn’t last. Within a few... Read more
Feature March/April 2015
Sending out an SOS…and More
It seems as if many of us are getting used to the idea of wearing sensors, whether they are counting the number of steps we take each day with an iPhone-connected pedometer or keeping track of heart rate while we... Read more
Feature March/April 2015
Learning How We Learn
“You know too much; it’s time to kill you.” In Russian, the phrase rhymes. The captain raised his glass, steering an inebriated wink my way. I glanced down at the table, littered with bottles of every persuasion—vodka, whisky, tequila, champagne. I... Read more
Feature March/April 2015
The Great Divide
Bruce Wheeler.(Photo courtesy of Bruce Wheeler.) For decades, BME has been touted worldwide as the rising star in engineering disciplines. The number of technological advancements that can be credited to the field since the 1950s is staggering, ranging from new biomedical... Read more
Feature March/April 2015
The Real World
Let’s face it: In the United States, a college degree isn’t what it used to be. These days, 46% of recent college graduates consider themselves underemployed and in jobs that do not require their college degrees—degrees that have already cost... Read more
From the Editor March/April 2015
Behind the Scenes at IEEE Pulse
Since taking the helm of IEEE Pulse in January 2014, I am very proud of how we have built on the solid journalistic foundation constructed by former Editor-in-Chief Mike Neuman to broaden the scope, increase the visibility, and heighten the... Read more
Point of View, March/April 2015
Educating for Industry
During the last two decades, the number of undergraduate programs in BME and bioengineering (BE) has grown exponentially in the United States. In 1992, only 20 programs were accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the nonprofit... Read more
State of the Art March/April 2015
The Technology Hype Cycle
It has been said that the Stone Age did not end because ancient humans ran out of stones. No, the key was that new technologies allowed them to advance to something better: first copper, next bronze, and then steel. There is a description of biological evolution called... Read more
Retrospectroscope March/April 2015
The Tango
Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without. —Confucius The tango appears as no exception, in its birthplace and abroad, too. The perception of music is a complex subject not yet fully understood that has led to a... Read more
Continuing Education, March/April 2015
Propelling Your Career
Many are striving to understand what the “career ecosystem” looks like and wonder what it will look like by the time they will have finished their current degree, completed their fellowship, or by the time they are ready to move... Read more
Book Reviews March/April 2015
Clinical Engineering
Azzam F.G. Taktak, Paul Ganney, David Long, and Paul White, Eds., Academic Press, 2014. ISBN: 978–0– 12–396961–3, xvii + 443 pages, US$125. To me, the title of this book implied that it might be useful as a textbook or as... Read more