IEEE PULSE
May/June 2017

Society News May/June 2017
2nd Annual EMBSCT '17 in Istanbul, Turkey
The 2nd Annual Conference of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Turkey Chapter (EMBSCT’17) was held in Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey on May 6-7, 2017. The aim of the conference was to foster collaborations among various disciplines such as... Read more
Cover Story May/June 2017
50 Years to Gender Parity in STEM: Can We Afford to Wait?
The first spark of my desire to become a cardiologist came, believe it or not, in a third-grade art class where I was asked to draw and color the circulation of blood as depicted by 16th-century English physician William Harvey.... Read more
Feature May/June 2017
Making Clothing Smarter
As bedtime approaches, take note! Your pajamas may have something important to tell you. If you’re elderly and susceptible to hypothermia, your pajamas might let you know that your temperature has fallen and you should add some blankets or turn up the... Read more
Feature May/June 2017
Women Break an Engineering Barrier
While the field of engineering as a whole is largely male-dominated, biomedical engineering (BME) is one area poised to overturn this trend. Women in the United States were awarded only 20% of all engineering B.S. degrees in 2015; in BME,... Read more
State of the Art May/June 2017
Presidents Have to Act Differently
I had seen it happen to almost all people elected to the highest office in their organization. They toned down their rhetoric and became much less forceful champions for pet issues. And I had chided them for that, because it... Read more
Retrospectroscope May/June 2017
The Animal Kingdom is Also a Bioengineering Field
Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, and makes us wiser than the fowls of heaven? —Job 35:11 Medical science developed in tandem with the evolution of biological species and their associated diseases. Because of the close interaction between... Read more
Feature May/June 2017
To See Anew
Humans have been using technology to improve their vision for many decades. Eyeglasses, contact lenses, and, more recently, laser-based surgeries are commonly employed to remedy vision problems, both minor and major. But options are far fewer for those who have... Read more
Feature May/June 2017
Aiding the Eye, Watching the Brain
The retina is a sophisticated neural network that provides humans with high-resolution vision. And for those who suffer from retinal disease or deterioration, particularly age-related macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness among people over the age of 50 in... Read more
Feature May/June 2017
New Advances Push Engineered Tissues Toward 3-D
Although doctors still cannot simply order new, functioning organs for patients who need replacements, researchers in labs around the world are making the important advances in tissue engineering that set the stage for regenerative medicine as well as make other biomedical... Read more
Feature May/June 2017
Paper-Based Diagnostics
Every year, hundreds of thousands of children worldwide are born with sickle cell disease, a genetic disorder that impacts the hemoglobin molecules in blood. If left undiagnosed and untreated, most affected children will die before reaching the age of five.... Read more
Feature May/June 2017
Cognitive Computing and the Future of Health Care
Welcome to the era of cognitive health care, a new partnership between human beings and technology with the goal of transforming health care on a global scale. Cognitive systems that understand, reason, and learn are helping people expand their knowledge base,... Read more
Feature May/June 2017
Opportunities for Data Science in the Pharmaceutical Industry
By the numbers, 2016 was not a good year for the U.S. pharmaceutical industry. As of early December, only 19 new drugs had been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), fewer than half of those approved in 2015... Read more
Feature May/June 2017
Minibrain Storm
Floating in a Petri dish, they look like tiny tapioca pearls in peach broth, a couple dozen in number and none much larger than the tip of a ballpoint pen. But under a microscope, dense, lumpy bodies come into focus,... Read more
Feature May/June 2017
Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Medical researchers increasingly regard tissue engineering and regenerative medicine as potential game changers when it comes to repairing damage from disease or injury and restoring function. To understand the progress made and challenges ahead for this combined field, IEEE Pulse... Read more
Feature May/June 2017
Engineering Tissues to Heal Themselves
Sufferers of osteoarthritis are all too aware of the daily pain and impairment of swollen joints, of having to give up sports—and jobs—due to cartilage defects. What they may be less aware of is that three-dimensional (3-D) bioprinting and bioink... Read more