November/December 2015

Cover Story November/December 2015
Minor Invasions
Above: Alexis Hazen, Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery at New York University, conducts a hair transplant. In a quickly produced YouTube video shot at the Z Center for Cosmetic Health outside Los Angeles, baby-faced plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Zedah, stands over the... Read more
Feature November/December 2015
Mining Social Media Big Data for Health
Advances in information technology (IT) and big data are affecting nearly every facet of the public and private sectors. Social media platforms are one example of such advances: its nature allows users to connect, collaborate, and debate on any topic... Read more
Entrepreneurs Corner November/December 2015
Marco Donnarumma
Man-machine interfacing is one of the most interesting areas of research in biomedical engineering. The aim of such interfaces is to collect information from and present information to the human body in order to enable and streamline interactive processes involving... Read more
Retrospectroscope November/December 2015
Technological Acceleration: A Few Musings
After five years of “Retrospectroscope” columns (since January 2011) covering subjects more or less related to biomedical engineering—always from a historical perspective, but also bringing a few recent viewpoints and even the hint of a future gaze—we have decided to... Read more
From the Editor November/December 2015
Mirror Image
Throughout time, the eyes have been viewed as a portal— to the soul, to the mind, to what lies hidden. In this issue of IEEE Pulse, authors explore similar terrain by examining recent research into the eye as a means... Read more
State of the Art November/December 2015
Develop the Foresight to Anticipate Hindsight
Shopping is not my favorite activity, but when I do have that opportunity, usually when on vacation, I often find myself in shops catering to tourists. Of course, the shop proprietors have filled their shelves with arts and crafts that... Read more
Feature November/December 2015
Linking Engineering and Medical Training
Medical students are attracted by the prospect of a meaningful addition to their clinical work. Engineering students are excited by a unique opportunity to learn directly alongside their medical student peers. For both, as well as the scientific community at... Read more
Feature November/December 2015
The Saudi Human Genome Program
Oil wells, endless deserts, stifling heat, masses of pilgrims, and wealthy-looking urban areas still dominate the widespread mental image of Saudi Arabia. Currently, this image is being extended to include a recent endeavor that is reserving a global share in... Read more
Feature November/December 2015
Incubating Innovation
Incubators, accelerators, innovation centers, launch pads. Everyone defines the idea a bit differently, but, generally, these infrastructures refer to a subsidized space where fledgling companies get support—a combination of mentorship, funding, low rent, networking opportunities, and other training—with the goal... Read more
Feature November/December 2015
The Present and Future of Low-Cost Diagnostics
Imagine you’re in a rural health clinic in a Kenyan village. A child comes in with a fever. It could be any one of a number of life-threatening infectious diseases. There’s no refrigeration, no access to sophisticated laboratory equipment, and... Read more
Feature November/December 2015
The Portable Eye Examination Kit
In 2010, the World Health Organization estimated that 285 million people exhibit some form of vision impairment. Of these, almost 40 million people are functionally blind [1]. Yet, 80% of blindness could either be treated or avoided at the point... Read more
Feature November/December 2015
It’s All in the Eyes
In a blog post in January 2014, Google unveiled one of its latest forays into the health market—a smart contact lens for diabetics. It was sleek and appealingly futuristic, with a minute microchip equipped with tiny glucose sensors, embedded in... Read more
Feature November/December 2015
Baby, Where Did You Get Those Eyes?
Mark Sagar. Mark Sagar is changing the way we look at computers by giving them faces—disconcertingly realistic human faces. Sagar first gained widespread recognition for his pioneering work in rendering faces for Hollywood movies, including Avatar and King Kong. With a... Read more
Book Reviews November/December 2015
Technology: Toward Research in Biology
From X-Rays to DNA: How Engineering Drives Biology Edited by W. David Lee, MIT Press, 2013. ISBN 978-0-262-01977-4. xii + 233 pages, US$30. This text, primarily authored by W. David Lee, is a straightforward argument that there are many instances with a period... Read more