Newsletter Explores Convergence of Life Sciences and Engineering

Electronic monthly focuses on latest developments

16 July 2012
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Interested in implantable neural interfaces, personalized medical care, or the role machine learning plays in computational biology? If so, check out the new IEEE Life Sciences Newsletter. Launched in April, the monthly electronic publication aims to promote collaboration between researchers and practitioners in the fields of life sciences, engineering, and computing through feature articles and interviews with experts.

“For more than a century, IEEE has served as the home for the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in engineering, computing, and technology development,” says IEEE Fellow Moshe Kam, chair of the IEEE Life Sciences Steering Committee. “We are now extending our wealth of resources and expertise to the greater life sciences community, enhancing cross fertilization among the disciplines. The IEEE Life Sciences Newsletter will be an indispensable tool for those working at the boundary of where the life sciences meet technology.”

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Each issue offers news, analysis, and articles about innovations and emerging trends. The June issue discusses how microfluids can be used for cancer cell detection and diagnosis. The issue includes an interview with Dr. Joseph Smith, who talks about simple innovations that could bring down the cost of healthcare. Smith is Chief Medical Officer and Chief Science Officer of the West Wireless Health Institute,

Other articles explore how a new medical center aims to transform the electronic medical devices industry.

“We are at a critical juncture in the progression of life sciences, including medicine and health care, biology, and ecology,” says Nitish Thakor, the newsletter’s editor in chief. “These fields have become increasingly reliant on a combination of traditional disciplines, like math, physics, and engineering, as well as next-generation technologies, in the pursuit of breakthroughs and continuing advancements.

“IEEE is uniquely positioned to nurture this fusion of science and technology, enabling today’s abstract vision to become tomorrow’s concrete reality,” says Thakor, an IEEE Fellow anda professor of biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore. Topics to be covered in future issues include body sensor networks, e-health, genome mapping, robotics and signal processing, synthetic biology, and tissue engineering

The newsletter is a complement to the IEEE Life Sciences Web Portal, launched in June 2011 to promote IEEE conferences, research papers, standards, and educational materials dealing with life sciences. You can subscribe to the newsletter from the portal, which also houses the publication’s archives.

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