Biomedical engineering

Biomedical engineering is a branch of engineering that applies principles and design concepts of engineering to healthcare. Biomedical engineers deal with medical devices such as imaging equipment, biocompatible materials such as prostheses or therapeutic biologicals, or processes such as regenerative tissue growth, for example.

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    Many biomaterials have been developed which aim to match the elastic modulus of the brain for improved interfacing. However, other properties such as ultimate toughness, tensile strength, poroviscoelastic responses, energy dissipation, conductivity, and mass diffusivity also need to be considered.

    • Eneko Axpe
    • , Gorka Orive
    • , Kristian Franze
    •  & Eric A. Appel
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    An optofluidic chip incorporating a surface-enhanced Raman-scattering substrate rapidly detects picomolar concentrations of biomarkers of traumatic brain injury in finger-prick blood samples from patients.

    • Chunyan Li
    • , Kevin A. Shah
    •  & Raj K. Narayan
  • Comments and Opinion |

    The attention and resources of AI researchers have been captured by COVID-19. However, successful adoption of AI models in the fight against the pandemic is facing various challenges, including moving clinical needs as the epidemic progresses and the necessity to translate models to local healthcare situations.

    • Yipeng Hu
    • , Joseph Jacob
    • , Geoffrey J. M. Parker
    • , David J. Hawkes
    • , John R. Hurst
    •  & Danail Stoyanov
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    Peritoneal dialysis and haemodialysis are lifesaving but intrusive treatments that are associated with high morbidity and mortality. Despite the considerable time patients with kidney failure spend tied to their life-saving therapies, relatively few vital signs are monitored. Smart, unobtrusive approaches to track clinical parameters could help to individualize treatments and improve patient outcomes.

    • Fokko P. Wieringa
    •  & Jeroen P. Kooman