SITE VISIT: Home Base for Biomedical Engineers

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Science  09 Jul 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5425, pp. 163
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5425.163d

Want to bone up on the latest research on artificial limbs? Or find out which researchers are developing biocompatible polymers? Whether you're a student, faculty member, or researcher in biomedical engineering (BME for short), you'll want to explore BMEnet.

Launched in 1994 by the Whitaker Foundation, a nonprofit that funds BME research, BMEnet aims to “cover the waterfront in terms of information for biomedical engineers,” says Frank Blanchard of the foundation. (The site is now managed by Purdue University.) One unique feature is a search engine that trolls through hundreds of sites compiled by the Whitaker Foundation, the American Institute of Biological and Medical Engineers, and BMEnet. Typing in “artificial skin,” for instance, brings up 229 items ranked by relevance, ranging from research groups studying tissue engineering to an abstract on cryopreserving skin cells.

Other popular sections are the job page and a series of one-page summaries of some 70 biomedical engineering programs in the United States. There are also lists of journals, societies, grants, resources, and conferences. The link to Whitaker's own home page is a useful place to keep up on BME news. Right now, for example, the home page links to a Senate bill that would create a biomedical engineering institute at the National Institutes of Health.

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