Providing the infrastructure for biomedical faculty, researchers, clinicians, practitioners and students to collaborate in solving biomedical issues, the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Science (CBES) served the Charlotte metropolitan area in 2016 by focusing on medical therapies and technologies, biomechanics and mobility, and molecular engineering and design.
With the collaboration of bioengineering researchers, the university was instrumental in form the Charlotte Pancreatic Cancer Project. A joint effort with Carolina HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute, the project will advance translational and clinical research in the field of pancreatic cancer. The project aims to foster working relationships between physicians and scientists at both institutions by offering funding for innovative research ideas, submitted to and reviewed by a committee of peers.
Led by the Mechanical Engineering Department, UNC Charlotte began the Charlotte Banks initiative in 2016. Charlotte Banks is a multi-investigator effort designed to shorten organ wait lists by improving organ preservation. Involved in the effort with the Lee College of Engineering are the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UNC Charlotte. Events being planned by the group include the Organ Banking Summit in partnership with the Organ Preservation Alliance and Harvard Medical School to be held in Boston in August 2017. The importance and value of the summit were mentioned in a White House Briefing in August 2016.
The first undergraduate students who completed the Biomedical Engineering Concentration graduated in spring 2016.
Biomedical Engineering researchers developed innovative brain-on-chip devices and monitoring nanotechnologies to systematize brain research components into elements that can be understood on their own or in conjunction with one another. With hundreds of billions of neurons and thousands of trillions of synaptic connections between them, the complexity of studying the brain has nearly infinite options. The brain-on-chip micro-scale platforms mimic brain functions and allow for unobstructed observations on small controllable devices.
UNC Charlotte hosted the 28th annual meeting of the International Society for Ceramics in Medicine (Bioceramics 28) in October 2016. The meeting brought together clinicians and experts from industry and academia from all over the world to discuss the most recent scientific developments and breakthrough applications in bioceramics.
CBES research areas with new funding in 2016 included a study involving 30 surgeons on the mechanical stability of sutures, bioceramics research, biopreservation involving dry preservation, and hypothermic machine perfusion preservation of organs.