IEEE’s Community for Biology, Medicine and Technology

It is the goal of the IEEE Life Sciences Portal to become a premier resource and community for knowledge, opportunity, and collaboration, enabling cross-disciplinary solutions in life sciences.

Traditionally, the term life sciences has referred to several branches of science, such as biology, medicine, anthropology, or ecology, that describe living organisms and their organization, life processes, and their relationships to each other and their environment. In contrast, engineering has usually meant the application of scientific and mathematical principles to practical ends such as the design, manufacture, and operation of efficient and economical structures, machines, processes, and systems.

However, partly driven by tremendous advances in technology, and partly by rapidly changing demographics, this distinction is fast becoming an anachronism. A recent article highlighting research at MIT provides an example of how traditional engineering methodologies are being applied to life sciences and thus blurring the lines between these two disciplines.

In light of these technological advances, the IEEE has developed the Life Sciences Portal with the goal of evolving into one of the premiere global resources for life sciences technologies, information, and activities. We seek to create new opportunities to introduce technology to new and different audiences and disciplines. Further, we seek to create a virtual community for stakeholders that have interests in technology and its application in life sciences.

The IEEE Life Sciences Portal should appeal to the general public who are interested in technology and life sciences, as well as IEEE members, students, teachers, and stakeholders such as technology companies, hospitals, and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Eventually the Portal will evolve to engage the life sciences industry, including pharmaceutical and agricultural company researchers, university researchers, the e-health industry, and point of care industry.

IEEE & Life Sciences

IEEE has been involved in and continues to richly seed several life science disciplines with particular focus on computational biology, image and signal processing, genomics and proteomics, and health care. Within IEEE there is a variety of ongoing research in areas of convergence, publications, conferences, and educational outreach.

Due to the breadth of the organization, IEEE is able to provide a wide diversity of expertise, information, resources, and the vision necessary to realize the full potential of rapidly-advancing life science fields.

In addition to vast digital and print resources, IEEE draws from a global community of experts in hundreds of specialties who support the organization’s knowledge societies, technical councils and committees, working and affinity groups and virtual networks. Taken together, these bodies offer the life sciences community a deep pool of expertise and guidance in conceptualizing and developing new products for the market.

Several IEEE societies, councils and Organizational Units are active in life sciences, including:

Several of them are represented on the Life Sciences Project Team

We leverage our strong foundation and inclusive collaboration to evolve standards, share best practices, publish developments and provide related educational offerings and will work hand in hand with other leading organizations to further life sciences for the benefit of humanity.

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