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... Read more
The cochlear implant is one of the greatest innovations in modern medicine. Blake Wilson, DSc, DEng, is credited with inventing breakthrough sound-processing strategies used in modern cochlear implants to restore speech comprehension to the deaf. As a featured speaker at the Duke Engineering 75th Anniversary Lecture, listen to Blake Wilson describe the history and progress that made the modern cochlear implant possible, as well as some remaining problems and some possibilities for the future.
Neuroscientist Sheila Nirenberg’s mission is to work toward an affordable prosthetic eye for people suffering from eye diseases. Having decoded the neural communication that translates light received by the retina into the images we see, she is developing an artificial retina that could help millions of people. Her prosthetic retina doesn’t require surgery, and is a combination of gene therapy and a wearable device.
Life sciences is a wide and dynamic field that is being energized by other disciplines. The boom that has been already observed in the bio-medical domain is extending to other areas of life sciences, accompanied by many career opportunities and more exciting challenges for educational institutions.
The Life Sciences Offer Job Opportunities for Engineers
By John R. Platt
Donna Hudson, Chair of the IEEE Life Sciences Technical Community (LSTC) and Nahum Gershon, committee member representing the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society on LSTC, spoke about the opportunities for engineers in the field of medicine and life sciences.