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Welcome to the May 2014 IEEE Life Sciences eNewsletter

The 2014 IEEE Symposium on Medical Electronic Devices and Systems (ISMEDS 2014) provides a forum for medical experts to interact with engineers, to facilitate discussion and advances in health care. The Symposium, held at MIT, was supported by the IEEE Life Sciences Technical Community. We bring you a summary of the activities at the Symposium, some photos of the event, and three informative articles by event speakers. We especially wish to thank Bruce Hecht, the Program Chair and an active IEEE Life Sciences volunteer, who organized our coverage of the Symposium.

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The IEEE Life Sciences eNewsletter is a new initiative to bring forth interesting articles and informative interviews within the exciting field of life sciences every month. Please subscribe to the eNewsletter to receive notification each month when new articles are published.

May 2014 Contributors

brucehechtBruce Hecht received the M.A.Sc. and B.A.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Originally from Montreal, Quebec, he joined Analog Devices in 1994, where he is currently with the Worldwide Quality Systems Engineering Group in Wilmington, MA, USA. His interests are in design of all kinds of electronic systems for medical, automotive, industrial, consumer, and communications systems. Read more

Sydney S. CashSydney S. Cash received his MD and PHD from Columbia University in New York City. He is now an Associate Professor in the Epilepsy Division of the Neurology Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and at Harvard University. He is also a member of the BrainGate clinical trial team, Co-director of the Department of Neurology NeuroTechnology Trials Unit and clinical trials director of the New England Pediatric Device Consortium. Current research in Dr. Cash's lab is, broadly speaking, dedicated to trying to understand normal and abnormal brain activity, particularly oscillations, using multi-modal and multi-scalar approaches. This includes a focus on the development of novel neurotechnological approaches to help diagnose and treat common and devastating neurological diseases. Read more

Michael FilbinMichael Filbin, MD, is an emergency physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Filbin attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and did his residency training in the Harvard-Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency (HAEMR) program. Dr. Filbin's research interest is in human clinical trials of septic shock with a particular focus on early identification and intervention. Read more

Omer T. InanOmer T. Inan is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he researches physiological and biomedical sensing and monitoring. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Read more