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Welcome to the IEEE Life Sciences Newsletter

By Nitish Thakor

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the IEEE Life Sciences Newsletter. The Newsletter will bring you news of current developments and views of future prospects in the converging worlds of life sciences and engineering.

Advances in life sciences such as cell biology, genomics, and pharmacology, as well as society‚Äôs desire to improve health care, have led to an increased need for more of what technology has to offer: statistical methods, image analyses, diagnostic devices, and medical equipment standards, to name just a few areas. These all involve electrical and computer engineering and computer science—fields in which IEEE has a wealth of experience.

The IEEE Life Sciences Newsletter and its associated IEEE Life Sciences Portal promote collaboration among health care and technology experts around the globe. They draw on IEEE’s unmatched diversity of expertise, richness of programs and proven standards-development capability.

We look forward to your active participation in this Newsletter. We hope that many of you will send us your comments and suggestions and submit manuscripts for possible publication in future issues. Send them to us at

Nitish Thakor, Editor-In-Chief
Lee Moffitt, Managing Editor

About the Newsletter

The IEEE Life Sciences Newsletter 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 Newsletter to receive notification each month when new articles are published.

April 2012 Contributors

Bin HeBin He is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor, a Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Neuroscience, and Director of Biomedical Functional Imaging and Neuroengineering Laboratory at the University of Minnesota. Read more

Mathukumalli VidyasagarMathukumalli Vidyasagar received B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, in 1965, 1967 and 1969 respectively. Between 1969 and 1989, he was a professor of Electrical Engineering at various universities in the USA and Canada. Read more

Nitish V. ThakorNitish V. Thakor is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, as well as the Director of the newly formed institute for neurotechnology, SiNAPSE, at the National University of Singapore. Read more

Luke P. LeeLuke P. Lee is a 2010 Ho-Am Laureate. He is an Arnold and Barbara Silverman Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering at UC Berkeley, the Director of the Biomedical Institute of Global Healthcare Research & Technology (BIGHEART) and a co-director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center. Read more