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By Nitish Thakor

  • How soon can Personalized Medicine and new ‘Smart Healthcare Networks’ move into clinical practice?
  • What are the emerging technologies that will drive medical practice in the next decade?
  • How is lack of standardization impeding progress in Computational Biology?

Read on to hear what experts have to say about these questions, in this issue of the IEEE Life Sciences Newsletter.

In an interview made at IEEE’s recent Technology Time Machine Symposium, Thomas Schmitz-Rode, of RWTH Aachen University, gives us his expert opinion on what is needed, in order for several key technologies to make their way into wide deployment and thereby transform healthcare delivery.

In our last issue, we presented the first installment of an exciting view of the emerging medical and healthcare technologies of the next decade as shared by Atam Dhawan, of the New Jersey Institute of Technology. This month we give you the rest of that report on 10 technical areas to keep an eye on

In his continuing column, the Computational Biology Corner, Mathukumalli Vidyasagar takes on the lack of standardization in equipment and points out the negative impact on

We also are alerting you about an opportunity to participate with top experts in exploring and finding solutions to the grand challenges that face us in applying technology to the life sciences! Don’t miss the upcoming IEEE Life Sciences Grand Challenges Conference in Washington, DC.

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 cutting-edge scientific news stories, share emerging technologies, discoveries and breakthroughs for possible publication in future issues. Send them to us at

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

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September 2012 Contributors

Thomas Schmitz-RodeThomas Schmitz-Rode is Chairman, Applied Medical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University. He received a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Mechanical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University in 1982. Read more

Atam DhawanAtam P. Dhawan, Ph.D., obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, and Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba, in Electrical Engineering. 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. Read more