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Bioengineering: Transdisciplinary Collaboration to Solve Biomedical Problems

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Dr. Richard E. Swaja

Office Of Extramural Research
National Institutes Of Health

What Is Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical engineering integrates physical, chemical, mathematical and computational sciences and engineering principles to study biology, medicine, behavior and health. It advances fundamental concepts, creates knowledge from the molecular to the organ systems levels and develops innovative biologics, materials, processes, implants, devices and informatics approaches for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease; for patient rehabilitation; and for improving health.

(NIH Working Definition of Bioengineering - July 24, 1997)


  • Established February 1997.
  • Consists of representatives from all NIH institutes, offices and centers, and other federal agencies.
  • Chaired by Dr. Wendy Baldwin, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research.
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