September/October 2019

Microbial Treatments for the Mind
Cover Story

For $99, you can obtain a kit that includes two cotton swabs and instructions for properly collecting your own stool sample, along with oral and skin samples. Upon shipping those specimens to the Knight Lab in La Jolla, CA, you will join the ranks of “citizen scientist,” becoming a contributor to the world’s largest crowd-sourced microbiome research project.... Read more

Editorial Blogs



We, as a society, have become too easily distracted. We are all suffering these days from lack of focus, and it could ge...

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Six NICU Device Innovators Share $150K in Awards at 7th Annual Pediatric Device Innovation Symposium

Children’s National Hospital and the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI) announce the six winners of the $150,000 “Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!” competition, each receiving a $25,000 award and the opportunity to participate in NCC-PDI’s recently launched “Pediatric Device Innovator Accelerator Program” led by MedTech Innovator.... Read more

What is it Like to Be an IEEE EMBS Distinguished Lecturer?

I was actually talked into considering a position as an EMBS Distinguished Lecturer (DL) by one of my Indian graduate students, who believed that some of my entrepreneurial and innovation-oriented lectures would be of great value to the international community of biomedical engineering students. While ... Read more

Attitudes Toward Failure in Capstone Design Projects

While working in industry during the 1980s and 1990s, project failures were to be avoided at all costs. They typically resulted in significant project delays, wasted time and money, and lost revenues, and often led to lower raises, fewer promotion opportunities, and damaged reputations.... Read more

Giordano Bruno: Expander of the Copernican Universe

Giordano Bruno, or Iordanus Brunus Nolanus (1548–1600), was an Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, mathematician, poet, and cosmological theorist, born in the Kingdom of Naples. He extended the then novel Copernican model and proposed that the stars were just distant suns surrounded by their own exoplanets and raised the possibility that these planets could even foster life of their own.... Read more

The Nurse’s Guide to Innovation: Accelerating the Journey

The text consists of nine chapters each written by a different author or authors, all of whom have had experience as nurses and as inventors/entrepreneurs. It is written expressly for an audience of potential nurse innovators, whom they deem “entreprenurses.”... Read more