The Center for Biomedical Engineering (BME) is a joint program of the School of Engineering and the Division of Biology and Medicine. Biomedical engineering creates new knowledge and improves human health through cross-disciplinary research and educational activities that integrate the engineering and physical sciences with the life sciences and clinical practice. As a discipline, BME is resoundingly inter-disciplinary and collaborative. Thus, at Brown, BME is a multi-disciplinary, inter-Divisional and inter-Institutional activity.
The mission of the Center is threefold:
- To oversee the undergraduate BME concentration and the BME graduate program (ScM & PhD) and to innovate (with scientific rigor, cross-cutting disciplinary content) the BME curriculum to achieve a "Brown-style academic enrichment" - as an educational paradigm for the field.
- To foster and enhance research synergy, connectivity and funding across the Brown University community; from the engineering/physical sciences through the life sciences on campus to the medical school and local hospitals; and to build connections with other centers at Brown (IMNI, BSP, VA Center).
- To enhance the off-campus interface of Brown's BME community to industry, foundations, government labs, other academic institutions and the public health care sector.
Faculty engaged in scholarship and teaching as part of the Center activities are from the School of Engineering, Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, and several basic science and clinical Departments of the Division of Biology and Medicine. The Center is bridging the gap between clinical and basic research scientists through interaction with Brown's affiliated hospitals. The research, teaching and service activities of this BME community pivots around three research areas of nationally recognized excellence: Mechanobiology, Regenerative Engineering, and Neuroengineering.
Please see the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering for a more extensive description of the field of Biomedical Engineering.