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The mission of the Center for Engineering in Medicine is twofold: first, to train MDs, PhDs, and predoctoral students in the fundamentals of biomedical engineering; and second, to bring the principles and tools of biomedical engineering to the forefront of biomedical research and patient care.


Biomedical Engineering is a dynamic and expanding field of engineering that has the potential to make important advances in biomedical research and health care. The unique combination of basic biomedical sciences together with engineering and physical science can be used to generate many powerful techniques and tools to solve today's pressing medical problems. The Harvard Teaching Hospitals and the Harvard Medical School have contributed significantly to the development of the discipline of biomedical engineering.

Who We Are

The CEM is comprised of many talented individuals that manifest a diversity of interests and skills. The focus at the CEM is neither on a single disease nor on a single group of technologies. Instead, vitality springs from creating novel applications using the tools of disparate disciplines ranging from molecular biology and biochemistry to engineering design and analysis. These technologies are being applied to "thrust areas" in applied immunology, artificial organ development, biopreservation, cancer diagnosis, metabolic engineering, stem cell bioengineering, genomics and proteomics, microfabrication and nanotechnology, drug delivery, and tissue repair.

Established in 1995 at the Massachusetts General Hospital, the CEM looks forward to:

  1. forming a structured framework for cooperative research and educational activities of bioengineers at the interface of engineering and medicine

  2. providing outstanding training opportunities in bioengineering and quantitative sciences to physicians, engineers, and scientists at all academic levels

  3. building a mechanism for the advancement of the discipline of bioengineering
While faculty at the CEM hold appointments at many different institutions, the largest representation comes from the Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the Shriners Hospital for Children. The Massachusetts General Hospital serves as the lead institution and administrative center for the CEM.

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