BME 364 BME 364. Biological Responses to Medical Devices. 3 Hours.
Restricted to biomedical engineering majors. Explore common biological responses elicited by biomaterials and the impact of these responses on material performance. Emphasis on key challenges in the development and assessment of biomaterials used in medical devices. Includes material surface properties, modification, and characterization; protein/cell interactions with materials; biocompatibility, inflammation and wound healing, cell-mediated biodegradation of materials; thrombosis, infection and calcification of medical devices. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biomedical Engineering 364 and 377T (Topic: Biol Responses to Medical Dev) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Biomedical Engineering 352 with a grade of at least C-.
The mission of the Department of Biomedical Engineering is to develop clinically translatable solutions for human health by training the next generation of biomedical engineers, cultivating leaders, and nurturing the integration of science, engineering, and medicine in a discovery-centered environment. The main educational objective is to provide a thorough training in the fundamentals of engineering science, design, and biology. The curriculum is designed to provide concepts central to understanding living systems from the molecular and cellular levels to the tissue and organismal levels. The curriculum incorporates principles of vertical integration, leading to the choice of a technical area (biomedical imaging and instrumentation, cellular and biomolecular engineering, computational biomedical engineering, or molecular, cellular, and tissue biomechanics), and culminates in a team capstone design experience. Students are expected to develop an understanding of industrial, research, and clinical biomedical engineering environments; an understanding of regulatory issues and biomedical ethics; the ability to create, identify, formulate, and solve biomedical engineering problems; the ability to design systems to meet needs in medical/life science applications; an understanding of life processes at the molecular, cellular, tissue, and organismal levels; the ability to use instrumentation and to make measurements and interpret data in living systems; and an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of biomedical engineering research.