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March 14, 2015

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Categories for BEST Medicine Engineering Fair

Projects for participation in BEST Medicine Engineering Fair must fall into an approved category. The Scientific Review Committee has the authority to change or add project categories as necessary.

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Biomaterials/Polymer Medicine: A natural or synthetic material (as a metal or polymer) that is suitable for introduction into living tissue especially as part of a medical device (as an artificial joint). Medicine dealing with a chemical compound or mixture of compounds formed by polymerization and consisting essentially of repeating structural units.
Icon 2 Cardiovascular/ Soft Tissue Wound Healing: Of, relating to, or involving the heart and blood vessels. The healing of an injury to the body (as from violence, accident or surgery) that typically involves laceration or breaking of a membrane (as the skin) and usually damage to underlying tissues.
Icon 3 Clinical Trials: A scientifically controlled study of the safety and effectiveness of a therapy using consenting human subjects (Note that Institution Review Board (IRB) approval is required – even for studies that involve surveys).
icon 4 Health/Medicine: The study of health and disease in humans or animals, including disease diagnosis, causes of disease, ways of treating disease, medical procedures, alternative therapies for diseases or the way in which the human or animal body functions normally.
icon 5 Modeling/Simulation/Medical IT: The use of a device to imitate or represent reality. Examples include computer models of human physiology simulation methods to test a new medical device or biomechanical models. Medical technology involving the development, maintenance, and use of computer systems, software and networks for the processing and distribution of data.
Icon 6 Musculoskeletal: Of, relating to, or involving both musculature and skeleton. A branch of medicine concerned with the correction or prevention of deformities, disorders, or injuries of the skeleton and associated structures (as tendons and ligaments).
icon 7 Sensors/Imaging: Methods for obtaining measurements of key importance to health. Examples include blood pressure measurements, ultrasound and temperature monitoring.
icon 8 Value-driven Engineering: Redesigning an essential medical device, and making it less complex at a price they can afford, without compromising quality

Contact Us

For questions, or more information on the BEST Medicine Engineering Fair, contact:

BEST Medicine Co-chairs:

Brian Davis, Ph.D.  at (330) 972-6977 or

Carin A. Helfer, Ph.D. at (330) 972-6104 or