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The 20th century has been established as one of extraordinary progress in the physical and engineering sciences. The beginning of the 21st century, which can be considered the "bio-century," presents an outstanding opportunity to engineer biological systems using approaches from the physical sciences and engineering. Interdiciplinary collaborations are essential cross disciplines among physical science and engineering with biomedicine. The Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM) enhances research collaborations between the College of Science and Engineering and the Academic Health Center, and enhances overall biomedical engineering research at the University of Minnesota. Having a broader base of knowledge to solve issues in biomedicine not only allows us to utilize our best talents at the University, but can also drive innovation in finding solutions for issues important to the industrial community as well as generate well-rounded students entering the workforce.
Research at IEM is focused on five broad themes: Cardiovascular Engineering, Neuroengineering, Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, Medical and Biological Imaging, and Medical Devices. These themes represent important biomedical engineering research aimed at advancing our understanding of the mechanisms of major diseases affecting human health and developing engineering solutions to various medical and health problems, ranging from diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases through engineering innovation.