The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Relaunches Its Award-Winning Flagship Publication, IEEE Pulse Magazine; Debuts New Website

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New Editor-in-Chief, Colin Brenan, Ushers in Editorial Changes Designed to Increase the Magazine’s Accessibility and Broaden Its Appeal to a Global Biomedical Engineering Audience

Biomedical engineering is one of the fastest growing professions in the world. Every day, people in this profession are pushing the boundaries and making discoveries that offer meaningful changes for the benefit of humanity.

The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) today announced the relaunch of its flagship publication, Pulse Magazine, published bimonthly for the global biomedical engineering audience. The publication today debuts an entirely digital format hosted on the newly launched IEEE Pulse website, The website will serve as the publication’s primary platform for a richer, more engaging lineup of content, including videos, blogs, and reader comments on stories.

EMBS is relaunching the award-winning IEEE Pulse in response to the growing need and expectation for digital content, and to broaden the publication’s appeal to its global audience, which includes students and academia, researchers, entrepreneurs, and medical device manufacturers. Readers have come to expect that IEEE Pulse will keep them up-to-date on current technologies and methods used in biomedical and clinical engineering, societal implications of medical technologies, the latest book reviews, and patent descriptions. IEEE Pulse readers enjoy general and technical feature articles and special the magazine’s special interest departments that cover stories on clinical engineering, law and ethics, new products, historical features, government issues, and EMBS Society news.

Ushering in this exciting new phase for the publication is Colin Brenan, who succeeds Mike Neuman as editor-in-chief of IEEE Pulse. As a serial life science entrepreneur with several successful companies to his credit, new ventures are a way of life for Brenan. Over the years, he has served EMBS in multiple capacities—as the founder of the Boston Chapter, as a multiyear Administrative Committee member, and as co-chair of the successful 2011 Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference in Boston.

Bruce Wheeler, President of EMBS, has high hopes for Brenan’s tenure as editor-in-chief. “We are so pleased to have Colin on board to continue the transformation of IEEE Pulse that began under the leadership of Mike Neuman. I’m confident that Colin can help us achieve our goal of broadening the appeal of the magazine as a means to communicate beyond the Society the exciting new developments in biomedical engineering.”

“Biomedical engineering is one of the fastest growing professions in the world. Every day, people in this profession are pushing the boundaries and making discoveries that offer meaningful changes for the benefit of humanity. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as IEEE Pulse’s editor-in-chief, and will ensure that the content we deliver to our readers keeps them informed on the most exciting developments in the industry,” said Brenan.

In celebration of the magazine’s relaunch, access to the full version of IEEE Pulse will be completely free through June 2014. After that time, readers will need to subscribe to view articles in their entirety. Anyone can subscribe to IEEE Pulse, and as always, a subscription to the magazine is an included benefit for all EMBS members. For now, the magazine will continue to be published in print, but eventually the entire publication will transition to an entirely digital format.

The IEEE Pulse 2014 Editorial Calendar is as follows:

  •     January/February: Healthcare Innovation/What’s Hot in BME for 2014?
  •     March/April: Nanomaterials: From Bench to Bedside, featuring guest editors Ali Khademhosseini and Akhilesh Gaharwar
  •     May/June: Diabetes Goes Global, featuring guest editor Ahmed Morsey
  •     July/August: The Intelligent Hospital: How companies are helping medical facilities to run better and smarter
  •     September/October: Sleep: Why the study of sleep has become one of the most dynamic areas of BME
  •     November/December: Reproductive Health

To submit a proposal for a special issue of the magazine, please contact Associate Editors, Pam Reynolds at preynolds(at)embs(dot)org or Cynthia Weber at clweberb(at)mtu(dot)edu. Organizations that would like to learn more about advertising opportunities with IEEE Pulse should contact Nicole Randall.

IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) is the world's largest international society of Biomedical Engineers. With more than 46 percent of its more than 10,000 members residing in some 97 countries around the world, it's a true global connection, providing access to the most fascinating people, practices, information, ideas, opinion and fellowship from one of science's fastest growing fields: biomedical engineering. From formalized mathematical theory through experimental science, from technological development to practical clinical applications, EMBS members support scientific, technological, and educational activities as they apply to the concepts and methods of the physical and engineering sciences in biology and medicine. By working together, we can transform and revolutionize the future of medicine and healthcare. For more information about the EMBS, please visit You can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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