Biomedical Engineering and Nanotechnology
Engineering deals with structures, medicine with bodies, but there is a surprising amount of overlap. With new advances in health technologies, the merging of these fields holds much promise for benefiting human health.
The rapidly evolving fields of biomedical engineering and nanotechnology illustrate explicitly the value of cross-disciplinary research. Engineering techniques are enabling medical doctors and researchers to explore health and diseases in new and more precise ways, while medical needs are opening up new directions for engineering know-how. This synergy is recognised in the Biomedical Engineering and Nanotechnology SRT.
This SRT is a merger of two previously separate SRTs that have moved closer together in their work. Researchers in the Faculties of Medicine and Engineering have become internationally competitive in several areas, such as biomedical imaging, biomaterials, tissue engineering, micro-fluidic systems, and nanomechanics. Now, they will harness that expertise to focus on three key areas:
- Biomedical imaging, such as magnetic resonance imaging, biophotonics, ultrasound, EEG, bioinformatics and neural engineering.
- Bio-nanomaterials and bio-nanomechanics, which are being applied in such areas as prosthetic devices, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
- Biomedical devices, such as medical robotics, microfluidics, and computer-brain interface.
The SRT team is relatively small so the goal is to "bind" researchers together through retreats, workshops and other activities that deepen collaboration, and to connect with international research communities to identify new multidisciplinary directions for the team.
Both faculties are firmly behind the SRT, giving priority to this cross-and transdisciplinary field. "Healthcare technologies" is one of two key themes of development for the Faculty of Engineering, while "biomedical engineering" is a key emerging field in the Faculty of Medicine.
With populations ageing in developed countries, including Hong Kong and Mainland China, there will be increasing demands for better healthcare technologies. Rapidly evolving advances in engineering are opening new windows of opportunity and we hope to translate these emerging methodologies and technologies in ways that benefit life sciences and healthcare.
Professor E.X. Wu,