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UC San Diego launches Institute of Engineering in Medicine to accelerate health care tech
Date:7/17/2008

The world's top engineers, physicians and scientists are joining forces to conceptualize, develop and bring to reality the future tools and treatments of 21st century health care through UC San Diego's new Institute of Engineering in Medicine. Nanoparticle bombs to kill cancer, molecular-sized bridges to repair damaged hearts, and scarless surgery techniques are now on the frontier of medical innovations in California with the new Institute leading the way.

"As is our tradition at UC San Diego, we are bringing together diverse fields of science to catalyze innovation in unconventional ways," said Marye Anne Fox, chancellor of UC San Diego. "The goal of this new organized research unit is to improve health care delivery through new tools, technologies and medicines."

"This is an important step toward the integration of two academic and professional disciplines that increasingly share common goals," said Shu Chien, M.D., Ph.D., professor of bioengineering and medicine, and founding director of the Institute at UC San Diego. "The Institute has already attracted a large number of outstanding faculty from UC San Diego's Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Jacobs School of Engineering who all share the objective of translating creative ideas into clinical medicine and products that will transform patient care."

The Institute of Engineering in Medicine will intersect broad areas of research and focus on new approaches to disease identification, genomic medicine, clinical testing and monitoring, and the discovery of new drugs and therapies. The Institute aligns programs that are rated among the nation's best in U.S. News and World Report's annual "Top Graduate Schools" ranking, with the Jacobs School of Engineering ranked 11th, its bioengineering program ranked 2nd, and the School of Medicine ranked 14th among comparable graduate programs throughout the nation. UC San Diego is one of four universities in the nation with a medical school and
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Contact: Daniel Kane
dbkane@ucsd.edu
858-534-3262
University of California - San Diego
Source:Eurekalert

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