Biomedical Engineering Wins $2.9 Million Grant for “Bench to Bedside” Research


The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation has awarded a $2.9 million grant to the Boston University Biomedical Engineering Department to bring biomedical technology from the laboratory bench to the patient’s bedside. The Translational Research Partnership Award will facilitate joint efforts between BU’s biomedical engineers, the Coulter Foundation and medical researchers aimed at moving promising technologies to clinical application.

“The Coulter Foundation conducted a rigorous review and we are gratified to have the quality of our basic and applied research programs recognized with this award,” said Professor Kenneth Lutchen, chairman of BU’s Biomedical Engineering Department. “It will advance our efforts to bring promising innovations from the laboratory to the patient.”

Of the 63 institutions which had applied nationally, the BU Biomedical Engineering Department is one of only nine chosen to receive the award.

Through this award, the Coulter Foundation will form a working partnership with BU’s Biomedical Engineering Department to promote, develop and support translational research through such activities as funding promising research projects, increasing and supporting effective collaborations between biomedical engineers and clinicians, increasing awareness of the importance of moving promising technologies to clinical application, and developing and supporting sustainable programs and processes that will increase, enhance and accelerate this movement. The goal of this partnership is to focus on outcomes which would improve patient care. 

Established in 1966, BU’s biomedical engineering program is among the nation’s oldest, and is ranked 7th nationally by US News & World Report. Its 31 primary faculty constitute the largest BME department in the nation and bring in more than $20 million in external research support annually.

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