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Luigi Galvani's laboratory

A discipline tied to electrical engineering for three centuries, bioengineering is the practice of solving problems in the life sciences using an engineering approach. Luigi Galvani's experiments in the late 1700s led to the exploration of the link between electricity and animal physiology. These experiments in which Galvani demonstrated the existence of natural electric current in animal tissue allowed for a far more thorough understanding of the human body. The relationship between electricity and the human body was explored further in the latter half of the 19th century with the work of T. Green, Wilhelm von Ziemssen and John Alexander McWilliam on the heart.

The 20th century has led to many incredible discoveries and breakthroughs, including the pacemaker, electrocardiography, and DNA testing. As we progress into the 21st century, bioengineering will continue to be an active area for technological breakthroughs and exciting new developments which have the potential to greatly improve the quality of life.

The IEEE is heavily involved in bioengineering through the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, which has been active since 1952. The IEEE EMBS publishes both several technical journals like IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, and publications oriented towards the general public like IEEE Pulse. From formalized mathematical theory through experimental science, from technological development to practical clinical applications, IEEE 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.


  • Anatomy - Topics dealing with anatomy, the structure of living things
  • Bioinformatics - The process of applying computer science and statistics to biology
  • Biological topics - Various topics dealing with general biology including animals, microorganisms and vegetation
  • Biomedical computing - Topics dealing with the application of computers in the biomedical field
  • Biomedical engineering - Engineering specifically related to biomedical fields
  • Biomedical equipment - Equipment used in a biomedical settings, such as biomedical electrodes, implants and surgical instruments
  • Biomedical measurements - Measurements and monitoring instruments in the biomedical field
  • Bioterrorism - Issues pertaining to biological devices and weapons used in a terrorist setting
  • Computational biology - The development of data analysis and mathematics to study biological systems
  • Genetics - The study of genes in living organisms
  • Medical conditions - Topics dealing with medical conditions and ailments such as arthritis, cancer and epilepsy
  • Medical services - Practical medical services such as X-rays, prosthetics and sensory aids
  • Medical treatment - Treatments encountered in a medical setting such as cardiology, surgery, and noninvasive treatment

Pages in category "Bioengineering"

The following 160 pages are in this category, out of 160 total.