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NIH Bioengineering Consortium (BECON)

Welcome to the BECON Web Site - Your Source of Information about Bioengineering at the NIH

BECON - The Bioengineering Consortium (BECON) is the focus of bioengineering activities at the NIH. The Consortium consists of senior-level representatives from all of the NIH institutes, centers, and divisions plus representatives of other Federal agencies concerned with biomedical research and development. The BECON is administered by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB).

What is Bioengineering? - Bioengineering integrates physical, chemical, mathematical, and computational sciences and engineering principles to study biology, medicine, behavior, and health. It advances fundamental concepts; creates knowledge from the molecular to the organ systems levels; and develops innovative biologics, materials, processes, implants, devices, and informatics approaches for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, for patient rehabilitation, and for improving health (NIH Working Definition of Bioengineering - July 24, 1997).

Impact of Bioengineering at the NIH - Bioengineering is a truly transdisciplinary field that benefits research institutes and centers in their programs to support the NIH's mission of improving the quality of the nation's health by increasing biological knowledge and facilitating the development of novel devices and drugs.

This Web Site - This Web site contains information about the structure and operation of the BECON, Consortium activities, BECON News and Events, a bioengineering Calendar, BECON Symposia, Funding Opportunities coordinated by the BECON and other agencies, and General Information about the field. Links to information on NIH policies (technology transfer, intellectual property, commercialization, and sharing of biomedical research resources), and NIH programs associated with biomedical imaging and bioengineering are included. Information about the NIBIB is available on the NIBIB Web site.

Feedback - To submit questions or comments on biomedical engineering at the NIH, BECON, or this Web site, please use the "Feedback" option on the left side of this page.

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