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
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.
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