I am absolutely delighted to inform you that beginning October 20th, Zachary Danziger, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, will serve a 3-year term as Chair of the Ethics Subcommittee of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), one of the 16 committees in the national professional society of biomedical engineers. He will work to revise the BMES code of ethics and review the BMES overall strategic plan. This comes after successfully Co-Chairing the 9th International Conference on Ethics in Biology, Engineering, and Medicine with Dr. Subrata Saha at FIU’s main campus in April, which included over 80 total participants from 5 countries and representatives from national agencies such as the FDA.

Ethics and ethical issues related to biomedical engineering that spans synthetic biology for new drug development  to medical implants that influence perception will be increasingly a topic of discussion and action, as we move forward in the current “fourth industrial revolution”.

Zach Danziger’s research interests are in the areas of human motor learning, neural interfaces and computational neuroscience.  He has formal education in philosophy of ethics and biomedical engineering.

About BMES: “The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) is the professional society for biomedical engineering and bioengineering. Founded in early 1968, the Society now boasts over 7,000 members and is growing, rapidly. BMES serves as the lead society and professional home for biomedical engineering and bioengineering. Our leadership in accreditation, potential licensure, publications, scientific meetings, global programs, and diversity initiatives, as well as our commitment to ethics, all serve our mission to promote and enhance knowledge and education in biomedical engineering and bioengineering worldwide and its utilization for human health and well-being.”

– Ranu Jung, Ph.D.