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NJIT Professor To Head Journal Bridging Worlds of Medicine and Engineering

NJIT Distinguished Professor Atam Dhawan has been named co-editor of the Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine, a publication of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) http://www.embs.org/news/203-embs-announces-co-editors-for-the-journal-of-translational-engineering-infhealth-and-medicine. Clifford Dasco, MD, of Baylor College, Houston, will be co-editor.  The journal will be an open access product to bridge the engineering and clinical medical worlds, focusing on detailed descriptions of advanced technical solutions for clinical needs along with clinical results and healthcare relevance.

The journal will offer a platform for technology directions in the interdisciplinary field of biomedical engineering, engineering, life sciences and medicine.  A unique aspect will be the publication’s ability to foster collaborations between physicians and engineers for presenting broad and compelling real-world technological and engineering solutions.  It is hoped that these solutions can be implemented to improve the quality of patient care and treatment outcomes, thereby reducing costs and improving efficiency.

The journal provides an active forum for clinical research and relevant state-of-the-art technology for members of all the IEEE societies with an interest in biomedical engineering.  And, it will reach out directly to physicians and the medical community through the American Medical Association (AMA) and other clinical societies.

Medical devices, healthcare delivery systems and global healthcare initiatives will be foremost among the topics.  Attention will be paid to the technological relevance of healthcare cost reduction, technology affecting healthcare management, decision-making and policy, and advanced technical work to be applied to solving specific clinical needs.

Dhawan, an IEEE Fellow, is the interim dean of the Albert Dorman Honors College.  He was selected to represent the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society as a 2012-2013 Distinguished Lecturer to travel worldwide providing lectures about advances in medicine and technology.  He recently spoke at Cornell University.

Among engineering peers, Dhawan is best known as the inventor of an important innovation for an instrument commonly used to detect skin cancer--the nevoscope. The optical transillumination technology developed by Dhawan was also commercialized into a line of vein visualization products, Veinlite.

He is involved in the development of a multi-spectral optical and near-infrared tissue imaging technology to measure and monitor glucose levels in the blood non-invasively without painful pricking to get a drop of blood as required by conventional glucose monitors. For more information about Dhawan, please visit http://www.njit.edu/news/experts/dhawan.php.

One of the nation’s leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of 11,400 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering and cybersecurity, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $121 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT has a $1.74 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey.