Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s biomedical engineering disciplines – part of Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences – develop groundbreaking methods to assess and improve the safety and efficacy of medical devices, surgical procedures and drug delivery systems.
Joel Stitzel, PhD, chair of biomedical engineering at Wake Forest Baptist
Led by Joel Stitzel, PhD, the biomedical engineering program partners with scientists and clinicians at Wake Forest Baptist in cutting-edge research programs that lead to societal shifts in the understanding of serious injury.
Select areas of expertise in biomedical engineering in preclinical and clinical research include:
Human Body Models
Wake Forest Baptist is the integration center for the Global Human Body Models Consortium, a multi-university effort to develop the next generation of human body computer models for enhanced injury prediction and prevention. The Consortium is sponsored by ten leading automobile manufacturers and suppliers. Our faculty have unique and differentiated experience in the development and utilization of these human body models in the computational assessment of the effects of injury, trauma and utilization on medical devices, instruments and equipment.
Scientific, engineering and clinical disciplines intersect at Wake Forest Baptist in the application of engineering to the life sciences to develop and regenerate tissue as part of multiple centers and resources, including the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. We utilize our in-depth experience in tissue generation through engineered scaffolds, cells and biologically active molecules to better understand and treat diseases, disorders and traumatic injuries.
Wake Forest Baptist’s Center for Injury Biomechanics leads the world in the critical investigations of the body’s mechanisms and human tolerance following injury, trauma and medical device utilization. The Center uses a multidisciplinary approach to solving real-world biomechanics problems, combining the biomedical expertise at Wake Forest Baptist with Virginia Tech’s top-rated College of Engineering. Applications of this research are far-reaching and include investigations into the body’s response to medical devices and equipment, surgical procedures and drug delivery systems.
Nanomedicine and Nanobioengineering
The Hall Lab at Wake Forest Baptist is an interdisciplinary group of scientists using nanotechnology to understand the functions and interactions of biological molecules and to develop new capabilities based on these understandings. The lab brings together aspects of physics, engineering, molecular biology and other disciplines to influence the development of next-generation nanotechnology-based health care products.