Yi-Xian Qin, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Orthopaedics, and Biophysics at Stony Brook University, has been elected into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering‘s (AIMBE) College of Fellows. Recipients of this honor, considered one of the highest in the biomedical engineering discipline, are chosen for their outstanding achievements in medical and biological engineering.
AIMBE states that Qin was elected into the College of Fellows for his work in orthopaedic biomechanics, which has provided unique insights into the mechanical control of bone repair and remodeling, as well as noninvasive diagnosis of bone diseases.
Qin, Director of Stony Brook’s Orthopaedic Bioengineering Research Laboratory, has developed a new form of ultrasound that assesses multiple parameters of hard tissue like bone. This technology, called SCAN (Scanning Confocal Acoustic Navigation) is more advanced than existing ultrasound in that it assesses bone parameters beyond mineral density.
“SCAN enables researchers to identify weak regions in bone and thus is an emerging technology that may assist in bone healing and prediction of fractures,” says Qin. “The technology also has the potential as a diagnostic for the prediction of early bone loss, a hallmark of osteoporosis, a disease that affects millions worldwide.”
A non-profit organization representing 50,000 individuals, AIMBE was founded in 1991 to provide leadership and advocacy in medical and biological engineering for the benefit of society. The College of Fellows is comprised of the top 2 percent of medical and biological engineers.
Thomas C. Skalak, AIMBE President and Vice President for Research at the University of Virginia, called the 2011elected fellows talented individuals who truly enhance the fabric of our society.
In 2011, 79 researchers nationwide were named as AIMBE fellows. Historically, AIMBE fellows have helped to revolutionize medicine, engineering and related fields to help enhance and extend the lives of people worldwide. Counting several Nobel Prize winners among them, the work of fellows has helped to protect the environment, lead to new national security safeguards and contributed to a better and healthier society. Recognized for their contributions in teaching, research, and innovation, fellows include leaders in industry as entrepreneurs, directors of research and development, and respected professors as well as heads of engineering and medical schools nationwide.
Qin received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stony Brook University in 1997 and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1993, also from Stony Brook University. He completed his undergraduate education in Shanghai, China.