The Whitaker Foundation, headquartered in Washington D.C., has presented 14 Special Opportunity Awards in biomedical engineering to teams of investigators who have come up with proposals to establish novel training programs in the field. The awards range from $250,000 to $750,000.

The foundation recognizes that the field of bioengineering is a meeting place for many different disciplines. Medical sciences such as physiology and pharmacology; engineering subjects like mechanical and electrical engineering and computer science; and other areas of study, such as molecular biology, materials science, and mathematics, all have a hand in shaping the field.

Its influence is just as widespread, apparent in almost any facet of medicine, be it diagnosis (new imaging techniques that allow doctors to see inside the body without resorting to surgery), treatment (surgical lasers, artificial organs), or basic research (technologies like the polymerase chain reaction, or PCR; and molecular modeling of proteins).

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