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Boston University and Boston Medical Center partner with CIMIT

Boston University (BU) and Boston Medical Center (BMC) today announced their joint membership in the Center for Integration of Medicine & Innovative Technology (CIMIT), the Cambridge, Mass.-based consortium that brings together clinicians, scientists and engineers to solve complex medical problems using novel technologies.

BU and BMC join founding members Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, MIT, and Draper Laboratory, along with Partners HealthCare, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Boston Children's Hospital. Founded in 1998, CIMIT is a Center at Harvard Medical School.

The BU/BMC collaboration forms a highly integrated academic medical center that combines the highest standards of patient care, medical training, and biomedical engineering and research. BU's biomedical engineering program was the sole winner of a recent leadership award from the Whitaker Foundation.

Dr. John Parrish, director of CIMIT said: "Boston University and Boston Medical Center bring additional excellence in biomedical engineering and a fifth, fully-integrated academic medical center into the consortium. In the past, individual BU scientists have received translational research grants from CIMIT. In the years ahead, we look forward to working with more BU scientists, clinicians and engineers as we pursue our shared goal of finding novel solutions to improve patient care."

Dr. Thomas Moore, interim chief of Medicine at Boston Medical Center said: "We are excited about the opportunities this new partnership presents that hasten the translation of research ideas into enhanced care for patients."

Dr. Kenneth Lutchen, chairman of BU's Department of Biomedical Engineering added: "BU is very pleased to join CIMIT as a full member and we look forward to working with clinicians and engineers at the outstanding institutions that comprise CIMIT to accelerate the development and implementation of advances that will improve p
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Contact: Kira Edler
kedler@bu.edu
617-358-1240
Boston University
15-Feb-2006


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