The Center for Engineering in Medicine is engaged in a variety of research thrusts that combine the principles of engineering and medicine in order to find new solutions that push the envelope of healthcare technology.

The power of the Center for Engineering in Medicine (CEM) at Massachusetts General Hospital comes from its ability to define the frontiers of healthcare technologies and organize concerted efforts that push the envelope.

Examples include creating integrated microsystems as diagnostic and therapeutic tools, and the development of computer models that describe biological processes using sophisticated mathematical techniques.

These unique capabilities, when merged with expertise in viewing, constructing and analyzing biological molecules and in cultivating and manipulating living cells, provide the most powerful platform for designing the molecular and cellular machines of tomorrow.

A unique component of the CEM program is the diversity of interests and skills involved in its activities. The CEM’s focus is neither on a single disease nor on a single group of technologies.

Instead, vitality springs from creating novel applications using the tools of disparate disciplines ranging from molecular biology and biochemistry to engineering design and analysis. 

These technologies are currently being applied to a series of research thrusts, including: