Institute for Medical Engineering & Science

Institute for Medical Engineering & Science

The Institute for Medical Engineering & Sciences (IMES) aims to accelerate innovation across a spectrum of activities that span discovery, design, and delivery of new medical devices and products.

Established in July 2012, IMES serves as

  • An integrative force across MIT, bringing together research and education efforts at the nexus of engineering, science, and clinical medicine to advance human health

  • A portal for building strategic partnerships with hospitals and industry to confront major medical challenges

  • A robust home for the Harvard-MIT Health Science & Technology (HST) program, which has a rich history of educating leaders in medicine and health-related technologies.

The existing and incipient strengths of IMES and MIT will be leveraged to address the following five grand challenges:

Grand challenge #1: Make diagnosis cost-effective and accurate, and guide individual clinical decisions based on real-time monitoring and massive patient data sets.

Grand challenge #2: Enable systematic design of vaccines and therapies for existing and emerging infectious diseases.

Grand challenge #3: Enhance human cognitive function by developing accurate diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Grand challenge #4: Enable remote monitoring of chronic and post-acute-care patients with mobile and/or at-home devices that can communicate with caregivers.

Grand challenge #5: Develop accurate diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for cardiovascular diseases.