Jennifer Barton, University of Arizona professor of biomedical engineering and director of the BIO5 Institute, has been appointed to the National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, part of the National Institutes of Health. The council advises the leadership of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, or NIBIB, on policies and priorities related to research, training and health information dissemination in the areas of biomedical imaging and engineering.
“I was a new assistant professor when the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering was created in 2000,” Barton said. “The formation of this institute, which is the only one in the National Institutes of Health to be focused on developing and applying biomedical technologies, felt like a validation of my field of biomedical engineering.”
NIBIB is a critical partner to the UA as a funder of Barton’s bioimaging research. The organization also supported an undergraduate design training program, directed by Barton, that helped launch the UA Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2010.