In recent years Biomedical Engineering has become a key discipline for many fields of Medicine. Some specialties would even not be imaginable without the diagnostic and therapeutic tools, which they developed together with Biomedical Engineers. Due to the huge variety of questions and tasks, Biomedical Engineering has become a broad spectrum of topics, which are addressed by the interdisciplinary approach of bioengineers together with physicians and technical specialists of multiple disciplines, to use the newest and best fitting scientific and manufacturing approaches. In Vienna, Biomedical Engineering has already achieved a long tradition, and the Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at the Medical University has a very special position, because technical specialists can work here in very close contact directly with the clinical users.
At the same time our laboratories and workshops can rapidly produce hand-on models and prototypes for research and development. Further the members of the program committee are in close contact with various technical and physical institutes to apply additional special methods if necessary. Focus of the research activities are placed in the stimulation of nerves and muscles, in applications for heart and the circulatory systems, internal artificial organs and hybrid organs, as well as questions of biocompatibility, biomechanics and rehabilitation. These projects address both basic and applied research, in close cooperation with national and international companies, educational institutions and health agencies.
The basic course of this program topic shall introduce into this broad spectrum of biomedical engineering and particularly its clinical applications. Depending on the topic of the thesis appropriate special courses shall be selected in discussion with the thesis tutor. Journal clubs to the various research focuses shall discuss approaches by other groups and partners. The study of Biomedical Engineering shall make the participants particularly familiar with the interfaces between engineering and medicine. Depending on their scientific background the different approach and scientific style of the other disciplines shall be integrated into the personal work-style. Based on their personal scientific background, the graduates of this study shall be able to define, implement and coordinate interdisciplinary biomedical projects.