Health-care problems posed by complex diseases present the most daunting challenges for modern society. Our faculty and trainees find purpose in research applied to study cancer, trauma and injury, immunological disorders, neurodegenerative disorders, and cardiovascular disease. Since our founding in 1997, the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU BME) has combined excellence in research and teaching to advance knowledge and new technology to improve the global quality of life.