Biomedical modeling and simulation constitute a major strength of the department, carried out under the auspices of the Biomedical Simulations Resource (BMSR), one of the distinguished research centers of the School of Engineering with international visibility. The BMSR was established at USC in 1985 through a grant from the National Center for Research Resources of the National Institutes of Health and was recently renewed until 2003 on the basis of outstanding scientific performance evaluated by a national review panel.
The purpose of the BMSR is to advance the state of the art in biomedical modeling and simulation through advanced research projects, and to disseminate this knowledge and the associated software throughout the biomedical community. The BMSR also organizes international scientific meetings and workshops every year. The emphasis of the research projects is on modeling methodologies that advance our knowledge of physiological system dynamics in many areas including neurophysiology, pharmacokinetics, and respiratory physiology. The BMSR also seeks to promote the exchange of knowledge and technology in this area, creating an interactive, productive community of investigators nationwide.
The ultimate objective of the BMSR is to facilitate the transfer of simulation science and technology to the clinical environment for the improvement of our health care system. Professors Vasilis Z. Marmarelis and David Z. D'Argenio serve as Co-Directors of the BMSR, and Professors Theodore W. Berger, and Michael C.K. Khoo are actively involved in the core research and all other activities of the BMSR.