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Biomedical Engineering Hosts BME Day: New Frontiers in Healthcare

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Melanie Ziems

The UH Cullen College of Engineering's department of biomedical engineering will host the first BME Day on Thursday, April 24th at the UH Hilton Shamrock Ballroom. "BME Day: New Frontiers in Healthcare" is co-sponsored by BioHouston and will include talks from the world's leading experts, researchers, and movers and shakers from the biomedical engineering field. Attendees will meet the leaders of the BME field, listen to discussions on the latest advances and research in BME, and mingle with leading BME researchers, students, faculty members and industry representatives.

The department of biomedical engineering is a new addition to the Cullen College of Engineering, and according to department chair Metin Akay, they hope that BME Day will “promote and strengthen the biomedical and healthcare engineering research and educational programs at UH and in Texas.” Speakers will include heavy hitters such as Columbia University professor and IEEE-EMBS president elect Andrew Laine and a leading biomedical imaging scholar as well as the National Science Foundation's Biotechnology, Biochemical and Biomass Engineering Program Director Theresa Good. Additionally, Shuming Nie, a leading cancer nanotechnology scholar, of Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, Ferdinando Mussa-Ivaldi, a leading rehabilitation scholar, of Northwestern University, and May Wang, a health informatics scholar, of the Georgia Institute of Technology will present lectures on healthcare and biomedical engineering advances.

According to Akay, it’s an exciting time to bring BME research and education to large subsets of the engineering community as well as members of the healthcare and medical industries. “Engineers and scientists have transformed healthcare by playing a critical role in developing novel and affordable technologies and therapies that improve the quality of life and save lives,” he said. “BME Day will focus on the recent advances in healthcare technologies, the development of long-term and cost-effective health care solutions, delivery and management.”

BME Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the UH Hilton on April 24. To RSVP and learn more about the event, click here.

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