Immerse yourself into the future of medicine – where virtual reality headsets help doctors diagnose neurodegenerative diseases before symptoms appear, where engineered stem cells regenerate the body to treat disease and wearable motion sensors capture injuries as they occur in real life. This is biomedical engineering.
Biomedical engineering combines engineering and design principles with biology and medicine. Collaboration among diverse minds at the UBC School of Biomedical Engineering has the potential to yield massive leaps forward in how we prevent, manage and treat disease.
Hear from UBC experts Dr. Calvin Kuo, Dr. Manu Madhav and Dr. Nika Shakiba about how the School of Biomedical Engineering is building a bold and boundless community of collaboration, research and clinical expertise fueled by patient experience to bring interdisciplinary, tailor-made medical solutions to patients faster and make them available to everyone. Dr. Peter Zandstra, Director of the School of Biomedical Engineering, will introduce the webinar topic.
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Dr. Calvin Kuo is an Assistant Professor in the UBC School of Biomedical Engineering and leads the Human Motion Biomechanics Lab (HuMBL). Calvin’s research specializes in the development of wearable and remote systems to monitor human health and disease. His lab currently engages with collaborators at UBC, Vancouver General Hospital and BC Children’s Hospital to leverage such technologies to study injuries in contact sports ranging from mild traumatic brain injuries to ankle sprains, sleep disruptions in children and sudden cardiac arrests in the general population. The ultimate goal of his research program is to translate quality health analytics from hospitals and clinics to real-world, at-home settings.
Dr. Manu Madhav is an Assistant Professor in the UBC School of Biomedical Engineering and a robotics, controls and mechanical engineer turned neuroscientist. He leads the Neural Circuits for Computation, Cognition and Control (NC4) laboratory. His research involves studying biological systems at both behavioural and neural levels using carefully engineered experimental apparatuses. These studies can inform biology by increasing our knowledge about behaviour, computations and mechanisms, and also have engineering applications in biomimetics and robotics in the form of novel computational algorithms and approaches to integrating sensing, computation and actuation.
Dr. Nika Shakiba is an Assistant Professor in the UBC School of Biomedical Engineering. Her research program is interested in understanding the social lives of stem cells. Her lab applies a combined systems and synthetic biology approach to reverse- and forward-engineer the competitive interactions between cells in developmental systems. Prior to joining UBC, Nika was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed her PhD in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at University of Toronto. Nika is a big believer in outreach and mentorship. Beyond her research and teaching, she is passionate about providing equity in mentorship and access to advice through her latest project, Advice to a Scientist.
Miguel Eichelberger is the Communications and Engagement Manager in the UBC School of Biomedical Engineering and an unflinching optimist. A communicator and writer, his work has appeared in literary magazines and on stages around the world. His most recent publications include Harpur Palate, the Literary Review of Canada, Plainsongs Magazine and Soliloquies Anthology. He believes in authenticity; in doing and saying what you actually believe, and he is an obsessive student of leadership from the biological and anthropological perspectives. You may have heard him rant about it, and he’s not sorry.
This is the fourth webinar in our Transforming Health for Everyone series.
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