Posted on February 17, 2014

Leading regional researchers and internationally renowned scientists in the field of biomedical engineering are gathering in Doha on 17th February for the second Middle East Conference on Biomedical Engineering (MECBME), hosted by Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMU-Q) and Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI), a member of Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D).

MECBME’14 is taking place at the Hilton Hotel in Doha until 20th February and will present recent research on a broad range of topics in biomedical engineering and healthcare technologies relevant to the national health priorities reflected in the Qatar National Research Strategy including applications for diabetes, cancer, genetic diseases, and cardiovascular diseases.

The event is free and open to all scientists and engineers affiliated with Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, and the local academic institutions.

Dr Thomas Zacharia, Executive Vice President for QF R&D, will open the conference on Tuesday18thFebruary.The opening session will include a keynote speech by Dr Chad Mirkin, Founder and Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology at Northwestern University. The author of more than 550 manuscripts and more than 900 patent applications worldwide (243 issued), Dr Mirkin serves as an advisor to US President Barack Obama on science, technology and innovation in his role as a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

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Four plenary addresses will be delivered over the course of three days including presentations by Mimoun Azzouz, Professor and Co-Director of Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience; Mustafa Khammash, Professor of control theory and systems biology in the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering at ETH- Zurich; Hicham Fenniri, Professor and Principal Investigator at QBRI; and Curtis L. Lowery, Chairperson of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. A gala dinner will be held for all conference delegates on Wednesday evening.

The scientific program includes 126 presentations by speakers from 20 countries. Topics include: biomedical imaging, circuits, systems, and instrumentation; nano-medicine; biomechanics; biomaterials; and tissue engineering. All papers have undergone a rigorous review process to guarantee high standards. The conference provides an opportunity for regional researchers to exchange ideas with international experts.

Pre-conference activities begin today, with a pair of two-hour tutorials: one focussing on new applications of virtual and augmented reality in medicine and surgery, and the other focussed on various techniques of brain monitoring.

Qatar has become a major player in many fields of research, thanks to the vision and support of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. With Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D) as the driving force to advance high-impact, transformative solutions aimed at enhancing Qatar’s health, environmental, energy and cyber security, exciting collaborations have developed between different research institutions in Qatar and well-known academic institutions and industry across the world. MECBME’14 gives the participants the opportunity to take these initiatives to a higher level of fruitfulness.

More information about the conference is available online at www.mecbme.net.

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