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Biomedical engineering conference begins

February 17, 2014



DOHA: Dr Chad Mirkin, adviser to US President Barack Obama on science, technology and innovation is among a host of internationally renowned scientists attending the second Middle East Conference on Biomedical Engineering (MECBME) which begins today at Hilton Hotel.

The four-day event is 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 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. 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 adviser 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.

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 Peninsula


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Source: Peninsula, The (Qatar)


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