Congresso Brasileiro de Engenharia Biomedica 2024 CBEB2024


Palestrantes Convidados

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Elisa E. Konofagou 

Columbia University, USA

Elisa E. Konofagou designs and develops ultrasound-based technologies for automated estimation of tissue mechanics as well as drug delivery and therapeutics. Her group has worked on the design of algorithms that can estimate minute deformation as a result of physiological function, such as in the heart and vessels, and displacements induced by the ultrasound wave itself, such as in tumors and nerves, while she maintains several collaborations with physicians in order to translate these technologies to the clinical setting. She has also developed novel techniques in order to facilitate noninvasive brain drug delivery as well as modulation of both the central and peripheral nervous systems. 

Muyinatu “Bisi” Bell, PhD

Johns Hopkins University, USA

Dr. Bell leads a highly interdisciplinary research program that integrates optics, acoustics, robotics, electronics, and mechanics, as well as signal processing and medical device design, to engineer and deploy innovative biomedical imaging systems that simultaneously address unmet clinical needs and significantly improve the standard of patient care. As the director of the Photoacoustic and Ultrasonic Systems Engineering (PULSE) Lab, Dr. Bell develops theories, models, and simulations to investigate advanced beamforming techniques for improving ultrasonic and photoacoustic image quality. In parallel, she designs and builds novel light delivery systems for photoacoustic imaging and incorporates medical robots to improve operator maneuverability and enable standardized procedures for more personalized medicine. The technologies developed in her lab are then interfaced with patients to facilitate clinical translation. These technologies have applications in neurosurgical navigation, cardiovascular disease, women’s health, and cancer detection and treatment.

Cristina C. Barrias

Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde  (I3S), Universidade do Porto

Cristina Barrias is Principal Investigator and Group Leader at Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde/ Instituto de Engenharia Biomédica (i3S/INEB, University of Porto), and invited Associate Professor at Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS, University of Porto) and at Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP, Polytechnic of Porto). Currently, she is also a member of the Board of Directors of INEB and a member of the Council of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB). Her group at i3S ( focuses on (micro)tissue engineering for regenerative therapies and in vitro disease modeling. She has been working on the design of customized hydrogel 3D matrices and biofabrication tools to direct cellular self-organization into different types of micro-sized building blocks for bottom-up tissue engineering. These microsystems recapitulate complex tissue morphogenesis processes and are being used to investigate the dynamics of cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions in 3D, in pathophysiological contexts, and to decipher key biochemical and biomechanical regulators of cell response. Currently, this knowledge is being translated into the design of advanced 3D in vitro models and of improved therapies for tissue (re)vascularization.

Newton Faria

 Cornell University

Newton has been dedicated to the mission of “Empowering engineers and scientists with knowledge and tools to drive productivity, innovation, and breakthroughs in the healthcare field.” In his various roles, he has contributed significantly to the advancement of professional graduate education and the catalyzation of research, development, and implementation of cutting-edge medical technologies in the pharmaceutical, biologics, and medical devices industries. As a Professor of Practice and the Director of the Master of Engineering Program at Cornell Biomedical Engineering, he assumes the responsibility of devising and implementing a forward-thinking program. Newton has developed a well-balanced and needs-based curriculum to ensure that students are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge for a successful career. Additionally, he has introduced new courses, managed human and physical resources effectively, and created industry-like environments within an academic setting. These infrastructures and processes offer students valuable hands-on experiential learning opportunities.

Risto Juhani Ilmoniemi

Aalto University

Risto Ilmoniemi, PhD, was nominated Academy Professor of the Academy of Finland for the period 2012–2016. He is Professor of Applied Physics at the Department Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering, Aalto University School of Science, Finland. He worked at the Low Temperature Laboratory of the Helsinki University of Technology from 1978 until 1993 (interrupted by post-doctoral studies at New York University in 1985–1987), developing technology for magnetic measurements of human brain activity (magnetoencephalography or MEG). He built the world’s first multichannel SQUID magnetometer for brain mapping in 1983 and invented, e.g., the use of signal-space projection to separate the MEG signal from noise. From 1994 until 2003, he led the BioMag Laboratory at Helsinki University Central Hospital, where he developed ideas and technology for stimulating the human brain magnetically (transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS). He is founder of Nexstim Plc, the pioneer and leader in navigated TMS technology as well as combined TMS and EEG. Ilmoniemi has coauthored over 200 scientific journal publications and 16 patents or patent applications. Prof. Ilmoniemi is coordinator of  EU-funded projects MEGMRI (2008–2012) and BREAKBEN (2016–2018) to develop MEG technology that can also perform ultra-low-field magnetic resonance imaging. His interests include, in addition to brain imaging and stimulation technology, new ideas for photography and visual displays to enhance the viewer’s experience.

Slawomir Nasuto

University of Reading 

Prof Slawomir J Nasuto leads the Brain Embodiment Laboratory (BEL), an interdisciplinary research group within the School of Biological Sciences (University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom), focusing on neuroengineering and cognitive neuroscience, alongside assistive robotics and information processing. His research on phase synchronisation, functional connectivity and complex evolving networks informs, and in turn benefits from, interrogating cognitive processes and, more directly, the nervous system. He also applies these approaches, most notably in brain computer interfaces (BCI), neurofeedback and neurorehabilitation. He received an MSc in Mathematics from the University of Marie Curie-Sklodowska in Lublin, Poland in 1993 and a PhD in Cybernetics from University of Reading in 1999. He has been a member of academic staff at Reading since 2000.His research interests span cybernetics, cognition, complex systems, computational neuroscience and analysis of biosignals. He supervised 6 Postdoctoral Fellows and 16 PhD students and published over 170 research articles in books, journals and international peer-reviewed conferences. He ran extramurally funded research projects attracting over £3.5M, with significant proportion of the projects in the healthcare related areas.

Stephen E. Saddowo

University of South Florida 

Dr. Saddow’s research at the nexus of material science and biomedical engineering works to improve existing biomedical devices by harnessing the properties of bio- and hemo-compatible silicon carbide (SiC) materials to allow for new and improved in-vivo medical devices. He is internationally recognized in the field of Silicon Carbide (SiC) Biomedical Technology as one of the first scientists to demonstrate its biocompatibility and bio-versatility, and he has engineered more than a dozen related patented devices and technologies. This research led to a paradigm shift for in-vivo medical devices, as he proved SiC can replace silicon-based devices given its chemical resilience and bio/hemo-compatibility. He holds 15 patents and has published over 250 articles and books. He is a Fellow of the AIMBE, a Senior Member of IEEE and the National Academy of Inventors and was named IEEE Florida Engineering Educator of the Year. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland-College Park and is currently a guest researcher in the Molecular Imaging Branch, National Cancer Institute (NIH) where he is applying SiC nanoparticles to treat deep-tissue cancer.

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