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The goal of the biomedical engineering is to contribute to a better quality of life by improving health with innovative technologies. The containment of the costs of health care is as important as the improvement of the quality health care. Biomedical engineering integrates physical, chemical, mathematical, and computational sciences and engineering principles to study biology, medicine, behavior, and health as it was defined in a 1997 NIH working definition. It advances fundamental concepts; creates knowledge from the molecular to the organ systems level; and develops innovative biologies, imaging, materials, processes, implants, devices and informatics approaches for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, for patient rehabilitation, and for improving health. This presentation will present a few recent developments in biomedical engineering, with emphasis on bioinformatics and robotic medicine. The key to the success of realize the promises of biomedical informatics and personalized medicine is to harness biologic information in an integrated and interoperable fashion. A partnership between human clinicians and computer-based robotic technology will fundamentally change the way surgery and interventional medicine is performed in the 21st Century.
Date of Conference: 30-31 May 2008