Research Focus Areas: Engineering in Medicine
Engineering in Medicine was the focus of several public lectures at Thayer School during Fall Term. One of three major research areas at Thayer — the other two are Energy Technologies and Complex Systems — the intersection of engineering and medicine was the theme of the school’s weekly Jones Seminars. And in an intensive symposium on Engineering in Medicine, health-care professionals, faculty, and students gathered October 16-17, 2008 to discuss integrating engineering design, evidence-based medicine, and cost effectiveness.
Organized by Professor Brian Pogue, the symposium featured keynote speakers Roderic Pettigrew, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering; Ronald Newbower, Ph.D., co-founder, strategic director and chief technology officer at the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology; and C. Everett Koop ’37, M.D., former U.S. Surgeon General and current senior scholar at the C. Everett Koop Institute. They and a dozen other speakers discussed an array of research and clinical advances and concerns, including bioengineering in 21st century health care, translating and implementing technology in the medical field, and the issues behind the current American health-care crisis.
To listen to or view the presentations, see the symposium program.