NIH News Advisory
National Institute of Biomedical
Imaging and Bioengineering

Friday, June 14, 2002

Contact: Mark Brown
(240) 632-5618

NIH Bioengineering Consortium Announces Fifth Annual Symposium

The NIH Bioengineering Consortium (BECON) will convene a symposium titled "Sensors for Biological Research and Medicine" on June 24-25, 2002, at the Natcher Conference Center on the NIH main campus in Bethesda, Maryland. This is the fifth in a series of annual symposia sponsored by the BECON.

The purposes of this symposium are (1) to provide a forum to showcase current biomedical sensor technology and applications, and to identify future biomedical needs and the emerging technologies that can meet them; (2) to facilitate communication among physical and technical scientists, biomedical researchers, and clinicians interested in developing or applying sensor technology to research and medicine; and (3) to provide advice to NIH concerning opportunities and needs in the field of biomedical sensors.

This year's symposium will be led by extramural co-chairs Dr. Warren Grundfest of the University of California at Los Angeles and Dr. Milan Mrksich of the University of Chicago, and NIH co-chairs Dr. Joan Harmon of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and Dr. Maren Laughlin of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Dr. John Parrish from Harvard University will begin the symposium with a Keynote Address, entitled "Sensors in Modern Medicine." The program will consist of plenary talks, breakout sessions and poster presentations.

The plenary talks will include two panel sessions entitled, "Critical Clinical Barriers to Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease," led by Dr. Grundfest and "Biomedical Sensor Technology," led by Dr. Mrksich. In addition, there will be plenary talks on "Success in Sensor Technology" by Dr. David Walt of Tufts University and "Sensors in Today's World" by John Blitch, LTC of the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue.

Breakout sessions will address the following areas: active disease management; diagnostic technologies; advanced technologies for biological and biomedical research; informatics, validation, and computational applications; technologies for predisposition; biointerfaces and biomaterials; biomedical microsystems, nanosystems, and integrated devices; cell-based sensing; emerging transduction technology; and enabling concepts and materials for future biomedical sensor technology.

The symposium will close with a plenary panel on Federal Funding Opportunities for Sensor Research, which will include presentations by several NIH Institutes and Centers, the Department of Energy, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Science Foundation.

Additional details about the symposium and registration information are available at the symposium Web site, Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable acommodation to participate in this conference should contact Mark Brown, 240-632-5618. Requests should be made at least 5 days in advance of the event.