AIMBE 2018 Annual Event

    April 8 & 9, 2018 | Washington, DC



    The Only Biomedical Engineering Conference Combining Scientific Lectures with Public Policy Discussion


    Register Now Hotel Schedule Speakers



    AIMBE 2018 Annual Event

    April 8 & 9, 2018 | Washington, DC



    The Only Biomedical Engineering Conference Combining Scientific Lectures with Public Policy Discussion


    Register Now Hotel Schedule Speakers



    AIMBE 2018 Annual Event

    April 8 & 9, 2018 | Washington, DC



    The Only Biomedical Engineering Conference Combining Scientific Lectures with Public Policy Discussion


    Register Now Hotel Schedule Speakers


Gilda Barabino

President, AIMBE

Gilda A. Barabino is Berg Professor and Dean of The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY). She holds appointments the in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering and the CUNY School of Medicine. Prior to joining CCNY, she served as Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and Professor…

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Claire Pomeroy

President, The Lasker Foundation

Claire Pomeroy is President of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. She serves as chief executive officer of the Foundation and is responsible for advancing the Foundation’s mission to “improve health by accelerating support for medical research through recognition of research excellence, public education and advocacy.” An expert in infectious diseases, Pomeroy is a long-time…

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Anthony Guiseppi-Elie

Chair, College of Fellows, AIMBE

Dr. Anthony Guiseppi-Elie is a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and TEES Professor at Texas A&M University. His primary research interests are in engineered bioanalytical microsystems in the service of human health and medicine and include:

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Cartier Esham

Executive Vice President, Emerging Companies

Cartier Esham serves as Executive Vice President for Emerging Companies at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). In this role, Dr. Esham manages and directs BIO’s policy development, advocacy, research and educational initiatives for BIO’s emerging companies, which comprise approximately 90% of BIO’s membership. This includes capital formation policy and health policy impacting emerging companies, as…

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Tejal Desai

Chair-Elect, College of Fellows, AIMBE

Dr. Tejal Desai is currently the Ernest L. Prien Professor and Chair of the department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. She is also a member of the California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research, PI of the UCSF/UC Berkeley Graduate Group in Bioengineering Training Grant, and founding director of…

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Mauro Ferrari

Executive Vice President of Houston Methodist

Mauro Ferrari, PhD, is the Executive Vice President of Houston Methodist and the President and CEO of the Houston Methodist Research Institute where he is the Ernest Cockrell Jr. Presidential Distinguished Chair. As the Director of the Houston Methodist Institute for Academic Medicine, Ferrari oversees all research and education programs at Houston Methodist, over 1,200…

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Rashid Bashir

Executive Associate Dean of The Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Rashid Bashir completed his BSEE from Texas Tech University as the highest ranking graduate in the College of Engineering in Dec 1987. He completed his MSEE from Purdue University in 1989 and Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1992. From Oct 1992 to Oct 1998, he worked at National Semiconductor in the Analog/Mixed Signal Process Technology…

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Tatiana Segura

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University

Research in the Segura laboratory over the past nine years has focused on the generation of hydrogel biomaterials to support the formation of a reparative niche within diseased or injured sites that can block or prevent inhibitory signals from dominating the repair process, while providing pro-repair signals that can guide new tissue formation. The goal…

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Samir Mitragotri

Chair of Biomedical Engineering at Harvard University

Prof. Mitragotri has made groundbreaking contributions to the field of biological barriers and drug delivery. His research has advanced fundamental understanding of biological barriers and has led to the development of new materials as well as technologies for diagnosis and treatment of various ailments

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Philip Bourne

Philip E. Bourne, PhD, FACMI is the Stephenson Chair of Data Science, Director of the Data Science Institute and a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia. Prior to that he was the Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS; aka Chief Data Scientist) for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)…

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Paula Hammond

Head, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT

Professor Paula T. Hammond is the David H. Koch Chair Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering. She is a member of MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, the MIT Energy Initiative, and a founding member of

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Richard Dickinson

Division Director, CBET, NSF

Dr. Dickinson has spent most of his career at the University of Florida (UF) devoted to teaching and research. As chair of the UF chemical engineering department, he secured support for an overhaul of the undergraduate laboratory, six new endowed faculty positions, and the construction of a new building. Before serving as the department’s chair,…

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King C. Li

Dean of Medicine, University of Illinois

King Li, M.D., MBA, senior associate dean for clinical and translational research at Wake Forest University and deputy director of its comprehensive cancer center, will become the inaugural dean and chief academic officer of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine effective Oct. 1. A renowned researcher, educator, inventor and clinician in molecular imaging and radiology,…

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Carrie Byington

Dean, Texas A&M College of Medicine

Carrie L. Byington, MD, serves as Dean of the Texas A&M College of Medicine, Senior Vice President of the Texas A&M University Health Science Center and Vice Chancellor for Health Services at The Texas A&M University System. She is the first Mexican American female to hold the position of dean and senior vice president for…

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Elias Caro

Elias is VP of Technology Development in charge of the grant programs in biomedical research at the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation where he joined in 2006. From 1998 to 2006 in Beckman Coulter, he occupied positions of increasing responsibility as Vice President of Diagnostic R&D, President of the Biomedical Research Division and Executive Vice President…

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Raphael Lee

Paul and Allene Russell Professor of Surgery, University of Chicago

Raphael Lee, MD, ScD, is a very experienced plastic surgeon with special interest in tissue engineering for repair of the chest and abdomen, nerve injury, varicose vein repair, and the correction of scar and contour deformities. He has pioneered functional reconstructive surgery methods for correction of congenital and acquired gynecologic defects. Dr. Lee is regularly…

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Milan Yager

Executive Director, AIMBE

Milan P. Yager is a long-time Washington insider having served in senior association and government positions in the public and private sectors. As AIMBE’s Executive Director, he brings experience and success in delivering innovative new programming, organizational leadership, advocacy, and public a airs results in repositioning organizations to achieve operational and strategic objectives. His background includes…

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Schedule at a Glance

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  • Saturday, April 7, 2018

    7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Special Guest of Honor Raphael Lee

    President's Circle Reception to be held at the Renaissance Arlington

    President’s Circle Reception from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Renaissance Capital View Hotel with Special Guest of Honor Raphael Lee. This event is by Invitation Only to AIMBE Fellows that have given a voluntary contribution of $250 or more to AIMBE’s Mission. Contributions can be made as part of the Annual Meeting Registration here.

  • Sunday, April 8, 2018

    All Sunday Programming to be held at the Renaissance Arlington

    Book your room now.
    2800 South Potomac Ave Arlington VA 22202

  • 9:30 am – 10:30 am CURM Committee Meeting

    The Committee for Underrepresented Minorities provides coffee and donuts while listening to a special speaker and engaging in an informal discussion of past and future initiatives. This committee meeting is open to all.

  • 10:00 am Registration Desk Open
  • 10:30 am – 11:30 am AIMBE Women Committee Meeting

    The Women Committee welcomes all to attend this informal gathering to network, learn and become engaged. A special guest speaker provides provocative thoughts on diversity and engagement. The committee meeting is open to all.

  • 10:30 am – 11:30 am New Inductee Orientation
    Anthony Guiseppi-Elie, Sc.D. and Tejal Desai, Ph.D.

    AIMBE Leadership will provide an orientation to new inductees about AIMBE, its programming and services, and mission. Learn about how candidates are nominated, reviewed and elected to the College of Fellows. Find out how AIMBE is more than just an honorific society but an engaged community impacting public policy on medical innovation and discovery. Meet new colleagues in the Class of 2018 and get insight on the induction ceremony.

  • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Council of Chairs Meeting

    Affiliated organization of the Chairs of Biomedical Engineering Programs. Members of the CoC only.

  • Opening General Session - Presidential Address
    Gilda A. Barabino, Ph.D.

    1:00 pm – 1:20 pm

    President Gilda Barabino will highlight the past, and provide inspiration on the future challenges facing medical and biological engineering. From the rush of daily activities, it is too easy to overlook significant changes and mounting threats.

  • Scientific Lecture Series

    1:20 pm – 5:00 pm

    The hallmark of AIMBE’s meeting are the strong scientific lectures presenting new understanding thinking on a wide variety of medical and biological engineering issues. These lectures match the depth and breadth of AIMBE’s diverse membership from innovative materials, imaging, and cellular engineering to bioinformatics, medical devices, and neuroengineering. Leaving the comfort of one’s discipline, attendees find these lectures unite AIMBE’s membership in the conversation of discovery and innovation.

  • 1:20 pm – 2:10 pm Earl Bakken Lecture
    Mauro Ferrari, Ph.D.

    Each year AIMBE hosts one of the most significant scientific lectures to kick off its Annual Meeting. The Earl Bakken Lecture is AIMBE’s most meaningful scientific lecture providing both insight and illumination to the grand scientific challenges of biomedical research.

    Dr. Mauro Ferrari, Ph.D.
    Ernest Cockrell Jr. Presidential Distinguished Chair
    President & CEO, Houston Methodist Research Institute
    Director, Institute for Academic Medicine
    Executive Vice President, Houston Methodist
    Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Medicine
    Weill Cornell Medical College, New York

  • 2:10 pm – 2:50 pm Micro and Nano Devices for Biology and Medicine
    Rashid Bashir, Ph.D.

    AIMBE Scientific Lecture Series presented by
    Rashid Bashir, Ph.D.
    Executive Associate Dean of The Carle Illinois College of Medicine
    Grainger Distinguished Chair of Engineering
    Professor of Bioengineering
    University of Illinois at Urbana Champagne

  • 2:50 pm – 3:30 pm Engineered Hydrogels Reveal Biology
    Tatiana Segura, Ph.D.

    AIMBE Scientific Lecture Series presented by
    Tatiana Segura, Ph.D.
    Professor of Biomedical Engineering
    Pratt School of Engineering
    Duke University

  • 3:35 pm - 4:15 pm Engineering the Future of Materials
    Paula T. Hammond. Ph.D.

    AIMBE Scientific Lecture Series presented by
    Paula T. Hammond. Ph.D.
    Department Head, David H. Koch Professor in Engineering (1962)
    Department of Chemical Engineering
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm Innovation and Translation of Drug Delivery Systems
    Samir Mitragotri, Ph.D.

    AIMBE Scientific Lecture Series presented by
    Samir Mitragotri, Ph.D.
    Chair of Biomedical Engineering at Harvard University
    Hiller Professor of Bioengineering
    Hansjorg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering
    Wyss Institute, Harvard University

  • 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm Academic Council Meeting

    One of AIMBE’s most engaged communities, the Academic Council proudly presents a stimulating talk. This council is made up of Chairs and designated representatives of each of AIMBE’s member colleges and universities engaged in biomedical engineering education. This meeting is open to all.

    Philip E. Bourne Ph.D., FACMI
    Stephenson Chair of Data Science
    Director, Data Science Institute
    Professor of Biomedical Engineering
    University of Virginia

  • 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm Industry Council

    The Industry Council has long sponsored, and will once again host, the 2018 AIMBE/FDA Scholars. Hear about the projects and achievements of AIMBE’s Scholars from the mid-point of their year-long work at FDA. Dr. Michael Hill, Vice President, Science, Technology, and Clinical Affairs at Medtronic will provide opening remarks about AIMBE’s longstanding partnership with industry. The Industry Council boasts Fellows working at private companies and academic Fellows with an interest or involvement in the manufacture, distribution, and sales of biomedical innovations. This meeting is open to all.

  • 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm Council of Societies Meeting

    A critical pillar of AIMBE’s membership is the Council of Societies where leadership and representatives of member Societies coordinate activities and formulate collaborative partnerships. This open discussion is open to all.

  • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Pierre Galletti Award & Awards Banquet

    One of the highlights of the Annual Event is AIMBE’s Award Banquet and the presentation of the Pierre Galletti Award. A relaxing evening of connecting with old friends and networking with new associates is a prelude to the award presentations, including the Pierre Galletti Award, AIMBE’s highest recognition of an individual for their contributions to the public awareness of medical and biological engineering. Other awards include the AIMBE STEM Award and the Congressional Leadership Award.

  • 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm AIMBE Industry & Academic Council Informal Networking Reception

    Hosted by the AIMBE Industry Council and Academic Council, this networking reception is open to all.

  • Monday, April 9, 2018

    All Monday Programming held at the National Academy of Sciences

  • 7:30 am Buses to National Academy of Sciences
  • 8:30 am – 8:55 am College of Fellows Chair Welcome and Remarks
    Anthony Guiseppi-Elie, Sc.D.
    Chair, College of Fellows

    College of Fellows Chair Anthony Guiseppi-Elie will address the state of the field of medical and biological engineering and provide a perspective for the challenges ahead for the study and teaching of biomedical engineering.

  • 9:00 am – 9:40 am Promoting Scientific Innovation Through Policy
    Cartier Esham, Ph.D.

    Dr. Cartier Esham, Ph.D
    Executive Vice President for Emerging Companies
    VP Science and Regulatory Affairs
    Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)

  • 9:45 am – 10:30 am Policy Address by AIMBE Executive Director
    Milan P. Yager

    Always one of the highest-rated presentations, AIMBE’s Executive Director Milan Yager will reveal how lawmakers are hiding critical changes that will forever change the discovery and innovation infrastructure researchers were accustomed to for a new paradigm favoring the few, the powerful, and the lucky.

  • 10:30 am – 11:00 am Networking Break
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Induction Ceremony
    Anthony Guiseppi-Elie, Sc.D. and
    Tejal Desai, Ph.D. (Presiding)

    The highlight of each year’s Annual Meeting is the ceremony inducting the newest members of the College of Fellows.  The Class of 2018 were peer-nominated, peer-reviewed and peer-elected and now join a prestigious group of the most accomplished medical and biological engineers.

  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Induction Luncheon

    Join family and friends in a lunch celebration in honor of the 2018 Class of the College of Fellows.

  • Congressional Appointments

    1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

    AIMBE encourages all attendees to make advanced appointments to visit with their Members of Congress during the Annual Meeting. Fellows will depart the NAS via cabs for prearranged Congressional appointments on Capitol Hill. Talking points and briefing materials will be provided. Visit AIMBE.org for information on scheduling congressional appointments.

  • Policy Discussion Series

    1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

    The uniqueness of AIMBE’s Annual Meeting is the combination of strong scientific lectures on Sunday and informative policy discussions on Monday. From government officials to lobbyists and corporate spokespersons, the policy concerns and social issues of medical and biological engineers are discussed and debated.

  • 1:00 pm – 1:40 pm National Science Foundation Funding Opportunities and Highlights in Bioengineering
    Richard Dickinson, Ph.D.

    AIMBE Policy Presentation Series
    Richard Dickinson, Ph.D.
    Division Director, CBET
    NSF Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems

  • 1:40 pm – 2:35 pm Frontiers in Education for Engineering in Medicine

    AIMBE Policy Presentation Series
    Anthony Guiseppi-Elie, Sc.D. (Moderator)
    Chair, AIMBE, College of Fellows, College of Engineering, Texas A&M University
    King C. Li, M.D., MBA
    Dean of Medicine, The Carle Illinois College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Carrie L. Byington, M.D.
    Dean of Medicine, Vice-Chancellor, College of Medicine, Texas A&M University

  • 2:35 pm – 3:30 pm Philanthropy for Medical and Biological Engineering

    AIMBE Policy Presentation Series
    Anthony Guiseppi-Elie, Sc.D. (Moderator)
    Chair, AIMBE, College of Fellows, College of Engineering, Texas A&M University
    Dr. Claire Pomeroy
    President, The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation
    Elias Caro
    Vice President Technology Development, The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation

  • 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Adjournment
  • 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Bus Transportation to Ronald Reagan National Airport


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Upscale Steakhouse

Legal Sea Foods

Upscale Seafood Chain

Ted’s Montara Grill

Bison & Burgers, Steakhouse


Tapas and Sangria in Festive Setting

King Street Blues

Local Family Restaurant Featuring Southern Fare

Queen Amannisa

Stylish Eatery for Asian Fusion Fare

Crystal City Sports Pub

Poll and Sports Games on TV

Destination DC

Official DC Tourism Site

DC Life

DC Travel Magazine

Smithsonian Museums

1000 Jefferson Dr SW
Washington, DC 20560

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The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500

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The Birchmere

America’s Music House

3701 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria VA 22305

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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

2700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20566

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  • Dining Schedule a meal with friends or colleagues on Saturday, April 7 or Monday, April 9
  • Awards Banquet Fill your table with your colleagues and enjoy a relaxing evening.
  • Council Meetings Open to all attendees. Connect with dept. chairs at the Academic Council, network with society partners at the Council of Societies, and
    meet new contacts at the Industry Council, AIMBE Women Committee, and the Committee for Underrepresented Minorities.
  • Coffee Break Reconnect with colleagues during networking breaks
  • Meet & Greet Whether bumping into a friend or making a new acquaintance, utilize session discussions, hallway conversations, or a late-night drink to
    visit with colleagues