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NIH-IEEE 2015 Strategic Conference on Healthcare Innovations and Point-of-Care Technologies for Precision Medicine

, by Paul Pearlman

After nearly a year of effort, NIH and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE/EMBS) hosted the third iteration of the Healthcare Innovations and Point-of-Care Technologies Conference last week. IEEE is the world’s largest engineering professional association.  Likewise, EMBS is the world’s largest international society of biomedical engineers.

More than 200 experts, across all sectors with a stake in the development and translation of point-of-care technologies in not only high-income countries, but also low- and middle-income countries, came together to share progress and discuss challenges in the field.  A special technical session covering advances in detection, diagnosis, and treatment technologies for cervical cancer was included and featured:

  • Edward L. Trimble MD MPH, Director of the NCI Center for Global Health;
  • Jose Jeronimo MD, Senior advisor for Women's Cancers, Reproductive Health at PATH;
  • Rebecca Richards-Kortum PhD, Malcolm Gillis University Professor of Bioengineering and of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice and Director of Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health; and
  • Jean Anderson MD, Director of the Division of Gynecologic Specialties and Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Johns Hopkins.

The conference was chaired by Tiffani Lash from NIH’s National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and Atam Dhawan, VP of Research from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.  For a full list of conference steering committee members, please click here.

The outcomes of this meeting will be published in the coming months.  Moreover, the publication will serve as a point of reference for Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the NIH, to help inform NIH policy at a high level.

Next year’s Healthcare Innovations and Point-of-Care Technologies Conference will take place in Cancun, Mexico in November.

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