Speaker List

All colleagues are welcomed to submit abstracts and make oral/poster presentations at ICABST2019! All oral presentations are to be delivered in English, and will be duration of 20-25 minutes. We will select qualified oral presentations after review. More qualified speakers will be announced soon after confirmation. To be a speaker of ICABST2019, please submit your abstract at an early date.

Prof. May Dongmei Wang
Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, USA
Short Summary: Dr. May Dongmei Wang is a full professor in the Departments of Biomedical Eng., Electrical and Computer Eng., Computational Science and Eng. at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. She earned BEng from Tsinghua University China, and MS/PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research is in Biomedical Big Data Analytics with a focus on Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI) for predictive, personalized, and precision health (pHealth). In FDA-organized MAQC international consortium, she led the comprehensive RNA-Seq analytics pipeline investigation. She has served as an Emerging Area Editor for PNAS, Senior Editor for IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, an Associate Editor for TBME, a standing panelist for NIH BCHI, a panelist for NSF, and a reviewer for panels in multiple countries. Dr. Wang published over 200 peer-reviewed articles in referred journals and conference proceedings with google scholar citations over 9,900.
Presentation Title: Translating AI for Biomedicine and Healthcare: Challenges and Opportunities

Prof. Hadi Shafiee
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA
Short Summary: Dr. He received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics from Virginia Polytechnique Institute and State University in 2010. After receiving trainings in the development of devices for cell sorting and pathogen detection at Virginia Tech and Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science and Technology, he started his own lab at BWH, HMS in 2014. Dr. Shafiee’s lab strives to develop innovative diagnostic tools to address unmet clinical challenges through integrating biology/medicine, micro- and nanotechnology, consumer electronics, and artificial intelligence. His work has been recognized by some of the major news outlets including CNN, theguardian, Boston Globe, CBS News, STAT, New York Times, etc. He has mentored more than 60 postdoctoral research fellows, and undergraduate and graduate students.
Presentation Title: Mobile Health Diagnostics with Applications in Medicine

Dr. Pornpun Vivithanaporn
Associate Professor Dr. of Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Thailand
Short Summary: Dr. Pornpun Vivithanaporn focuses on the research of Neuroimmunology, Neurotoxicology, Neurovirology and Cancer pathogenesis. She got her Ph.D. (Pharmacology) in University of Texas Medical Branch, USA. And her current research is Glia cells: inflammation and cancers.
Presentation Title: The potential of leukotriene receptor antagonists as anticancer drugs

Prof. Dr. Sardar Khan
Department of Environmental Sciences, Director Advanced Studies, University of Peshawar, Pakistan
Short Summary: Dr. Sardar khan is working as Professor , department of Environmental sciences, University of Peshawar. He completed his Ph.d in environmental sciences. He also worked as Associate professor in University of Peshawar. He was awarded by Research productivity award of B (2016-17) Category by Pakistan Council of Science. He has over hundred papers published with the total impact factor of 300.
Presentation Title: TBD

Salima Lalani
Department of Biological Sciences, Sunway University, Malaysia
Presentation Title: Antiviral activity of silymarin and baicalein against EV-A71 in cell cultures

Dr. Ikuo Yamamoto
Professor, Organization for Marine Science and Technology, Nagasaki University, Japan
Short Summary: Dr. Ikuo Yamamoto is Vice President and Professor of Nagasaki University in Japan. His areas of work include the development of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (Leader of AUV “Urashima”, which established the world record autonomous cruising in February 2005), Remotely Operated Vehicle (Champion in underwater vehicle competition of Techno ocean world convention in 2012 and Okinawa offshore robotics contest in 2014,2015,2016; “Kaiko”, 10000m deep cruising in 1995), Robotic fish (the first life-like sea bream robotic fish was created in 1995, followed by dolphin, shark ray ,coelacanth, carp, etc.).

Dr. Konstantin Bloch
Associate Professor, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Short Summary: Konstantin Bloch, PhD is head of research team at the Felsenstein Medical Research Center and associate professor at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Dr. Bloch is an expert in the field of pancreatic islet transplantation. He is the scientific co-founder of the Beta-O2 Technologies, a biomedical company developing a highly oxygenated implantable bio-artificial pancreas for treatment of type 1 diabetes (currently in Phase I/II). Recently, his team developed a proprietary technology of bioengineered insulin delivery to the brain for treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

Prof. Vasilis Ntziachristos
Biological Imaging (CBI) at the Technical University of Munich
Short Summary: Vasilis Ntziachristos Ph.D. is Professor of Medicine, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the Chair for Biological Imaging (CBI) at the Technical University of Munich, Director of the Institute for Biological and Medical Imaging (IBMI) at the Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen and Director of Bioengineering at the Helmholtz Pioneer Campus. Professor Ntziachristos is the Editor of the journal Photoacoustics, regularly Chairs in international meetings and councils and has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Chaire Blaise Pascal (2019), the Gold Medal from the Society for Molecular Imaging (2015), the Gottfried Leibnitz prize from the German Research Foundation (2013), the Erwin Schrödinger Award (2012) and was named one of the world’s top innovators by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Technology Review in 2004.

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Previous APANSE Speakers (From other APANSE Conferences)
Prof. Gerard A. Ateshian
Andrew Walz Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering & Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University, USA
Short Summary: Gerard Ateshian performs research in the field of soft tissue mechanics, with an emphasis on cartilage mechanics, lubrication, and tissue engineering, and the formulation of growth theories for biological tissues. Ateshian is particularly interested in formulating continuum mechanics theories that accommodate the complexities encountered in living biological tissues and cells, including mass transport, osmotic effects, and reactive mechanics in solid mixtures, needed to describe tissue growth and remodeling.

Prof. Martyn Nash
University of Auckland, New Zealand
Short Summary: The primary focus of Martyn's research career has been on bioengineering analyses of the heart in order to understand mechanisms and events underlying cardiac electro-mechanical activity in health and disease. He develops and applies novel and efficient computational tools in order to interpret the variety and vast quantity of biological recordings that are available from laboratory and clinical studies. Martyn strives to apply this research to facilitate (i) the development of improved medical imaging, biomedical devices and diagnostic techniques, and (ii) the discovery and monitoring of therapies for prevention and treatment of disease, and better management of patient care.

Prof. Gerhard A. Holzapfel
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway
Short Summary: Gerhard A. Holzapfel is Adjunct Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. He is also Professor of Biomechanics and Head of the Institute of Biomechanics at Graz University of Technology (TUG), Austria, since 2007, and Visiting Professor at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Until 2013 he was Professor of Biomechanics at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden, for 9 years (7 years as an Adjunct Professor). After his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in Graz he received an Erwin-Schrödinger Scholarship for foreign countries to be a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University (1993-95).

Dr. Florent Ginhoux
Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore
Short Summary: Florent Ginhoux graduated in Biochemistry from the University Pierre et Marie CURIE (UPMC), Paris VI, obtained a Masters degree in Immunology from the Pasteur Institute in 2000 and his PhD in 2004 from UPMC, Paris VI. As a postdoctoral fellow, he joined the Laboratory of Miriam Merad in the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (MSSM), New York. In 2008, he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Gene and Cell Medicine, MSSM and member of the Immunology Institute of MSSM. He joined the Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN), A*STAR in May 2009 as a Junior Principal Investigator. He is now a Senior Principal Investigator and an EMBO Young Investigator and his laboratory is focusing on the ontogeny and differentiation of macrophages and dendritic cells in both humans and mice.

Dr. Thomas Braun
Professor Of Biostatistics, University of Michigan, USA
Short Summary: Thomas Braun received his Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of Washington in 1999 and joined the University of Michigan faculty that same year. Dr. Braun's current research interests include: (1) adaptive Phase I trial design methodology, including optimizing schedule of adminstration, accomodating patient heterogeneity, and incorporating multiple toxicity grades; (2) methodology for modeling tooth-level and site-level correlation of teeth in longitudinal dental and periodontal studies, including multivariate longitudinal modeling of clinical attachment level (CAL), pocket depth (PD), and bleeding on probing (BOP), as well as multivariate longitudinal clustering of those outcomes as predictors of site-specific and subject-average progression of oral disease.

Prof. Dr. Kenji Yasuda
Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan
Short Summary: Prof. Dr. Kenji Yasuda received his PhD degree in Physics from Waseda University, Japan in 1995. Then, he studied Biophysics as a researcher in Advanced Research Laboratory, Hitachi Ltd. Japan until 1999. From 1999 to 2006, he was an associate professor (and full professor from 2006) in University of Tokyo. In 2005, he was also a visiting professor in Genome Technology Center (Prof. R. Davis) at Stanford University for developing nano pipette-based post genome measurement technology. From 2006 to date, he has been a professor in Tokyo Medical and Dental University and PI of a national project of human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells for drug discovery technology development. From 2008 to date, he also has been a PI of the research team in Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology (KAST) to develop the on-chip technologies for characterizing single cells within the networks.

Dr. Benjamin Shaby
Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania State University
Short Summary: Benjamin Shaby was a postdoc with Cari Kaufman at UC Berkeley. His previous stop was in Durham at the Statistics and Applied Mathematical Institute (SAMSI) and Duke University. He did the Ph.D. work in Statistics at Cornell University with David Ruppert and Marty Wells.Before starting at Cornell, he spent his undergrad years at Stanford. Then he spent two great years working for Chris Field at the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology, studying inverse problems and the global carbon cycle. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Statistics Department and the Institute for CyberScience at Penn State, where he started in 2013.

Prof. Hermona Soreq
Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences, Hebrew University, Israel
Short Summary: Hermona Soreq is the Charlotte Slesinger Professor of Molecular Biology at the Hebrew University’s Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences and the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences. A leader in the field of cholinesterase activities and their functions in the brain and periphery, Soreq won honorary PhD degrees from Stockholm (1996), Erlangen-Nuremberg (2007) and Beer-Sheva (2007) as well as an Israeli Ministry of Health Prize (2000), Landau Prize for Biomedical Research (2005), Teva Prize for Molecular Medicine (2006), The Rappaport Prize for Biomedical research (2014), the Katzir Prize for Life Sciences, 2017), the Lise Meitner Alexander Humboldt Research Prize, 2009, an advanced ERC award and two proof-of-concept ERC awards, 2013-2018 and a Neuroinflammation award, 2016.

Prof. John Hamill
Professor Sustainable Agricultural Systems at Deakin University, Centre for Regional and Rural Futures (CeRRF), Australia
Short Summary: John Hamill is currently with Deakin University, Geelong , Australia where, in 2013, he was appointed as Professor of Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the newly formed interdisciplinary research Centre for Regional and Rural Futures (CeRRF). Prior to this he spent more than 20 years at Monash University as a full Professor in the area of Plant Genetics, Tissue Culture and Bio-Technology with a research focus on specialized metabolism (particularly alkaloids), extreme drought tolerance in resurrection plants and, more recently, production of therapeutic proteins and vaccines in transgenic plant systems.

Prof. Peter F. Thall
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA
Short Summary: He is the Anise J. Sorrell Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where he has been a Science Faculty member since 1990. He is an author of over 220 papers and book chapters in the statistical and medical literature, and co-authored the 2016 book " Bayesian Designs for Phase I-II Clinical Trials". He has designed hundreds of clinical trials in numerous areas of oncology, including leukemia, sarcomas, stem cell transplantation, cellular therapy, prostate cancer, kidney cancer, thoracic surgery, and brain tumors. His research areas include Bayesian statistics, clinical trial design, medical decision analysis, and dynamic treatment regimes.

Prof. Leslie Y. Yeo
RMIT University, Australia
Short Summary: Prior to joining RMIT, he was a Mathematical Modeller at Det Norske Veritas UK and a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, USA, after which he held a faculty position at Monash University. He was the recipient of both the Australian Research Fellowship and Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council from 2009 to 2017. Leslie is best known for his work on acoustically-driven microfluidics and is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Institute of Physics journal Biomicrofluidics.

Prof. Vassilios Kapaklis
University of Uppsala, Sweden
Short Summary: Vassilios Kapaklis has an extensive experience in the magnetism of amorphous materials, low-dimensional structures and mesoscopic systems. He leads a group with a strong focus on the magneto-optical properties of magneto-plasmonic systems and ordering and dynamics of mesoscopic spin systems. The research is funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, as well as the European Union.

Prof. Alvaro Viljoen
Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
Short Summary: His research interest includes the phytochemistry and biological activity of medicinal and aromatic plants indigenous to South Africa. Using a metabolomics approach his group aims to resolve various challenges in the pharmacognostic exploration of South Africa’s ethnomedicinal flora. In 2017 he was appointed at the Editor-in Chief of the Journal of Ethnopharmacology. In October 2013 he was awarded the National Research Chair in Phytomedicine a position which he hold concurrently as Director of the SAMRC Herbal Drugs Research Unit in South Africa.

Important Dates

    Abstract Deadline: Oct. 20, 2019

    Reg. Deadline: Oct. 31, 2019

    Acceptance: 7-10 working days

    Conf. Date: Dec. 26-28, 2019


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