Miller School and College of Engineering Host Third Collaborative Research Exchange Forum

Personalized medicine for everyone. Medical devices that, through nanotechnology, become so small they are nearly undetectable. More ergonomically enhanced medicine containers.

While some of these ideas are now reality and others are being developed, it has become clear that the future of medicine is entwined with the future of the biotechnology arena of engineering. The University of Miami has made note of this joint future and is marching toward it with enthusiasm and a spirit of collaboration that brought together the Miller School of Medicine and the College of Engineering for the third session of the Collaborative Research Exchange Forum (CREF).

The forums – this year’s was titled “Medical Devices and Biomaterials” – are hosted by Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., and College of Engineering Dean James Tien, Ph.D., and are designed to enhance collaborative research between medical and engineering faculty.

“By putting our expertise together we can achieve great advancements that allow better medicine to reach more people in more parts of the world,” Dean Goldschmidt said on January 14 as he welcomed the group and congratulated many of the physicians and scientists for their recent success in obtaining NIH stimulus grants. “It takes two to tango. What we have here is a perfect recipe for progress. There is an amazing future for this University.”

Dean Tien also welcomed the gathering at the medical school’s Clinical Research Building. He discussed how the collaborative efforts could concentrate more on “systems biology” and touted UM hosting a prestigious meeting of leaders of the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine. The February 25 meeting will discuss “Engineering Innovations in Health Care.”

The “Medical Devices” event was coordinated by Richard Bookman, Ph.D., executive dean for research and research training and vice provost for research, and Jennifer McCafferty-Cepero, Ph.D., assistant dean for research, both from the Miller School, and Helena Solo-Gabriele, Ph.D., associate dean for research at the College of Engineering.

The event also featured a panel of speakers that included faculty from both schools, and a keynote presentation, “Evolution of Medical Innovation,” by Bart Chernow, M.D., vice president for special programs and vice provost for technology.

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