Successful first version of the PhD Annual Symposium organized by the Institute of Biological and Medical Engineering UC

The activity was organized by the IIBM and had the support of the iHEALTH Millennium Institute, CIB, DevMech, GrupoBios, PreVet Genomics, Microb-R, among others.

With more than 100 attendees, 46 posters and 22 3-minute presentations, the 1st Annual PhD Symposium organized by the IIBM UC concluded on October 28 at the San Joaquín campus of the Universidad Católica de Santiago.

The activity included the participation of two Keynote Speakers, Dr. Shinji Deguchi from the University of Osaka in Japan, and Dr. Claudia Prieto, director of the iHEALTH Millennium Institute and Associate Professor of the UC School of Engineering, who shared a presentation on the role of artificial intelligence in medical imaging.

Thanks to the interdisciplinary nature of the Symposium, it was possible to present advances in various areas of knowledge, in different formats, including: biomechanics and quantitative physiology, biomedical images, cellular and molecular engineering, tissue engineering, among others.

Francisca Durán, PhD student at the IIBM and member of the Organizing Committee, commented that the objective of the Symposium was to promote a space for visibility and scientific discussion on the advances in local, but international, interdisciplinary research and development of Biological and Medical Engineering. One of the goals was to convene the country’s scientific community, and particularly that of UC, to share the findings and paths in the application of the principles of Engineering and the concept of engineering design to various fields of Medicine and Biology.

“The symposium was open, face-to-face and free, in addition to being aimed at undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students, as well as postdoctoral researchers and professors in the area, not being limited in specialty by the interdisciplinary nature of the institute. In this way, we also set out to provide the setting for students from different programs and disciplines to discuss and start collaborations that contribute to the development of innovative research, serving as help and guidance to those who are looking for where to do their doctorate, master’s or postdoctoral degrees, or even his undergraduate theses,” added Francisca.

These types of activities are fundamental within the university scientific community. In addition to the opportunities offered to create ties with people who work in the same or in different institutions, knowledge of the state of the art is also facilitated, that is, it allows reviewing the topics, methods and/or results that the community is obtaining. which, without a doubt, encourages collaboration between the attendees.

“By 2023, we would like to repeat this activity and hold the second version of the PhD Annual Symposium. We plan, considering the dizzying speed at which the area is progressing, to propose a particular theme that is of interest to all the actors as the central axis of the symposium. In addition, we also plan to see the possibility of extending the event to more days and offering the possibility of preparing reports with all the documents that were to be proposed. Meanwhile, we do not close the possibility of generating other smaller instances of scientific dissemination, such as talks or content on social networks,” concluded Francisca Durán.