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The 1st OU-OUHSC Biomedical Engineering Symposium, which will be held at the Nicholson Conference Center at OUHSC on March 24, 2017. The Symposium is aimed to bring together the biomedical science and engineering community from the Norman campus and the clinicians and scientists from the Health Sciences Center campus in unprecedented fashion. The symposium will engage clinicians, basic scientists, engineers, and key players from the bioscience industry, all aligned in the collective vision of building new partnerships and spreading awareness. Leadership of the Symposium includes members of both campuses, including clinical input to ensure a welcoming and enabling environment for clinicians to attend. See tab below for the symposium schedule.

Update: Proceedings of 1st OU-OUHSC-BME-Symposium is now available for download

Participants are invited to present research posters. Undergraduate and Gaduate students may opt to enter a poster competition (see tab below). Poster abstracts must be submitted here:

Please use the following template for abstracts (docx; limited to 400 words): Posters are limited to 3x5 feet (landscape). Abstracts will be reviewed by the symposium organizing committee. Participants submitting poster abstracts should receive a confirmational email within 1-2 weeks after abstract submission regarding acceptance of their poster.

Important Dates:

Abstract Submission Dates: Opens February 15th — Closes March 10th, 2017

Notification of Acceptance for Authors: March 12th, 2017

At the heart of the conference organization is the Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering and the OU Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Technology (IBEST), which is currently evolving to a new incarnation designed to catalyze research partnerships across campuses.  High-level presentations will showcase the exciting new capabilities and developments at OU and OUHSC in the areas of biomedical engineering and healthcare.

Conference Co-Chairs

Executive Advisory Committee

Program Committee

Michael Detamore, Founding Director of Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering

Darrin Akins, Associate Dean for Research, College of Medicine

Lei Ding, Director, Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Technology

Kyle Harper, OU Provost

Jason Sanders, OUHSC Provost

Kelvin Droegemeier, OU Vice President for Research

James Tomasek, OUHSC Vice President for Research

Danny Dhanasekaran, Professor, Department of Cell Biology

Quyen Wickham, Strategic Research Cordinator, OU CRPDE


8:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m. 
    Registration/Check-In (Foyer) and Poster Setup (Room B)
    Registration open until 4:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m. 
    Introduction and Welcome Address (Auditorium) 

    Jason Sanders, M.D., M.B.A.
    Senior Vice President and Provost, OUHSC

OUHSC Vision/Initiatives for Norman campus collaboration (download
    James J. Tomasek, Ph.D.
    Vice President for Research, OUHSC 

OU-Norman Vison/Initiatives for OUHSC collaboration 
    Kelvin Droegemeier, Ph.D.
    Vice President for Research, OU - Norman
9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Plenary Address (Auditorium)
“What Possibilities! Bridging OU Campuses with Biomedical Engineering” (download)
    Michael Detamore, Ph.D. -  (OU - Norman)
    Founding Director of the Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering 
    Stephenson Chair and Professor
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 – 12:00 p.m.  Technology Capabilities and Clinical Needs I

Talk 1: “Neural Engineering Research at OU – New Frontiers” (download)
    Lei Ding, Ph.D. (OU-Norman)
    Director, Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Technology (IBEST)
    Lloyd and Joyce Austin Presidential Professor, Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering

Talk 2: "Advanced Technology and Collaborations for the Translational Geroscience Initiative" (download)
    William E. Sonntag, Ph.D. (OUHSC)
    Professor and Director, Reynolds Oklahoma Center on Aging
    Department of Geriatric Medicine  

Talk 3: “OU-Norman: Drug Discovery and Center for Applied Research and Development Initiatives” (download)
    Adam Duerfeldt, Ph.D. (OU - Norman)
    Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Center for Applied Research and Development (CARD) 
    Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Talk 4: "Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Development" 
    Kelly M. Standifer, Ph.D. (OUHSC)
    Professor and Chair, Dept Pharmaceutical Sciences
    Richard T. Anderson Chair in Neuroscience
    College of Pharmacy
12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Lunch (Room A) and Poster Session (Room B)

1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Technology Capabilities and Clinical Needs II

Talk 1: “The Visual System: Opportunities for Collaborative Research” (download)
    Robert E. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D. (OUHSC)
    Director of Research, Dean McGee Eye Institute
    Dean McGee Professor of Ophthalmology
    George Lynn Cross Research Professor

Talk 2: "Nanomedicine" (download)
    Roger Harrison, Ph.D. (OU - Norman)
    Professor, Biomedical Engineering, and Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering

Talk 3: "Stephenson Cancer Center Research and Collaboration" (download)
    Robert Mannel, M.D. (OUHSC)
    Director, Stephenson Cancer Center
    Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Talk 4: “Interdisciplinary Medical Imaging Research at OU - Challenges and Opportunities” 
    Hong Liu, Ph.D. (OU - Norman)
    Director, Center for Advanced Medical Imaging
    Charles and Jean Smith Chair and Professor of Electrical Engineering
3:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.  Networking Break
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Breakout sessions

    3D Printing (Auditorium)
       Karamichos | Sullivan

    Pediatric/Aging (Room E)
    NIH COBRE (Room D)

4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Poster Awards and Reception (Room B)

The symposium is located at the Nicholson Conference Center on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus in Oklahoma City. Limited free parking is available for non-OUHSC visitors. Scroll down for directions getting into the building.

Directions: From Norman, follow I-35 to I-235, exit Lincoln Blvd and turn right on 10th St. Then left on Stonewall Ave. The Stonewall Patient Parking Garage will be on your right. See Google map below.

ParkingParking is limited! Please carpool. If you park in the Stonewall Patient Parking Garage you will need to get a validated parking ticket at registration in order to park for free.

Getting to the Nicholson Conference Center: Access the conference center one of three ways (see guide below):

  1. If you parked in the Stonewall Patient Parking Grage, you can access an enclosed walkway from the 2nd floor of the north end of the garage. Follow the signs to Nicholson. The path ends at the Nicholson Conference Center (5th floor).
  2. East Nicholson entrance (from Stonewall Ave.). Enter the Nicholson Physician-only parking garage directly across Stonewall Ave from the Stonewall Patient Parking Garage. Enter the building from the garage and follow the hallway to the elevators. Take elevator to 5th floor.
  3. West Nicholson Entrance (from 13th Street). The entrance is seen from a short driveway off of 13th Street on the west side on the building (behind a small guard building). Enter through the double doors and proceed to the elevators. Take elevators to 5th floor.
location directions

Student Poster Competition



Deadline for Abstract Submission: March 10, 2017

Finalists* posters will be reviewed and judged on-site.

Students interested in participating in the competition should complete the form and upload the abstract at: You must check the box confirming you are entering the poster competition.

The student should be listed as the first author (corresponding author) and the student’s advisor as the second or the last author. Other individuals may be listed as co-authors, if appropriate. A student may submit only ONE entry for the Student Paper Competition. For the format for the poster abstract, please follow the same instruction in submitting general abstracts to the symposium.

Submissions are evaluated on their originality, scientific merits, structure, and clarity of composition. All submissions will be peer-reviewed and winners selected based on the merits of submissions. *Based on submitted abstracts, 10 finalists will be selected for poster judging on-site by a judge panel. At the symposium, the judges will stop by these 10 posters to select winners at first, second, and third places. Finalists must attend the symposium to receive their awards. First, second and third place winners will be selected and these winners will receive a certificate and monetary awards of $300 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place. Finalists will receive their certificates.