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2nd Annual OU-OUHSC Biomedical Engineering Symposium

2018 Symposium Theme: Translation of Healthcare Technology

The 2nd Annual OU-OUHSC Biomedical Engineering Symposium will be in the Samis Education Center at the OU Health Sciences Center on March 30, 2018. 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, entrepreneurs, 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. 

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). High-level presentations will showcase the exciting new capabilities and developments at OU, OUHSC, OU-Tulsa, the VA, OMRF and the bioscience industry in the areas of biomedical engineering and healthcare.

Important Dates:

Extended! Abstract Submission Dates: March 18, 2018

Notification of Acceptance for Authors: March 26, 2018

Conference Co-ChairsExecutive Advisory CommitteeProgram CommitteeBioscience Industry 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

Sharukh S. Khajotia, Associate Dean for Research, College of Dentistry

Kari E. Boyce, Associate Dean, College of Allied Health

J Quyen Wickham, Strategic Research Coordinator, OU Center for Research Program Development & Enrichment

Joyce Burch, Director, OU Public/Private Partnerships

Marc Moore, Assistant Professor of Practice, Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering

Adam S. Duerfeldt, Distinguished Bioscience Fellow, OU Center for Applied Research and Development

8:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m.

Registration/Check-In (Level 2) and Poster Setup (Level 1)
Registration open until 4:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

Introduction and Welcome Address (Level 2 - Auditorium)

   Kyle Harper, Ph.D.
   Senior Vice President and Provost, OU Norman

"OUHSC Vision/Initiatives for Collaboration with Biomedical Engineering"
   James J. Tomasek, Ph.D.
   Vice President for Research, OUHSC

Biomedical Engineering at OU Tulsa: Opportunities for Intercollegiate Collaborations”
  Kent Teague, Ph.D.
   Assistant Vice President for Research, OU Tulsa
   Professor, Department of Surgery, OUHSC

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Plenary Address (Level 2 - Auditorium)

"The long and winding road of translation - and the impact on basic science and patients"
   Jennifer H. Elisseeff, Ph.D.
   Professor, Wilmer Eye Institute and Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
   Member, National Academy of Engineering
   Translational Tissue Engineering Center
   Board of Maryland's Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO)

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Networking Break

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 pm. Translational Vision I (Level 2 Auditorium)

"Collaboration and Research Opportunity at the OPC VA"
   Hal Scofield, M.D.
   Associate Chief of Staff for Research, OKC DVA Health System
   Member, Arthritis & Clinical Immunology Research Program, OMRF
   Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Department of Medicine, OUHSC

"Multimodal and Translational Imaging of Human Brain Networks"
   Han Yuan, Ph.D
   Assistant Professor, Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering, OU Norman

"Linking Basic and Translational Research at OMRF"
   Rodger P. McEver, M.D.
   Vice President of Research, OMRF
   Member, Cardiovascular Biology Research Program
   Alvin Chang Chair in Cardiovascular Biology
   Adjunct Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, OUHSC

"Connecting Industry and Academia through the Bioscience Industry Affiliates Program"
   Marc Moore, Ph.D.
   Assistant Professor of Practice, Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering, OU Norman

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch Served Level 2 and Poster Session Level 1

1:30 p.m.–1:40 p.m. (Auditorium, Level 2)

“OCAST: Catalyzing Oklahoma Innovation Through Research”
   Michael Carolina
   Executive Director, Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology

1:40 p.m.–2:40 p.m. Translational Vision II  (Auditorium, Level 2)

"Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and the University of Oklahoma"
   Daniel Pullin, J.D.
   Dean, Michael F. Price College of Business
   Vice President, University of Oklahoma

"Challenges and Opportunities for Translational Nanomedicine"
   Handan Acar, Ph.D. and Stefan Wilhelm, Ph.D.
   Assistant Professors, Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering, OU Norman

"Precision Medicine and Developmental Therapeutics at Stephenson Cancer Center"
   Kathleen Moore, M.D.
   Director, Oklahoma TSET Phase I Program
   Associate Professor, Section of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, OUHSC
   Associate Director of Clinical Research, Stephenson Cancer Center

2:40 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Networking Break

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Translational Vision III  (Auditorium, Level 2)

“Interprofessional Collaboration: Current and Future Partnerships with Allied Health”
   Kari Boyce, Ph.D., RDMS, RDCS
   Professor and Associate Dean, College of Allied Health, OUHSC
   Sonography Program Director & Co-Director of the MIRS 3D Printing Lab, OUHSC

"Translational and Clinical Research in the College of Dentistry: Vision and Opportunities"
   Sharukh S. Khajotia, B.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
   Associate Dean for Research, OU College of Dentistry
   Professor and Head, Divison of Dental Biomaterials

“The Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Adversity (CIRCA): an Oklahoma Interdisciplinary and Intercollegiate Collaboration”
   Kent Teague, Ph.D.
   Professor and Associate Dean for Research, OU School of Community Medicine 
   Director of the CIRCA Biomarker Core

4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Poster Awards and Reception (Floor B)

The 2nd Annual OU-OUHSC Biomedical Engineering Symposium will take place at the Samis Education Center in the Children's Hospital on the OUHSC Campus.

Parking: Parking for non-OUHSC affiliated attendees is available at Children's hospital. Spaces are limited, so please consider carpooling. Parking codes and a map to parking will be distributed by email to registrants that indicated they are not affiliated with OUHSC a few days days prior to the symposium date. If you were expected to receive a parking code and map but do not receive an email 48 hours prior to the conference, please email Stephanie at

Poster submissions are open to all institutional research participants (faculty, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students), although student posters will be given priority. Please use the following template for your abstract:

Deadline for Abstract Submission: March 18, 2018 (Extended!)

Link to abstract submission form:

Student Poster Competition

All UNDERGRADUATE and GRADUATE students are eligible to participate in the Student Poster Competition. The above deadline applies for poster competition submissions. Use the link provided but you must check the box on the form 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 ($200 for first place, $150 for second place, and $100 for third place). Finalists will receive certificates.