Ryerson University and St. Michael’s Hospital recently hosted their 7th annual iBEST symposium bringing together the brightest minds in biomedical researcher to the hospital’s Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute on June 16, 2017.

Highlighting the partnership between the two institutions, the iBEST symposium highlights some of the advantages of collaboration between health care and academia.

“It affords an interesting combination of brain circulation and fosters medical innovation through Ryerson’s engineering and science research interfacing with St. Michael’s biomedical research and clinical expertise, transforming biomedical research,” said Steven Liss, vice-president research and innovation, Ryerson University.

St. Michael’s Arthur Slutsky also took the time to elaborate on the importance of interprofessional collaboration.

“In my own career, working with dedicated researchers and clinicians from different disciplines, such as engineering, nursing and medicine, was transformative ,” said Dr. Arthur Slutsky, vice-president of Research, St. Michaels. “By coming together, we could solve more complicated problems than we’d ever be able to do on our own. That’s what iBEST is all about and so with this partnership, Ryerson, St. Michael’s and Canadians all win big.”

The event featured keynote speakers from the medical, industry experts and research partners at iBEST.  In particular, speakers highlighted iBEST’s newly appointed leads for its four themes.

The four iBEST themes are Biomedical Image Therapy (BIT), Biomedical Delivery Systems (BDS), Biomaterials, Tissue Injury & Repair (BTR) and Healthcare Analytics and Applications (HAA).

During the afternoon presentation that spotlighted the research themes, the audience heard from:

  • Dr. Tom Schweizer in BIT who presented on concussions and imaging brain tissue for prognosis, or treatment, and using biomarkers to determine healing.
  • Dr. Dae Kun Hwang in BID who talked about talked about printing cells in shapes that would encourage the formation of networks.
  • Dr. Laurent Brochard in BTR whose research is centered assisted ventilation for patients and assessing when patients benefit more from unassisted breathing.
  • And Dr. Ali Mazalek presenting for HAA whose work is in creating tangible interfaces to compare complex data sets for medical research.

The recently published iBEST at a glance report goes into greater detail of the themes and their leads, collaborations between the researchers, and the ongoing projects across iBEST.

It is available via downloadable PDF.

Source: http://www.ryerson.ca/research/news/2017/0710/