XXVI Brazilian Congress on Biomedical Engineering
October 21st to 25th, 2018 - Búzios, Rio de Janeiro




Quadro geral:





Department of Medical Biophysics

University of Toronto and Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto, ON, Canada


F Stuart Foster is currently a senior scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute and Professor Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto. His current research centres on the development of high frequency clinical and preclinical imaging systems, array technology, intravascular imaging, photoacoustics, and molecular imaging.  Stuart is a Fellow of the IEEE and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. He is the founder and former Chairman of Fujifilm VisualSonics Inc., a company dedicated to preclinical and clinical micro-ultrasound.  Dr. Foster co-founded the Mouse Imaging Centre (MICe) now at the Toronto Centre for Phenogenomics.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Cancer Institute of Canada and as Chairman of its Committee on Research (ACOR).  He has previously been the recipient of the Eadie Medal for major contributions to engineering in Canada and has been the recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Manning Award of Distinction for Canadian Innovation and the Ontario Premier’s Discovery Award.  He serves on numerous advisory bodies and is currently an Associate editor of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.  Dr. Foster was the recipient of the 2010 Rayleigh Award from IEEE and was elected a foreign member of the US National Academy of Engineering in 2017.

Talk title: The Entrepreneurial Scientist

Abstract: Translation of research ideas from basic discovery in the laboratory to commercial realization has become an essential strategy in institutional success in North America.  In current models, the health care institutions retain their core values in discovery oriented research and improved care for patients but they also provide a mechanism whereby ideas can be translated to industry.  This is an essential step if new therapies and treatments are to return to the clinic to the benefit of patients.  In this talk I will describe my personal journey in the world of start-ups and business development told from the perspective of a full time biomedical research scientist.  I will describe the principles used in the creation of new companies, the essentials for success, and some traps to avoid in moving laboratory discoveries to the commercial world.

Prof. Dr. Fernando José Ribeiro Sales

Department of Biomedical Engineering, Center of Technology

Federal University of Pernambuco

Recife, PE, Brazil


Fernando J R Sales received his B.Sc. degree in electronic engineering in 2004 from the Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA), São José dos Campos/SP, Brazil. From 2005 to 2009, he was a Ph.D. student in the Heart Institute of the University of São Paulo Medical School, where he received his Ph.D. degree. In 2010, he joined the faculty of the Biomedical Engineering Course at Federal University of ABC, acting as a professor, contributing actively in the process of implementation of UFABC, which was a young university, founded in 2005. In 2013, he joined the faculty of the Biomedical Engineering Department at Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) and researcher in the Telehealth Center at the Clinics Hospital (HC-UFPE). Since 2017, he is the head of Biomedical Engineering Department. His current research interests are related to the application of technologies to solve real problems in healthcare, especially using: biomedical signal and medical image processing, digital health, pattern classification, assistive technologies, biomedical engineering education, innovative business models and entrepreneurship.

Talk title: Innovative Healthcare Entrepreneurship: An Opportunity for Biomedical Engineers

Abstract: Healthcare tech startups have been playing an increasing role in the local and international markets, bringing to reality innovative business models using biomedical technologies. Recife has been facing, during the last 20 years, an innovative process, which transformed an abandoned downtown region into a succeeded tech innovation ecosystem in which local academia has been taken advantage of this movement to redesign some of their undergraduate courses. In this section, some experiences from the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department of UFPE will be presented in order to start a discussion about how the BME community, especially the undergraduate courses, can increase their participation into this revolution, which has been transforming the healthcare system worldwide.

Prof. Dr. Deepak Vashishth

Center for Biotechnology & Interdisciplinary Studies

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA



Director of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center for Biotechnology & Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS), conducting breakthrough research on bones, Deepak Vashishth, PhD, is working to redefine the role of a top tier research university: one that is engaged in public and private partnerships, involved in interdisciplinary research, and providing quality education, all to drive entrepreneurial, sustainable, socially responsible scientific discovery and technological innovation. Through his work as a University Center Director since 2013, previously as a School of Engineering Department head (2009-2013), and in professional societies he has successfully developed partnerships, programs and platforms, to drive translational scientific research across disciplines, sectors, and geographic boundaries. In particular he envisioned and facilitated the creation of two transformative research centers (Bioimaging Center and Center for Translational Research in Medicine); led the development of an industry partners program to enhance technology transfer and commercialization; and broadened the scope of interdisciplinary research by combining biotechnology with architecture, humanities, and management.  His research interests are in the area of biomolecular science and engineering of extracellular matrix with particular emphasis on bone tissue engineering and diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. Working in collaboration with others, his research group has identified new structural roles for bone proteins and developed new biomimickry-based strategies for tissue engineering scaffolds. He is bringing his breakthrough research to market, co-founding a company (Orthograft plc), to produce the acellular biomimetic grafts for bone repair. He is fellow of the AIMBE and serves as Academic Editor for PloS One and editorial board member for Bone and the Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. He is a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society, American Society of Bone and Mineral Research, American Associaion for Advancement of Science, and the Orthopaedic Research Society.  Dr. Vashishth is a dedicated, creative, and future-focused educator who has won Rensselaer awards for outstanding and innovative classroom teaching including the Class of 1951 Outstanding Teaching award.  He directs the NIGMS predoctoral T32 program in the area of biomolecular science and engineering that includes emphasis on technology transfer and entrepreneurship. Dr. Vashishth, as co-PI, also directs the NSF funded I-site program at Rensselaer in collaboration with the Lally School of Management. He earned his B. Eng with honors from Malaviya National Institute of Technology (India), MS from West Virginia University (USA) and PhD from the University of London (UK). He then conducted post-doctoral research at the Bone and Joint Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Henry Ford Hospital before joining Rensselaer as an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering in 1999.

Talk title: How to Make Old Bones New Again?

Abstract: Proteins are the fabric of our lives. The human body and its microbiota potentially produce millions of proteins.  With time, these proteins get modified, inactivated, damaged, or under- or over- produced.  Therein lie the hazards and hopes. In my lab we have identified protein modifications in bone that, with aging, diabetes, and certain long-term drug treatments, make bone brittle. Armed with that knowledge, and the mechanisms that cause such modifications, we now know how to make old bones new again. This talk will present experimental as well as computational results from our recent studies.  Here animal models and in vitro systems are used to knockout and modify select collagenous and non-collagenous bone matrix proteins to determine mechanisms that are lost and/or prevent effective repair and regeneration of bone. Examples of approaches, that are effective in generating and accelerating new bone formation; and technologies, that are ripe for translation, will be presented.

Prof. Dr. Flávio Fonseca Nobre

Biomedical Engineering Program – COPPE,

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro,

Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil


Prof. Flávio F. Nobre received the biomedical engineering MSc degree from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1975 and in 1981 received the PhD degree from Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, England. Since 1974 he is a research and lecturer at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, being appointed in 2000 a full professor. He has served as visiting scientific research at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA (1991-1992) and four months at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (2007). He has a total of 175 publications, with 36 refereed articles on scientific journal and the others in different conferences. He is Founder Member, his first Secretary and past president of the Brazilian Biomedical Engineering Society. He supervised a total of 31 MSc students and 20 PhD students. Currently his main interests are on Computational Genomics, Bioinformatics and Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Epidemiological an Public Health Data using intelligent data analysis methods, encompassing statistical, computational modeling, data mining and machine learning techniques.

Talk title: Palestra: Computational Genomics and Bioinformatics

Abstract: In the beginning, only one gene was analysed each time, but in 2000 with the advent of the microarray thousands of genes were scrutinized simultaneously. Since the human genome is a sequence of 3 million pairs of nucleotides, new approach for sequencing emerged, Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS), resulting in a sheer volume of data demanding new methods for analysis. This talk we will resume the work developed at the Laboratory of Engineering of Health Systems (LESS) of the Program of Biomedical Engineering (PEB / COPPE). Our work involved the use of diverse statistical and computational tools to analyze microarray data to evaluate the effect of thalidomide and identification of patients more prone to develop Lepromatous leprosy. Using proteomic data, we develop statistical and neural network models to characterize and predict resistance to various antiretroviral drugs. With the data provided by NGS of HIV blood samples we refine prediction models for drug resistance and also develop a software to support diagnosis that has been registered and is available for academic use and can also be used by laboratories that perform genotyping to identify resistance.

Prof. Dr. Kullervo Hynynen

Department of Medical Biophysics

University of Toronto and Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto, ON, Canada


Kullervo Hynynen received his Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, UK and accepted a faculty position at the University of Arizona.  He joined the faculty at the Harvard University, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA 1993. There he reached the rank of full Professor, and founded the Focused Ultrasound Laboratory.  In 2006 he moved to Toronto where he is currently the Director of Physical Sciences Platform at the Sunnybrook Research Institute and a Professor in the Department of Medical Biophysics at University of Toronto. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Imaging Systems and Image-Guided Therapy.

Talk title: MRI–guided focused ultrasound for Brain treatments

Abstract: Focused ultrasound (FUS) provides means for localized delivery of mechanical energy deep into tissues with millimetre precision. When combined with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), FUS can be anatomically or functionally targeted and used to modify tissue function or to enhance delivery by releasing or activating intravenous drugs, imaging agents or even cells. The tissue interactions can be hugely enhanced when the exposures are combined with intravascular microbubbles that act as concentrators of ultrasound energy. In this talk, the progress in utilizing ultrasound phased array technology for exposing brain tissue through intact skull will be presented. The clinical and technological progress, will be reviewed and the further potential discussed.


Department of Telecommunication Engineering and Control

Polytechnic School, University of São Paulo

São Paulo, SP, Brazil


José Carlos Teixeira de Barros Moraes, Professor at the Escola Politécnica of the University of São Paulo (The Engineering School). From 1989 to 1991 did a postdoctoral research related to Biological Non-Linear Systems and Chaos - Chaotic Behavior in Gastrointestinal System - University of Toronto. His main research areas include biomedical instrumentation, biological signal processing, analysis, identification and control of linear and nonlinear biological and biomedical system, qualitative and quantitative analysis of the human cardio respiratory system, rehabilitation engineering and standardization, testing and certification related to medical equipment. Since 1995 he is at the University of São Paulo (USP) - São Paulo – Brazil, with the activities of Founder and Director of the Testing and Calibration Division of the Biomedical Engineering Laboratory at the University of São Paulo, accredited by CGCRE/INMETRO/Brazil, for standardization, testing, calibration and certification of medical equipment. Since 1992, also at USP, he is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering, with over than 1,500 students at Undergraduate and Graduate levels. Since 1981, also at USP, he is the Co-founder and Director, with Prof. Dr. André Fabio Kohn, of the Biomedical Engineering Laboratory at the Escola Politécnica of the University of São Paulo. Since 1970, also at USP, he has been Teacher and Researcher of Electrical Engineering, with over than 10,000 students at undergraduate and graduate levels, teaching Electrical Circuits, Continuous-Time and Discrete Time Signals and Systems, Electronics, Control Systems, Instrumentation, Metrology and Regulation, Clinical Engineering – laboratory and theoretical courses. In 1993 he was with Universidad Nacional de Tucuman - Tucuman – Argentina, acting as Researcher and Professor at Graduate Level at the Laboratorio de Bioingeniería – Departamento de Bioingeniería – INSIBIO – Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Tecnologia, with CNPQ and CONICET funding. Finally, from 1974 to 1980, he joined the Clinical Hospital of the Faculty of Medicine at USP as Founder and Director of the Biomedical Engineering Laboratory at the Psychiatric Institute in the Functional Neural Surgery Division, acting as a Clinical Engineer and Researcher. Patents and Publications: see Curriculum Vitae Lattes.

Talk title: The Metrology in the Technological Development and in the Innovation in Health

Abstract: The Organizing Committee of the XXVI Brazilian Congress of Biomedical Engineering (CBEB2018) chose the theme “The exact measure of the technological development and of the innovation in health" for this event and, consequently, this lecture has the objective of exposing the metrological foundations and main applications of the Metrology for the Technological Development and the Innovation in Health, emphasizing the importance of metrological concepts and procedures in the development and use of equipments and/or processes used in Biomedical Engineering and in Medicine.

Prof. Dr. Sridhar Krishnan

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada


Sridhar (Sri) Krishnan joined Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada in 1999, and currently he is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a Co-director of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology (iBEST). From 2007-2017 he was a Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Signal Analysis. Sri Krishnan has published 310 papers in refereed journals and conferences, and six of his papers have won best paper awards. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Sri Krishnan is a recipient of many awards including the 2016 Outstanding Canadian Biomedical Engineer Award, 2013 Achievement in Innovation Award from Innovate Calgary, 2011 Sarwan Sahota Distinguished Scholar Award, 2007 Young Engineer Achievement Award from Engineers Canada.

Talk title: Trends in Biomedical Signal Feature Extraction

Abstract: Extraction of features from signals pays an important role in many machine learning and intelligent systems design. This talk will cover time domain, spectral domain, joint time-frequency domain and sparse domain-based feature extraction techniques. The extraction and classification of complex instantaneous signal features will be also discussed in detail.  Recent advances in using sparse signal representation and compressive sensing of long-term signals from wearables and Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) will also be covered. The application of the extraction and classification of features from cardiac signals, bio-acoustical signals, and sleep signals will be discussed in detail.







October 21st to 25th, 2018 - Búzios, Rio de Janeiro
cbeb2018@sbeb.org.br - (21) 2532-7373

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