Guest Speakers


Prof. Shinji Sakai
Osaka University, Japan

Shinji Sakai is a professor of the Division of Chemical Engineering, Department of Materials Engineering Science, Graduate School of Engineering Science, at Osaka University, Japan. He obtained his PhD degree in Engineering at Kyushu University in 2002. He was an assistant professor at Kyushu University from 2002 to 2010 and an associate professor at Osaka University from 2010 to 2016. Since 2016, he has been a professor at Osaka University. His interest in research is tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, bioprinting, enzymatic hydrogelation, polysaccharide, hydrogels, drug delivery, and cancer models.

Presentation title: 3D bioprinting technologies based on enzymatic hydrogelation


Prof. John Forsythe
Monash University, Australia

Professor Forsythe is the Co-Director of the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME), which aims to develop solutions to unmet clinical needs. MIME helps to connect clinicians and healthcare workers with engineers, digital health scientists, and designers and, in doing so, develops innovative med tech solutions. MIME provides critical scaffolding to support projects with clinical and commercial impact. Professor Forsythe is a research leader in the field of biomaterials engineering – particularly in the area of neural tissue engineering, which explores the use of biomaterials and cells to rewire neural circuitry following injury. His extensive experience in biomaterials has laid the foundation for the development of injectable and nanostructured scaffolds to reduce inflammation in the brain and promote nerve regeneration. His research shows great promise to improve the lives of individuals with stroke, traumatic brain injury, and neurodegeneration and is also highly relevant to new bionic devices.

Presentation title: Kick-starting and translating healthcare led medical technologies: Experience of the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering


Giorgio Bonmassar, Ph.D
Harvard Medical School, United States of America

Giorgio Bonmassar is a distinguished individual associated with the renowned Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. With a strong educational background, Giorgio has dedicated years of his life to medical and dental research, showcasing his expertise and knowledge in numerous professional works. Over the years, he has made significant contributions to the field, earning him recognition and several achievements. His works have been published in reputed journals, shedding light on groundbreaking techniques and findings. Apart from his professional endeavors, Giorgio has a keen interest in advancing medical technology, collaborating with peers, and mentoring upcoming professionals. His dedication and passion for the field are evident in his rigorous pursuit of excellence and continuous learning. With a commitment to contributing positively to healthcare, Giorgio remains an inspiration to many in the medical and dental communities.

Presentation title: Metamaterial Deep Brain Stimulation Electrodes for Magnetic Resonance Imaging


Dr. Ir. Tomy Abuzairi, S.T., M.Sc., M.T., Ph.D.
Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia

Dr. Ir. Tomy Abuzairi, S.T., M.Sc., M.T., Ph.D., showcases a rich blend of academia and professional expertise, particularly in electrical engineering. His research interests lie in Plasma applications within nanotechnology and biomedical fields, bridging engineering principles with medical sciences. A notable project under his belt is the development of lithium titanate anode material for lithium-ion batteries, reflecting his inventive prowess. As a lecturer at Universitas Indonesia, he imparts knowledge of Semiconductor Physics, nurturing the next generation of engineers. Additionally, he contributed to the creation of a Sterilization Box with an Ozone Gas Leak Sensor for medical equipment, exemplifying his ability to address real-world challenges through engineering solutions. His journey mirrors a continuous endeavor to blend theoretical and practical knowledge, contributing significantly to both the academic community and broader societal advancements through technological innovations.

Presentation title: Open-source Medical Devices for Innovation, Education, and Global Health


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