NTU hosts global conference on cellular and molecular bioengineering
About 250 biomedical sciences and bioengineering experts are meeting in Singapore for the 2nd International Conference on Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering from 2 to 4 August 2010.
Hosted by Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the conference seeks to address the challenges that arise with new developments in the field of bioengineering. It also hopes to generate fresh ideas from the interaction among delegates who come from varied academic and industry backgrounds. Singapore’s Minister of State for Trade and Industry and Manpower, Mr Lee Yi Shyan, was the guest-of-honour at the opening of the conference today at NTU’s Nanyang Executive Centre.
Said Professor Ching Chi Bun, Chair of NTU’s School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering: “Singapore has developed a vibrant biomedical sciences industry and as one of the biggest Engineering colleges in the world, NTU is a key player in its biomedical sciences and bioengineering eco-system. Through rigorous programmes that integrate the principles of engineering with the fundamentals of chemical and life sciences, the university is training a new generation of engineers and researchers who are well versed in both engineering principles as well as life sciences concepts, and are ready to contribute to the biomedical sciences sector in Singapore”.
Bioengineering is a fusion of the disciplines of engineering and biomedical sciences. A bioengineer applies the fundamental principles and methods of engineering to develop technologies to solve biomedical problems, with the ultimate aim of diagnosing and curing diseases, and advancing health care. Research in bioengineering has led to important medical advances such as the development of angioplasty, the heart-lung machine, artificial skin, kidney dialysis, monoclonal antibodies, the heart pacemaker, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
As international research on treatment of illnesses such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease intensifies, cellular and molecular bioengineering will play central roles as it is expected to drive the next phase of development in bioengineering for the improvement of health and quality of life.
During the three-day conference, scientists, engineers, researchers, scholars as well as industry representatives from chemical, biomedical, biotechnology and healthcare companies will discuss topics ranging from bionanotechnology, biomaterials, gene and drug delivery to tissue regeneration and stem cell and systems biology.
Among the conference speakers are leading biomedical sciences and bioengineering experts from world-renowned institutions in the United States, Europe and the Asia Pacific.
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