BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING CONFERENCE

30 May 2018

THEME:

Past, Present and Future of BME in Africa

KEY TOPICS

  • Reviewing the landscape of Biomedical Engineering across Africa
  • Addressing the role of the Biomedical Engineer in South Africa
  • Support systems for Biomedical Engineers across Africa
  • Biomedical engineering societies in Africa  

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING:

  • Review the biomedical engineering landscape across South Africa, as well as the wider African continent
  • Identify African organisations and associations that provide support to biomedical engineers within South Africa
  • Explore initiatives that accelerate medical device innovation & manufacturing
  • Consider the role of biomedical engineering societies within Africa and explore how they can improve biomedical engineering across the continent 

In partnership with:

AGENDA: DAY 1 – Wednesday, 30 May 2018

09:05 Opening remarks

Dr Sudesh Sivarasu

 

SESSION 1: REVIEWING THE LANDSCAPE OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING ACROSS AFRICA

 

09:15 Keynote lecture: Capacity development to establish postgraduate programmes in biomedical engineering

Prof Tania Douglas

 

09:45 Plenary address: The West African Biomedical Engineering landscape - an update, review, lessons to be learnt and thoughts for the future

Dr Kenneth Ikechukwu Nkuma-Udah

 

10:15 Reviewing the landscape of biomedical engineering across Africa: Interactive Q & A

 

10:35 Networking coffee break

 

SESSION 2: BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING IN SOUTH AFRICA

 

11:20 Biomedical engineering in South Africa: Opportunities and challenges

Prof Pieter Fourie

 

11:45 The MRC-PATH Global Health Innovation Accelerator (GHIA): Accelerating local medical device innovation & manufacturing

Dr Tony Bunn

 

12:10 Biomedical Engineering in South Africa: A Collective Student Experience and Perspective

Alastair During

 

12:35 Developments in Biomedical Engineering in Stellenbosch University: Our response to the local and international market

Prof Martin Nieuwoudt

 

13.00 Session 2: Interactive Q & A

 

13:10 Networking lunch break

 

SESSION 3: SUPPORT SYSTEMS FOR BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERS ACROSS AFRICA

 

14:40 Creating an enabling environment for Biomedical Engineering within South Africa

Glaudina Loots

 

15:10 Trans-disciplinary teams: The key to fueling innovation in mHealth

Lebogang Madise

 

15:40 How Industry 4.0 technology can revolutionise healthcare technology support in Africa

Dean Hodgskiss

 

16:10 Support systems for biomedical engineers across Africa: Interactive Q & A

Glaudina Loots
Lebogang Madise
Dean Hodgskiss

 

SESSION 4: BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING SOCIETIES IN AFRICA

 

16:30 Reviving the Biomedical Engineering Society of South Africa & International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering

Sudesh Sivarasu and Mladen Poluta

 

16:55 Closing remarks

Sudesh Sivarasu

 

17:00 End of conference

CO-CHAIRS:

  • Mladen Poluta, Director: Health Technology, Western Cape Government Department of Health, Cape Town, South Africa / Board Member, Clinical Engineering and Health Technology Assessment Divisions, International Federation for Medical & Biological Engineering (IFMBE).
  • Sudesh Sivarasu, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

 

SPEAKERS:

  • Dean Hodgskiss, Biomedical Engineer, Founder, Looksee.do, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Glaudina Loots, Director: Health Innovation, Department of Science and Technology, Government of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Dr Kenneth Ikuchukwu Nkuma-Udah, President, Association of Biomedical Engineers and Technologists of Nigeria, Registrar, College of Biomedical Engineering and Technology, Department of Biomedical Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria
  • Lebogang Madise, Provincial Manager [Western Cape], Facilitator, mLab, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Prof Martin Nieuwoudt, Director: Institute for Biomedical Engineering (IBE), Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Prof Pieter Fourie, Head: Bio-engineering Research Group, Department Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Prof Tania Douglas, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Dr Tony Bunn, Consultant, PATH-MRC Global Health Innovation Accelerator, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Alastair During, MSc Student, Biomedical Engineering, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa