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Biographies of Delegates K-R


FUMIHIKO KAJIYA

Education:
1965 BM Osaka University Medical School, Osaka
1966 MD Ministry of Health and Welfare, Japan
1977 PhD Osaka University, Faculty of Engineering (Electronics Engineering)

Academic Appointments:
1967 Research Associate Osaka University Medical School and Faculty of Engineering
1977-2000 Professor Kawasaki Medical School, Department of Medical Engineering
1987-2000 Chairman Kawasaki College of Allied Health Professions, Division of Clinical Engineering
2000-present Professor Okayama University Medical School, Department of Physiology
1990-present International Adviser Centre for Biological and Medical Systems, Imperial College, London
1996-present Visiting Professor Hokkaido University School of Medicine
1999-present Visiting Senior Scientist The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), Japan Research (RIKEN), Japan
2000-present Visiting Professor Kawasaki Medical School
2000-present Visiting Professor Kawasaki College of Allied Health Professions

President of professional affiliations:
1998-2000 President of Japanese Society of Medical Electronics and Biological Engineering
1994-1997 President of International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering

Professional activities:
Editorial Board, American Journal of Physiology
Government Grant Reviewers (present):
1998: National Institute for Academic Degrees
1999: New Energy Development Organization
1999: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Awards:
1968 and 1973: Co-recipient of Berz Prize
1990: Co-recipient of Sakamoto Prize
1997: The Sanyo Press Prize
1997: College of Fellows, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
1998: Fellow of the Council on Circulation, American Heart Association
1999: Ogino International Prize

Conferences chaired:
1982 The 5th Conference of Japanese Biology Society, Kurashiki, Japan
1987 The 8th International Conference of Cardiovascular System Dynamics Society, Osaka, Japan
1996 The 2nd IFMBE-IMIA International Workshop on Biosignal Interpretation, Kanagawa, Japan
1998 The 37th Conference of the Japan Society of Medical Electronics and Biological Engineering, Kurashiki, Japan
2001 The 26th meeting of the Japanese Society for Microcirculation, Kurashiki, Japan

Field of research:
Medical and biological engineering in the cardiovascular system.

YOHSUKE KINOUCHI

Dr Kinouchi received the degrees of MS and PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Tokushima and from Kyoto University, respectively. He is a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the University of Tokushima. Tokushima, Japan.

Dr Kinouchi's research interests include biological signal processing, physiologic modelling, biological effect of magnetic fields and magnetic dentistry. He is a member of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers, the Japan Society of Medical Electronics and Biological Engineering, and IEEE.

KYOKO KITAZAWA

Current position:
1998-present Deputy Editor, Nikkei Medical, Nikkei Business Publications, Inc., Japan.

Education and previous positions:
1984 BS, Kyoto University
1994-1998 Staff Writer, Nikkei Medical

RICHARD KITNEY

Professor Kitney is Professor of BioMedical Systems Engineering and Head of the Department of Biological and Medical Systems at Imperial College, London. He has worked in biomedical engineering and healthcare for the last 25 years. He has published over 200 papers in the fields of biomedical signal and image processing, medical informatics and the general application of computers to healthcare.

Professor Kitney has worked on the study of arterial disease, cardio-respiratory control, biomedical image processing related to magnetic-resonance imaging and ultrasound, the development of Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS), and 3D visualisation techniques. He has worked extensively in the US and has been a Visiting Professor at MIT since 1991. He is a Co-Director of the Imperial College-MIT International Consortium for Medical Imaging Technology.

Professor Kitney has been a member of both British government and European Union (EU) committees on the application of information technology to healthcare, and is involved in the formulation of healthcare policy for the UK and to the EU. He has also been a consultant to a number of international companies.

Professor Kitney was recently made a Fellow of the World Technology network for his innovative work in the fields of health and medicine.

Official address:
Professor R. I. Kitney, FREng, DSc (Eng), DIC, FIEE, Ceng, FRCPE
Head of Department of Biological and Medical Systems,
The Sir Leon Bagrit Centre,
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine,
Exhibition Road,
London, SW7 2BX,
UK.
Tel: +44 (020)-7594-6226
Fax: +44 (020)-7584-4297
e-mail: r.kitney@imperial.ac.uk

TADAHIKO KOZU

Permanent address:
3333 Shiga, Saku-shi, Nagano-ken 385-0006, Japan

Present address:
2-12-7 Umezato, Suginami-ku, Tokyo166-0011, Japan
Tel: (+81)-3-3316-5710

Employment record:
April 1965-March 1966 Intern, Tokyo University Hospital
May 1966-February 1969 Medical Staff, The 3rd Department of Internal Medicine, University of Tokyo
March 1969-June 1970 Assistant, Institute of Gastroenterology, Tokyo Women's Medical College
June 1970-December 1970 Assistant, Department of Internal Medicine, Erlangen University, West Germany
January 1971-July 1973 Assistant, Institute of Gastroenterology, Tokyo Women's Medical College
August 1973-June 1977 Assistant Professor, Department of Gastroenterology, Tokyo Women's Medical College
July 1977-July 1990 Associate Professor, Department of Gastroenterology, Tokyo Women's Medical College
August 1990-April 1995 Professor, Department of Gastroenterology, Tokyo Women's Medical College
April 1995-present Professor, Department of Medical Education and Department of Gastroenterology, Tokyo Women's Medical University School of Medicine

Other positions:
Vice-Chairman, Education Committee, the World Organisation of
Gastroenterology
Special Inspector (Medical Schools), Ministry of Education, Culture,
Sports, Science and Technology
Councillor, Japan Society of Gastroenterology
Councillor, Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society
Steering Committee, Japan Medical Education Foundation
Steering Committee, Japan Society for Medical Education
Editorial Committee of the Journal Education for Health

Research interests:
Gastroenterology, gastrointestinal endoscopy, medical education.
Official address:
Professor T. Kozu,
Department of Medical Education & Department of Gastroenterology,
Tokyo Women's Medical University School of Medicine,
8-1 Kawada-cho,
Shinjuku-ku,
Tokyo 162-8666,
Japan
Tel: (+81)-3-5269-7305
Fax: (+81)-3-5269-7305
e-mail: kozu@research.twmu.ac.jp

JOHN LACKIE

Dr Lackie is a cell biologist by training. For 15 years he was, firstly, lecturer, then senior lecturer in the Department of Cell Biology,Glasgow University. In 1990 he set up a cell-and-molecular-biology discover/research operation for Yamanouchi (the Yamanouchi Research Institute, Oxford, of which he was Director and Director of Research). In 2000 he shifted role to become Vice-President, R&D Strategy, for Yamanouchi UK Ltd.

On 1st January 2001, Dr Lackie became Principal and Chief Executives of the Westlakes Research Institute, Cumbria.

GEOFFREY LIEU

Professional expertise:
Dr Lieu is Hay Group's Director of Hong Kong and Greater China as well as Head of Healthcare Practice (Asia). He specialises in organisational reforms, change management, strategy development, leadership development and executive coaching. He is experienced in the management of complex organisations especially multi-hospital systems. Dr Lieu is an internationally active speaker on health-sector reform, organisational change and performance management.

Previous experience:
Before joining Hay Group, Dr Lieu had been Deputy Director of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority, a statutory organisation, since its formation in January 1991. His key responsibilities included leading and managing the corporatisation of the Hospital Authority's 44 hospitals, as well as developing strategies and organisational infrastructure and systems to achieve high performance. Prior to joining the Hong Kong Hospital Authority, Dr Lieu worked in the US for 25 years as a senior executive in academic medical centres, community hospitals and multi-hospital systems. He is also experienced in start-up companies, as well as developing and operating managed care plans.

Educational and professional qualifications:
Dr Lieu holds a Doctoral degree in Business Administration and a Masters degree in Hospital Administration. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the Australian College of Health Service Executives. He is founder and chairman of the Institute for Health Policy and Systems Research, and past Chairman of the Hong Kong Society of Health Service Executives.

Official address:
Dr Geoffrey Lieu,
The Hay Group,
27/F,
3 Lockhart Road,
Hong Kong
Tel: 852 2527-9797
Fax: 852 2866-1111
e-mail: Geoffrey_Lieu@haygroup.com

MARIKO IKDA-GERLING

Recent career details:
April 1980-March 2000: Professor, Department of Biology, Keio University, Japan
April 2000-present: Emeritus Professor, Keio University, Japan

Fields of research:
Developmental biology; tissue engineering

Official address:
Professor Ikda-Gerling,
304 Keio Leading-edge Laboratory of Science and Technology,
Keio University 3-14-1,
Hiyoshi,
Kouhoku-ku,
Yokohama 223-8522,
Japan


CATHARINA C. MAULBECKER-ARMSTRONG

Work address:
GetWellnessAG
Nauenstrasse 41
4052 Basel
Switzerland
cmaulbecker@getwellness.com
Tel. Int-41-61-2069350
Fax. Int-41-61-2069355
Mobile: Int.- 41-76 3889530

Professional Experience:
December 1997 - Present:
GetWellness AG. Founder and CEO
March 1992- October 1998: McKinsey & Co, Inc. Zürich, Senior Engagement Manager; Member of McKinsey global healthcare and pharmaceuticals practice since 1994; Projects with payer and provider clients, medical device and pharmaceutical companies; Finalist at world-wide knowledge competition, with presentation on a new business concept in healthcare (November 1997); Speeches at international McKinsey conferences; Training of healthcare associates; Recruiting of healthcare specialists. Internal publications, overview of major documents; Managed care trends in European healthcare systems (1995), Strategic challenges in the OTC industry, with an emphasis on Switches (1996). Disease management, a viable strategy for Pharma companies (1996), Physician Practice management in Europe (1997), Strategic opportunities for hospital CEOs in Europe (1997) Trends in the Medical Device industry (1998)

December 89 - March 1992
Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen Germany. Scientist, research topic: oncological potential of developmental control genes in the transgenic mouse model

August 84 - April 89
University of California, Berkeley, USA
Graduate studies, Ph.D.: Study of a mutant SV40 virus in transformed human cells.

May 89 - December 89
Postdoctoral research: Oncology. Department of Energy US Government and in collaboration with Dr. Yakov Gluzman, Cold Spring Harbor, New York: Protein Isolation and studies of in vitro Replication of DNA Tumor Viruses
Patent: New probes for tumor diagnostics/tumor therapy based on PAX genes. Patent number: PCT/EP93/02051. Issued 1993.

External publications and conferences:
Economist: Fourth Annual Healthcare Conference " The changing role of doctors" May 18, 2000
Hochschule St. Gallen, Executive MBA programme, " Executive Heath as a key management imperative" April 4, 2000
INSEAD, speech about how to found and build a company, Feb 28, 2000
Technopark Zürich, keynote speaker " Networks as the basis for the Wellness of your company" 28, January 2000
Economist: Third Annual Healthcare Conference " The changing role of hospitals in the healthcare continuum" April 24 1999
Rochester Executive MBA programm "Lessons learnt from an entreperneur" :June 1999
Economics and finance - consumer pressure and healthcare costs. Chapter in Economist Healthcare publication - 4Q1998
Speech about "Post-operative Pain therapy" at International Anesthesiology congress September 1998, Geneva.
Opportunities for PPMCs in Switzerland (Managed Care, July 1998)
PPMCs: a new organization form for doctors in Germany (Ärztezeitung Germany March 1998)
Article on trends in European healthcare systems and implications for Switzerland (NZZ Aug.1997)
Chairman of an international meeting about disease management organized by the IRR, Vienna May 1998
Presentation on "Biotechnology start-ups", Max Planckalumni meeting, Berlin, December 1997.
Various publications and presentations at international congresses during career as scientist (1984 -1992)

Education:
Ph.D. in Comparative Biochemistry in May 1989
University of California
Berkeley, California, USA
Masters in Comparative Biochemistry, July 1985
Vordiplom Biochemistry, December 1983
in: Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Botany, Anatomy, Zoology and Physics
Eberhard - Karl's - University, Tübingen, Germany
Abitur, Otto - Hahn - Schule, Hanau, Germany, December 1980
Scholarships and awards:
European Molecular Biology Organization, long-term Fellowship (December 89 -December 91)
Irene Vogler Award, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (January 90)
University of California Regents Tuition Scholarship (August 86 - Mai 89)
Institute of International Education, Quadrille Ball Fellowship (August 87 - May 88)
Exchange Scholarship University of Tübingen (August 85 -August 86)
Fulbright Scholarship (August 84 -August 86)
Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst, Hochbegabtenstipendium (January 82 -August 84).

SEIICHI MOCHIZUKI, PH.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Medical Engineering
Kawasaki College of Allied Health Professions
316 Matsushima, Kurashiki
Okayama, 701-0194
Japan
Tel: +81-(0)86-462-1111
Fax: +81-(0)86-463-2975
E-mail: mochi@me.kawasaki-m.ac.jp

Current research fields:
Evaluation of dynamic changes in production of nitric oxide and superoxide in cardiovascular system

THE RT HON SIR RICHARD NEEDHAM

Richard Needham was born in 1942 and is the 6th Earl of Kilmorey but does not use the title. Educated at Eton, he is married with two sons and a daughter. Before going into politics, his career was in industry. He was elected MP for Chippenham in May 1979. He was a member of the Public Accounts Committee. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to James Prior in Northern Ireland and to Patrick Jenkin at the Department of the Environment. In 1985 he became a Minister in Northern Ireland. He is Britain's longest serving Minister there. During his six and a half years, he was Minister of Health and Social Security, Transport, Energy, Employment, Trade & Industry and Environment. After the 1992 election he became Minister for Trade where he was responsible for developing and implementing Britain's export strategy as deputy to Michael Heseltine. In 1995, he left the Government. In 1994 he was made a Privy Counsellor and became a Knight in John Major's Resignation Honours List. Richard Needham is a founder member of the Anglo-Japanese 2000 Group and the Anglo-Korean Forum for the Future. Between 1995-97 he was a Director of GEC plc. He left GEC to become Vice-Chairman of NEC Europe Ltd. He is now Chairman of Biocompatibles plc, Deputy Chairman of Dyson Ltd and Chairman of Gleneagles UK Ltd. He is a Director of Meggitt plc and Mice plc. He is President of the British Exporters Association. He is the author of two books: Honourable Member and Battling for Peace, a forthright memoir about his time in Northern Ireland.

PROFESSOR DAVID NORBURN Ph.D., C.I.M.G.T.

Academic appointments:
1987 - IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
Founding Director, The Management School
1987 - LONDON UNIVERSITY
Inaugural Chair of Management
1985 - CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
1987 Chair of Strategic Management
1982 - UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME, USA
1985 Franklin D. Schurz Professor in Strategic Management
Inaugural Chairholder
1972 - LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL
1982 Senior Lecturer
Director of the MBA Programme
1970 - CITY UNIVERSITY, LONDON
1972 Senior Research Fellow

Industrial Appointments:
Currently - WHURR PUBLISHING LTD - Director
Previously - GREYFRIARS (THE GUIDEHOUSE GROUP)
AIRFIX INDUSTRIES LIMITED
NEWCHURCH & COMPANY LIMITED

Public appointments:
THE STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT SOCIETY - Member of the Board
THE ASSOCIATION OF MASTERS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION -
Member of the International Accreditation Advisory Board

EDUCATION
LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS
CITY UNIVERSITY, LONDON
HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL
PUBLICATIONS
Over 80 journal articles in both the major scholastic and practitioner publications.
Frequent commentator on BBC Business Programmes.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
· Company Strategy - Acquisitions, Divestment, Joint Venture, Corporate Venturing, Strategy Implementation.
· Boardroom Structure and Top Management Selection.

KENKICHI OHBA

EDUCATION
1960 Apr Matriculated at Osaka University
1964 Mar Graduated from Osaka University, Department of Naval Architecture
1964 Apr- 1969 Mar Graduate School of Osaka University, Specialized in Fluid Mechanics
1966 Mar Proceeded to the Master degree
1969 Apr- 1980 Mar Research Associate at Osaka University, in the Laboratory of Heat and Mass Transfer
1973 Sep Proceeded to the degree of Dr. Eng. from Osaka University Title of Doctor Thesis: "Study of Fast Ionization Gauges Using an Electron Beam Fluorescence Method" (in Japanese)
1980 Apr-1988 Mar Associate Professor at Kansai University, in the Fluids Engineering Laboratory
1988 Apr - present: Professor at Kansai University, in the Laboratory of Fluids Engineering and Biomechanics

SCIENTIFIC AND PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES
1994 - 1995 Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers Bioengineering Division, Deputy Head
1996 - 1997 Bioengineering Division, Head
1998 - 2000 JSME International Journal, Editor
1997 - 1999 The Visualization Society of Japan, Executive Committee Member
1987 - 1993 The Japan Society of Multiphase Flow, Executive Committee Member
1987 - 1991 Japanese Journal of Multiphase Flow, Editor
1990 International Symposium on Applications of Laser Techniques to Fluid Mechanics, Advisory Committee Member -
1997 Asian Symposium on Multiphase Flow, Chairman of Organizing Committee

PRIZES AND AWARDS
1998 JSME Bioengineering Achievement Award

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
1989 Apr-1990 Mar Visiting Researcher, Imperial College of Science and Technology

SPECIALTY
Fluids Engineering and Biomechanics
(1) Biomechanics and Artificial Organ for Circulation and Respiration Systems
(2) Multiphase Fluids, Functional Fluids and Intelligent Fluids
(3) Biomechanics of Swimming and Flying of Animals
(4) Visualization and Measurements of Flow Using Laser
(5) Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics

BOOKS PUBLISHED
1. Y. Tomoda, K. Ohba, et al.; "What is the Life Science?", Genbunsya Pub., 1987 (in Japanese)
2. JSME ed.; "Handbook of Gas-Liquid Two-Phase Flow", Corona Pub. 1997 (in Japanese)
3. S. Kamiyama, K. Ohba, et al.; "Functional Fluids and Intelligent Fluids" ed. JSME, Corona Pub., 2000

Prof. Kenkichi OHBA
Fluids Engineering and Biomechanics
Department of Mechanical and Systems Engineering
Kansai University
Suita, Osaka 564-8680, JAPAN
Tel: +81-6-6368-0817 Fax: +81-6-6388-9927
E-mail: ohbak@ipcku.kansai-u.ac.jp

KAZUO OGINO

President & CEO
Nihon Kohden Corporation
1-31-4 Nishiochiai, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 161-8560 Japan
Tel: 81-3-5996-8001
Fax: 81-3-5996-8080
E-mail: Kazuo_Ogino@nkc.co.jp

Professional Memberships: Director of the Japan Society of Medical Instrumentation (1992-)
Director of Electronic Industries Association of Japan (1993-)
Nihon Kohden is a leading manufacturer, developer and distributor of medical electronic equipment which has subsidiaries in the USA, Europe and Asia.

TERUO OKANO

Professor and director, Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Tokyo Women's Medical University (TWMU). He received his Ph.D. degree in polymer chemistry from the Department of Applied Chemistry at Waseda University (1979). After several years as a Assistant Professor at TWMU, he joined the University of Utah as a Research Assistant Professor (1984-1986), and a Research Associate Professor (1986-1988). He returned to TWMU in 1988 as Associate Professor and became Full Professor in 1994 and Director in 1999. Professor Okano is also an Adjunct Professor at the Center for Controlled Chemical Delivery at the University of Utah. He is Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering since 1997 and Fellow Biomaterials Science and Engineering since 2000.

He is the author or co-author of 360 papers and 109 books or chapter of books. He was the recipient of Science News Award (1983), the 48th and the 49th Noteworthy Inventions given by Science and Technology Agency, Japan (1989 and 1990), Outstanding Paper Award given by Controlled Release Society (1990, 1995 and 1996), Award of the Japanese Society for Biomaterials (1992), Outstanding Pharmaceutical Paper Award by Controlled Release Society (1997), Clemson Award for Basic Research, Society for Biomaterials (U.S.A.) (1997), The Award of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan (1998) and Founders Award, Controlled Release Society (2000). He serves as program cochair in 24th International Symposium of CRS at Stockholm, 1997. Also he contributed Journal of Control Release as Asian editor and editorial board.

Dr. Okano has challenged new type of drug delivery system using intelligent polymers and always proposed new concepts and systems based on multi-disciplinary approach. He is the most active researcher in both U.S.A. and Japan and has contributed to promote the interdisciplinary field of drug delivery and biomaterials. His research interests have focused on surface including nano-particles and he has initiated intelligent surfaces which can change hydrophilicity and hydrophobicity by external stimuli such as temperature. He develops intelligent polymers and gels, and their application to drug delivery system, Biomaterials, biomedical engineering and temperature-responsive chromatography. His main contribution in the drug delivery systems are summarized such as 1) Temperature-responsive Polymers and hydrogels for modulated drug release systems, 2) Chemical responding drug delivery and 3) Temperature-responsive polymeric micelles for targeted drug delivery.

DR POOSANA PREMANOCH

Dr. Poosana's main focus today in Thailand has been to embrace His Majesty, King Bhumiphol Adulvadejs call for greater Self Sufficiency among all the people of the country, especially in light of the severe economic crisis that in many ways resulted from a widespread departure from traditional values and micro-scale economics.

Dr. Poosana, for example, founded Hand-in-Hand Foundation, an important non-profit foundation engaged in promoting and implementing sustainable social & economic development programs throughout the country. With a successful career spanning business, politics and higher education, Dr. Poosana is uniquely qualified to lead his foundation and the other high profile organizations he directs into the 21st Century. For example, as former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Total Access Communication Public Co. Ltd., a member company of the UCOM Group and one of Thailand's leading telecom and high-tech conglomerates, Dr. Poosana spearheaded the company's rapid growth telephones into the world of satellites, network communications and the information superhighway, all being utilized today by the Hand-in-Hand Foundation to broadcast its message and important work on a global basis.

Dr. Poosana's political experience, serving as Deputy General Secretary to the Prime Minister in 1995 and Minister to the Prime Minister's Office in 1997 has similarly sharpened his legislative skills in the areas of fiscal management and government policy making; leading him to co-found the Institute of Social and Economic Policy (ISEP), which also complements the mission of his foundation in the important areas of academic research and analysis of social & economic policy. Thus, his comprehensive experience, use of 21st Century technology and clear voice to the nation has made Dr. Poosana one of the most influential personalities in Thailand today.

JOHN H ROBINSON

Mr John H Robinson is Chairman of George Wimpey plc, Low and Bonar plc and RJB Mining plc. He is also a non-executive Director of Delta plc and a member of the Advisory board of Duke Street Capital.

He joined Smith and Nephew in 1979 as Managing Director of the Company's Medical Division based in Hull in the North East of England. He was appointed a Director of the main Board in 1981 and a member of the Group Management Executive in the same year. In 1985 Mr Robinson became responsible for the Group's UK and European operations. He was appointed Chief Executive in 1990 and Chairman in 1997, retiring in 2000. He is now Chairman of the Smith & Nephew Foundation.

Mr Robinson began his career in industry as a Technical Officer with ICI in 1962 and in 1965 moved to Fisons where he was appointed Works Coordinator. In 1970 he joined PA Management Consultants, where he became Senior Consultant before jointing Smith and Nephew.

Mr Robinson is a member of the Industrial Development Advisory Board and Chairman of the Healthcare Sector Group of the Overseas Projects Board. He is Chairman of the CBI Technology and Innovation Committee. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a graduate of the University of Birmingham in Chemical Engineering. He was President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in 1999/2000. Mr Robinson is Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council at the University of Hull.


CARMELINA RUGGIERO

EDUCATION:
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering applied to Medicine, London University - Imperial College, 1977.
D.I.C. (Diploma of membership of the Imperial College) in applications of Electrical Engineering to Medicine and Biology, Imperial College, London, 1977.
Laurea in Electrical Engineering, University of Genoa, Italy, 1971.

POSITION
Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Genoa and Head of the Bioengineering and Medical Informatics Laboratory of the Department of Informatics, Systems and Telematics.
I have been engaged in numerous National and International research projects. I have participated into the EPIC project, within the AIM programme of the Third Framework; and into the following projects: Bioartificial Organs and Tissues (Biomed 2); CONQUEST and ECOLE/GRIP (AC:TION cluster, Telematics Applications); Advanced technology in image analysis for telemedicine (LEONARDO); BREAK-IT (Info 2000) for the Fourth Framework. At present, I am participating into BITES and Nerve Tissue Eng. (Quality of Life) and into a Thematic Network in Biomedical Engineering and in TEMPERE II (Socrates / Erasmus).

I have been involved in the organisation of several meetings and conferences in Biomedical Engineering.
My main research interests include: cellular and molecular engineering; imaging, signal and data analysis; medical informatics and telemedicine; the study of biological systems by computer modelling and experimental techniques.

As refers to cellular and molecular engineering, my work relates to protein structure determination, with special reference to computational models both on traditional computers and on parallel architectures; to artificial organs and tissues with special reference to computer modelling based on mathematical and artificial intelligence methods. Specifically, I have been working on approaches based on artificial neural networks for the determination of protein structure, on low resolution mathematical models of proteins such as fibronectin and on the use of parallel architectures for molecular mechanics of proteins. My work on artificial organs and tissues relates to several areas, including: cell adhesion and biocompatibility of biomaterials, the study of the cytoskeleton, neural tissue regeneration, connective tissue study with special reference to wound healing, dynamic tissues with appropriat

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