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1st Global Conference on Biomedical Engineering (GCBME 2014) & 9th Asian Pacific Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering (APCMBE 2014)

 

The 1st Global Conference on Biomedical Engineering (GCBME 2014) in conjunction with the 9th Asian-Pacific Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering (APCMBE 2014) were successfully held by Taiwanese Society of Biomedical Engineering (TSBME) at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Tainan, Taiwan, from October 9 to 12, 2014. APCMBE 2014 is co-sponsored by the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE). This is the first time TSBME holds such a large scale international conference. A total of 872 delegates from 23 countries participated in this conference where 534 papers were presented. The main themes of submitted papers included Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, Biomechanics and Computational Bioengineering, Biomedical Images and Signals, Biosensors, Medical Devices and Instrumentation, Biomedical Robotics and Surgical Technology, Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation Engineering, and other Special Topics (e.g. Clinical Engineering, Bioethics, and Biomedical Engineering Education).

 

During the opening ceremony hosted by Prof. Fong-Chin Su of Conference Chair, distinguishing guests, including president-elected Prof. Huey-Jen Su of National Cheng Kung University, President Ratko Magjarevic of IFMBE, President Herbert F. Voigt of International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (IUPESM), director-general of the Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP), and Chairman Frank Huang of Taiwan Medical and Biotech Industry Association (TMBIA), gave their nice words to kick off the conference. The opening plenary speech was subsequently delivered by Prof. Kai-Nan An, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, USA, with the topic of "Biomechanics: the Past and Future". Moreover, three plenary speeches were further presented by Prof. Ratko Magjarevic (University of Zagreb, Croatia), Prof. Herbert F. Voigt (Boston University, USA), and Prof. James Cho-Hong Goh (National University of Singapore, Singapore). Eight keynote speeches were given by Professors K. Kirk Shung (University of Southern California, USA), Ichiro Sakuma (The University of Tokyo, Japan), Shankar Krishnan (Wentworth Institute of Technology, USA), Arthur G. Erdman (University of Minnesota, USA), Cheng Dong (The Pennsylvania State University, USA), Kozaburo Hayashi (Osaka University, Japan), Zong-Ping Luo (Orthopaedic institute of Soochow University, China), and I-Ming Jou (National Cheng Kung University Medical Center, Taiwan). There are also 16 invited speakers presented topics covering all aspects of biomedical engineering. In addition to regular oral and poster sessions, many symposiums, including Dental Devices and Healthcare, Big data and Medical Informatics, 9th East Asian Consortium on Biomedical Engineering (EACBME 9), Taiwan ORS, and IFMBE Women in Biomedical Engineer, were held. Several competitions, including best papers, IFMBE young investigator competition (YIC), and especially IFMBE-sponsored Asian-Pacific Medical Device Design Competition, were also taken place. For the first time, IFMBE-sponsored Asian-Pacific Medical Device Design Competition focused the topics on the design of low-cost medical devices, in which five teams nominated by such IFMBE societies as China, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan were in the final lists. IFMBE Women in Biomedical Engineer, hosted by Prof Monique Frize with traditional Tainan cuisine, turned out to be a successful symposium that attracted nearly 100 attendees. There are more than 30 booths of exhibitions that displayed modern and innovative medical devices from local and international companies. Moreover, several important IFMBE meetings, including AC, regional Council of Society, and Asian-Pacific working group, were also held. The next APCMBE in 2017 going to Australia was voted.

 

APCMBE is a triennial conference held by IFMBE affiliated societies in Asia. This conference provides a great opportunity for sharing and exchanging ideas and knowledge of the latest research and developments in biomedical engineering. It brings closely together the biomedical engineers, medical practitioners, medical physicists, engineers, orthopedics, researchers, students, and communities around the world to share their latest research works and innovative developments in tissue engineering, biomaterials, biomedical images and signals, biomechanics, medical devices and instrumentation and so on. It is a great honor for TSBME to have the opportunity to host APCMBE 2014 and especially to kick off its first GCBME international conference. The success of these conferences are due to many helps from IFMBE, Asian-Pacific working group, NCKU, sponsors, and all delegates. TSBME would like to take this chance to express our gratitude for everyone and institutes who contributed to and participated in GCBME 2014 / APCMBE 2014. In addition to hosting a biennial GCBME, TSBME is hoping to be able to hold more IFMBE-sponsored conferences in the future.

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