2021 CfB Outcomes Day Agenda

The 2021 CFB Outcomes Day will be held on September 23, 2021.

Session 1
Keynote Presentation

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9:00-9:05 Welcome Mary Frecker
Director, Center for Biodevices
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9:05-9:10 Keynote Introduction Erika Swift
Operations Director, Center for Medical Innovation
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9:10-9:40 Industry Keynote Bruce Shook
Vesper Medical
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9:40-10:00 Q&A/Discussion Erika Swift (moderator)

Session 2
Research Presentations: Woodward Grantees

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10:00-10:05 Introduction of Woodward Grantees Sarah Bronson
Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Research, College of Medicine
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10:05-10:25 2020 Woodward Grantees
(10 minutes per team)
Development and Validation of a Multimodal Endoscopy System for Early Diagnosis of Image-guided Surgery of Pancreatic Cancer
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Biomechanics Study Toward Patient-specific Implants for Osteoarthritic Shoulders
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10:25-10:35 2021 Woodward Grantees
(5 minutes per team)
New Radiofrequency Ablation Procedure for Facet Joint Pain
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Gastric Vagal Stimulation to Reduce Adverse Behavioral Outcomes of Gastric Bypass
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10:35-10:50 Q&A/Discussion Sarah Bronson (moderator)
10:50-11:00 Break

Session 3
Research Presentations: CfB Seed Grant Awardees

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11:00-11:05 Introduction of CfB Seed Grant Awardees Mary Frecker frecker
11:05-11:25 2020 CfB Seed Grant Awardees
(10 minutes per team)
Rapid Measurement of Concussion-related Saliva microRNAs with a Novel Biodevice


Biodegradable Artificial Urinary Sphincter



11:25-11:35 2021 CfB Seed Grant Awardees
(5 minutes per team)
Novel Single Incision, Free Motion Laparoscopic Surgical System
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High-throughput Bioprinting of Islets for Fabrication of Pancreatic Devices for Type 1 Diabetes
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11:35-11:50 Q&A/Discussion Mary Frecker (moderator)
11:50-12:30 Lunch/Networking

Session 4
Capstone Design Projects

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12:30-12:35 Working with a Capstone Design Team through the Learning Factory Matt Parkinson
Learning Factory Director
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12:35-12:40 CfB Innovation Grants Jason Moore
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
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12:40-12:50 Q&A/Discussion Jason Moore (moderator)

Session 5
Research Presentations: Riess Ph.D. Fellows

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12:50-12:55 Introduction of Riess Graduate Fellows Mary Frecker headshot of a woman
12:55-1:20 2021 Riess Graduate Fellows
(5 minutes per speaker)
Sumit Agarwal (Kothapalli Group)
Development of smart multimodal ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging systems integrated with artificial intelligence for diagnosing cancer and neurodisorders
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Evan Heatherington (Frecker Group)
Designing and testing devices to protect surgeons and other hospital personnel from aerosols generated during endoscopic skull surgery
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Bowen Li (Cheng Group)
Analyzing data from wearable and flexible sensors for human health monitoring, disease diagnosis and evaluation with machine learning and deep learning
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Ferdousi Rawnaque (Simon Group)
Investigating the distribution of bubble nuclei in biological tissues to improve ultrasound diagnosis and monitoring of decompression sickness
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Yichun Tang (Du Group)
Building and validating clinical image-based numerical models for the patient-specific prediction of the micromechanical environment around implants
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1:20-1:30 Q&A/Discussion Mary Frecker (moderator)

Session 6
Panel: Creating Successful Multidisciplinary Collaborations Across Campuses

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1:30-1:35 Panel Introduction Greg Lewis
Associate Professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
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1:35-2:05 Panelist Presentations Rebecca Bascom
Professor of Pulmonary Medicine
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David Han
Professor of Surgery, Radiology, and Engineering Design
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Scarlett Miller
Associate Professor of Engineering Design, Mechanical Engineering, and Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
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Gerson Rosenberg
Professor of Surgery and Bioengineering
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Meghan Vidt
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
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2:05-2:25 Q&A/Discussion Greg Lewis (moderator)

Session 7

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2:25-2:30 Applied Research Laboratory Biodefense Initiative Amanda Clase
Associate Research Professor, Applied Research Lab
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2:30-2:35 CfB Seminar Series Aida Ebrahimi
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering
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Wrap-up Mary Frecker headshot of a woman
2:35-3:00 Networking


Established in 2020, the Center for Biodevices aims to bridge foundational science and clinical applications of biodevices, while enabling success of faculty, clinicians, and students across multiple disciplines.

Center for Biodevices

The Pennsylvania State University

Reber Building

University Park, PA 16802