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2019 Symposium Theme: Collaboration to Cure

The 3rd Annual OU-OUHSC Biomedical Engineering Symposium will be in the Samis Education Center at the OU Health Sciences Center on March 29, 2019. The Symposium is aimed to bring together the biomedical science and engineering community from the Norman campus and the clinicians and scientists from the Health Sciences Center campus in unprecedented fashion. The symposium will engage clinicians, entrepreneurs, basic scientists, engineers, and key players from the bioscience industry, all aligned in the collective vision of building new partnerships and spreading awareness. Leadership of the Symposium includes members of both campuses, including clinical input to ensure a welcoming and enabling environment for clinicians to attend. 

At the heart of the conference organization is the Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering and the OU Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Technology (IBEST). High-level presentations and focused research talks will both showcase the exciting new capabilities and State-wide developments in the areas of biomedical engineering and healthcare

Link to register for the 3rd Annual OU-OUHSC Biomedical Engineering Symposium:

David Mooney
David Mooney, PhD
Thubi H.A. Kolobe, PhD
Thubi H.A. Kolobe, PhD
Steven Sullivan
Steven Sullivan, DDS
Hongwu Wang, PhD
Hongwu Wang, PhD
Han Yuan, PhD
Han Yuan, PhD
Tapan Koticha
Tapan Koticha, BDS
Jacob E. “Jed” Friedman, PhD
Jacob Jed Friedman, PhD
David M. Horton, BA
David M. Horton, BA
Chung-Hao Lee, PhD
Chung-Hao Lee, PhD
Handan Acar, PhD
Handan Acar, PhD
Sharukh Khajotia, PhD
Sharukh Khajotia, PhD
Michael Businelle, PhD
Michael Businelle, PhD
Chuanbin Mao PhD
Chuanbin Mao PhD
Yacoub Al Sakka
Yacoub Al Sakka, DDS
Carol P. Dionne, PhD
Carol P. Dionne, PhD
Charles Nicholson, PhD
Charles Nicholson, PhD
Symposium Opening Reception

Please RSVP for the reception by Tuesday, March 26 at

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College of dentistry
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diversity and inclusion
Gallogly college of engineering

Important Dates:

  • February 7 - Poster Abstract submission due
  • February 15 - Extended Deadline for Poster Abstract Submission 
  • February 20 - Acceptance of poster abstract notifications to be sent
  • March 16 - PDF of posters due for pre-judging (Competition Posters Only)
  • March 24 – Deadline to Register for the Symposium
  • March 25 - Top 10 applicants notified via email
  • March 26 – Deadline to RSVP for Opening Reception at College of Dentistry Commons
  • March 28 - Opening reception at College of Dentistry, on the OUHSC Campus in Oklahoma City
  • March 29 - Symposium and Printed Poster Presentation at SAMIS Education Center in the Children's Hospital on the OUHSC Campus in Oklahoma City

Conference Program Committee

Kari E. Boyce, Associate Dean, College of Allied Health, Conference Chair

Sharukh S. Khajotia, Associate Dean for Research, College of Dentistry

Michael Detamore, Founding Director of Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering

Darrin Akins, Associate Dean for Research, College of Medicine

Lei Ding, Director, Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Technology

Executive Advisory Committee

Kyle Harper, Senior Vice President & Provost of OU-Norman

Jason Sanders, Senior Vice President & Provost of OUHSC

Randall Hewes, Interim Vice President for Research, OU-Norman

James Tomasek, Vice President for Research, OUHSC

Bioscience Industry Committee

Joyce Burch, Director, OU Public/Private Partnerships

Marc Moore, Assistant Professor of Practice, Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering 

Student Poster Competition

Student Poster Competition



1st Place - Devin Laurence

2nd Place - Paige Welch

3rd Place - Samuel Jett

Top 10 finalists (Alphabetical order):

Yuxuan Chen

Jaanam Gopalakrishnan

Katherine Haddad

Samuel Jett

Devin Laurence

Samara Lewis

Guofa Shou

Julia Tang

Paige Welch

Omar Michael Wyman 

Tentative Schedule:

7:30–8:00 a.m.

Registration/Check-In (SAMIS, Level 2) and Poster Setup (Level 1)
Registration open until 4:30 p.m.

8:00 -8:30 a.m. (Level 2 Auditorium)

Introduction and Welcome 

  • James Tomasek, PhD, VPR, OUHSC 
  • Randall “Randy” Hewes, PhD, Interim VPR & Dean, Graduate College, OU-Norman 
  • Kent Teague, PhD, Assistant VPR, OU-Tulsa, Team Building with LIBR & OSU-CHS 

8:30 –9:30 a.m. (Level 2 Auditorium)

Plenary Address / Keynote 

  • David Mooney, PhD, “Immunoengineering”
  • Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering
  • Harvard School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
  • Core Faculty Member, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering

9:30 –10:00 a.m.

Networking Break

10:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m. (Level 2 Auditorium)

Making Connections, Building and Sustaining Collaboration including IBEST Grant Funded Project Faculty

  • Talk 1: Han Yuan, PhD, "Closed-Loop Neuromodulation" 
  • Talk 2: Chung-Hao Lee, PhD, "Towards Precision Medicine in Improved Diagnostics and Personalized Treatment of Patients with Cerebral Aneurysm -- Collaborative Research Between OU Norman and HSC Campuses"
  • Talk 3: Chuanbin Mao, PhD, "Screening of Osteogenic Peptides" 
  • Talk 4: Thubi Kolobe, PT, PhD, FAPTA, "Maximizing movement learning:  A technological, behavioral, and clinical collaborative approach"
  • Talk 5: Stefan Wilhelm, PhD, "Three-Dimensional Optical Imaging of Nanoparticles in Intact Tissues"
  • Talk 6: Handan Acar, PhD, "Peptide-based Materials and Applications in Biomedical Engineering" 

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Served

Lunch Activities: 3D Topic tables @ Level B, Poster Session @ Level 1

Topic Tables: Available for guided conversations on: 3D Printing for Dentistry, 3D Printing for Surgery, 3D Printing for Tools/Instrumentation, 3D Printing for Anatomic Models

1:30–2:30 p.m. (Level 2 Auditorium)

Collaboration in Dentistry & Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery

  • Talk 1: Yacoub Al Sakka, DDS, "Development of the Digital Dentistry Lab and Teaching of Digital Dentistry in the Pre-Doctoral Curriculum"
  • Talk 2: Steven Sullivan, DDS, FACS, FACD, "3-D printing in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery"
  • Talk 3: Tapan Koticha, BDS, MDS, "3-D printing in Periodontics"
  • Talk 4: Sharukh Khajotia, BDS, MS, PhD, "Opportunities for Collaborative 3-D printing Research"

2:30–3:00 p.m.

Networking Break

3:00–4:00 p.m. (Auditorium, Level 2)

Building Tools & Sharing Technologies Across Interprofessional Teams

  • Talk 1: Carole Dionne, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, Cert MDT, "Center for Human Perfomance Measurement - Progress Report
  • Talk 2: Hongwu Wang, PhD, Wearable Focal Vibration on Mobility and Functional Rehabilitation"
  • Talk 3: Jacob E. “Jed” Friedman, PhD, Director, Harold Hamm Diabetes Center (HHDC), Associate Vice Provost for Diabetes Programs at OUHSC, "New Vision for Stopping the Obesity and Diabetes Epidemic: Intervention in the first 1000 days"

4:00–5:00 p.m. (Auditorium, Level 2)

  • Talk 1: Michael Businelle, PhD,"Using the Insight mHealth Platform & Integrated Biosensors to Improve Health Outcomes", OK Tobacco Research Center, OUHSC, 
  • Talk 2: Charles Nicholson, PhD, "Big Data and Intelligent Data Analytics"
  • Talk 3: David M. Horton, BA, "Navigating Institutional Data Privacy Policies & Clouds"

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.  (Level B)

Poster Awards and Reception

The 3rd Annual OU-OUHSC Biomedical Engineering Symposium will take place at the Samis Education Center in the Children's Hospital on the OUHSC Campus.

Parking: Parking for non-OUHSC affiliated attendees is available at Children's hospital. Spaces are limited, so please consider carpooling. Parking codes and a map to parking will be distributed by email to registrants that indicated they are not affiliated with OUHSC a few days days prior to the symposium date. If you were expected to receive a parking code and map but do not receive an email 48 hours prior to the conference, please email Stephanie at

Poster submissions are open to all institutional research participants (faculty, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students), although student posters will be given priority. 

Deadline for Abstract Submission: February 7, 2019 

Extended Deadline for Abstract Submission: February 15, 2019 

Student Poster Competition

All UNDERGRADUATE and GRADUATE students are eligible to participate in the Student Poster Competition. The above deadline applies for poster competition submissions. 


The student should be listed as the first author (corresponding author) and the student’s advisor as the second or the last author. Other individuals may be listed as co-authors, if appropriate. A student may submit only ONE entry for the Student Paper Competition, but may submit additional poster abstracts for presentation, as space allows.

Faculty poster abstracts are welcome and will be accepted as space allows. They will not be included in the poster competition.

For the format for the poster abstract, see To submit your abstract, see

Submissions are evaluated on their originality, scientific merits, structure, and clarity of composition. All submissions will be peer-reviewed and winners selected based on the merits of submissions. Based on submitted PDF's of accepted posters, 10 finalists will be selected for poster judging on-site by a judge panel. At the symposium, the judges will visit and rank the 10 finalists & their posters. Finalists must attend the symposium for lunch time judging and to receive their awards at the end of the event. First, second and third place winners will be selected and these winners will receive a certificate and monetary awards ($300 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place). All finalists will receive certificates.

Poster Dimensions
Self-standing cork poster boards will be on-site for you to display your poster. 

Poster dimensions should not exceed 44” x 68” Push pins will be available for you to affix your poster to the display boards