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The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology provides the opportunity to stay informed about developments in technology and medicine associated with all types of biomedical engineering.

EMBS meetings include the opportunity to sit down with the speaker over dinner before the formal presentation. Get details here.

Summary: EMBS Meeting
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 7:30pm
Room M-114, Stanford University Medical School

Title: An Armchair Tour of the Stanford Neurosurgical Simulation and Virtual Reality Center
Speaker: Malie Collins
Program Manager
Stanford Neurosurgical Simulation and Virtual Reality Center

The advancement of medical imaging and analysis has allowed physicians to better diagnose, monitor, and treat patients by viewing the body with a level of detail previously unattainable. In addition to CT, MRI, and PET scans, higher resolution MRI imaging has given rise to MRI-based Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), which allows for visualization of various white matter tracts in the brain. The culmination of these modalities is three-dimensional, 360-degree virtual reality (360VR). 360VR is applied across the continuum of patient care from initial consultation and preoperative surgical planning to intraoperative surgical navigation, as well as education for complex surgical approaches and pathologies. Whether presented to the patient, the patient's family, the surgeon, trainees, philanthropists or collaborating teams, 360VR seems to be a universal language adept at quickly conveying complex, context-specific spatial information, bridging the gaps between technology, patient, and physician.

Malie Collins is Program Manager of the Stanford Neurosurgical Simulation and Virtual Reality Center. She is responsible for translating medical imaging such as CT and MRI into patient-specific, 3D volumetric models and bringing VR to over 500 patients across the clinic and operating room to-date. She is also incorporating simulation technology and VR applications for medical education and neurosurgical training. Malie earned her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering with an emphasis in neuroscience at the University of Southern California, and a master's in Medical Sciences from Boston University School of Medicine with a thesis in ENS neurogenesis.

More information, dinner invitation, and maps can be found here.

Summary: Consumer Electronics Society Meeting
Tuesday, March 27, 2018. 6:30pm: Networking, Pizza & drinks. 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm: Presentation
NVIDIA, 2800 Scott Blvd., Building E, Santa Clara

Title: Bringing True Medical-grade Data to your Fingertips through a Next Generation Wearable
Speaker: Kevin Zhao, Profusa

Abstract Summary:
Profusa is pioneering sensors that continually and wirelessly report health status to a mobile device from within the body. Profusa’s novel sensors are based on fluorescent, soft, biomaterials that integrate with tissues permanently for long-term biomonitoring. This talk will share some of our experience in bringing pioneering medical sensor technology to market.

Biography Summary:
Kevin Zhao leads the cloud and software engineering efforts at Profusa.

Cost: IEEE CES members: free: IEEE Student members: free; IEEE members: $5 (pay at door): Non-members: $10 (pay at door). Go here for more information and registration.

Give Back through the EnCorps Teaching Fellowship for STEM Professionals
The EnCorps STEM Teachers Program empowers STEM industry professionals to transform public education through teaching in high needs schools. Heading into their 10th year of public service, EnCorps offers a selective Fellowship through which STEM professionals can give back to students in need in a highly supported, low-risk way and explore a new career in teaching. EnCorps provides comprehensive training and support so Fellows are able to engage effectively with students and achieve real impact.

If you would like to learn more about how you can use your technical expertise and professional experience to help students, please join EnCorps next live webinar (or watch a recorded one), read their applicant FAQs, or get in touch with SF Bay Area Director David Taus or 510-708-3224.

When you are ready, you can start your application to the EnCorps Fellowship at The deadline for our 2018 cohort of Fellows is April 13, 2018. Apply now!

Bio2device Group Meeting
The Bio2Device Group (B2DG) is a premier organization dedicated to all professionals in the Life Sciences industry within the San Francisco Bay Area. Membership is free and open to anyone in the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Device, Diagnostics, Healthcare, Life Science Tools, and Laboratory Service industries.

The Bio2Device Group's events provide the latest industry information through weekly educational programs and face-to-face interactive opportunities to build and maintain a career network. The educational talks are designed to help members keep up to date, continue to grow in their field, as well as explore other industry sectors and corporate functions.

More details are here.

SF Bay Area Biomedical Engineering Society Quarterly Meetings
February 7, May 2, August 1, and November 7 in 2017

The Mission of the BMES is to build and support the biomedical engineering community, locally, nationally and internationally, with activities designed to communicate recent advances, discoveries, and inventions; promote education and professional development; and integrate the perspectives of the academic, medical, governmental, and business sectors.

For more information, contact Denise Forkey, Co-Founder and President, (650) 799-9258 or

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