Summer 2010!

Will you be around campus June 28th? The Biomedical Engineering Society invites you to join Boston’s BMES Industry Chapter as they speak about engineering and physician collaboration. Please see the details below. If you are a student at Boston University, please rsvp by contacting the student chapter’s president, Kristen Lee at


Biomedical Engineering-Physician Collaboration: A Key Resource for Innovation
Monday, June 28th, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Event Sponsored by Boston University

Innovation can take place in many scenarios, but in the greater Boston area, many early stage concepts are formed and evaluated at the interface between biomedical engineers and physician-scientists. The Biomedical Engineering Professional Chapter of Greater Boston will discuss this key resource for biomedical innovation during this Forum.
When:    Monday, June 28th 
Time:      6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where:  Boston University Photonics Center
8 St. Mary Street
The Colloquium Room, 9th Floor
6:00 – 6:30pm –                     Registration/Networking/ Appetizers
6:30 – 7:00 pm –                    Opening Remarks, BMES Leadership Team
7:00 – 8:00 pm –                    Panel: “Biomedical Engineering-Physician Collaboration”
8:00- 9:00 pm –                    Networking/Refreshments/Desserts
Karen Kullas, Senior Development Engineer, CR Bard
Dr. Atul Malhotra, Associate Professor of Medicine , Harvard Medical School
Stephen Pittman, Senior Manager, Philips Home Healthcare Solutions
Event Fee:
All those who wish to attend should contact: Kristen Lee
 About our Panelists:

Karen Kullas currently works at Bard – Davol, Inc, a subsidiary of C.R. Bard, Inc, an international medical device manufacturer.  She has worked in various capacities (presently Senior Development Engineer), in new product development. Karen holds 12 U.S. patents with several pending on medical devices, in the mechanical/biomedical engineering field ranging from a gastric balloon and insertion/removal device as a bariatric treatment, to irrigation and debridement devices and accessories for arthroscopy, laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, orthopedics and wound care devices, and lastly to a device to insert/protect soft tissue prosthesis for delivery into the abdominal cavity. 
Dr. Atul Malhotra is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a board-certified physician in Internal, Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, and serves as the Medical Director for the Sleep Disorders Program and Clinical Chief for the Division of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. The two major research foci for Dr. Malhotra are the pathogenesis of sleep apnea and the metabolic/cardiovascular complications of sleep disorders. The pathogenesis studies include anatomical ones using imaging, upper airway physiology, and control of breathing. These studies are ultimately designed to define the various contributors to apnea in different individuals. Dr. Malhotra’s lab has developed multivariate statistical models, computational finite element computational models, and an intact rat model to assess the various factors that are important in apnea pathogenesis. The ultimate goal is to define specific therapeutic targets for OSA patients of varying phenotypes. The rat studies are exploring the neurochemistry of the various components of upper airway reflexes with an eventual goal of defining potential pharmacological targets for OSA therapy. The metabolic/cardiovascular studies seek to separate obesity effects from OSA influences by assessing a host of autonomic, microcirculatory, inflammatory, hemostatic, metabolic, and hemodynamic variables. These studies include a cross sectional study comparing OSA patients with weight matched controls, an interventional study to assess the changes in the various biomarkers with OSA therapy, and the impact of weight loss on these biomarkers following gastric bypass surgery. The ultimate goal of these studies is to improve our understanding of apnea complications and to lay the groundwork for a multicenter clinical trial to determine the impact of treatment on OSA outcome. Dr. Malhotra’s lab also participates in industry-related science focused on the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies in OSA.
Dr. Malhotra completed medical school at the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine in Canada, residency training in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and fellowship training in Pulmonary Disease and Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
Stephen Pittman is the Senior Manager for the Circadian Rhythm Professional Business in the Home Healthcare Solutions business group of Philips Healthcare in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to his current position, he led Advanced Research Strategy within the same business group at Philips and previously managed product research & development in the Sleep Disorders Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. These efforts helped produce a number of commercial medical devices/technologies to diagnose  and treat sleep-related breathing disorders and automate the analysis of neurophysiologic/respiratory data. Stephen has also worked as a consultant in the reconstructive orthopedic device industry specializing in joint replacement/sports medicine. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana where he was also a Saints fan when the “S” was silent long before the recent Super Bowl Championship.

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