XLI Annual School 2022 – Biomedical Engineering for Sustainable Development
The United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development pinpoints 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), based on the principle of “leaving no one behind”. In particular, SDG3 focuses on Good Health and Wellbeing, striving for worldwide access to equitable healthcare.
Medical technologies designers often fail to take into consideration the risks arising from the harsh conditions of resource-limited settings. This mismatch hinders the safety and efficiency of healthcare services, exposing patients and healthcare workers to further hazards.
The XLI GNB school offers students an alternative view to the problems and applications of biomedical engineering, based on a frugal and contextualized approach, key to fostering the accessibility to safe healthcare without borders. Indeed, the applications are not limited to low-middle income countries (LMICs), but extend to other contexts where resources may be lacking (e.g., natural disasters, epidemics, pandemics).
Benefitting from the on-field experience of lectures, mentors, and keynote speakers, the school will follow a “hands-on” teaching approach.
Students will collaboratively explore the salient steps for the development of safe, certifiable medical devices, thanks to the design framework offered by the UBORA platform.
They will go through the analysis of needs, the classification according to European Medical Device Regulation, and the identification of relevant standards to guide and support the design process. Appropriate and key enabling technologies, such as 3D printing, mobile technologies, artificial intelligence will be contextualized through cases of study and practical activities.
The school will be instrumental for nurturing a new generation of Biomedical Engineers, able to respond to the demographic and environmental challenges of the 21st century.
The program is available below
- Arti Ahluwalia – University of Pisa
- Leandro Pecchia – University of Warwick
- Stefano Severi – University of Bologna
- Carmelo De Maria – University of Pisa
Bioengineering National Group (GNB)
PRAGMA Congressi, Pavia
Registration is open
For registration, you need to access the reserved area of the GNB website, at the following link:
Those not already registered can create an account (account creation is also possible for non-members). In the reserved area it is possible to register for the School by clicking on participation in the “XLI Annual School 2022” event.
Participation fees are available in the event brochure. Early Bird rates are available until
June 30, 2022 July 29, 2022.
The school will be in hybrid format. Places for physical attendance are limited to 190 for PhD students + 30 for other participants (GNB members or non-members).
|12.09.2022 - 09:00||Introduction: program and objectives of the school. Overview on global health|
Arti Ahluwalia, University of Pisa, Italy
|12.09.2022 - 09:30||Biomedical engineering and Sustainable development goals|
Domenico Vito, Metabolism of Cities Living Lab, San Diego State University, California
|12.09.2022 - 11:00||Life cycle of medical devices: regulations in a worldwide market|
Carmelo De Maria (University of Pisa, Italy), Licia Di Pietro (1MED, Switzerland)
|12.09.2022 - 12:30||Keynote: Healthcare in low-resources settings and medicine of poverty|
Angelo Stefanini, WHO consultant
|12.09.2022 - 14:00||Needs assessment in low resources settings and the role of biomedical engineers|
Philippa Makobore, Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, University of Calgary, Canada
|12.09.2022 - 15:00||Biomedical and clinical engineers’ contribution during pandemics toward global health|
Leandro Pecchia, University Campus Bio-Medico, Italy
|12.09.2022 - 16:30||Case study: Medical technologies for combatting Malaria|
Valentina Mangano, University of Pisa
|12.09.2022 - 17:30||Introduction to UBORA and formation of working groups|
Carmelo De Maria, University of Pisa
|13.09.2022 - 09:00||Reverse and frugal innovation|
Stefano Severi, University of Bologna
|13.09.2022 - 09:30||Case Study: start-up companies for accessible healthcare|
Caterina Giuliani (Corax), Alan Fabbri (IBD)
|13.09.2022 - 11:00||Key enabling design and manufacturing technologies for open-source medical devices|
Andrès Diaz Lantada, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
|13.09.2022 - 12:00||Group Work|
|13.09.2022 - 14:00||Case Study: AI for Pneumonia detection in LMICs|
Katy Stokes, University of Warwick
|13.09.2022 - 15:00||Case Study: Medical Device solution for Maternal Health|
Maria Gabriella Signorini, Nicolò Pini, Polytechnic of Milan, Italy
|13.09.2022 - 16:00||Case Study: BAMBI – Ballon Against (post-partum) Maternal BleedIng|
Maria Laura Costantino, Politecnico di Milano
|13.09.2022 - 17:00||Group work|
|14.09.2022 - 09:00||Use of smartphones for frugal innovation: guided hands on (Part 1)|
Davide Piaggio, University of Warwick
|14.09.2022 - 11:00||Use of smartphones for frugal innovation: guided hands on (Part 2)|
Davide Piaggio, University of Warwick
|14.09.2022 - 12:30||The right to the access to medical technologies|
Valentina Calderai, University of Pisa
|14.09.2022 - 14:00||Implementing a clinical study in low resources settings|
Daniel Atwine, Mbarara University of Science and Technology
|14.09.2022 - 15:00||Safety and security in smartphone applications|
Giuseppe Fico, Universidad Politenica de Madrid
|14.09.2022 - 16:30||Teamwork|
|15.09.2022 - 09:00||Management and maintenance of medical technologies in low resources settings.|
Ernesto Iadanza, University of Siena
|15.09.2022 - 09:50||AI for medical device maintenance and metrology in LMICs: the case of Bosnia and Herzegovinian|
Dr Lejla Gurbeta Pokvic, International Burch University
|15.09.2022 - 11:00||GNB Award Ceremony|
|15.09.2022 - 12:30||Keynote: Increase the access to medical devices|
Adriana Velazquez Barumen, Daniela Rodriguez, WHO
|15.09.2022 - 14:00||The activities of EAMBES and IFMBE|
Ratko Magjarevic (University of Zagreb) and Jari Hyttinen (Tampere University)
|15.09.2022 - 14:15||Group presentation|
|15.09.2022 - 16:30||Closing ceremony and final remarks|
|16.09.2022 - 09:00||GNB General Assembly|