The 3rd International US-Turkey Advanced Institute on Global Healthcare Challenges sponsored by the NSF, and endorsed by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and technically co-sponsored by the Akdeniz University, was held on July 9-15, 2012, Antalya, Turkey. Twenty three distinguished faculty and seven junior faculty, post-docs and graduate students attended. Increasing the participation of women and minorities in science and engineering is a goal of the NSF and also our commitment to promote the bioengineering and bioscience education among women and minorities. Thus, more than half of the junior faculty, post-docs and graduate students were female and minorities. Thus, more than half of the junior faculty, post-docs and graduate students were female and minorities.
The National Academy of Engineering has set forth the 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering and also praised biomedical and biological engineering as the research field to fulfill the promise of personalized medicine. Reverse–Engineering the Brain, Engineering better Medicines and Advance Health Informatics were included among the 14 challenges. The main objective of the 3rd US-Turkey Advanced Institute on Global Healthcare Challenges was to focus on the latest advances in the areas of science, engineering, technology and medicine, in addition to discussing some of the grand healthcare challenges outlined by the NAE. The institute provided a unique environment to discuss the emerging research areas, challenges and opportunities which led to very fruitful discussions.
The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Roderic I. Pettigrew, Ph.D., M.D., Director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering on "Challenges Facing Biomedical Engineering and Imaging".
The Institute had four separate themes including:
1. Advances in Cognitive Neural Prosthesis and Engineering
2. Advances in Rehabililtation Research: A New Vision for the Future
3.Nanotechnology for Better Medicines
4. Personalized Medicine: Clinical and Engineering Perspectives
Each theme had at least 4-6 plenary (distinguished) speakers and 2-3 invited speakers with very diverse backgrounds and 2-hour panel discussion with the participation of all speakers in the same day including the plenary and invited speakers. It exposed the attendees with biology and medicine backgrounds to the latest developments in these emerging enabling technologies. It was also helpful to those with engineering and science background who are interested in doing research in bionanoscience, nanomedicine, neuroscience and engineering since the advanced institute provides exceptional insights into the fundamental challenges in biology and medicine. The faculty lecture presentations will be published as a handbook entitled: Global Healthcare Challenges and Opportunities. Almost all the Turkish newspapers have already highlighted the talks of the distinguished and invited speakers.
On behalf of the advanced institute students, faculty and staff, I truly appreciate the NSF, the NAE, Dr. Semahat Demir and Kaiming Ye of NSF, for their invaluable support.
Metin Akay, PhD
Founder and Organizer, Advanced Summer Institute on
Global Healthcare Challenges
Founding Chair & John S Dunn Endowed Chair Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Cullen College of Engineering
University of Houston