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Students explore smart health future, innovations at 10th annual IBTN Research Symposium

The group of students and faculty who attended the Institute of Biomaterials, Tribocorrosion, Nano-, and Regenerative Medicine 10th annual research symposium

The Institute of Biomaterials, Tribocorrosion, Nano-, and Regenerative Medicine (IBTN) hosted its 10th annual research symposium this spring at the UIC College of Dentistry building this spring. The event brought together a diverse group to explore the future of smart health systems, showcasing recent advancements and setting the stage for ongoing collaboration and innovation.

The symposium included students and researchers from throughout Chicago and the Midwest. The symposium also included lectures, panel discussions, poster presentations, and a keynote speech from Xia Ning of The Ohio State University about the transformative potential of AI in healthcare. During the keynote presentation, Ning stressed the need for robust AI models for personalized care.

The 25 poster presentations included research on wearable health monitoring devices, AI applications in health outcome predictions, biomaterials, nanomedicine, drug delivery, regenerative medicine, and toxicity studies of the implants and was chaired by Rush University Department of Orthopedic Surgery Associate Professor Robin Pourzal.

Those who participated on the panel include College of Business Professor Ranga Chandrasekaran, Biomedical and Health Information Sciences Department Head and Professor Kal Pasupathy, Richard and Loan Hill Department of Biomedical Engineering Professor Yang Dai, and College of Dentistry Assistant Professor Mohammed Elnagar. They discussed the impact of these technologies on healthcare, from diagnostic accuracy to patient engagement and treatment optimization. UIC College of Dentistry Visiting Professor Louis G. Mercuri and Cleveland State University Assistant Professor Prabaha Sikder also gave lectures.

The event was supported by the UIC Office of Vice-Chancellor of Research, College of Dentistry, and the UIC Richard and Loan Hill Department of Biomedical Engineering.