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Symposium will bring Bioengineers Together

Bourns College of Engineering Hosts the University of California Bioengineering Symposium

Hundreds of researchers and students will come together June 20, 21 and 22 to share the latest discoveries and ideas in the field of bioengineering

(June 12, 2008)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- The ninth annual University of California Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium will convene at UC Riverside Friday through Sunday, June 20-22, bringing hundreds of researchers and students together to share the latest discoveries and ideas in the field.

The symposium will be hosted by the Bourns College of Engineering Bioengineering Department the week after the young program graduates its inaugural graduating class of bioengineering students.

Attendees will see the promise and contributions of bioengineering to medical science, techniques and avenues that were largely unheard of a generation ago. The next generation of University of California bioengineers will descend on the UCR Student Commons to present their own research in a number of broad categories:

• Bioinformatics & Genomics
• Biomedical Imaging
• Nanotechnology & BioMEMS
• Biocomputation, in Silico & Biosystems Modeling
• Tissue Engineering
• Biomaterials
• Molecular & Cellular Engineering
• Drug Delivery & Targeting
• Biomechanics
• Biophysics

“Bioengineering has helped ignite a revolution in the way medicine understands the healthy body and disease states,” said Engineering Dean Reza Abbaschian. “That students are inspired by those advances can be seen in our own program, which has grown from zero to more than 300 students in just three years.”

Three distinguished keynote speakers are scheduled during the three day conference.

Don P. Giddens, Dean of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology will deliver the Friday dinner keynote address at the Mission Inn on “Know Your Arteries, Know Thyself.”

John Anderson, President of the Illinois Institute of Technology, will speak after dinner on Saturday at the UCR Commons on “Biomedical Engineering, Bioengineering, Biological Engineering, Biotechology — What’s in a Name?”

The final keynote will be given Sunday morning at the Commons by Kristine Kelley, Director of the Division of Discovery Science and Technology at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.

Organizers for the conference are Jerome Schultz, and Victor Rogers, both professors of bioengineering at BCOE.

Sponsoring the symposium are Genentech Inc., Gilead Sciences Inc., ResMed Inc., Boston Scientific Corp., Abbot Vascular, Penguin Computing Inc. and Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc.

After only two decades, the Bourns College of Engineering has achieved significant growth in its enrollment, research holdings and reputation to become ranked as one the best public engineering colleges of its size in the nation. The number of faculty and students has both tripled since 2000, with a concomitant rise in state-of-the-art laboratories, equipment and technological capabilities. Interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts are a hallmark of the College in education, research and industrial partnerships, particularly in three affiliated research centers.

For more information about the symposium, or to register, visit the event website at

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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