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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Research: Bioethics Conference

8th International Conference on
Ethical Issues In Biomedical Engineeringg – April 24-26, 2015

Deadline for abstracts: November 26, 2014

Previous Conference:

The field of biomedical research leads to new treatment modalities, many of which raise new ethical issues and demand the design and improved knowledge of ethical guidelines to be implemented.

Following six successful international conferences, SUNY Downstate Medical Center will have a 2-day conference that aims to examine the ethical issues associated with the development of new implants, devices, and treatments to improve the quality of life of patients with devastating diseases. Biomedical engineers, philosophers, research scientists, lawyers, students, clinicians and representatives from industry and federal agencies will convene to explore ethical guidelines to address the controversial nature of many of these new exciting developments in biomedical engineering.

The conference will include keynote lectures, and presentations by invited speakers and individuals selected from submitted abstracts. In addition, the program will feature a Mini-symposiums devoted to address: (i) Ethical Issues in Dentistry; (ii) Ethics in Defense and Homeland Security; (iii) Religion, Science and Ethics.

Technical sessions will be held on April 20 and 21, 2013 at the Alumni Auditorium, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 395 Lenox Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11203.

Titles of the talks and names of additional invited speakers will be announced shortly.

The abstracts for this conference will be published as a special issue of the International Journal of Medical Implants and Devices that will be distributed at the conference. The authors are also encouraged to submit their papers for publication in Ethics in Biology, Engineering & Medicine, An International Journal. Click here for more information about submitting a manuscript to Ethics in Biology, Engineering & Medicine, An International Journal.

Topical Areas of Interest:

  • Animal testing for medical devices
  • Clinical trials of biomedical devices and implants
  • Code of ethics for bioengineers
  • Ethical issues in biomedical research
  • Ethical issues in clinical engineering
  • Ethics issues in dentistry
  • Ethical issues in tissue engineering
  • Ethics of Biobanks
  • Ethics of genetic engineering and cloning
  • Ethics of nanobiotechnology
  • Ethics of stem cell use and research
  • Marketing and regulation of impacts and devices
  • Medical liability reform
  • Neuroethics
  • Privacy and Bioinformatics

Conference Chair

Subrata Saha, PhD

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Dr. Saha is presently the Director of Musculoskeletal Research and Research Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Saha received a BS in Civil Engineering from Calcutta University in 1963, an MS in Engineering Mechanics in 1969 from Tennessee Technological University, and Engineering and PhD degrees in Applied Mechanics from Stanford University in 1972 and 1974, respectively. He has been a faculty member at Yale University, Louisiana State University Medical Center, Loma Linda University, Clemson University, and Alfred University.

He has received numerous research grants from federal agencies (NIH and NSF), foundations, and industry. Dr. Saha is the founder of the Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference Series. He also started the International Conference on Ethical Issues in Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Saha has published over 90 papers in journals, 35 book chapters and edited volumes, 347 papers in conference proceedings, and 84 abstracts. His research interests are bone mechanics, biomaterials, orthopedic and dental implants, drug delivery systems, rehabilitation engineering, and bioethics.

Dr. Saha has received many awards from professional societies, including Orthopedic Implant Award, Dr. C. P. Sharma Award, Researcher of the Year Award, C. William Hall Research Award in Biomedical Engineering, Award for Faculty Excellence, Research Career Development Award from NIH, and Engineering Achievement Award. He is a Fellow of The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

Dr. Saha is presently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Medical Implants & Devices and was an Associate Editor of the Annals of Biomedical Engineering and Trends in Biomaterials and Artificial Organs. He has been a Member of the Editorial Boards of many journals, including Journal of Biomedical Materials Research; Medical Engineering and Physics;Journal of Applied Biomaterials; Medical Design and Material; Biomaterials, Artificial Cells, and Immobilization Biotechnology; Biomaterials, Medical Device and Artificial Organs; Journal of Bioengineering, Biotelemetry and Patient Monitoring; Journal of Basic & Applied Biomedicine and TM Journal.

Keynote Speakers

Charles N. Bertolami, DDS, D.Med.Sc

New York University College of Dentistry

For many in the profession, the name Charles N. Bertolami has become synonymous with the issue of ethics.

Dentistry has seen a renewed focus on ethics in education and the profession in recent years following well-reported incidents of cheating at several of the nation's dental schools. Dr. Bertolami, the dean of the New York University College of Dentistry, has earned praise from his colleagues for teachings that have spurred thoughtful discussions about ethics and challenged educators to help students become more introspective and act on their desire to do what is right.

Dr. Bertolami is a leader in the dental research, education, and clinical communities - has been named the 14th Dean of the 142-year-old New York University College of Dentistry. He will assume the post on September 1, 2007.

Dr. Bertolami is currently the dean of the University of California - San Francisco School of Dentistry; during the 12 years he has served in that post, the UCSF School of Dentistry has led the nation in overall NIH funding for dental schools. In addition to expanding the school's research capacity, he has also: enhanced the school's clinical and teaching programs, including renovating clinics and laboratories; implemented a new curriculum reinforcing integration of basic and clinical sciences in dental education; established and expanded joint degree programs; and established a year-long post-baccalaureate program for students from economically or educationally disadvantaged groups.

Larry L. Hench, PhD

University of Florida, University of Central Florida and Kings College/Guy's Hospital, University of London, UK
Emeritus Professor of Ceramic Materials, Imperial College, London, UK

Larry L. Hench is currently Graduate Research Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida, Professor and Director of Special Projects at the University of Central Florida, Visiting Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Arizona, and Emeritus Professor of Ceramic Materials in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London. For 10 years he served as Co-Director of the Imperial College Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Centre. He assumed the Chair of Ceramic Materials at Imperial College in 1995 following 32 years at the University of Florida where he served as Director of the Bioglass Research Centre and Co-Director of the Advanced Materials Research Center. He re-joined the faculty of the MSE Dept. at the University of Florida in 2009. Larry completed his Bachelor of Ceramic Engineering degree at The Ohio State University in 1961 and his PhD in 1964.

In 1969 Professor Hench discovered Bioglass®, the first man-made material to bond to living tissues. This unique range of soda-calcia-phospho-silica glasses is used clinically throughout the world for repair of bones, joints and teeth. This development, together with the accompanying studies of the mechanisms of glass surface reactions and chemical processing of materials, has led to many international awards, including the MRS Von Hippel Award and publication of nearly 520 research papers, 22 books and 23 patents. Dr. Hench's studies of sol-gel processing of silica has led to the development of a new generation of gel-silica optical components (Gelsil®), including net shape-net surface micro-optics, diffractive optics and porous optical matrices for environmental sensors tissue engineering and solid state dye lasers. These products, now commercially manufactured, have led to numerous advanced technology awards in the optics industry.

Invited Speakers

Kenneth R. Foster, PhD

University of Pennsylvania

Monique Frize, OC, P Eng, PhD, FIEEE

Carleton University, Ottawa ON, Canada

George Khushf, PhD

University of South Carolina

Sheldon Krimsky, PhD

CUNY Brooklyn College, Brooklyn NY and Tufts University, Boston, MA

Wade L. Robison, PhD

Rochester Institute of Technology

Daniel Vallero, PhD

Duke University

For sponsorship opportunities please contact Subrata Saha at or 718.613.8652

Presented by:

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Endorsed by:

American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)


Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities (IBR),
NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities


International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE)


New York University College of Dentistry

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Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society


Wright Medical Technology, Inc.


Conference Location

SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Health Science Education Building
395 Lenox Rd
Brooklyn, NY, 11203

For directions, please visit the SUNY Downstate Medical Center »

Technical sessions will be held on April 20 and 21, 2013 at the Alumni Auditorium, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 395 Lenox Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11203.

Hotel Information

New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
Phone: 718.246.7000
Fax: 718.222.6520

A block of rooms at the Marriott New York at the Brooklyn Bridge have been reserved at a special reduced rate of $199 (plus tax) per day for conference attendees during the conference. Please note that this special rate is valid until March 2013. To receive this special rate, please mention "Ethics Conference".

For reservations online »
For reservations by phone call the Toll Free number: 1-800-266-9432*

* Be sure to mention the SUNY Downstate Medical Center 7th International Conference on Ethics room block to receive the group-discounted rate. Located within Renaissance Plaza, the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge is 5 minutes from Manhattan and the Financial District, with 9 major subway lines all within one block. The New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge is the only full service hotel in Brooklyn.


Parking is available for $5 at
135 E 34st, Brooklyn New York 11203

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