2016 IEEE EMBS International Student Conference

DATE: May 29-31, 2016
LOCATION: Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada)

The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) International Student Conference (ISC) 2016 will be hosted at Carleton University located in Ottawa, Canada. The ISC 2016 will run from May 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016 with an overarching theme of ‘Expanding the Boundaries of Biomedical Engineering and Healthcare’. Over the course of the conference, distinguished Keynote speakers will provide insight into their specialties. The conference program will also feature workshops, oral and poster presentations, a design competition, sessions for students and young professionals, as well as exhibitions and networking breaks.

IEEE International Symposium on Medical Measurements and Applications

DATE: May 4-5, 2013
LOCATION: Ottawa-Gatineau

The expected contributions to be presented at this edition of the MeMeA symposium should address these problematic issues and bring up critical opinions and innovative solutions to instrumentation and measurement challenges in medicine. We would also like that attending people consider arranging Special Sessions on topics of interest.

Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society and Association des physiciens et ingénieurs biomédicaux du Québec (APIBQ) Joint Conference

DATE: May 21-24, 2013
LOCATION: Ottawa-Gatineau

There are various continuing education sessions as well (noted below), including:

A Holistic Framework for Medical Device Safety and Optimal Performance by
Michael Cheng and Tony Easty; this session has reduced rate and is being
offered for free for the first 25 students.

A note from Timothy Zakutney, conference chair 2013:
The main objective of the 2013 CMBES/APIBQ Joint Conference is to improve communication and encourage collaboration among all healthcare professionals through the presentation and discussion of new research and current
challenges. To this end, please note that in consideration of the tight fiscal restraints currently in place within the Clinical and Medical Biological Engineering field, the registration fees for our Continuing Education Sessions have been significantly reduced.

Please click
here to review our revised fee structure.

Thank you to the Continuing Education Committee for securing additional
sponsorship which as allowed a significant reduction of the Continuing
Education fees


Session 1:  Note Special Price of $30 for this session only and the first 25
STUDENTS are free!

Title: A Holistic Framework for Medical Device Safety and Optimal


Michael Cheng, PhD, PEng, CCE, CQA

Tony Easty, PhD, PEng, CCE Associate Professor, Institute of Biomaterials &
Biomedical Engineering

Plus representatives from Health Canada (HC), Canadian Standards Association
(CSA) and the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health (CADTH)


This session will present a comprehensive three-stage holistic framework for
medical devices in order to achieve safety and optimal performance within
healthcare institutions.
Read more…

Session 2:

Title: Mechanical Circulatory Support


Mark Cleland, C. Tech, Senior Technologist, Medical Devices, Biomedical
Engineering, University of Ottawa Heart Institute


The growing Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) program at the University of
Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) is a comprehensive example of the vast and
important role that Clinical Engineering contributes to the healthcare
environment. Mark Cleland, Senior Technologist at Ottawa Heart Institute
(UOHI) will present a multidisciplinary collaboration between clinical
staff, clinical engineering department and patients to successfully support
a device program in order to increase successful patient outcome.
Read more…

Session 3:

Title: Equipment Testing Automation


Tony Giulone, President, Promed Technologies


Automating test sequences for medical equipment can contribute to reduce the
required time to perform these tasks and improve quality and uniformity so
that every inspection is done the same way every time. At the same time, it
reduce the burden of documenting the results since it is automatically
available in electronic format. This workshop offers an understanding of
common medical equipment testers, their expected performance, and
documenting calibration results. There will also be hands-on exercises on
automation software so that participants are able to customise reports
according to service manual inspection procedure.
Read more…

Session 4:

Title: Endoscopy Suite: Designing Workspace and Process in an Endoscopy
Suite, Review of Technology, Servicing, and Information Systems that Enhance


Frédérick Latendresse, Vice-President Regional, Olympus Canada


Planning or renovating an endoscopy suite can be challenging for clinical
engineers and the clinical team involved in the process. This session will
present best practices for workspace design, workflow, equipment planning,
benchmarking, maintenance and decontamination of endoscopes. New
technologies and Information systems will also be reviewed as part of this
Read more…

Session 5:

Title: Electrosurgery Technologies: The Basics of RF Energy-Based Systems


Sylvain Lepage, Directeur régional Est, Conmed Canada


RF based devices have existed since the early 1900’s and are now a major
component of a hospital’s available surgical & therapeutic approach to
delivering care. This session will review RF electrosurgical systems both
from a technical and a clinical perspective: How does a generator harness
and alter electrical current to create the Monopolar (Cut, Coag and Blend)
and Bipolar modalities and how do these differ clinically in tissue?
Read more….

Session 8:

Title: Monitor Alarm Management: Decreasing Nuisance Alarms and Preventing
Alarm Fatigue


Lois Macpherson, Clinical Educator, Spacelabs Healthcare (Canada) Inc.

Paul Roy, National Service Manager, Spacelabs Healthcare (Canada) Inc.


Critical Care Physiological Monitors detect and notify clinicians of many
types of alarms; from technical problems, changes in vital signs, to life
threatening arrhythmias. Clinicians may become desensitized when they are
overwhelmed with the number of alarms. This can lead to alarms being ignored
or disabled. This presentation will discuss causes and prevention of false
positive physiological monitor alarms and management of alarm settings for
patient safety.

Session 9:

Title: Hemodialysis and Water Purification


Ralph Berger, Water Sales Specialist, Gambro Renal Products

Philippe Desroches, IT specialist, Gambro Renal Products


This session will review basic aspects of hemodialysis equipment, the water
purification process and use of electronic records to enhance hemodialysis
treatment while reducing at the same time the nurse’s administrative tasks.

Register now for The Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society
36th Annual Conference, CMBEC36 May 21 – 24, 2013 in conjunction with
l’Association des physiciens et ingénieurs biomédicaux du Québec (APIBQ).
The 2013 CMBEC36 / APIBQ42 Joint Conference will be held at the Hampton Inn
& Conference Centre in Ottawa, ON.

The Conference offers a national forum for information exchange among
researchers and practitioners working in the medical technology industry and
biomedical engineering.  Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to showcase
some of the important work that you are currently engaged in.

Association des physiciens et ingénieurs biomédicaux du Québec (APIBQ)