김희찬(Hee Chan Kim), Seoul National University
Introduction to 'Biomedical Engineering': Translational Research for Medical Device Development
'Biomedical Engineering' is a discipline that advances knowledge in engineering, biology and medicine, and improves human health through cross-disciplinary activities that integrate the engineering with the biomedical sciences and clinical practice. In this talk, easy-to-understand definition and characteristics of 'Biomedical Engineering' will be delivered and especially 'Medical Device' as an R&D target in Biomedical Engineering will be introduced in terms of its definition, usage in hospital, market status and regulatory issues. Translational and trans-disciplinary research, a new medical research paradigm will also be introduced from the viewpoint of medical device development.
Professor Kim received the Ph.D. degree in control and instrumentation engineering (biomedical engineering major) from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea in 1989. From 1989 to 1991, he was a staff engineer working on National Institute of Health(NIH) funded electrohydraulic total artificial heart project at the Artificial Heart Research Laboratory of the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA. He joined the faculty of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Medicine, Seoul National University in 1991. Research and development activities in the Medical Electronics Lab(MELab, http://melab.snu.ac.kr ) directed by professor Kim are focused on the clinical application of technologies basically based on electronics engineering. R&D topics in the MELab have been broadened from the conventional subjects such as medical instrumentation, medical signal & image processing, computer-aided diagnostics, human-computer interface to the ubiquitous healthcare system, biosensor and biochip. The representative ongoing research projects are: A ubiquitous health monitoring system that combines wireless communication technologies and biosignal measurement technologies, biosensor & biochip technologies for point-of-care blood assay system including continuous glucose measurement system, electrical stimulation systems for brain &neuro-modulation, and image and signal processing systems for biomedical applications.