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Ryerson and St. Michael's co-organize 2013 BEST symposium

Biomedical Engineering and Sciences Technology (BEST) Research Symposium 2013

By Diana Niculescu

BEST symposium 2013

Michael Kolios, professor of physics at Ryerson, gives closing remarks at the 2013 BEST symposium

On June 12, The Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital hosted the second annual Biomedical Engineering & Sciences Technology (BEST) Research Symposium jointly organized by Ryerson University and St. Michael’s Hospital.

This was the first major collaborative event with a community partner organized by the new Faculty of Science. It featured welcoming speeches of the presidents of the two institutions and continued with scientific presentations, discussions and displays.

Over 140 researchers and students from the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, and St. Michael's Hospital spent a day of networking, presentations, and panel discussions on digital health and neuroscience. They witnessed a captivating presentation on Neuroinformatics in BrainCODE for BOLD fMRI and Brain Networks delivered by Dr. Stephen Strother, Senior scientist at the Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest, and Professor at the University of Toronto.

Scientists, physicians, and engineers explored opportunities to meet and discuss medical research areas of priority, and to expand collaborative activities between researchers at Ryerson University and St. Michael’s Hospital.

The day ended with a student poster and demo competition. Thirty posters and four prototypes entered the competition. After thoughtful judging, prizes were awarded to the following students:


Demo competition winner

Active Phantom for Labour Induction Training

Presenter: Anna Leshchenko (lead), James Kim, Marcelle-Andree Longlade, Jose Nuno Bueno

Supervisor: Dr. James Smith

Institution: Ryerson University

Program: Electrical Engineering


Poster competition - two winners for first place

Quantitative Photoacoustic Analysis of Blood Cell Morphology

Presenter: Eric Strohm

Supervisor: Dr. Michael C. Kolios

Institution: Ryerson University

Program: Biomedical Physics


Mutagenic Gene Trapping to Study Novel Genes in Zebrafish Cardiovascular Development

Presenter: Suzan El-Rass

Supervisor: Dr. Xiao-Yan Wen

Institution: St. Michael’s Hospital/University of Toronto

Program: Medical Science


Poster competition – two winners for second place

Plasma Fibronectin Supports Hemostasis, Controls the Diameter of Fibrin Fibers, and Regulates Thrombosis

Presenter: Yiming Wang

Supervisor: Dr. Heyu Ni

Institution: St. Michael’s Hospital/University of Toronto

Program: PhD in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology


The Use of Optical Coherence Tomography Envelope Statistics to Detect Temperature Changes in a Tissue Mimicking Phantom

Presenter: Subaagari Seevaratnam

Supervisor: Dr. Beau Standish

Institution: Ryerson University

Program: M.A.Sc in Electrical and Computer Engineering – Biomedical Stream


The success of the symposium was due to the people involved in organizing it; to the enthusiastic participants; and finally, to the Dean of Science, Dr. Imogen Coe, for dedicating her entire day to the symposium, representing and promoting the Faculty of Science, and being part of the judging committee.

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