September 17, 2014 10:00am - 4:30pm with networking social to follow
Industry leaders, government partners, and academia researchers gather to discuss research and development of preventative and assistive care devices at the Symposium on Biomedical Technologies.
Colonel Donald Gajewski of the U.S. Army, serves as Director of the Center for the Intrepid (CFI) in San Antionio, TX. The CFI is a state-of-the-art rehabilitation center, specifically built to provide care for veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. According to The CFI website, their threefold mission is to "provide rehabilitation for [veterans] who have sustained amputation, burns, or functional limb loss, to provide education to DoD and Department of Veteran's Affairs professionals on cutting edge rehabilitation modalities, and to promote research in the fields of Orthopaedics, prosthetics and physical/occupational rehabilitation." As an oprthopedic surgeon who has been deployed twice, Colonel Gajewski is familiar with all aspects of Wounded Warrior care, and the medical needs they have.
Dr. Eugene J. Choi, Strategic Analysis, Inc. and Support to DARPA/DSO
Eugene Choi, Ph.D. has provided technical expertise, program management, and technology development oversight to various DARPA offices for the past seven years, including Defense Sciences Office (DSO), the Biological Technologies Office (BTO), the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), the Information Innovation Office (I2O), and the Directors Office (DIRO), where he has helped develop and manage cutting-edge RD programs in wide-ranging, multidisciplinary technical areas including: miniaturized and flexible manufacturing of pharmaceuticals and protein therapeutics, stand-off detection of improvised explosives devices, biomimetic materials, and novel nanomaterials and devices for DoD and commercial applications. Dr. Choi has research experience in biomaterials, molecular biology, polymers, surface chemistry/physics, and instrumentation development. Prior to working with DARPA and spending three years at the National Academies as a Policy Fellow and Program Officer, Dr. Choi completed his Postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in biomedical engineering and nanotechnology. Dr. Choi holds a B.S. in Biology (with a Minor in Mathematics) and Ph.D. in Polymer Science.
Josh Geering, North Texas VA
Josh Geering, PT, DPT has been a physical therapist at the Dallas VA for 13 years working in various settings. His longest tenure has been in the Spinal Cord Injury department for the last 12 years with 6 of them as lead therapist. He has worked on the committee for clinical utilization and effectiveness in the SCI department helping to implement new procedures for providers to help with prevention of hospital acquired pressure ulcers and protocol for ventilator dependent patients. Other committees that he has been on relate to patient care, outpatient and inpatient rehab programs, CARF and leadership in both Spinal Cord Injury and Physical Medicine and Rehab. He has completed various performance improvement projects to include improvement of wheelchair acquisition for patients in SCI and the promptness in lab draws on the SCI unit. Dr. Geering has been an investigator in research dealing with vibration treatment and bone density in the SCI patient and objective assessment of cranialsacral therapy. He is a certified trainer for the Lokomat robotic gait trainer and both Bioness and Walkaide neuro-prosthesis for the treatment of foot drop. Currently he continues to work with the SCI therapy team in improving patient function and independence through equipment and mobility assessments, education, and sound therapeutic protocols.
Ron Banister, M.D., Texas Tech University
Dr. Ronald E. Banister has been practicing medicine for 16 years, graduating from the Tulane University School of Medicine in 1998. He practices medicine in Lubbock, TX, where he lives with his wife and his 4 children.
Dr. Banister is a faculty member in the department of anesthesiology at Texas Tech University.
Jo Dorhout, Virtual Interactive Families
Jo (Joanne) Dorhout, MA, is the visionary, co-founder and President of Virtual Interactive Families. The company was founded, in 2005, based on her vision to employ technology to create an intervention to depression for place-bound seniors by virtually helping them remain connected with their loved ones, participating in innovative life-long distant-learning opportunities, and assisting seniors in continuing to contribute (virtually) their expertise to the world. Based on her experiences while working in the late 1960s for a main-frame computer company, Jo has been intrigued to investigate how technology can enrich the lives of individuals and societies. She employed these practices while serving as an educator in Taiwan and the US, assisting the International and Embassy Schools with staffing, and as the Instructional Technology Director for the Waterloo Community School District. Under her direction, the WCSD was recognized by (then) US Secretary of Education Riley as one of thirty-three US Spotlight Schools for the Effective Integration of Technology. Synthesizing these experiences, V.I. Families brings Virtual Interactive Passport to the World as an intervention to depression.