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Conference date:

June 27th - 29th, 2018


Abstract deadline:

February 28th, 2018 

March 8th, 2018

Full-text deadline:

March 30th, 2018

April 16th, 2018



Contact addresses and all information

Prof. Vo Van Toi - Conference Chair

Dr. Trung Quoc Le - Conference Vice Chair


Biomedical Engineering Department,

International University - Vietnam National University

Quarter 6, Linh Trung, Thu Duc Dist. Ho Chi Minh City, VIET NAM

Fax:      +84-28-372 442 71

Tel:       +84-28-372 442 70 Ext 3236





Keynote Speakers (To be updated)
Prof. Alex Vitkin

Professor of Medical Biophysics & Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto

Alex Vitkin is a professor of Medical Biophysics and Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto, a senior scientist at the University Health Network, and a board-certified clinical medical physicist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (all in Toronto, Canada).  He has published ~180 papers and book chapters on biophotonics, specializing in tissue polarimetry, microvascular / multi-functional optical coherence tomography, and optical fiber sensors.  His research ranges from basic photonics and biophysics, to biomedical optics and bio-engineering and pre-clinical experimentation, thru to clinical translation. Through industrial linkages, he currently consults for several medical technology and biophotonics companies. He also serves on several national and international research grant panels, and is involved in organizing / chairing international biophotonics conferences. He is the recipient of the 2017 Michael S. Patterson Publication Impact Prize in Medical Physics, awarded by the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists.  Dr. Vitkin is also a topical editor of Optics Letters, a Fellow of OSA and of SPIE, and a visiting professor at the Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy (Russia).



Prof. Beom-Jin Lee

President-elect Asian Association of Schools of Pharmacy, A Delegate to FIP, Dean and Professor of College of Pharmacy, Ajou University, Korea

Beom-Jin Lee is Professor and Dean of the College of Pharmacy, Ajou University (Suwon, South Korea). He received his BS and MS from the College of Pharmacy, Seoul National University (South Korea) and PhD from the College of Pharmacy, Oregon State University (USA). He served as Professor in Kangwon National University (KNU; South Korea) from 1993 to 2011 and moved to Ajou University in 2012. He served as a Dean of KNU Pharmacy from 2005 to 2007. He is an internationally well-known scientist in the area of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. His research areas are mainly focused on controlled bioavailability of poorly soluble and poorly absorbable drugs, solubilizations, formulation and drug delivery, and, recently, development of nanobiomaterials for drug targeting. He is an author/coauthor of more than 140 journal articles, and 31 patents, 34 book chapters and 250 abstracts. He has been also invited to give many international oral presentations. He has received more than 28 achievement awards from government, academia and organizations. He is serving as an editorial board member for several peer-reviewed journals. He is currently serving as Head of the Pharmaceutical Research and Development Agency, Korean Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Association, and as Vice President in three Korean pharmaceutical societies. He is an active member and a Korean delegate of the International Pharmaceutical Federation.



Prof. Cuie Wen

Distinguished Professor, School of Engineering, RMIT University, Australia

Cuie Wen joined RMIT University as Professor of Biomaterials Engineering in 2014 and she has been appointed Distinguished Professor and has also been appointed ARC College of Experts in 2015. She was Professor of Surface Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology from 2010 to 2014. She worked at Deakin University from 2003 to 2010 as Research Fellow, Senior Researcher and Associate Professor. Cuie has won a number of industrial and national competitive grants.  Cuie has published more than 350 peer reviewed articles with an H index 41 and citations over 6514 (Google Scholar).  Cuie has supervised 10 postdoctoral research projects, 21 PhD students and 3 Master students to completion. She is an editorial board member for the journals of Acta Biomaterialia, and Bioactive Materials. Her research interests include new biocompatible titanium, magnesium, iron, zinc and their alloys and scaffolds for biomedical applications, surface modification, nanostructured metals, alloys and composites, metal foams and nanolaminates.


Prof. Evan Snyder

Professor, Sanford Burnham Prebys (SBP) Medical Discovery Institute, Director, Center for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine, Director, Stem Cell Research Center; Sanford Children’s Health Research Center; Department of Pediatrics, University of California-San Diego (UCSD); Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, University of California-San Diego (UCSD); Scientific Steering Committee, Sanford (San Diego) Consortium for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM)

Evan Y. Snyder, who is regarded as one of the “fathers of the stem cell field”, earned his M.D. and Ph.D. (in neuroscience) from the University of Pennsylvania and received training in Philosophy, Psychology, and Linguistics at Oxford University. He began his career as a physician-scientist at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital where, in addition to running a lab, remained clinically active in pediatrics, pediatric neurology, and newborn intensive care. After 23 years at Harvard, he was recruited to the Sanford-Burnham-Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and University of California-San Diego as Professor and founding director of the Center for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine and the Stem Cell Research Center & Core Facility. His lab studies the basic and translational biology of stem cells (particularly neural) with the goal of understanding normal and aberrant development, tissue homeostasis and plasticity, inter-cellular communication, oncogenesis, and recovery of function as well as using stem cells to model disease pathogenesis and pathophysiology (for pathway mapping, therapeutic target identification, and drug discovery). Clinically-active, a leader in regional ethics programs, and engaged in graduate and medical school education, Dr. Snyder often serves as a “bridge” between the basic science, clinical, and industrial communities. He served 2 terms as Chairman of the FDA’s Cellular, Tissue, and Gene Therapy Advisory Committee.


Dr. Guillaume Haiat

Senior Research Director, French National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris

Guillaume Haiat is currently senior research director in the Multiscale Modeling and Simulation laboratory located in the Paris area. He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique in 1998 (X95) in physical acoustics. He defended his PhD study at the French Atomic Energy Commission in 2004 in the domain of ultrasound non-destructive evaluation in the nuclear industry. Since 2004, he works in the domain of bone quantitative ultrasound and biomechanics. He is an associate editor of the journals J Acoust Soc Am, Med Eng Phys, Ultrasound Med Biol, J Mech Med Biol and Med. Eng. Phys. He is the PI of the BoneImplant project funded by the European Research Council (ERC Consolidator grant), that focuses on the biomechanical determinants of the osseointegration phenomena.


Prof. Heragu Sunderes

Professor and Head, School of Industrial Engineering and Management, Donald and Cathey Humphreys Chair, Oklahoma State University, USA

Sunderesh S. Heragu is Regents Professor and Head of the School of Industrial Engineering and Management at Oklahoma State University where he holds the Donald and Cathey Humphreys Chair. Previously, he was the Duthie Chair in Engineering Logistics and Director of the Logistics and Distribution Institute (LoDI) at the University of Louisville. He has also served as Professor of at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Assistant Professor in State University of New York, Plattsburgh, and held visiting appointments at: State University of New York, Buffalo; Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands; University of Twente, the Netherlands; and IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. He is author of the 4th edition of Facilities Design and has authored or co-authored over two hundred articles. He has served as Principal investigator or co-investigator on research projects totaling over $20 million funded by federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security, National Science Foundation, Defense Logistics Agency and private companies such as General Electric. Dr. Heragu is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE). He has received IISE’s David F. Baker Distinguished Research award, Award for Technical Innovation in Industrial Engineering, two best paper awards from IIE Transactions on Design and Manufacturing Award, and the Gold Award of Excellence for leadership in Facilities Planning and Design.


Prof. Jeff W. M. Bulte

Professor of Radiology, Oncology, Biomedical Engineering, and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Jeff Bulte He has been active in the field of molecular and cellular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for 25 years. He has developed several techniques for cell labeling and in vivo tracking using nanoparticles and MRI reporter genes. He has experience with translating new imaging techniques from the bench-to-the bedside, and was part of the first clinical MRI cell tracking study of SPIO-labeled mesenchymal stem cells in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). His original training in cell biology together with years of experience in developing imaging biomarkers for regenerative cellular medicine supports him to be the PI on this grant application.


Prof. Masahiro Takei

Professor and Vice Dean of Department of Mechanical Engineering, Medical System Engineering, Chiba University

Masahiro Takei received his B.Eng., M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. He is a professor and the vice dean of graduate school of engineering in Chiba University, Japan. He worked in University Leeds as a guest researcher in UK by the Royal Society UK in 2007. His research interest includes multiphase flow dynamics, visualization and measurement, process tomography and inverse problem, microfluidics and bio application. In a biomedical fields, recently he is developing lymphedema detection in human body, thrombus detection in a blood flow, abnormal cell detection a micro channel by Electro spectroscopy impedance tomography. He is Guest Editor of Measurement Science and Technology published by Institute of Physics, Guest Editor of Flow Measurement and Instrumentation published by Elsevier, Editorial Board Member of Journal of Visualization published by Springer. He was the President of International Society for Industrial Process Tomography (ISIPT) (Headquarter UK).


Prof. Nam-Trung Nguyen

Professor and Director, Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

Nam-Trung Nguyen received his Dip-Ing, Dr Ing and Dr Ing Habil degrees from Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany, in 1993, 1997 and 2004, respectively. The habilitation degree (Dr Ing Habil ) is the qualification for a full professorship in Germany. In 1998, he was a postdoctoral research engineer in the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (University of California at Berkeley, USA). Prof Nguyen is the First Runner Up of Inaugural ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Awards in Sustainable Development in 2009 and the Runner Up of ASAIHL-Scopus Young Scientist Awards in 2008. He is a Fellow of ASME and a Member of IEEE. Nguyen’s research is focused on microfluidics, nanofluidics, micro/nanomachining technologies, micro/nanoscale science, and instrumentation for biomedical applications. He published over 320 journal papers and filed 8 patents, of which 3 were granted. Among the books he has written, the first and second editions of the bestseller “Fundamentals and Applications of Microfluidics” were published in 2002 and 2006, respectively. His latest book “Nanofluidics” was published in 2009. The second edition of the bestselling book “Micromixer” was acquired and published by Elsevier in 2011.


Prof. Nigel Culkin

Professor of Enterprise & Entrepreneurial Development, Fellow & Past-President of the Institute of Small Business & Entrepreneurship (ISBE), University of Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, UK

Dr. Nigel Culkin is a Senior Academic Manager at the University of Hertfordshire (UH) and rightly acknowledged as an expert in the field of Entrepreneurship Education. He has published widely in the areas of small business leadership, entrepreneurial universities, graduate enterprise and digitalization, as well as completing projects for UK and overseas government agencies, large multinational organizations and Research Councils. He was awarded the title of Enterprise Educator at the UK National Enterprise Educator Awards in 2012; elected to the post of President at the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) in 2014 and in 2015 was invited to join the prestigious Peer Review College at the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Nigel is a regular contributor at the UNCTAD Expert Meeting on entrepreneurship and building productive capacities, held every year in Geneva. His new book, Mastering Brexits Through The Ages: Entrepreneurial Innovators and Small Firms -The Catalysts for Success, was released in May 2018. Nigel served as a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group - Micro Business in the House of Commons, co-authoring the Group’s most recent Report, An Education System Fit For An Entrepreneur. He was also Chair of the Higher Education Working Group, convened to support Lord Young, in the production of his Report, Enterprise for All. This third, and final report on enterprise was presented to the Prime Minister in June 2014, accepted by Cabinet in the same year.  Nigel has attracted in excess of €24M investment to help implement the UH Enterprise Strategy, creating over 75 posts at UH. He has been a Non-Executive Director/Advisor on a number of high-technology early-stage ventures and is currently engaged on Scale-Up projects in Vietnam and the six Western Balkan states.


Prof. Paul Milgram

Professor of University of Toronto, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, Toronto, Canada

Paul Milgram is a Full Professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Toronto (UofT), where he specialises in Human Factors Engineering. He is also cross-appointed to the UofT Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering. When he is not teaching courses in engineering psychology, research methods in human factors, and calculus, Prof. Milgram’s research relates to display, control and navigation issues in 3D (mixed reality) environments. His research also focuses on human factors issues related to health care in general and medical devices in particular. His recent research extends his long-term work with stereoscopic augmented reality to focus on applying digital imaging processing for enhancing operator displays. Application domains for his research include surgery, anaesthesiology, telerobotics, navigation, air traffic control and automobile driving. Before joining the UofT (in 1986), Paul Milgram worked as a senior human factors engineer at the National Aerospace Laboratory, in Amsterdam. His research leaves outside of Canada have included ATR in Kyoto, Japan; the Centre d'Etudes de la Navigation Aérienne (CENA) in Toulouse, France; the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain; the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa, Italy; and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, in Chennai, India. During the 2017 -18 academic year, he is serving as a Visiting Professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department of the International University – Vietnam National Universities at Ho Chi Minh City.


Prof. Ping Xue

Professor, Department of Physics, Tsinghua University

Professor Ping Xue is a principal investigator and deputy director in the State Key Laboratory of Low-Dimensional Quantum Physics and Department of Physics at Tsinghua University in China. He received his S.B. in Applied Physics and Ph.D. in Optics from Tsinghua University in 1988 and 1993 respectively.  He was a visiting scientist in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2001 to 2002. He joined the Tsinghua University faculty in 1993 and is currently a full Professor in Department of Physics at Tsinghua University. He is a senior member of Chinese Society of Physics, Chinese Society of Optics, IEEE, the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) & Optical Society of America (OSA). He also serves as Deputy director of the Science Popularization Committee, Chinese Academy of Physics. He is the co-author of two books, more than 150 articles, 15 inventions and many invited talks at international conferences. Professor Xue’s research involves biomedical imaging, optical coherence tomography, advanced laser technology, laser spectroscopy and optical informatics..


Prof. Ruth Nussinov

Professor and Senior Principal Investigator, National Cancer Institute and Tel Aviv University, Israel

Ruth Nussinov is a computational structural biologist at the NCI. Her PhD thesis proposed the dynamic programming algorithm for the predictionof RNA secondary structure, which is still the primary method toward this aim. She was among the pioneers of DNA sequence analysis, proposed the fundamental concept of Conformational Selection and Population shift as an alternative to the textbook ‘Induced-Fit’ model in molecular recognition. Her studies unveiled the key role of allostery under normal conditions and in disease and the principles of allosteric drug discovery. She also proposed that proteins whose sequence and global structures differ may still share similar interface architectural motifs. This concept serves as a basis for the prediction of protein interactions. She was among the first to model amyloid conformations. Currently she focuses on signaling processes in cancer, particularly those Ras-driven. 

Dr. Nussinov received her Ph.D. in 1977 from Rutgers University and did post-doctoral work in the Structural Chemistry Department of the Weizmann Institute. Subsequently she was at the Chemistry Department at Berkeley, the Biochemistry Department at Harvard, and a visiting scientist at the NIH. In 1984 she joined the Department of Human Genetics, at the Medical School at Tel Aviv University. In 1985, she accepted a concurrent position at the National Cancer Institute of the NIH, Leidos Biomedical Research, where she is a Senior Principal Scientist and Principle Investigator heading the Computational Structural Biology Section at the NCI. She has authored over 550 scientific papers. She serves as the Editor-in-Chief of PLOS Computational Biology and Associate Editor and on the Editorial Boards of several journals. She is a frequent speaker in Domestic and International meetings, symposia and academic institutions, won several awards and is an elected Fellow of the Biophysical Society and the International Society for Computational Biology. She is a Highly Cited Researcher (ranking among the top 3000 researchers or 1% across all fields according to Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators, December 2015), earning them the mark of exceptional impact. She also won an award from the AACR in 2017 for her paper on The Key Role of Calmodulin in KRAS-Driven Adenocarcinomas. Her National Cancer Institute website gives further details.


Prof. Wellington Pham

Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Wellington Pham received a Ph.D. degree in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry from the University of Toledo. His postdoctoral training focused on nuclear chemistry at the Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging, UCLA Medical School, followed by two postdoctoral trainings in cancer and neuro-imaging at the Center of Molecular Imaging Research and Martinos Center for Molecular Imaging, respectively, Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt School of Medicine in 2006, Dr. Pham was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, where he pioneered the integration of fluorescence technology with nanotechnology for multimodal detection of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, he is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences and holds joint appointments in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Vanderbilt Brain Institute. Dr. Pham was a member of the Editorial Board of Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology Biology and Medicine (2014-2016), American Association of Cancer Research-Chemistry in Cancer Research (2012-2014), Journal of Molecular Biomarkers and Diagnosis (2011-present), Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (2014-2016) and Precision Nanomedicine (2018-present). He served on several steering committees and conference organizers on molecular imaging and molecular probes, and a recipient of the Japanese Academy of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology Award. His current research interests include the discovery of imaging probes and delivery technologies dedicated to cancer and Alzheimer’s disease and has published over 120 publications, including peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, conference abstracts/proceedings, editorials and patents on these subjects. His work is funded by NCI, NIA, NIBIB, DOD, VA grants and ADEKA Corporation.


Prof. Yuncang Li

Associate Professor, School of Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

A/Prof Yuncang Li obtained his PhD in Materials Science Engineering from Deakin University in 2004 and then took up a research position in Biomaterials Engineering at Deakin University until the end of 2014. He joined RMIT University in 2015. He was awarded Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship in 2016. Dr Li has received ~ $2 million in research funds over the past 10 years from various sources, including ARC and NHMRC. His research focuses on developing metallic biomaterials for medical applications. He has expertise in microstructure-mechanical property relationships, corrosion, and biocompatibility, surface modification, nanostructured metals and alloys, and metal foams.




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