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University of Minnesota hosts world’s largest medical devices conference

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What: University of Minnesota’s Design of Medical Devices Conference
When: April 12-14, 2016
Where: The Commons Hotel, 615 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis and University of Minnesota McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. SE, Minneapolis

Medical device leaders from across the country in both industry and academia will converge at the University of Minnesota’s 15th annual Design of Medical Devices Conference April 12-14 at The Commons Hotel, 615 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis. The conference will address emerging trends related to medical device design, policy, engineering, education, and commercialization.

More than 1,300 people are expected to attend this year’s conference, making it the largest medical devices conference in the world. Additional walk-in registrations are welcome.

“The DMD conference continues to grow by all measures, illustrating the critical importance of medical devices and surrounding technologies, policies and clinical needs,” said Art Erdman, a University of Minnesota mechanical engineering professor and conference co-chair. “Fifteen years ago we had a vision to establish an event where leaders from academia and industry would come together to share the latest issues in medical device design. This vision has become a successful reality and continues to exceed even our own expectations.”

The conference offers technical sessions on a wide variety of topics, including wearable medical devices, pharmaceutical delivery devices, robotics in health care, cybersecurity of medical devices, rehab technology, and much more. The third day of the conference will feature sessions on 3D-printed bionic and medical devices.

The conference also includes an interactive “A Heart to Learn” exhibit of real human hearts and two live clinical surgery cases that will be broadcasted from St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Penn. Lab tours will include the Interactive Visualization Lab, Medical Devices Center, Minnesota Nanotechnology Center and the Visible Heart Lab.

A scientific poster session will showcase more than 115 emerging topics in the areas of cardiovascular devices, nanotechnology, neuroengineering, surgical tools, orthopedics, computer modeling and simulation, urologic devices, human factors, rehabilitation, special devices, informatics and tissue engineering.

For a full list of speakers and workshops at the Design of Medical Devices Conference or to register, visit www.dmd.umn.edu.

The Design of Medical Devices Conference is presented by the University of Minnesota Medical Devices Center (part of the University’s Institute for Engineering in Medicine), the College of Science and Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Several corporations are also providing industry sponsorships including 3M, AccelLAB Inc., Boston Scientific Corporation, Computer Aided Technology, The Medical Alley Association, Medtronic, Inc., St Jude Medical, Institute for Engineering in Medicine, University of Minnesota and Ximedica.

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