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8:15 - 8:30 am WELCOMING REMARKS
Dennis S. Charney
Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
President for Academic Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System
Introduction: Kenneth L. Davis, CEO and President, Mount Sinai Health System
Speaker: Eric J. Gertler, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Center for Economic Transformation, New York City Economic Development Corporation
8:45 - 9:15 am KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Solving the Big Problems of Our Time
Introduction: Scott L. Friedman, Dean for Therapeutic Discovery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Speaker: Eric J. Topol, Director, Scripps Translational Science Institute; Chief Academic Officer, Scripps Health; Professor of Genomics, The Scripps Research Institute
Introduction: Geoffrey Smith, Director, Mount Sinai Institute of Technology
9:20 - 9:40 am Steven M. Cramer, William Weightman Walker Professor, Dept of Chemical & Biological and Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
9:40 - 10:00 am Angela M. Belcher, Chair, Dept of Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
10:00 - 10:20 am Van Wedeen, Assistant Neuroscientist, Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital
10:20 - 10:40 am Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Mikati Foundation Professor, Dept of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University
10:40 - 11:10 am BREAK
11:10 - 11:40 am KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Genomics and Personalized Medicine — Meeting the Needs of Patients
Introduction: Eric Schadt, Director, Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Speaker: Jun Wang, Director, Dept of Bioinformatics, BGI Shenzhen
11:45 - 12:15 pm KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Engineering and Medicine to Improve Global Health
Introduction: Janice L. Gabrilove, Director, Clinical Research Education Programs, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Speaker: Benedetta Piantella, Co-founder, T4D Lab; Faculty, Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York University
1:00 - 2:00 pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS
  • Bioprinting: David T. Corr, Associate Professor, Dept of Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Guohao Dai, Assistant Professor, Dept of Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer
  • MakerBot Demo: Jan Sumeral, Vice President of Research and Development, MakerBot
  • Big Data to Solve Big Problems: Andrew Conway, Head of Data, Project Florida
  • How to Harness Bio-Inspiration for Solving Medical Problems: Jeffrey M. Karp, Associate Professor, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School; Principal Faculty, Harvard Stem Cell Institute; Affiliate Faculty, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2:00 - 4:00 pm
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Organizers: Women in Science (Katharine Seip-Cammack, Postdoc; Susana Bardina Candidate), Postdoc Executive Committee (Nicole McKnight, Postdoc); Medical Students (Brett Marinelli Candidate), and Howard R. Levin, Co-founder, Coridea

Event Days

Tuesday, November 18 Wednesday, November 19
About SINAInnovations 2014

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai hosted its third annual SINAInnovations conference on November 18 - 19, 2014. This year's theme "Engineering and Medicine" included keynote addresses, short talks, lunchtime breakout sessions and demos in areas focusing on breakthroughs in material science, nanotechnologies and imaging; advances in genomics technologies; mobile application development and wearable technologies; cultivating how medicine and engineering interface and how advances in engineering are transforming medicine, biology and global health.

SINAInnovations 2014 Videos

Keynote Speakers

Eric J. Gertler

Eric J. Gertler serves as Executive Vice President and Managing Director for the Center for Economic Transformation at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and aims to develop New York City's major business sectors by implementing policy and programmatic initiatives that address current issues faced by each industry, create good jobs, and promote entrepreneurship and economic diversification across the five boroughs.

Eric J. Gertler
Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Center for Economic Transformation, New York City
Economic Development Corporation

Eric J. Topol

Eric J. Topol, MD, is a pioneer in the field of cardiovascular medicine whose groundbreaking research on genomic and wireless innovative digital technologies is reshaping the future of medicine. A practicing cardiologist who has led many worldwide clinical trials for patients with heart disease, Dr. Topal was voted the 'Most Influential Physician Executive' in the US in 2012 in a national poll conducted by Modern Healthcare.

Eric J. Topol
Director, Scripps Translational Science Institute

Jun Wang

Jun Wang, PhD, is the Director of BGI (previously known as the Beijing Genomics Institute). He was instrumental in the 1999 founding and growth of BGI's Bioinformatics Department, which is now widely recognized as one of the world's premier research facilities committed to excellence in genome sciences.

Jun Wang
Director, Dept. of Bioinformatics, BGI-Shenzhen

Miguel A. Nicolelis

Miguel A. Nicolelis, MD, PhD, has dedicated his career to investigating how the brains of freely behaving animals encode sensory and motor information. In addition to his role as Professor at the Duke School of Medicine, he is the founder of Duke's Center for Neuroengineering, the Edmond and Lily Safra International Institute for Neuroscience of Natal, and the Walk Again Project.

Miguel A. Nicolelis
Professor, Dept. of Neurobiology, Duke University Medical Center

Andrew Conrad

Andrew Conrad, PhD, oversees a number of "moonshot" projects at Google[x] and provides overall guidance on various scientific and hardware products and research. Previously, he was Chief Scientific Officer of Laboratory Corporation of America (LapCorp). He is the co-founder of the National Genetics Institute where he served as Chief Scientific Officer. He also founded the California Health and Longevity Institute (CHLI).

Andrew Conrad
Director, Google[x]

Shirley A. Jackson

The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, PhD, is the 18th president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York, and Hartford, Connecticut, the oldest technological research university in the United States. Described by Time magazine as "perhaps the ultimate role model for women in science," Dr. Jackson, a theoretical physicist, has held senior leadership positions in government, industry, research, and academe.

Shirley A. Jackson
President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Benedetta Piantella

Benedetta Piantella, MPS, is a designer turned humanitarian technologist who has built partnerships worldwide through her projects. She has taught Lego robotics, worked for Arduino in Italy,and Smart Design in NYC, producing interactive prototypes for high-end clients. She founded two engineering research and development companies focused on producing sustainable solutions to humanitarian, social, and environmental challenges.

Benedetta Piantella
Co-Founder, T4D Lab; Faculty, Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York University