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UMN BME-Industry Grand Rounds

Through virtual events, local engineers, scientists, faculty, and trainees can share knowledge about critical biomedical engineering topics. 

Grand rounds are hosted by the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, and held in partnership with local biomedical and tech companies.

Shai Ashkenazi and Joseph Brannan
Joseph Brannan and Shai Ashkenazi

The role of photoacoustics, ultrasound, and electromagnetics in image-guided therapies

November 8, 2021
3:35 - 4:30pm CT


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  • Joseph Brannan, Medtronic — Medtronic image guided tumor ablation technology
  • Shai Ashkenazi, Department of Biomedical Engineering — Photoacoustic technology for sensing and imaging

More upcoming events

January 10, 2022
3:35 - 4:30pm CT


  • Amanda Alexander, Bio-Techne
  • Paolo Provenzano, Department of Biomedical Engineering

February 14, 2022
3:35 - 4:30pm CT


  • Boston Scientific
  • Department of Biomedical Engineering

March 14, 2022
3:35 - 4:30pm CT

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy


  • Raymond Chiu, 3M
  • Chun Wang, Department of Biomedical Engineering

April 11, 2022
3:35 - 4:30pm CT


  • Abbott
  • Department of Biomedical Engineering

May 9, 2022
3:35 - 4:30pm CT


  • Medtronic
  • Department of Biomedical Engineering

Past events and recordings

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October 11, 2021: Clinical applications of neurostimulation

Kent Lee, Tay Netoff, and Jennifer Hsia
Kent Lee, Tay Netoff, and Jennifer Hsia

Clinical applications of neurostimulation

October 11, 2021
3:35 - 4:30pm CT
  • Kent Lee, Research Fellow, Inspire Medical Systems—How a new neurostimulation therapy for treating obstructive sleep apnea was developed
  • Jennifer Hsia, Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology—Physician and patient’s perspective on Inspire therapy experience and programming
  • Tay Netoff, Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

September 13, 2021: Enhancing Human Senses

Achin and Zhi
Achin Bhowmik and Zhi Yang

Enhancing Human Senses

September 13
3:35 - 4:30pm CT

The human sensory perception system is remarkable, allowing us to sense and understand the world around us almost effortlessly. However, as we age, our sensation, perception, and cognition systems generally degrade. Traumatic injuries from accidents or overexposure to harmful stimulus levels can also result in catastrophic impact to human perceptual processes. Sustained sensory deprivations have been associated with cognitive declines and other comorbidities.

Recent technological advances in sensors and computation, especially breakthroughs in miniaturized hardware components and artificial intelligence algorithms based on modern machine learning techniques, are increasingly enabling the development of various types of assistive devices that can help enhance and augment the human senses. In this lecture, we will review:

  • The neuroscience of sensory perception system
  • Mechanisms and impacts of common sensory deficiencies
  • Recent advances and future trends in perceptual assistive technologies
  • Achin Bhowmik, PhD, Chief Technology Officer at Starkey and Adjunct Professor at Stanford
  • Zhi Yang, PhD, Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota and Fasikl Inc.

April 19, 2021: Computational modeling

Ruth, Troy, Dave and Sarah

Computational models to provide physiologic insights and aid in clinical study design

April 19, 2021
3:35 - 4:30pm CT
  • Computational modeling in cardiac implantables at Medtronic—Ruth Nicholson Klepfer, Innovation Director, Cardiac Implantables, Medtronic
  • Research examples of the value of computational modeling in medical devices—Troy Jackson, Distinguished Scientist, Cardiac Implantables, Medtronic
  • Biophysical modeling for COVID-19 antiviral development—David Odde, Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Biophysical modeling for cancer cell migration—Sarah Anderson, BME PhD candidate

March 8, 2021: AI for stroke treatment

Aaron McCabe, Andrew Grande, Laura Zitella Verbick, Kaitlin Kramer, Matthew Johnson

Developing an AI-based system for improved hemorrhagic stroke treatment: A case study in collaboration

March 8, 2021
3:35 - 4:30pm CT
  • Pursuing Better Patient Outcomes by Linking Interventions with Decision Support — Aaron McCabe, PhD, Minnetronix Medical
  • Interventional Needs enabled by Decision Support in the ICH Population – Andrew Grande, MD, Department of Neurosurgery
  • A Collaborative Approach to AI Development – Laura Zitella Verbick, PhD, Minnetronix Medical
  • Reflections and Learnings from Collaboration – Kaitlin Kramer, Minnetronix Medical
  • BME Curriculum and Student Research Experiences working with Medical Image Processing and AI – Matthew Johnson, PhD, Department of Biomedical Engineering

February 8, 2021: Microfluidics

speakers Dave Wood, Yoav Noam., Lizzy Crist, and Ali Crampton

Microfluidics in bioengineering: Small tools with big impacts

February 8, 2021
3:35 - 4:30pm CT
  • Intro — Dave Wood, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • A microfluidics-based, automated ELISA platform: Next generation immunoassays for better precision and reproducibility — Yoav Noam, Scientist and Supervisor, Bio-Techne
  • Tissue engineering on a chip — Lizzy Crist, PhD Candidate, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Microfluidics for synthesis and manufacturing — Ali Crampton, Researcher, Department of Biomedical Engineering