Session I: Nanomedicine
The topics include but are not limited to nanomaterials and nanoparticles for delivery, nanoelectronics biosensors, nanorobots for biological applications, diagnostic devices, immunotherapy, therapeutics, and theranostics.
Dr. Dror Fixler is the Director of the Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA) at Bar-Ilan University, and Professor in the Faculty of Engineering.
Dr. Fixler is a BIU-educated expert in electro-optics and photonics research including the emission, transmission, detection, and sensing of light for biomedical properties. His primary focus is on developing new technologies for super resolution microscopy, medical testing, and communications networks.
Session II: Digital Health & AI Diagnostics
The topics include but are not limited to the digital twins, organ-on-chip, wearable technologies, health management using sensors, machine learning for diagnostics, drug discovery, and medical imaging.
Dr. Alexander Wong is currently the Canada Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Medical Imaging, Member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada, co-director of the Vision and Image Processing Lab, and a professor in the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo.
Dr. Wong’s research focuses on integrative computational imaging systems for biomedical imaging and operational artificial intelligence. His work in Generative Synthesis has led to the founding of DarwinAI, a leading-edge AI company focused on accelerated deep learning development.
Session III: Agricultural Nanotechnology
The topics include but are not limited to nanomaterials for pesticides and crop improvement, nanosensors for disease detections in crops and residues of chemicals, sensors for soil monitoring, nanodevices for precision agriculture, and applications of nanotechnology to reduce water consumption in agri sector.
Dr. Jason C. White is the Director of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, the oldest Agricultural Experiment Station.
His primary research program focuses food safety and security, with specific interests on the impact of nanomaterials on agricultural plants and on the use of nanoscale materials to increase food production through sustainable nano-enabled agriculture. Dr. White was elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering in 2021 and is a member of the European Science Foundation (ESF) College of Experts. He is also a Commissioned Official of the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA).
He holds appointments as a Clinical Professor of Epidemiology Yale School of Public Health and as an Adjunct Faculty Member of the University of Massachusetts Stockbridge School of Agriculture.
Session IV: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) and Sustainability
The topics include but are not limited to equitable access to resources that impact positive health outcomes, sustainable practices considering the circular economy, reduction of waste, and nanotechnology sector-specific ED&I initiatives for an inclusive society.
Dr. Palesa Sekhejane is the Strategic Partnerships Director at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in South Africa. She holds MTech and DTech degrees in health sciences from the University of Johannesburg and is a medical technologist specialised in biophotonics (ex. the application of light-based medicine to a biological system in a simulated diabetic model) and photodynamic therapy for cancer treatment. Her current research interests are in bioeconomy policy, biosciences, biomedical innovation and technology.
Additionally, she is the co-founder and the co-chairperson of the UJ-led maiden international conference on Food Security and Safety. She was recently nominated to participate at the BRICS Young Scientist’s Forum in Brazil (2019), as one of the bioeconomy scientists. And through her work, she champions and addresses the obstacles faced by women in developing countries.