Talk on thermal tumor ablation therapy and tele-health systems by Dr. Shuicai Wu (Vice Dean of College of Life Science & Bioengineering, Beijing University of Technology) and Dr Lan Lin (Ph.D., ASU BME) on Tuesday, 29 Jan, 2013 at 3:00pm in Santa Catalina 130, ASU Polytechnic. Cancer and heart disease are the leading causes of death in China and many other parts of the world.  In the Biomedical Engineering Center at Beijing University of Technology, researchers have been devoting tremendous efforts to search cure and prevention of these diseases.  Here we will briefly report our recent work in thermal tumor ablation therapy and telemedicine technology for monitoring heart health.  In the first part of the talk, we will present our research on the minimally-invasive thermal ablation techniques for locally destroying solid tumors.  Our work tackles technical challenges in pre-operative surgical planning, noninvasive intra-operative monitoring, and post-operative assessment.  The talk will focus on the microwave thermal ablation of liver tumors and stereotactic surgery for brain tumors.  In the second part of the talk, we will present our work on the development of an internet-based health monitoring system.  The talk will address the technical issues such as remote monitoring of patient’s vital signs like ECG, pulse, respiration, blood oxygen level, temperature, etc., evaluation of cardiovascular health on the basis of these parameters, and construction of a tele-health system using the embedded web server.

About The Speakers

 Shuicai Wu
Prof. Shuicai Wu, is the Vice Dean of the College of Life Science & Bioengineering at Beijing University of Technology (BJUT) and the Director of the BJUT Biomedical Engineering Center.  He received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1985 and 1993, respectively, from Jiangxi University of Technology and Shanghai University of Technology. In 2000, he earned his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Huazhong University of Science & Technology.  Before coming to BJUT, he was a member of the faculty at Jiangxi Jiujiang Normal College.  Currently, he is a Professor in Biomedical Engineering at BJUT. His research interests are in the design of innovative medical instruments, biomedical signal and image processing, and telemedicine.  He is the author of over 80 journal articles and conference publications, and he holds 20 hardware and design patents and software IPs.
 Lan Lin
Lan Lin, Ph.D., received his BS in Computer Science from Wuhan University in 1996, his MS in Biomedical Engineering from Huazhong University of Science & Technology in 1999, and his PhD in Bioengineering from Arizona State University in 2006.  He worked as a postdoctoral Research Associate at Arizona State University between 2006 and 2007 and at University of Arizona between 2007 and 2011. He is currently an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Beijing University of Technology. His research and academic interests focus on using neuroimaging technique to study aging and age-related, neurodegenerative disease. A major focus of his work includes the use of univariate and multivariate network analysis techniques with multiple neuroimaging methods and measures of neuropsychological function, health status, and genetic risk to understand how these factors interact to influence cognitive function as we age. His research also includes the application of these techniques to non-human animal models of aging and age-related disease.