8th Annual IBTN Symposium
8th Annual IBTN Symposium: Advances in Diagnostics and Sensor Technology in Healthcare

The  Institute of Biomaterials, Tribocorrosion , and Nanomedicine (IBTN-US) will hold its 8th Annual Symposium on Monday, April 15, 2019 at the UIC College of Dentistry.

This year’s  symposium title is  'Advances in Diagnostics and Sensor Technology in Healthcare.'

IBTN symposium is an annual research meeting organized by UIC, Rush, Midwestern and NU researchers for last 7 years. Currently, IBTN has international branches in Brazil, India, Europe, South Africa and Taiwan.  The conference offers the latest development in the healthcare materials and include invited lectures, Research and Poster presentations.

The IBTN Annual Meeting provides numerous opportunities for you to hear the latest research discoveries from the experts, learn about technology advances in the field, participate in panel discussions and poster presentations, and build new network. Each year, IBTN Research scholar awards will be given to the research students based on their Poster presentations. This is sponsored by TMJ concepts and Springer Publishers. IBTN will support the participant/researchers to publish their excellent scientific and technical work in peer-reviewed issue of the Springer Journal (Journal of Bio & Tribocorrosion-JBTC), so we strongly encourage all authors to submit manuscripts for consideration by April 1st, 2019.  


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vert-bar-green20x370.jpgDiscover the latest research discoveries from the experts

Learn about technology advances in the field

Participate in panel discussions and poster presentations

Network and share ideas


Attend Poster Presentations

Meet and discuss with expert speakers and researchers at their poster presentations covering the following topics:

  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Biomaterials and Implants
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Nanomedicine
  • Surface modifications
  • Cell-material interactions
  • Tissue imaging, Total Joint Replacement
  • Tribology and Corrosion
  • Bio-Tribocorrosion
  • Bio-sensors, Bio-mineralization
  • In-Situ liquid-TEM Bio-imaging and 3D printing
  • Computational modeling


2019 Theme: Advances in Diagnostic and Sensor Technologies in Health Care

This year's theme is “Advances in diagnostic and sensor technologies in health care.” Dr. Asimina Kiourti, Ohio State University will deliver the plenary talk on  “Wireless biosensor: New development”. There will be around eight lectures from the experts in the area of sensors and biomaterial/implant in healthcare research. The conference will end with a panel discussion on the presented subjects and a general discussion on upcoming research areas in health care sector.

Plenary Speaker

Dr. Asimina Kiourti
Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering.
Ohio State University
ElectroScience Laboratory

Topic: “Wireless biosensor: New development”

Asimina Kiourti joined The Ohio State University as an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Fall 2016. From 2013 to 2016 she served as a Post-Doctoral Researcher and then a Senior Research Associate at Ohio State's ElectroScience Laboratory. Prior to that, she received her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece (2013) and her M.Sc. degree from University College London, UK (2009). Professor Kiourti’s research interests include wearable and implantable sensors, antennas and electromagnetics for body area applications, and flexible textile-based electronics. Her work has been recognized with over 40 scholarly awards, among which, the 2018 URSI Young Scientist Award, the 2014 IEEE EMB-S BRAIN Young Investigator Award, the 2013 Chorafas Foundation Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award, the 2012 IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship for Medical Applications, and the 2011 IEEE AP-S Doctoral Research Award. Professor Kiourti’s research has gained an international reputation and has been featured by TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Times of India, Australia Network News, and the ALN Magazine among others.


Panel Discussion

Join an enlightening discussion on the topic of “Diagnostic and sensor technology research new directions” by the following experts

Invited Lectures

Dr. Lyndon Cooper (Dean of Research, UIC Dental School)

Dr. Louis Mercuri (TMJ Concepts and Rush University Medical Center, Chicago)

Dr. Amit Trivedi (Dept. of Elect and Comp Engineering, UIC, Chicago)

Dr. Rong Wang (Dept. of Chemistry,  Center for Sensor Science and Engineering, IIT, Chicago)

Dr Roozbeh Ghaffari, (Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics, Northwestern University) 

Dr. Shalini Prasad (Biomedical Micro devices and Nanotechnology Lab, UTD Dallas)

Dr. Robin Pourzal (Dept. of Orthopedics, Rush Medical Center, Chicago)

Dr. Gene Kulesha (Onkos Surgical, New York)

Mr. Div Harish (Loadstar Sensors, CA)

Mr. Matthew E. Struve (MTS Testing system)



8:30 AM             OPENING CEREMONY


Session 1
8:40-9:30           Plenary Talk       Dr.  Asimina Kiourti (Ohio State University, USA)
Title: Wireless biosensor: New development.


9:30-9:45 AM    COFFEE BREAK

Session 2
9:45-10:15 AM  Invited Speaker Dr. Cooper (Dept of Oral Biology, UIC, Chicago)
Cellular Activities at Endosseous Surfaces; Beyond Osteoblasts

10:15-10:45 AM              Invited Speaker Dr. Igor Paprotny (Dept. Electrical and computer Engineering, UIC, Chicago)
Air-Microfluidics : Micro-Electro-Mechanical Sensors for Detection of Pollutants and Aerosols

10:45-11:15 PM Invited Speaker Dr. Amit Trivedi (Dept of electronics and computer engineering, UIC, Chicago)
Ultralow Power Electronics for Implantable Healthcare Devices

11:15 -11:45 PM             Invited Speaker Dr. Gene Kulesha (Oncos surgical, New York)
The Medical Device Perspective of 3D Printing: The Beginnings of a True Industrial Revolution

11:45-12:15 PM Invited Speaker Dr. Sayali Upasham (Biomedical Microdevices and Nanotechnology Lab, UTD Dallas)
Development of ultra-low volume, multi-bio fluid, cortisol sensing platform

12:15- 1:30                                     LUNCH BREAK/ POSTER SESSION

Session 3
1:30-2:00 PM    Invited Speaker Dr. Russel Pesavento (Oral medicine and diagnostic sciences, UIC , College of Dentistry, Chicago)
Need for Diagnostics in Oral Medicine (Both Soft And Hard Tissue) and Where We Are in Research

2:00 -2:30 PM   Invited Speaker Dr. Robin Pourzal (Dept of Orthopedic Surgery, Rush Medical College.)
Metallurgy in Total Joint Arthroplasty

2:30-3:00PM     Invited Speaker Dr. Louis Mercuri (TMJ Concepts and Rush University Medical Center, Chicago)
Serum Metal Levels in Maxillofacial Reconstructive Surgery Patients

3:00-3:30PM     Invited Speaker Dr. Rong Wang (Center for sensor and engineering, IIT, USA)
Collagen Deficiency Associated with Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Nanodiagnostics and Cell Therapeutic Strategy

3:30- 3:50 PM   COFFEE BREAK

Session 4
3:50 -4:20 PM   Invited Speaker Dr. Amay Bandodkar (Center for bio-integrated electronics, Northwestern University, Evanston)
Soft, Epidermal Microfluidic Systems for Non-Invasive Monitoring of Sweat Chemistry and Dynamics

4:20-4:35PM     Invited Speaker Matthew Struve-(MTS Testing system)
Advancements in Mechanical testing of Biomaterials

4:35-5:50 PM    Invited Speaker Div Harish Company (Loadstar Sensors, CA)
Digital Force Sensing for Medical Testing and Applications

4:50 -5:00 PM   Student presentation     Moipone L. Teffo (Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa)
Tribocorrosion evaluation of spark plasma sintered nano-Ti-Ta-Zr




About IBTN

The  Institute of Biomaterials, Tribocorrosion , and Nanomedicine (IBTN) is an organization that understands the need of a multidisciplinary  research team in order to generate innovative solutions to the critical clinical/healthcare issues and applications and formulation of better clinical treatment/management. This institute is formed in 2012, by some researchers at UIC and Rush at Chicago. The main focuses on the research and teaching related to biomaterials, Nano-medicine, regenerative medicine, corrosion, tribology and tribocorrosion aspects of the biomedical implants.

The team consists of clinicians, material scientists, bioengineers, mechanical engineers, and chemical engineers from University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Biomedical Science at UIC Rockford and Department of Orthopedics, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago.

Our mission is to contribute in the advancement of scientific knowledge in regenerative medicine, Nano-medicine and biomaterials (development, surface modification and characterization) for the versatile clinical application for generating and maintaining implants with required durability and multifunctional performance.


Symposium Organizers 

IBTN Founders:

  • Dr. Cortino Sukotjo (UIC)
  • Dr. Christos Takoudis (UIC)
  • Dr. Mathew T. Mathew (UIC & Rush)
  • Dr. Tolou Shokuhfar (UIC)

Advisory Committee:

  • Dr. Reza Shahbazian-Yassar (UIC)
  • Dr. Louis Mercuri (Rush and TMJ Concepts)
  • Dr. Xuejun Li (UIC)
  • Dr. Hannah Lundberg (Rush)
  • Dr. Robin Pourzal (Rush)
  • Dr. Judy Yuan (UIC)
  • Dr. Bin Yang (UIC)
  • Dr. Andrea Reale (UIC)
  • Dr. Shafigh Mehraeen (UIC)
  • Dr. Michael McNallan (UIC)
  • Dr. Didem Ozevin (UIC)
  • Dr. E J Ernesto Indacochea (UIC)
  • Dr. Jeffrey P. Rouleau(Exponent Chicago)
  • Dr. Reji Mathew
  • (Midwestern University, Chicago)
  • Dr. Ali Erdemir (Argonne National Lab)
  • Dr. Izabela Szlufarska (UW, Maddison)
  • Dr. Laurence Marks (NU, Evanston)
  • Dr. Sriram Ravidran(UIC)
  • Dr. Liao Yifeng (ADA, Chicago)


IBTN International coordinators:

  • Dr. Luis Rocha (UNESP, IBTN-Brazil)
  • Dr. Fatih Toptan (UMINHO, IBTN-Euro)
  • Dr. Peter Olubambi
  • (Johannesburg, IBTN-S. Africa)
  • Dr. Geetha Manivasagam (VIT,, IBTN-India)
  • Dr. Max Wu (TMUH, IBTN-Taiwan)


Local Committee:

  • Dr. Divya Bijukumar (Chair)
  • Ms. Rajini Nagaraj, Ms. Sneha Kamat
  • College of Dentistry, UIC; DUCOM Instruments, Exponent, TMJ Concepts, Springer


Biomaterials Research at UIC College of Dentistry

At UIC, we are moving beyond tissue replacement, using materials to enable our bodies to regenerate damaged and failing tissues.

We are leading investigations into how materials interact with living tissues, and the building of tissue replacements for the growth of cells/tissues to replace lost tissues. The Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration (CWHTR) is a unique community of scientists and clinicians devoted to the study of injury, wound healing, and regeneration. The Laboratory of Applied Dental Biomaterials and Interfaces is a NIH funded center studying the properties of the tooth in order to develop reparative/regenerative biomaterials to replace lost tooth structure.

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April 15, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
UIC College of Dentistry
801 S. Paulina St.
Chicago , IL 60612
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