Honorary Life Members 2015

The 10 Honorary Life Members for 2015 are:

Professor Makoto KIKUCHI

Prof. Makoto Kikuchi has made extensive contributionsto the developmentof the bioengineering profession worldwide through his extensive professional activities and service with the government. He has also extensive experience in working with industry partners. In recognition of his contribution and leadership, he was elected for the initiative member to start up the Strategy Planning Committeeof the METIS (Medical EngineeringTechnology Industrial Strategy) Consortium in Japan since 2001, and has continued to hold that position up to this moment. From April, 2015 he will be appointed the Project Director of Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development. Makoto Kikuchi served as an International Federation for Medical and BiologicalEngineering (IFMBE) Administrative Council member (1991-1997), Co-Chair and Chair of the Secretaries Committee (1988-1997), Chair of the New Initiatives Working Group (1997-2003), memberof the Finance Committee (2000-2009), Nominating Committee (2000-present), Division for Health Care Technology Assessment (1991-1997), and the Working Group for Asian-Pacific Activities (1997-2009). He served as the Vice-president (2003-2006) and President (2006-2009) of IFMBE. His memberships and board positions in national academic societies included: Vice-president of the Japanese Society for Medical and BiologicalEngineering (JSMBE), and President of the Japan Society for Laser Surgery and Medicine (JSLSM).

Professor Akos JOBBAGY

Prof. Akos Jobbagy dedicated his professional life to science and biomedical engineering and more than ten years to IFBME. His engagement in the Hungarian BME Society and IFMBE made large impact on Biomedical Engineering science and education. Akos was serving as an AC member of the IFMBE from 2006 to 2012. He was the Chair of the fifth the European IFMBE Conference held in Budapest in 2011 and was Honorary Co-chair of the sixth the European IFMBE Conference Dubrovnik in September 2014. He was also a member of the different Committees of IFMBE and IUPESM sponsored conferences Chair of OFMBE Secretaries’ Committee and an active member of different IFMBE bodies. Currently, he is chairing the IFMBE Conference Committee. He was the editor of the proceedings of the fifth the European IFMBE Conference these proceedings are listed among 25 most downloaded Springer books. Prof. Akos Jobbagy graduated Electrical Engineering from Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 1975. He defended his PhD thesis in 1995 at the same University. In 2007, he received Doctorate from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Since then, he worked as a professor at the University, and in 2011 he became the head of the Department for Measurement and Information System, and from 2012 he serves as the Vice rector for Education at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

Professor Fernando INFANTOSI

Fernando Infantosi Graduated in Electronic Engineering from the Mauá School of Engineering (1971), he got his master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1975) and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College of Science Technology Medicine University of London (1986). He is currently Professor of Engineering Coordination of Post Graduate Programs, professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Member of the Brazilian Society of Biomedical Engineering, member of the Administrative Committee of the Regional Council of Biomedical Engineering for Latin America, Body Member editorial of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Member of the editorial board of Medical Engineering and Physics, editorial board member of the Brazilian Journal of Biomedical Engineering, Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Neurology, Administrative Council Member of The International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine. He has a large expertise in Biomedical Engineering with special interest in: Epidemiology, Pattern Recognition, Biological Signal Processing. Fernando Infantosi was serving as an Administrative Council member of the IFMBE for three terms of office and he left a significant mark on the policy and activities of the Federation. His activities and wisdom in the policy matters of IFMBE, in particular in matters of IFMBE Statutes, first as a member and currently as the Chair of the IFMBE Constitution and Bylaws Committee , left an indelible trace in the policy and in the organization of the Federation.

Professor Joseph BARBENEL

Doctor of Philosophy (Bioengineering) University of Strathclyde 1979
Biomedical systems and materials, particularly the natural body cells, tissues and organs.
Interactions between mechanical and biological effects. Biomaterial development and evaluation.


5 (55 chapters in other books)

EAMBES, Past Chair, Div of Societies
IFMBE, Chair of Constitution & Bylaws Committee
IUPESM, Member of Administrative Council
International Faculty for Artificial Organs, Professor

1960: Dental House Surgeon, London Hospital, London U.K.
1960 ‐ 62: Lieutenant/Captain, Royal army dental Corps, Malaya
1962 ‐ 63: General Dental Practice, London
1963 ‐ 66: Student, University of St. Andrews
1966 ‐ 67: Student, Bioengineering Unit, University of Strathclyde
1967 ‐ 69: Lecturer, Department of Dental Prosthetics, Dental School and Hospital, University of Dundee
1970 ‐ 2001: Bioengineering Unit, University of Strathclyde
Head of Department (1992‐98)
Vice Dean (Research) Faculty of Engineering (1997‐2001)

Fellow of: Inst of Physics, Inst of Biology, Inst of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, Royal Society of Edinburgh
President’s Medal, Society of Cosmetic Scientists (1994)
Inaugural Paul Beiersdoft Lecture, ISBS Zurich (1996)
Lifetime Achievement Award, European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, 2002
Founding Fellow, EAMBES

Professor Laura ROA

Laura M. Roa is Full Professor of Systems and Automatics Engineering at the University of Seville. Her research topics link physiology, computational modeling, systems engineering, and ICT. Her earliest contributions were focused on the application of system dynamics approaches to the modeling of physiological systems, being recognized for the development of diagnostic evaluation procedures and resuscitation therapies for critically burned patients, or the optimization of dialysis dosage in end-stage renal disease. Her research profile has been widely influenced by the ICT revolution, with interests that have evolved with the paradigms of personalized and preventive medicine, and including topics such as multi-scale computational modeling, systems biology, smart biomedical sensors for mHealth, bioelectromagnetics, ambient-assisted living, or the interoperability of eHealth systems. She has authored over 350 scientific contributions, including papers in national and international journals, peer-reviewed papers in conference proceedings, book chapters and patents. As a scholar, she has supervised 10 PhD Thesis and a number of Degree and MSc Thesis. Her ability to lead multidisciplinary workgroups, with the collaboration of both biomedical engineers and MDs, is availed by her participation as principal investigator in over 20 R&D projects. Prof. Roa has been a prime mover in the expansion and promotion of Biomedical Engineering in the international scene, and especially in Europe and Spain. She participated in the inception of EAMBES and she has belonged to the Executive Committee of the Spanish Society of Biomedical Engineering since 1984, serving in the positions of Secretary General, President, and currently Past President. She has served in the program committees and scientific committees of over 50 international conferences co-sponsored by the IFMBE and other scientific societies. She was the Conference Chair and the Editor of the Proceedings of the XIII Mediterranean MBE Conference held in Seville in 2013. Prof. Roa is a Fellow of the International Academy for Medical and Biological Engineering Sciences (IAMBES), Founding Fellow of EAMBES, Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and a member of the Royal Medical Academy of Seville, Spain.

Professor Miguel CADENA

Miguel Cadena studied Engineering in Communications and Electronics at the National Polytechnic Institute in Cd. De Mexico. He earned a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis Missouri, USA. Currently, he is a Research Professor at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Iztapalapa (UAM-I) from 1974 to date with secondment to the Department of Electrical naval engineering in the area of research in Biomedical Engineering and Instrumentation Research Center and Medical Imaging in Cd . of Mexico. He is the Founder of the undergraduate and graduate in Biomedical Engineering program in 1974 and 1982, respectively, in the UAM-I. He is also a co-author of 5 textbooks specialized in the fields of medical instrumentation and digital processing of biomedical signals. M. Cadena was first Vice President and then President of the Mexican Society of Biomedical Engineering in 1994-1997. He was President of CORAL (Regional Council of Biomedical Engineering for Latin America associated with the IEEE-EMBS and IFMBE) in 2008-2010. M. Cadena contributed a lot to building close relationship of IFMBE and CORAL and he is an active member of the IFMBE Industry Working Group.

Professor Gerhard ARTMANN

Gerhard M. Artmann graduated in Physics from the University of Dresden in 1974, accomplished his PhD in Physics in 1988 at the RWTH Aachen. His Habilitation (Dr. sc.) in 1998 promoted him for a professor position at his current university. He chairs the Institute for Bioengineering with key expertise in Bioengineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Genetics, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, and Biomechanics. Internationally he chairs the IFMBE working group Cell and Stem Cell Engineering for a number of years. In September 2014, Artmann organized and chaired the 9th International Conference on Cell and Stem Cell Engineering held in Aachen, Germany. He worked for several years with Prof. Y.C. Fung und Prof. Shu Chien, UCSD, USA. In 1993, he was guest professor at the Fudan University and in 1998, Advisory Professor at the Chongqing University, China. He became Adjunct Professor at the Drexel University, Philadelphia, in 2004 and at the University College London in 2007. His scientific work was published in various peer reviewed international journals. He published the book “Bioengineering in Cell and Tissue Research”, Springer 2008 and “Engineering Stem Cells” in 2011.

Professor Depei LIU

Dr. De-Pei Liu is a professor at State Key Laboratory of Medical Molecular Biology, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS) & Peking Union Medical College (PUMC). He graduated with a Ph.D. from CAMS & PUMC in 1986, completed his Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of California, San Francisco, and was promoted to Professor of CAMS & PUMC in 1992. Dr. Liu’s research expertise is molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular diseases, gene regulation and gene therapy. He has investigated the multi-level gene transcriptional regulation and targeted gene correction using the canonic hemoglobin gene clusters as model system. His recent series work on SIRT family has discovered the beneficial effect and the working mechanisms of caloric restriction on cardiovascular system. Till now, he has published more than 200 original research articles and invited reviews, which have been cited more than 3000 times. He has received three items of awards of Advance of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Health, P.R.China and one item of award of the National Natural Sciences. He is also a member of Chinese Academy of Engineering, member of Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, USA, and member of Third World Academy of Sciences. Professor Depei Liu served in the IFMBE Administrative Council for two terms of office from 2003-2009. He was the Chair of the World Congress in Medical Physics and biomedical Engineering which was held in Beijing, China, in June 2012. He is also a member of the IUPESM Administrative Council.

Professor Monique FRIZE

Prof. Monique Frize is Professor in Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University, with a joint appointment in School of Information Technology and Engineering, University of Ottawa. Monique is well known to the IFMBE members as the Chair of the IFMBE Women in Biomedical Engineering Committee. She has organized events discussing the position of women in BME and in engineering generally on numerous conferences, and her work has already been recognized by Honorary Membership in Women in Science & Engineering (W.I.S.E.) and by Advocacy Award by Women in Trades and Technology (WITT). In the organization of the World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, to be held in Toronto, Canada in 2015, Monique is deeply involved in the Scientific Committee and in the Program Committee. Monique is representative of the Northern American societies affiliated to the IFMBE in the IFMBE Administrative Council.

Professor Per ASK

Professor Per Ask has headed the Division of Physiological Measurements at the Depertment of Biomedical Engineering, Linköping University, Sweden since 1999 but became full professor in 1989. His research profile is model driven flow estimation using ultrasound and bioacoustic techniques, mainly with cardiovascular applications. In 1983 he founded the Cardiovascular Dynamics Research Group together with professors Bengt Wranne (cardiology) and Dan Loyd (fluid dymanics). This group has reached international recognition and its research has proliferated. Today the group consists of a faculty of about 15 biomedical engineering and medical researchers at different departments and divisions with extensive international activities with e.g. a long lasting research cooperation with Stanford University including mutual exchange of researchers. The research on model driven flow estimation using ultrasound and bioacoustic techniques is combined with the biomedical optics research. The division is deeply involved in the Vinnova funded NIMED center of excellence for research cooperation with industry. They are part of the SSF funded (1998-2004) Cortech network of excellence for cardiovascular engineering research. Professor Ask is an author or co-author of about 250 publications, most of them in international journals or proceedings in the field of biomedical engineering. He was the Scientific secretary for the Swedish Association for Medical Engineering and Physics, 2003- , Board Member 1981-1982, 2003-2014. Prof. Per Ask is the Chair of the IUPESM’s Union Journal Committee.