KEYNOTE SPEAKERS WISIBA2015

 

 Dr Goh Pik Pin

Director of Clinical Research Centre

Title: Clinical Research in the Ministry of Health

Speaker Profile:

Dr. Goh Pik Pin is the Director of Clinical Research Centre, Ministry of Health, Malaysia. Graduated from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1988, she obtained M. Med (NUS) in 1994, MS (Ophthalmology), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 1995, Master in Public Health /Public Health Ophthalmology, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University in 2001.

She contributed to the launch of Entry Point Project on Clinical Research Malaysia, part of the National Key Economic Areas under the Economic Transformation Program and is one of the directors of Clinical Research Malaysia, a government-owned corporatisation established to promote industry sponsored research in Malaysia.  She is also a member of MOH Medical Research Ethics Committee.

 

 


Prof. Ir. Dr. Ahmad Fadzil Mohamad Hani, FASc, FIEM 

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), UTP
Director of Centre of Intelligent Signal & Imaging Research

Title: Clinical Research in the Ministry of Health

Speaker Profile:

Professor Fadzil is an expert in the area of image processing and computer vision.  His research activities range from fundamental pattern recognition to developing vision applications in the biomedical imaging area such as in retinal vasculature imaging for grading severity of diabetic retinopathy and digital analysis leading to objective assessment for treatment efficacy of ulcer wounds and psoriasis lesions.  His current research challenges are developing new analysis techniques for early osteoarthritis and drug addiction using MRI techniques and bio-optics for skin pigmentation analysis. 

He has authored over 180 research articles in journals and conferences proceedings, granted several patents and won several awards for his work.  He currently heads the Centre for Intelligent Signal & Imaging Research (CISIR), a university centre of excellence under the Mission-Oriented in Biomedical Engineering at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS.

 

 


 Prof Yoko Yamaguchi

Director of Neuroinformatics Japan Center

Title: Brain and Mind Projects

Dr. Yoko Yamaguci began her study on synchronization of oscillations started in 1978 at Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Tokyo under supervisor Hiroshi Shimizu and got Ph.D. in 1986. She stayed at Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University in 1981 as ATOM fellowship, hosted by Yoshiki Kuramoto. In 1982 as research instructor at University of Tokyo, she joined Mizuno-BIOHOLONICS Project, ERATO, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

As an approach of hermeneutics of the brain, visual pattern recognition was hypothesized to be self-organization throughsynchronization of neuronal oscillations. A visual recognition model with synchronizationi was reported in 1985 in Synergetics meeting organized by Herman Haken, prior to the discovery of oscillations in the visual cortex. She moved to Department of Information Sciences, Tokyo Denki University and hadfellowship stay at University of Arizona, hosted by Bruce McNaughton, in Feb –Sep 1998, when the first report of theta phase precession model based on phase-locking of nonlinear oscillations was submitted to ICONIP 1998. In 1999-2005, she was principal investigator of CREST, JST, "Design Theory of Emergent Intelligence  Based on the Information Dynamics in the Hippocampus".

In 2000-2012, she is laboratory head, Lab for Dynamics of Emergent Intelligence, RIKEN Brain Science Institute. In 2012, she became the Director of the Neuroinformatics Japan Center (INCF Japan National Node). In 2014, She joined a national brain research project, "Brain Mapping by Integrated Neurotechnologies for Disease Studies"(Braib/MINDS 2014-2023) to develop neuroinformatics infrastructure for the database and data analysis in the project.

 

  


 Dr David Abbott

INCF Victoria Australia

Title: Improving neuroimaging analysis for clinical research

Dr David Abbott is an experienced physicist-neuroscientist specialising in development and application of advanced neuroimaging techniques for basic & clinical research.

His work includes development and optimisation of image acquisition and analysis methods, paradigm design for brain mapping experiments, and application of these techniques to answer fundamental questions in neuroscience.

He is a leading scientist in the field of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in Australia. Applications include studies of epilepsy, stroke, cerebral palsy, sleep apnoea and glaucoma, and studies of the healthy brain. David has a particular interest in simultaneous EEG / fMRI applied to improve understanding of seizures in epilepsy.

He has published over ninety peer-reviewed publications and these have accumulated more than 4,500 citations. His current publication metrics can be viewed on Google Scholar

David is also the principal author of iBrain™ neuroimaging software.

 

 


Dr. Kenneth Kang

Principal Consultant / CEO
Spectrum Learning Pte Ltd
Ph.D. (Ed. Psych), PGDE (NIE), NGH, QEEG Dip, NFB Trainer (SBCIA)

Title: Neurofeedback

Speaker Profile:

Founder of Spectrum Learning, the first neurofeedback therapy centre in Asia (1995). Over 20 years of experience in the field of education, the first neurofeedback therapist in Asia (from 1995), certified hypnotherapist (NGH), QEEG diplomate (SBCIA), master trainer for neurofeedback (SBCIA) and Biochemistry consultant.

Dr. Kenneth Kang/Spectrum Learning provides clinical intervention for children and adults with learning and developmental disorders, such as ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia and etc. Interventions at Spectrum Learning includes neurofeedback therapy, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, NIR therapy and biochemistry intervention.

Over the years, Dr. Kang has extended his range of intervention to epilepsy, migraine, insomnia, mood disorders, mental deterioration and stress management.

Dr. Kang/Spectrum Learning has developed his own neurofeedback system and NIR therapy equipment. He also distributes the MITSAR QEEG equipment, a range of biochemistry assessment, and health supplements.

Dr. Kenneth Kang setup the Spectrum Biofeedback Certification Institute of Asia to provide certification training practitioners. He has trained many practitioners in this region, Many of

Dr. Kang's students are practicing in hospitals/medical centres or have their private practice. His students also includes researchers in universities. He also helps special needs centres to implement neurofeedback into their intervention program. Dr. Kang's student number grew over the years and the number was sufficient for him to organize Asia's First Neurofeedback Conference in Singapore in January 2015. Conference participants came from 8 countries in Asia.

Dr. Kenneth Kang's students in the region recently setup the Asia Pacific Neuro-biofeedback Association (APNA). Dr. Kenneth Kang is the elected as the President of APNA.

 

  


 Assoc. Prof. Dr Uvais Qidwai

Manager, Kindi Center for Computational Research 
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering

Title: Recent findings in Neurological Data Processing for clinical applications 

Speaker Profile:

Uvais Qidwai received his Ph.D(EE). from the University of Massachusetts–Dartmouth USA in 2001, MS(EE) in 1997 from KFUPM Saudi Arabia, and BS(EE) in 1994 from NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi, Pakistan. He taught in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, Tulane University, in New Orleans as Assistant Professor, and was in-charge of the Robotics lab as well as a research member of Missile Defense Center, during June 2001 to June 2005. He joined the Computer Science and Engineering Department, Qatar University, in FALL of 2005 where he is currently working as Associate Professor. He is also one of the Managers at the Kindi Center for Computational Research at Qatar University and manages interdisciplinary research projects.

His present research interests include Robotics, Signal and Image Processing, Expert Systems design for Industrial Applications, and Intelligent Algorithms for medical informatics. He has participated in several government- and industry-funded projects in the United States, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Singapore, Malaysia, and Pakistan, and has published over 110 papers in reputable journals and conference proceedings.

 

    


 Dr Hiroki Sato

Head of OT group of Hitachi

Title: fNiRs & working memory 

Speaker Profile:

Hiroki Sato has started his carrier in brain science research using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) since 1998 at the University of Tokyo, and received his PhD from Keio University in 2006.

His major career achievements include being a guest researcher at the University of Tuebingen, Germany, from 2013 to 2014.

He is currently a senior researcher of Center for Exploratory Research in Hitachi, Ltd. R&D group, and he promotes basic research in brain science as a team leader to develop new application of NIRS.

 

 

   


 Dr Dennis Jiang

Vice President of Imaging and Therapy Division of Siemens Health Care

Title: Imaging Modalities for brain

Dr. Dennis Jiang is vice president of Imaging & Therapy Division at Siemens Healthcare Sdn Bhd, Malaysia. He received his PhD degree with highest honor in electrical engineering with specialty in biomedical engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.

His previous research interests included inverse problem and intracardiac navigation system. He was also visiting scholar at Simula Research Laboratory in Norway. After completion of a short-term post-doctoral fellowship, Dr. Jiang joined Siemens AG Healthcare Sector in Germany. Before moving to Malaysia, he was in various roles within Siemens such as Research & Development, innovation management, clinical research collaboration and product marketing in different regions.

 

 

 

 

 



 Dr Titus Lanz

Rapid Biomedical, Germany

Title: Optimised RF coils for Applications in MRI

Dr. Titus Lanz is head of the R&D department of RAPID Biomedical. He received his PhD from the Biophysics Department of the University of Wuerzburg. He immediately joined RAPID Biomedical in 1999 as one of its founding members. His expertise is development of RF coils for magnetic resonance at all field strengths, for all nuclei and applications which exactly matches the focus of RAPID Biomedical. Dr. Titus Lanz has been strongly involved in international research collaborations and is a very active member of the ISMRM as author and reviewer of many papers.