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Disruptive Technologies in Medicine: Preparing Medical Students For The Future!

At Semmelweis Medical School in Budapest, we launched a new course, “Disruptive Technologies in Medicine” with Professor Maria Judit Molnar MD, PhD, DSc, the scientific Vice Rector of Semmelweis University in 2014. I’m very happy to share that we launched it again this semester.

Our plan is to prepare medical students for those future technologies they will face by the time they start actually practicing medicine. We need to give future physicians skills that help deal with the coming waves of technological changes in a way that they will learn how to improve the human touch with better technologies.

Here are the topics we cover with experts.

  • How Exponential and Disruptive Technologies Shape The Future of Medicine
  • Personalized Medicine – Genomic Health
  • Point of Care Diagnostics
  • The Future of Medical Imaging
  • Social Media in Medicine
  • Harnessing Big Data in Healthcare, Cognitive Computers
  • The Future of Hospitals
  • Biotechnology and Gene Therapy
  • Mobile Health, The Wearable Revolution and Telemedicine
  • Regenerative Medicine, Optogenetics and 3D Printing
  • Medical Robotics, Bionics, Virtual Reality, and Future of Medical Technologies

We are teaching them offline and online at the same time with plenty of assignments and interesting projects such as collaboration with the students of the course of Kim Solez at University of Alberta.

Students compete against each other in a Facebook challenge by answering questions about the topics we cover in the lectures every single day.

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KConnect: multi-lingual medical text analysis and search service

My good friends at Precognox.com who designed the search engine behind Webicina.com as well just came up with a great new project. KConnect is a multi-lingual medical text analysis and search service. Check it out!

The new state-of-the-art medical information search services have the ability to empower healthcare and life science professionals and the public alike. The search services can provide the fastest and most relevant medical support information available from which users can make the best-informed decisions.

The search services have been made ‘intelligent’ by understanding the meaning/context/intent of user queries. The very best in medical information is made more findable by the fact that the semantic search is not just based on query keywords but also on related concepts and contexts.

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Singularity University’s Global Impact Competition in Central Europe

Singularity University’s Global Impact Competition just took place in Central and Eastern Europe and the winner is Lukasz Mlodyszewski from Poland who designed an application for Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Project DreamJay aims at generating nice dreams that can overwrite dreams related to PTSD. He won a chance with this to attend the Graduate Program this summer.

Some details about the competition:

Global Impact Competitions are annual competitions held in partnership with sponsor organizations worldwide and organized by geography and theme. These competitions act as a platform to identify outstanding entrepreneurs, leaders, scientists and engineers with the most innovative ideas for positively impacting millions of lives locally and globally within the next 3-5 years. The winner of each competition is invited to attend the Graduate Studies Program (GSP) free of charge.

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Watch A Robot Drawing Blood From Patient

About a year ago, I wrote about a robot prototype made by a company based in California that aims at combining robotics and image-analysis technology so then it can find a good vein in your arm and also draw blood. Well, it seems now it became reality.

Top 10 Medical Campaigns in Crowdfunding!

One of the best things about the online world and social media is that you can crowdfund your idea if you don’t have the financial background. Websites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo have been working on that and I thought I would collect the 10 most exciting and successful medical crowdfunding campaigns.

It includes health and food scanners, smart rope and robotic hands as well.

Medtech Boston’s 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovators

It is a huge honor to be included in Medtech Boston’s 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovators list. The reason why being included in such lists is a big opportunity is I can connect to 39 individuals who think about the future of medicine progressively.

See the whole list here.

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Printing Liver, Kidney and Skin Tissue

When Organovo announced they would print out liver tissues that could eradicate the use of animal testing for pharmaceutical companies, I had doubts. Then they came up with the actual product. Not long ago, they announced the first 3D bioprinted kidney tissue.

At the conference, Organovo presented their latest research, 3D printed a part of the duct system attached to the kidney, “kidney proximal tubular tissues“, using multiple cell types. Moreover, the tissue was able to survive in vitro for two weeks. This specific portion of the kidney may aid in the testing of medicines and the fact that they are made up of three different cell types will contribute to that application further, as well as provide a stepping stone to even more complex tissues.

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Now, they teamed up with L’Oreal to produce synthetic skin.

The partnership will undergo three different phases: the initial development of the 3D printed skin tissue models, followed by validation, followed by commercial supply. Each step is contingent on L’Oreal’s decision of whether or not to move onto the next phase, as determined based on a set of performance criteria.

In about one and a half years time, they have gone from an announcement to a product and two new directions. What will we see in the next one and a half years?

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