Past Innovation Forums


October 15-16, 2015: NanoBio Summit
Program Booklet


April 8, 2014: Mathematical Biology
Read about the April 2014 Interdisciplinary Innovation Forum here.
Dr. Emmanuele DiBenedetto, Centennial Professor of Mathematics, Vanderbilt University Dr. Hassan Fathallah-Shaykh, Associate Professor of Neurology and Mathematics, UAB Dr. James Keener, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering, University of Utah Dr. Philip Maini, Professor of Mathematical Biology (by Recognition of Distinction), Oxford University, England


May 14, 2013: Middle-Infrared Laser Technologies for Environment, Health, and Medicine
Dr. Frank Tittel, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University
Dr. Sergey Mirov, UAB Department of Physics
Dr. Victor John Thannickal, UAB Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine
Dr. Veena Antony, UAB Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine

April 26, 2013: Interdisciplinary Team Presentations

January 16, 2013: Quantum Computers
Dr. Marko Lončar, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Harvard University
  • Diamond Nanophotonics and Quantum Optics
Dr. Gopi Samudrala, UAB Department of Physics Dr. Murat Tanik, UAB Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


October 9, 2012: Genes and Cultures: Models of Interaction
Biographical Sketches of Speakers
Dr. William W. Dressler, Department of Anthropology, University of Alabama Dr. Mike Kalish, Institute of Cognitive Sciences, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Dr. Lori Cormier, UAB Department of Anthropology

September 25, 2012: Music Technology: Virtual Spaces
Dr. Uday Vaidya, Director, UAB Materials Processing and Application, Development (MPAD) Composites Center Christophe E. Jackson, PhD Candidate, Performance Arts Medicine, Co-director Save New Orleans Sound, Co-chair Development Performance Arts Medicine Association

August 21, 2012: Interdisciplinary Innovations in Simulations and Virtual Reality
Jack Norfleet, US Army RDECOM Marjorie White and Claire Peel, UAB School of Medicine/Children's of Alabama and Office of Interprofessional Simulation for Innovative Clinical Practice Cali Fidopiastis, UAB School of Health Professions James R. Patterson, UAB Department of Chemistry Bharat Soni, Jeff Kerby, and Christopher Lowther, UAB Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Medicine, and Art and Art History

July 31, 2012: Cyber Security Research and Development; Something for Everyone
June 5, 2012: Big Data Forum
Dr. Jonas Almeida, Department of Pathology, UAB School of Medicine Dr. Joanne S. Luciano, Tetherless World Constellation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Dr. Hermant K. Tiwari, UAB School of Public Health Dr. Tony Skjellum, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, UAB College of Arts and Sciences

May 29, 2012: Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomic Health Care
R. Lynn Holt, MS, CGC, Assistant Professor and Director UAB Genetic Counseling Program Dr. Bruce R. Korf, UAB Department of Genetics Dr. Nita A. Limdi, UAB Departments of Neurology and Epidemiology Dr. Belinda Needham, UAB Department of Sociology Dr. Nathaniel H. Robin, UAB Department of Genetics and Pediatrics

April 17, 2012: Regenerative Medicine
Dr. Timothy M. Wick, Chair, BMD and Co-Director of the BERM Center
  • "Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine: Potential and Progress"
Dr. Gregory Pence, Professor, UAB Department of Philosophy
  • "Ethical Issues in Bringing New Medical Technology to Reality"
Joel Dobbs, MPH, Executive in Residence in Entrepreneurship, UAB School of Business
  • "The Economics of Innovative New Therapies"
Dr. Brigitta Brott, Division of Cardiovascular Disease, UAB Department of Medicine
  • "The Heart of Cardiac Regeneration"
Dr. Andrew Penman, Vice President, Drug Development, Southern Research Institute
  • "The Potential of Microphysiological Systems to Accelerate Drug Development"

March 13, 2012: "Innovations in Drug Delivery"
Dr. Arthur J. Tipton, Evonik Degussa Corporation, Birmingham, AL Dr. Veena Anthony, UAB Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine Dr. Ken Hoyt, UAB Department of Radiology Dr. Eugenia Kharlampieva, UAB Department of Chemistry
  • Polymer Capsules as "Intelligent" Delivery Carriers
Dr. Derrick Dean, UAB Department of Materials Science and Engineering

January 24, 2012: New Energy Sources and Global Demand
Robin Miles, M.S., M.B.A., Lawrence Livermore National Lab, CA Dr. David Morrow, UAB Department of Philosophy
  • New Energy Sources—Climate Change and Global Poverty
Dr. Renato Camata, UAB Department of Physics