Crossover of medicine and energy

November 28, 2008 at 3:58 pm Leave a comment

Pumps & Pipes Conference, Dec. 8, 2008, Houston

Pumps & Pipes is a unique collaborative effort between two of the nation’s largest industries – medicine and energy. Much like moving oil through a pipeline, the heart must pump blood through the body. Both need clean, well-functioning pipes (or blood vessels).  Both need to prevent blockages of those pipes.  Both must function with incredible efficiency.  Both are crucial to our nation’s economy and future.  However only in Texas could we do this, home to the world’s largest medical center and home base to the world’s top energy companies. 

The goal of the Pumps & Pipes conference on Dec. 8, 2008, in Houston, is to stimulate discussion, spark ideas and share new technologies between these industries that face similar challenges, even if on a very different scale. Hosts are the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, ExxonMobil and the University of Houston. 

Talks will focus on the use of robots in pipelines and in medicine, well imaging vs. intravascular imaging, membranes and filters, the use of nanotechnology across both industries, as well as other topics with potential crossover. The audience includes imaging specialists, computer scientists, researchers from medical device manufacturers, physicists and engineers from academia; geologists, physicists and researchers from the oil and gas industry; and vascular biologists, researchers and clinicians specializing in cardiovascular disease.

Program Directors:
Alan B. Lumsden, MD, Chair, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, The Methodist Hospital and the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center

Bill E. Kline, PhD, Manager of Wells and Materials Division, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

Ioannis Kakadiaris, PhD, Eckhard Pfeiffer Professor, University of Houston

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