The Bioengineering Institute of California is a major academic organization that involves all ten University of California (UC) campuses with focused research in developing the latest technologies to promote human health. This large academic unit hosts an Annual UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium that includes the bioengineering departments and programs of all ten campuses, and is the premier bioengineering event in the UC system.
The overall goal of the Symposium is to bring together the bioengineering faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate students from the ten UC campuses to exchange research findings, establish collaborations, and develop and accelerate the development of biomedical technologies to improve the detection, treatment, and prevention of disease and to enhance human health. Moreover, this conference specifically focuses on providing a unique opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to present their work in a nurturing environment.
The theme for the 18th Annual UC Systemwide Bioengineering symposium is “Translating Discovery into Health Technologies”, and will be held at the University of California, Los Angeles on June 28-30, 2017. This Symposium is the 18th of a series that started in 2000 by the collective action of the bioengineering programs of all UC campuses. Starting in 2000 at UC Davis with 100 participants, the Symposia have rotated through UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley, UCSD, UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, UCLA, UCSF, UC Riverside, and the newest campus UC Merced in 2009. The second cycle started again in UC Davis in 2010 following the same sequence, with the attendees growing to nearly 400 at UC Berkeley in 2012. Faculty members, postdoctoral scholars, and students look forward to attending the Symposium, where they enjoy intellectual exchange, as well as networking with colleagues from other campuses, and guest participants from industry, government, and other institutions. The motto of the Symposium is ‘‘Ten campuses united as one, learning and growing together’’. The Symposia has led to fruitful research collaborations and long-lasting student interactions and learning. There is no other multi-campus symposium in a university system with comparable extent of participation or degrees of continuity and growth.