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The Program at a Glance
Who: Two Universities,one Research Center and one Medical Center  
Where: Heraklion and Chania, Crete  
When: Applications are now open and close on July 2,2021. Lectures start during the last week of September 2021 
Duration/Credits: 15 Months (90 ECTS) or 24 Months (120 ECTS)  

Odysseas - Ioannis Zoras (Chairman of the Advisory Board) 


Ufficiale dell’ ordine della Stella della Repubblica Italiana. Professor of Surgical Oncology, School of Medicine, University of Crete, President of the Hellenic Open University, Dean of Medical School in the University of Crete Greece (2007-2011), Rector of the University of Crete (2016 – 2019) Prof. Zoras᾽ research focuses on Melanoma, Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Breast Cancer, Liver metastasectomies and Colorectal cancer


Board Member of the European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO) (2014 - 2018)
Board of Directors member of the Hellenic Surgical Society

Honorary member of the Israelian Society of Surgical Oncology
Guest Professor Shanxi Medical University, China
Associate Editor of the European Journal of Surgical Oncology (EJSO) 
Co-Chair of the European Middle East Advisory Board of the journal: Annals of Surgical Oncology (former)
Member of the Editorial Board of the “Annals of Surgical Oncology” Journal, section “Bone and soft tissue sarcomas” (former)
Member of the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) (member of the International Committee) since 1996
Member of the WHO Melanoma Programme since 1992
Past President of the Hellenic Society of Surgical Oncology (HSSO)


Metin Akay

Founding chair of the new Biomedical Engineering Department and the John S. Dunn professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Houston.Dr. Akay has played a key role in promoting biomedical education in the world by writing and editing several books, editing several special issues of prestigious journals, including the Proc. of IEEE, and giving more than hundred keynote, plenary and invited talks at international conferences, symposiums and workshops regarding emerging technologies in biomedical engineering. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the Biomedical Engineering Book Series published by the Wiley and IEEE Press and the Wiley Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering. He is also the editor of the Neural Engineering Handbook published by Wiley/IEEE Press and the first steering committee chair of the IEEE Trans on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics


IEEE EMBS Early Career and Service award
IEEE Third Millenium Medal

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Yves Bayon PhD

Yves Bayon, PhD & MBA, Chief Scientist (Medtronic, France) has held various missions, including implementation of porcine collagen manufacturing line and development of medical devices for soft tissue repair.Its with His missions have expanded with Medtronic from 2015: cross-functional activities with expert roles & access to public funding. More recently and in addition to biomaterials/implants development, he is committed to the digital transformation of Surgical Innovations, a Medtronic Business unit he has also external activities: GTech member (Lyonbiopole), scientific advisor of start-ups. 


Perry Frederick, MSEE, EMBA

Senior Director for Strategic Research in Europe for GE Healthcare –  a leading global medical technology and life sciences company providing a broad portfolio of products, solutions and services used in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of patients and in the development and manufacture of biopharmaceuticals.  Responsible for initiating and growing sustainable collaborative research relationships via leadership of Regional Research Managers covering Europe, Russia, and the Middle East in addition to Clinical Research Scientists supporting relevant sponsored studies. Plays an essential role in delivering evidence for GE Healthcare’s strategic research needs. Previous positions/experience include: ‘88-‘91 – Edison Engineering Program; ‘91-‘97 – MR Product Development Manager; ‘97-‘02 European Product Marketing Manager; ‘02-‘09 – Strategic Account Director, Stanford University; ‘10-‘17 – Regional Academic Research Manager, US West Coast. Presentations at numerous Med Tech Society meetings; several patents in Healthcare Imaging and IT-related domains.


Ali Khademhosseini

He is the Director and CEO of the Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation (TIBI) and Amazon Researcher. He was the Levi Knight Professor of Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering and Radiology at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). He was the Founding Director of the Center for Minimally Invasive Therapeutics at UCLA. He joined UCLA starting Nov. 2017 from Harvard University where he was Professor at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and faculty at the Harvard-MIT’s Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and as well as associate faculty at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. At Harvard University, he directed the Biomaterials Innovation Research Center (BIRC) a leading initiative in making engineered biomedical materials.Prof. Khademhosseini is a leader in applying bioengineering solutions to precision medicine. For example, he has developed numerous techniques in controlling the behavior of patient-derived cells to engineer artificial tissues and cell-based therapies. He is also developing ‘organ-on-a-chip’ systems that aim to mimic human physiology and pathology to enable patient-specific evaluation of drug candidates. He has edited multiple books / journal special issues and is an author on >500 peer-reviewed journal articles, editorials and review papers, >60 book chapters/edited books and >20 patent/disclosure applications.  He has been cited >60,000 times and has an H-index of 109. Also, he has given over >250 invited seminars and keynote lectures. Annually for the past four years he has been selected by Thomson Reuters as one of the World’s Most Influential Minds as a Highly Cited Researcher.


APSIH Scholar Award
Acta Biomaterialia Silver Medal
IEEE EMBS William J. Morlock Award
Society for Biomaterials Clemson Award
Biomaterials Outstanding Paper Award
Nano-Micro Letters Researcher Award
Khwarizmi Prize
Materials Research Society (MRS) Kavli Early Career Award in Nanoscience
Coulter Foundation Early Career Award

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Antonios G. Mikos

Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University. He is the Director of the National Institutes of Health Center for Engineering Complex Tissues, the Director of the Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering, and the Director of the J.W. Cox Laboratory for Biomedical Engineering at Rice UniversityProf. Mikos is recognized for his research on the synthesis, processing, and evaluation of new biomaterials for use as scaffolds for tissue engineering, as carriers for controlled drug delivery, as non-viral vectors for gene therapy, and as platforms for modeling disease. His work has led to the development of novel orthopaedic, dental, cardiovascular, neurologic, and ophthalmologic biomaterials.He is the author of over 580 publications and 29 patents. He is the editor of 15 books and the author of one textbook (Biomaterials: The Intersection of Biology and Materials Science, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008). Mikos is among the top one percent most cited researchers in his field. He has been cited over 68,000 times and has an h-index of 137.


Lifetime Achievement Award of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society-Americas
Founders Award and the Clemson Award for Contributions to the Literature of the Society For Biomaterials
Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Lecturer Award
Shu Chien Achievement Award
Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal,
Excellence in Surface Science Award of the Surfaces in Biomaterials Foundation,
Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research
James E. Bailey Award in Biological Engineering of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers,
Meriam/Wiley Distinguished Author Award of the American Society for Engineering Education,
Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Engineering of the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas,
Marshall R. Urist Award for Excellence in Tissue Regeneration Research of the Orthopaedic Research Society,
Distinguished Scientist Award - Isaac Schour Memorial Award of the International Association for Dental Research,
Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award of Purdue University.

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C. L. Max Nikias

Malcolm R. Currie Chair in Technology and the Humanities and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Classics of the University of Southern California (USC). Holder of the Malcolm R. Currie Chair in Technology and the Humanities, President Emeritus and a Life Trustee of USC. He has been at USC since 1991, and in addition to his work as a professor, has served as founding director of the Integrated Media Systems Center, an NSF Engineering Research Center (1995-2001), dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering (2001-2005), provost and executive vice president (2005-2010), and president (2010-2018).Prof. Nikias is recognized internationally for his pioneering research on digital signal processing, digital media systems, and biomedicine. The U.S. Department of Defense has adopted a number of his innovations and patents in sonar, radar, and communication systems. He has authored more than 275 journal articles and conference papers, three textbooks, and eight patents, and has mentored more than 30 Ph.D. and postdoctoral scholars.

American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow

National Academy of Engineering Member
National Academy of Inventors Charter Fellow
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Life Fellow
American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
IEEE Simon Ramo Medal
State University of New York at Buffalo Distinguished Alumni Award and Clifford C. Furnas Memorial Award
Republic of Cyprus Aristeia medal
USC Black Alumni Association Thomas Kilgore Service Award
California Governor Commendation for cutting-edge Research

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Demetri Psaltis

Professor and Director of Optics Laboratory, EPFL. He joined EPFL in 2007, as Dean of School of Engineering, (2007 -2016). Former positions: Director, DARPA Center for Optofluidic Integration, (2004-2008). Thomas G. Myers, Professor of Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, (1996 –2008). Visiting Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2003-2004). Director, National Science Foundation Center for Neuromorphic Systems Engineering, California Institute of Technology, (1996 –1999).Prof. Psaltis is recognized for his pioneering research holographic storage and optical information processing, photonics and optofluidics engineering and biophotonics. He is an author of >500 publications in refereed journals, >29 book chapters/edited books, and >78 patent/disclosure applications and has mentored more than 60 Ph.D. and postdoctoral scholars. His work has been cited >35,000 times and has an h-index of 92.


OSA –Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize
OSA –Emmett N. Leith Medal.
SPIE Dennis Gabor Award.
Humboldt Research Award for Senior U. S. Scientists.
NASA Space Act Award.
International Commission of Optics (ICO) Prize for contributions in Optical Information Processing

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Christina Triantafyllou, Ph.D.

Head of Marketing in Improving Patient Experience at Siemens Healthineers. Christina holds a Ph.D. in the field of Medical Physics from Kings College, University of London, UK. Prior to joining Siemens she held appointments as faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and as the Associate Director of the Imaging Center at the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, U.S. Her academic and research career focused on ultra-high-field MRI and neuroimaging. In 2012 she joined Siemens Healthineers as the Director of Global Ultra High Field (UHF) Business Management in the MR Business Line, thereafter, transitioning to positions as Director of UHF Product Relationship Management and Global Director of UHF MR Solutions. In these roles she focused on business strategy, KOL-based collaboration projects in MR innovation/clinical translation, and product management for the first worldwide clinical 7T MR system.


Finalist for the Deutscher Zukunftspreis, The Federal President’s award for Innovation and
Technology, Germany, 2019.
‘Infinite Mile Award’ for Outstanding Achievement, Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice President for Research and Associate Provost, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA.
Member of professional scientific societies (International Society for Magnetic Resonance in
Medicine (ISMRM), European Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Organization for Human Brain Mapping
Board member of High Field Systems & Applications Study Group, ISMRM
Advisory Board member The Beryl Institute
Member of Women in Science (ISMRM)
Mentor in the Step Up network at Siemens Healthineers.