Pumps & Pipes - Methodist DeBakey Heart Center, ExxonMobil, UH team to explore shared technologiesHouston, TX - 11/12/2007
Much like moving oil through a pipeline, the heart must pump blood through the body. In a collaborative effort between Houston’s largest industries, an event bringing together petroleum, medical and imaging experts will explore potential crossover ideas and extract shared technologies useful to each industry.
The Pumps & Pipes conference, sponsored by the Methodist DeBakey Heart Center, ExxonMobil and the University of Houston, will be held at University of Houston campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12, 2007.
The presentations and discussions will explore issues common to the medical and oil and gas industries. The goal of the conference is to stimulate dialogue among participants in the medical and oil fields, leading to the formulation of new ideas and the sharing of new technologies between these industries that face similar challenges, even if on different scales.
Pumps & Pipes will provide common language and terminology to all parties, as well as provide a platform to discuss the hurdles facing each discipline. Talks will focus on anatomy, pathophysiology, how the petroleum industry maintains flow in the pipeline infrastructure, and other topics with potential crossover. The audience will include researchers from medical device manufacturers, computer scientists, imaging specialists, physicists and engineers from academia; geologists, physicists and researchers from the oil and gas industry; and vascular biologists, researchers and physicians interested in cardiovascular disease.
“This meeting is not limited to the hydraulics of the heart and of oil pumps and pipes,” said Dr. Alan B. Lumsden, vascular surgeon at the Method