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At Methodist, a glimpse of medical robotics' future

Houston, TX - 6/11/2012

With E3 over, technophiles may be looking for the next big thing. Some of the newest technologies in medicine will be demoed at The Methodist Hospital Research Institute Auditorium on June 13, from 6 to 8 pm, as part of a special robotics-in-medicine event being organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Enterprise Forum of Texas.

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A social networking reception with hors d'oeuvres will precede the main event. More information:

An exoskeleton that allows paraplegics to walk, the disembodied (but functional) arm of NASA's Robonaut 2, the da Vinci Surgical System, and the latest uses of robotics in cardiology, urology, and surgery will be on display. The technologies -- and short presentations from experts on how the technology can be used -- offer a chance to see how the field of medical robotics is changing, and what its future may be.

TMHRI President and CEO Mauro Ferrari will moderate a small panel, including Methodist Institute for Technology, Education, and Innovation Medical Director Brian Dunkin, M.D. and Methodist's Urology Chair Tim Boone, M.D., Ph.D., and Cardiac Electrophysiology Chief Miguel Valderrábano, M.D., as well as University of Houston Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Jose L. Contreras-Vidal, Ph.D., and NASA Johnson Space Center Robonaut Project Manager Myron Diftler, Ph.D.


The MIT Enterprise Forum of Texas (www.MITEFTexas.org) is one of 28 non-profit chapters worldwide, affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Technology Review Magazine in Cambridge, Mass. The organization is comprised of business professionals committed to helping technology based startup companies, organizing educational programs for the Houston community, and providing networking opportunities. Members represent a wide range of industries, and are not solely MIT graduates.

Registration for "New Innovations in Medical Robotics" is required for the general public: https://alum.mit.edu/smarTrans/register-login.vm?eventID=67841HYPERLINK "https://alum.mit.edu/smarTrans/register-login.vm?eventID=67841&groupID=1201"&HYPERLINK "https://alum.mit.edu/smarTrans/register-login.vm?eventID=67841&groupID=1201"groupID=1201


Journalists may attend for free. For parking and other information, please contact David Bricker, The Methodist Hospital, at 832-667-5811, or Michael Mann, the MIT Enterprise Forum of Texas, at mikemann6@gmail.com or 832-409-9222.