Speaker Biographies


Symposium on Physiological Monitoring

 February 21, 2008

Plenary Speakers

Catherine Carver, MS, ANP, CDE received her BS from Northeastern University College of Nursing and an MS from Boston College, School of Nursing.  She has a Registration in Nursing, is an Adult Nurse Practitioner, and a Certified Diabetes Educator.  Catherine is presently the Director of Patient Care and New Program Development at the Joslin Clinic in Boston, Massachusetts. Ms. Carver has held positions in the area of diabetes management and research as Senior Director of Clinical Research at Argose, Inc in Waltham, Massachusetts, as a Senior Product Manager of US professional Marketing for Abbott Laboratories, and as a Vice President of Programs at the American Diabetes Association in Massachusetts. She is past board member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Baystate Chapter and a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Howard Wolpert, MD is Senior Physician and Director of the Diabetes Technology Translation Program at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. He is actively involved in clinical investigation of new diabetes technologies and is at present principal investigator in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation multi-center randomized controlled trial on real-time continuous glucose monitoring.

Apostolos Doukas, Ph.D., his Ph.D. in Physics from the City University of New York 1977.

1979-1985 Assistant Director and Associate Professor, The Institute for Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers, Department of Physics, The City College of New York

1985-1990 Associate Professor and Head of the Physics Division, School of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

1990-present Wellman Laboratories of Photomedicine, Associate Physicist, Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School

Tianmei Ouyang, Ph.D.

Abbott Diabetes Care


Ph.D., Tufts University, Medford, MA

MS & BS, Nankai University, P.R. China


More than 14 years of research experience in glucose monitoring company, 8 years in LifeScan, Johnson & Johnson, 2 years in Therasense and 4 years in ADC (Abbott Diabetes Care), more than 20 publications and patents in medical and medical devices/diagnostic products discovery and development.


In 1998, Received Johnson & Johnson Philip B. Hoffman Research Scientist Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Research and Development presented by the Chairman of the Board of Johnson & Johnson Company                                                                                                             

In 2006, received a Volwiler Society Award at Associate Research Fellow Level from Abbott Laboratories

Kenneth Bradley is Vice-President, Development of Haemonetics Corporation.  In this role, he is managing research and the development of laser-based products for health care, materials science, and other applications.  He has previously served in positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of product-development, business development and general-management at technology-based companies including Nanophase Technologies Corporation, Morningstar, Inc., and Schlumberger, Ltd.  His original areas of research employed neutron scattering to determine the structure and dynamics of complex molecular systems.  His publications have presented advances in the understanding of hydrogen-bonding in water, phase transitions in plastic crystals, spatially-constrained formation of micelles, and the dynamics of protein molecules’ structural response to variations their hydrogen-bond environment.  He earned his A.B. in Physics from Cornell University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in experimental condensed matter physics from Brown University.  He has held research positions as a post-doctoral fellow at M.I.T. and at Argonne National Laboratory.

WPI Technology Presentations

Edward (Ted) A. Clancy received the B.S. degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), all in Electrical Engineering.  He has worked in industry for medical instrumentation and analysis companies interested in EMG, EEG, ECG, powered upper limb prosthetics, ergonomics and blood pressure; and the defense industry (aircraft instruments and radar).  He is currently an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and of Biomedical Engineering at WPI.  He teaches in the areas of analog and digital circuit design, signal processing and biomedical engineering.  He is interested in signal processing, stochastic estimation, system identification and instrumentation, particularly as applied to problems in medical engineering and human rehabilitation.

Robert Peura, Ph.D. is a Professor in the department of Biomedical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and founder of VivaScan, a non-invasive glucose monitoring research company.  Dr. Peura received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University. He is a Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers and an IEEE Fellow. He holds six patents dealing with noninvasive glucose and physiological measurements

Christopher R. Lambert, Ph.D., is a Research Associate Professor at the Bioengineering Institute at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).  He is co-founder of Active Surface Technologies. Professor Lambert earned a Ph.D. from the University of Paisley in Scotland, and spent two years in a post-doctoral position at the Center for Fast Kinetics in Austin, Texas.  He then spent five years in Manchester, UK at the Christie Hospital and Holt Radium Institute.  In 1993 he joined the Harvard Medical School, Wellman Laboratories of Photomedicine and in 2000 joined Argose Inc., a research company dedicated to the development of a non invasive glucose monitor.   He has over 40 peer reviewed publications and three issued patents.

Professor Peder C. Pedersen has worked in the area of medical and physical ultrasound for almost 30 years. His areas of expertise include mobile ultrasound systems, 3D ultrasound imaging systems and associated image enhancement techniques, development of injury-mimicking ultrasound phantoms and ultrasound training systems, ultrasound in pulmonary medicine, analytic modeling techniques for pulse echo ultrasound, and non-invasive methods for atherosclerotic plaque classification (“vulnerable” plaque. Professor Pedersen has published widely, with almost 30 journals papers, a large number of conference papers, two patents granted and several patents applied for. Professor Pedersen is a senior member of IEEE, member of American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), American Acoustical Society (ASA), and American Telemedicine Association (ATA).

Professor Pedersen received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Aalborg Engineering College, Aalborg, Denmark, in 1971, and the M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering from University of Utah, Salt Lake City, in 1974 and 1976, respectively. In October 1987 he joined the faculty at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA where he is a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

R James Duckworth, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is the Principal Investigator for the WPI Precision Personnel Locator system and CO-PI on the TATRC pulse-oximeter project. His main research and teaching focus is on the design of embedded computer systems. He has authored or co-authored over 40 technical papers and presentations, has published a book on digital logic design, and has two patents. Dr Duckworth is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and a member of ION, BCS, and IEE.

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