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October 08, 2014

18:15 Uhr

Prof. Prof. h.c. Dr. med. Thomas Lenarz 
Tagungspräsident der BMT 2014
Vorsitzender der DGBMT im VDE

18:25 Uhr

Prof. Dr. med. Christopher Baum
Präsident der Medizinischen Hochschule Hannover

18:35 Uhr

Olaf Lies
Niedersächsischer Minister für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Verkehr

18:50 Uh

Festvortrag: „Vom Material zum Implantat“
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. mult. Dr. med. Heinz Haferkamp
Institut für Werkstoffkunde, Leibniz Universität Hannover

19:20 Uhr

Award of the Klee-Price of the DGBMT
Prof. Dr. Olaf Dössel
Vorsitzender des Preisausschusses

19:25 Uhr

Award of the "Patientensicherheit in der Medizintechnik" Price
Prof. Dr. Uvo Hölscher
Vorsitzender des Preisausschusses

19:30 Uhr Get Together  


Keynotes and Plenary Speakers 

October 08, 2014, 08:30 - 09:00

Prof. Dr. Erich Wintermantel
Technische Universität München

Medical Engineering: Intrinsic Interdisciplinarity and Future Tasks 

Professor Erich Wintermantel studied medicine at the University of Tübingen and was a visiting student with Prof. Yasargil, the founder of microneurosurgery at the University Hospital in Zürich from 1977 - 1981. Following his M.D Ph.D. thesis he was a research fellow at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada (Prof. Charles Drake), the University of California Los Angeles (Prof. Bill House and House Ear Research Institute), the University of Montreal (Prof. Jules Hardy) and the University of Toulouse, France (Prof. Guy Lazorthes). After clinical training in neurosurgery with Prof. Loew in Homburg/Saar, in abdominal and orthopedic surgery at university hospitals in Germany, he joined the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich) in 1986 as senior assistant and scientific adjunct in mechanical engineering and lecturer in the design and manufacturing of medical implants and devices. He received his habilitation at ETH Zürich in 1991 in biomaterials science and engineering, and was an invited visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1991 and in 1992 working together with Professor Robert Langer in biomaterials developing novel degradable scaffolds for tissue engineering and drug release systems.

Erich Wintermantel became full Professor at ETH Zurich in 1992 as well as chairman of the Chair of Biocompatible Materials Science and Engineering and he served as Head of the ETH Institute of Construction and Design Engineering from 1995 - 2000. He joined the Technische Universität München (TUM) in 2000 for designing and building up the new Central Institute for Medical Engineering which he headed from 2000 - 2005 and he initiated the new Masters Curriculum in Medical Engineering at TUM, the first one of its kind on university level in Germany. Erich Wintermantel currently holds the Chair of Medical Engineering and is Head of the Institute for Medical and Polymer Engineering at TUM. (


October 08, 2014, 13:45 - 14:15

Prof. Dr. Erwin Hochmair
MED-EL Medical Electronics, Innsbruck, Austria

Cochlear Implants: Past and Current Challenges

Erwin Hochmair studied Electrical Engineering at the Technical University in Vienna (Dipl.Ing. 1964, Dr.techn. 1967).  In the following years he was research assistant there at the Institute of Physical Electronics, where he pursued research on electron beams for microwave applications, on semiconductor devices, and on circuit theory.  He was especially involved in the early stages of the application of CMOS-technology to analog circuits. From 1970 -1972 he was research associate at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, ALA.
In 1975 he started research on Cochlear Implants together with Ingeborg Desoyer (later Ingeborg Hochmair), who had just finished her studies in Electrical Engineering. In 1979 E. and I. Hochmair continued their research at the Stanford University, and from 1981 through 1989 they were consultants for 3M in St. Paul, MN.
After his habilitation in 1980 and continued research on CIs at the TU Vienna he was appointed full Professor for Applied Physics at the University of Innsbruck in 1985.  In 1993 – 1995 he was Dean at the Faculty of Natural Sciences. He emerited in 2009.
In 1989 E. and I. Hochmair established the Med-El Company in Innsbruck, which is now, with approx. 1500 employees, the worldwide second largest CI-manufacturer.
In 2004 he received an honorary doctorate in Medicine from the Technical University of Munich. He is the (co-)author of over 100 scientific articles and over 50 patents.


October 09, 2014, 08:30 - 09:00

Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmitz-Rode
Institute of Applied Medical Engineering, RWTH Aachen University

Cardiovascular Devices and Implants: Patient Customization and Biohybrid Approach

Professor Thomas Schmitz-Rode studied Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University and received a Dipl.-Ing. degree in 1982. After working as an engineer at Symbion GmbH/Inc from 1984-1986, he finished a subsequent study of Human Medicine at RWTH Aachen University with a medical degree in 1988. From 1989 to 2003 he worked successively as resident, senior consultant, chief consultant of the Clinic for Diagnostic Radiology, RWTH Aachen University Hospital (Head: Professor Dr. med. Rolf W. Günther). In 1992 he spent a research fellowship at Dotter Interventional Institute and Research Laboratory, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR, USA.  After receiving habilitation in 1996 and associate professorship in 1999, he was appointed as a Full Professor (C3) for Experimental Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology of the Medical Faculty of RWTH Aachen University in 2003.  Since 2005 Thomas Schmitz-Rode is Full Professor (C4) and director of the Institute of Applied Medical Engineering, which is part of the Helmholtz Institute of RWTH Aachen University.

Professor Schmitz-Rode is a member of the steering committee of the Health Technologies Network, German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), member of the steering committee of the National Strategy Process on Innovation in Medical Technology, vice chairman of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering and vice chairman of the Aachen Center of Competence for Medical Technology.

Among notable honors and awards there are the Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen Award of the German Röntgen Society, the Heinz Meise Award of the German Heart Foundation, the Schering Award of the Cardiovascular Interventional Radiological Society of Europe, the Intensive Care Medicine Award of the Fresenius Foundation of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, and the Golden Inventor’s Award of the German Röntgen Society.

Professor Schmitz-Rode is author or co-author of 224 peer-reviewed journal articles listed in NCBI/PubMed/U.S. National Library of Medicine, 10 book chapters and more than 170 patent applications and patents listed in


October 09, 2014, 13:45 - 14:15

Prof. DDr. Winfried Mayr
Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Medical University of Vienna

FES-Supported Restoration of Movement: from Biological Bracing to Modulation of Central Neuronal Control Networks

Winfried Mayr studied Electrical Engineering with specialization on Electronics and Control Engineering at the Technical University in Vienna graduating in 1983. He received his Ph. D. on the topic "Reactivation of Paralyzed Muscles by Electrical Stimulation via Implants" from the same university in 1992, after years of interdisciplinary research in the clinical environment of the 2nd Surgical University Clinic at the Medical Faculty of the Vienna University. 1997 he became Assistant Professor at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Physics and head of the research group "Clinics Co-operations", 2001 Associate Professor on Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Technology.  In 2010 he received a honorary doctorate from the Technical University of Klausenburg/Cluj-Napoca. His current responsibilities include the research domain "Clinic related Translational Research and viennaFES", Neuroprosthetics and Rehabilitation Engineering at the Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering of the Vienna Medical University.
Actual research of his group focuses on technology and application of active (FES, biotelemetry and electro-mechanical) and passive implants (long-term stability and controlled degradation), limb prostheses and FES for restoration of movement in central and peripheral (denervated muscles) paralysis, spinal cord stimulation and mobility support for elderly - in close collaboration with clinical and industrial partners and basic sciences.
He is co-ordinator of the "Vienna Program for Restoration of Movement" (VPRM), section editor for Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) of the journal "Artificial Organs" and (co-) organizer of the triennial "Vienna International Workshop on Functional Electrical Stimulation" since the first edition in 1983, which is well established in the field and hosted the foundation of the "International Electrical Stimulation Society" (IFESS) in 1995. Since 2009 he chairs the "Austrian Society of Biomedical Engineering" (ÖGBMT).


October 10, 2014, 08:30 - 09:00

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Klaus-Peter Schmitz
University Rostock, Institute for Biomedical Engineering (IBMT)

Stent technology - Innovations and developments

Studied 1964-1969 Applied Mechanics at the University of Rostock. After that, he conducted his PhD work in a postgraduate study in the field of Structural Mechanics and finished it in 1972.
From 1972 to 1984 he worked as a development engineer in the shipbuilding industry at the Institute for Naval Architecture Rostock. He finished his habilitation treatise in 1980 in the field of theory of oscillations.
After that, he was appointed as the Head of the research department “Biomechanics and Medical materials” at the Clinic for Internal Medicine at the University of Rostock. Since 1992 he has a professorship for Biomedical Engineering. Since 1995 he is the Head of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering at the University of Rostock. His research field focusses on implants and biomaterials with special emphasis on cardiovascular implants.
Prof. Schmitz is a regular member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science, Class of Technical Science. Moreover, he is a founder member of acatech, the German Academy of Technical Sciences.
From 1996 to 2004 he was active as an alternative consultant of the German Research Society DFG in the field of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering.
He was member of the Board of the special research department DFG Transregio-SFB 37 “Micro- and Nanosystems in Medicine – Reconstruction of Biological Functions” and assistant spokesman for the Rostock location. Apart from this, he is Chairman of the Board of the coordinated project “REMEDIS – Higher Quality of Life through Novel Micro Implants” within the BMBF program “Leading-edge Research and Innovation in the New German Länder”.
Also, he is Chairman of the Board of the coordinated research project “RESPONSE – Partnership for Innovation in Implant Technology” within the BMBF program “Zwanzig20 – Partnership for Innovation”.
His medline record features 93 publications since 2008. In the last 5 years he was a co-inventor of 10 issued patents.


October 102014, 13:45 - 14:15

Dr. Thilo Weichert
Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz Schleswig-Holstein (ULD), Kiel 

Medical Information Privacy in the Light of Big Data


Dr. jur. Thilo Weichert is since 2004 Privacy Commissioner of Schleswig-Holstein (Head of Independent Centre for Privacy Protection Schleswig-Holstein, Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz – ULD,, Kiel, Germany, born 1955, studies in law and political science in Freiburg/Germany and Geneva/Switzerland, 1984 lawyer, 1984-1986 member of the Parliament of Baden-Württemberg, 1988-2004 chairman of the Deutsche Vereinigung für Datenschutz e.V. (German Association for Privacy Protection), 1991 legal adviser of the Parliament of Sachsen (Saxony) and of the Committees for the Dissolution of the State Security Service of the GDR, 1992 member of the staff of the Privacy Commissioner of Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), 1998-2004 Deputy Privacy Commissioner of Schleswig-Holstein.


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