Nabil Adam is a highly distinguished Professor of Medicine and Computer & Information Systems at Rutgers University. He specializes in cybersecurity, machine learning, healthcare technology, and clinical/healthcare informatics. Dr. Adam is one of the most accomplished professionals in these industries, which has earned him over six prestigious awards, some multiple times. Throughout his career, Nabil wrote prolifically and has written over 200 publications and 11 books. Not only is he a successful professor but Nabil mentors Ph.D. students, speaks at conferences on a variety of subjects both nationally and internationally, holds chairman and vice-chairman positions on over 20 boards, and has founded/co-founded nine initiatives for Rutgers University and various award-winning organizations. Nabil holds a B.S. in Engineering from Cairo University, two Master’s degrees, and a Ph.D. in Engineering from Columbia University.
For the past 43 years, Nabil Adam has held a faculty position at Rutgers University and recently established himself as an integral faculty member at the New Jersey Medical School, where he teaches Medicine. Nabil strives to assist his students in their academic success as much as possible and has mentored over 20 Ph.D. students with their theses and research. Dr. Adam has not confined his teaching prowess to the United States. Instead, he undertook visiting professorships in the Netherlands as well.
Outside of his teaching duties, Nabil spent over five years with the Department of Homeland Security, where he was assigned to the Science & Technology Directorate. He was responsible for mentoring scientists, engineers, and program managers, while simultaneously managing “Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis” and leading the “Cyber-physical Systems Security” and “Unified Incident Command Decision Support” initiatives. Additionally, Nabil was assigned to the position of Program Chair for a variety of related committees and workshops including Modeling, Simulation, & Analysis for Homeland Security, Emergency Management: Incident, Resource, & Supply Chain Management workshop, and Future Directions in Cyber-physical Systems Security to name only a few.
Several years prior, Nabil Adam worked as a Research Fellow for the NASA Center of Excellence in Space Data and Information Sciences. This program was created to bring leading computer scientists together to collaborate and conduct research applicable to space and earth sciences; Nabil was one of the chosen few and took part in several initiatives including the Management of the Largest Unclassified Archive in the World, Data Warehousing/Mining of Earth Observing System Data & Information Systems and Geodata Modeling and Query in GIS. Dr. Adam also participated in the commercialization of Linux/Red Hate software and served as a member of the scientific and management team whose purpose was to establish a commercial sector for the Universities’ Space Research Association.
Each year, Nabil Adam is invited as a keynote speaker to a wide variety of talks and conferences around the globe. To date, Nabil has given over 50 talks on topics in which he specializes, such as Next Generation Information Technologies and Systems, Informational Technology Applications in Biomedicine, Cyber Security Challenges around the World, and spoke at the International Conference on Higher Education.
It comes as no surprise that Dr. Adam is an award-winning professional. He has earned over 22 awards and recognitions throughout his career including the IEEE 2012 Research Achievement & Leadership Award in Intelligence and Security Informatics, the FASIP Award an astounding 15 times, and the Dean Horace DePodwin Research Award. Nabil is the co-founder of a handful of initiatives that have positively impacted the world at large, including the Rutgers Institute for Data Science, Learning & Applications, Regional Drinking Water Safety and Security Consortium, Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute, and the IEEE Computer Society Task Force on Digital Libraries. Nabil also established the Science Summer Camp as an offshoot of a Rutgers University program to provide training to teachers and education to inner-city students ranging from elementary to high school level youths.
IEEE 2012 Research Achievement and Leadership Award in Intelligence and Security Informatics
Honorable Mention for the 2010 Under-Secretary’s Award for Science and Technology, US Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate
Elected as a distinguished speaker (on Digital Libraries/Electronic Commerce) in the IEEE Computer Society’s Distinguished Visitors Program (DVP)
Imagine surviving a severe heart attack only to discover that while you’re alive, your heart has been scarred so badly that you’ll need to have a heart transplant. But instead of your name going on a years-long waitlist for a new heart, you’re able to have one printed for you. Yes, printed. While it far fetched, the ability to print three-dimensional organs is closer than you may think. This type of 3D Bioprinting has significant implications for research, animal testing, and organ transplantation.
What is 3D Bioprinting?
Basic 3D printing takes a digital file and creates a solid three-dimensional object with it through the additive layering process. 3D printing requires a source material, often plastic or metal, that can be built up layer by layer to create the object. With Bioprinting, that same process is used to create living tissues using living cells as source material. The process is somewhat different since living tissue requires a specific nutrient-rich environment to survive rather than just being layered on a platform. Typically in Bioprinting, the environment is created in the form of a microgel similar in consistency to gelatin and is the cells are layered around a 3D scaffold of collagen or biodegradable polymers to create functional tissue.
Though this technology is still very much in its infancy and far from commercial production, it holds a great deal of promise. It has the potential to change lives. Here are some of the potential implications.
Research & Animal Testing
Prior to drugs being used in human populations, they are frequently trialed in lab animals. Even if a clinical trial works on animals, it still doesn’t mean that it will be effective for humans. But with Bioprinting, there is a potential to test these medications on actual human tissues to determine their safety and efficacy. This could eliminate the need for animal testing entirely.
While the elimination of animal testing is a benefit of bioprinting technologies, it is an even more significant factor in solving the shortage of organs for transplant patients. The ability to create human organs from scratch is a potential game-changer in transplant medicine. It could develop organs from an individual’s own stem cells, eliminating the potential for organ rejection.
While there are ethical concerns to be addressed, 3D Bioprinting certainly has benefits for both research and medical treatments for a myriad of issues.
Healthcare informatics is an ever growing and evolving field. With advancements in health informatics we have the ability to improve patient access, care, and outcomes. That being said, I’ve gathered together my top 5 favorite TED Talks on healthcare informatics to share with you.
Anders Ynnerman: Visualizing The Medical Data Explosion
In his talk, Anders Ynnerman discusses the challenge that doctors face when they’re inundated with data, so much data that it can be overwhelming to analyze and know what information is actually useful. Ynnerman discusses the new technologies including virtual autopsies that can help doctors parse that data to make sound medical decisions. Be forewarned that the presentation does include some highly graphic images.
Data Driven Healthcare: It’s Personal by Aaron Black
Director of Informatics at the Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI), Aaron Black, talks about the various ways in which predictive health data models can be personalized to drive better healthcare decisions and improve patient outcomes.
Thomas Goetz: It’s Time to Redesign Medical Data
Thomas Goetz, author of The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized Medicine, discusses the importance of making medical information and health records accessible to patients in ways that help people engage in their own healthcare.
Future Medicine: Modern Informatics by Richard Frackowiack
Dr. Richard Frackowiack explains how data mining in hospitals can lead to more precise diagnosis and treatment of harmful diseases. Dr. Frackowiack discusses how all the data available through patient medical records along with research data can provide better, more accurate, predictive models for dealing with disease.
Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare – It’s about Time by Casey Bennett
In this talk, Dr. Casey Bennett, Chief Scientific Officer for Faros Healthcare, discusses how artificial intelligence can be utilized in healthcare to make better decisions, access better information, and ultimately empower patients.
Advancements in modern medicine benefit physicians and patients alike. Innovations in pediatric medicine offer a better outlook for the youngest of patients. Physicians are better able to diagnose a problem quickly. Advancements also pave the way for various treatment options.
The American Cancer Society reports that cancer remains the second leading cause of death among youngsters aged 14 and under. More than 10,000 children are diagnosed with having some form of cancer each year. In lieu of statistics, the Chan Soon-Shiong Children’s Precision Medicine Institute at the Children’s Hospital in Phoenix is researching how to improve the diagnostic process using gene sequencing. By more accurately diagnosing the type of cancer a child has, physicians have the opportunity to implement more targeted treatment.
3D Imaging and Printing
Physicians are more often combining imaging studies with 3D printing to better understand a variety of health problems in young patients. Radiological images may be converted into three-dimensional models of cardiac defects, orthopedic fractures, or diseased internal organs. By being able to visualize a problem, physicians can better understand many different factors involving the diagnosis and arrive at an optimal treatment plan. The technology has also enabled technicians to print components of human anatomy to replace diseased or damaged structures.
The app is available for download on tablet devices to provide continual monitoring of young patients. Parents and medical team members can submit data that tracks a child’s oxygen levels, nutritional intake, and other information to determine a youngster’s health. The app is particularly useful for monitoring children having sleep apnea, cardiovascular problems, or diabetes.
Innovations made in technology and medicine enable surgeons to perform more complex procedures. In recent years, staff members from the Philadelphia Children’s Hospital and Penn Medicine performed a double hand transplant on an eight-year-old child. The surgery was a success and enabled the boy to accomplish a variety of tasks that once were impossible.
Researchers from San Francisco, California, created a system known as CliniCloud. The technology involves a wireless thermometer and a stethoscope that links with a smartphone. By positioning the mobile device on various chest locations, the system records the child’s breathing patterns, heart rate, and body temperature. The readings are then transmitted to the youngster’s physician for analysis.