Med-Tech 2020 Speakers
Chairperson, Department of Pathology, Mater Dei Hospital
Superintendent of Public Health, Ministry for Health; Associate Professor, University of Malta
Deputy Dean Faculty of ICT, Researcher, and Lecturer - University of Malta; Chair - IEEE Malta
Dr Conrad Attard is the Deputy Dean of Faculty of ICT and a Lecturer and Researcher at the Department of Computer Information Systems within the Faculty of ICT at the University of Malta and current Chair of the IEEE Malta Association. He obtained his PhD at The University of Sheffield. His research is focused on organisations in particular on the use of Smart technology, Just in time knowledge creation, digital health solutions at the workplace, and persuasive technology. He is the chair of the proposed MSc in digital health starting in October 2021. He leads various research projects related to pervasive electronic monitoring in healthcare (PEM).
Associate Professor - University of Malta
Philip Farrugia is an Associate Professor at the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Malta. His current research interest revolves around the development of high-value added products. Philip has attracted over 1.3MEuros in research funding from various programmes, including Horizon 2020, aimed at developing mostly medical devices, smart therapeutic and rehabilitation products.
Co-Founder - Digital Health Malta
Dylan Attard graduated as a medical doctor from UoM in 2017 and works as a surgical trainee at Mater Dei Hospital. Dr. Attard went on to obtain a Master in Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship the following year, during which he worked on assessing the feasibility of launching telemedicine in Malta, under the mentorship of Prof. Russel Smith from the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation at UoM. Having a passion for digital health, he co-founded Digital Health Malta in 2017, a non-governmental association that aims to transform the healthcare sector through digital health, using technology and innovation to facilitate the transition.
Co-Founder - Digital Health Malta
Dr Buttigieg is the Co-founder of Digital Health Malta and Specialist in Public Health Medicine. He lectures at the University of Malta on Digital Health and Social Media. Within the WFPHA Governing Council, he represents Students and Young Professionals and he is the Vice-President of the EUPHA Section on Digital Health.
Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation - University of Malta
Prof Russell Smith began his career in business by starting a software company, whilst still studying for his PhD (RAF and King’s College, London) in the 1980s. Products from that company sold in 27 countries. In 1985 he joined the pharmaceutical industry, running international drug-development programmes in North America, Europe and Japan finally leading a team of more than 100 staff. For the last twenty years Russell has specialised in the commercialisation of intellectual property arising from academic research and the teaching & development of student entrepreneurship resulting in the development of the Incumatrix™ system of entrepreneurship. In 2012 Her Majesty, The Queen was graciously pleased to approve the Prime Minister’s recommendation that he should receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion.
Senior Technical Sales Engineer - Melita
Kenneth Terribile is a Senior Technical Sales Engineer at Melita. He has over 4 years’ experience working within the Telecoms, Data Centre and Internet and Things segments designing solutions from concept stage to implementation.
Spiegel, MD, MSHS
Professor of Medicine and Public Health - Cedars-Sinai
Dr. Brennan Spiegel is the Director of Health Services Research for Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles and a Professor of Medicine and Public Health at UCLA. Dr. Spiegel directs a multidisciplinary team that investigates how extended reality can improve people’s lives. His team developed one of largest and most widely-documented medical VR program at Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Spiegel is listed in the “Top 100 Influencer” lists for digital health and virtual reality. His VR research won the 2017 “Webby Award” for best technology on the internet, and in 2020 he published the book VRx: How Immersive Therapeutics Will Transform Medicine (Basic Books, NY).