LATROBE, PA – Saint Vincent College’s Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing will present a lecture on the evolution of patient monitoring by Dr. Gail Baura at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in the Luparello Lecture Hall in the Dupré Science Pavilion.
Baura’s presentation, which is free and open to the public, is part of Forward: A Boyer School Lecture Series, which celebrates the diversity of those practicing in the school’s academic disciplines and remembers the work of Saint Vincent College founder Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B., who came to the area to serve the immigrant population of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Baura is currently professor and director of engineering science at the University of Loyola-Chicago. She holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Loyola Marymount, master of science degrees in both electrical engineering and bioengineering from Drexel University and a Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of Washington.
The holder of 20 U.S. patents and a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, Baura worked in the medical device industry for 13 years, conducting and managing medical device research. She also served as vice president and chief scientist at Cardio Dynamics, as well as a professor of medical devices at Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, a member of the Claremont Colleges in California.
Baura’s presentation will cover the history and evolution of patient monitoring, beginning with its early roots in postoperative intensive care units in the 1950s when this monitoring prioritized the basic vital signs of heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, temperature and saturation of oxygen. As circuit minimization evolved, patient monitors became more portable, and the usage of ambulatory monitoring technology, like pacemakers and glucose monitors, became more widespread.
In today’s era of smartphones and smartwatches, electrical engineers have tried to cash in by developing a number of apps of questionable medical value, leading to the requirement of regulation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While this regulation has been effective in managing the glut of apps to hit the market, it has also helped clear the way for a number of innovative and effective smartphone patient monitors, including updated software for Apple watches that enables continuous detection of atrial fibrillation.
Baura is the third speaker in the Boyer School series. Previous presenters included Dr. Gregory Robinson, Foundation Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of Georgia and Dr. Cameron Coates, director of engineering studies at Armstrong State University.
Further information about Baura’s presentation and the Forward series is available by contacting the office of Stephen Jodis, dean of the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing, at 724-805-2631.
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