Social Activities


     1. Welcome Banquet
Grand Ballroom, Hilton Minneapolis
Thursday, September 3, 7:30PM - 10:30PM - doors open at 7:10PM for seating

Plenary Speaker:
Dr. Earl Bakken, Co-inventor of Battery-powered cardiac pacemaker. Click here for Abstract.
Click here for Photo Gallery.


     2. Bakken Museum Social - food, wine & an electrifying good time
Date and Time: Friday, September 4, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm (BOARDING 6:15 PM)
Pickup at Hilton Hotel starts at 6:30pm
Pickup at Bakken Museum starts at 8:00pm

While in Minneapolis, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Annual International Conference participants are invited to attend a special networking event at The Bakken Museum, the only museum of its kind in the country! Learn about the history of electricity and magnetism and how it relates to medicine, experience a multi-media Frankenstein exhibit, browse the Body Electric gallery, sample hors d¡¯oeuvres, electrically charged wine and more. Meet Earl Bakken, museum founder, creator of the first wearable battery-powered transistorized cardiac pacemaker and co-founder of Medtronic, and learn more about the establishment of the medical device industry in Minnesota. Click here for more information about the Museum.


     3. Tour - Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, University of Minnesota
Date and Time: Friday, September 4
                         First tour: 10:30 am - 11:30 am (limited to 20 people, BOARDING 9:45 AM)
                         Second tour: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (limited to 50 people, BOARDING 2:15 PM)

The Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) "" at the University of Minnesota is an NIH funded Center for research using new MRI, fMRI, and MRS methods and technologies often developed in-house for investigating humans and lab animals in states of health, disease, and therapeutic intervention. The CMRR is particularly well known for its collection of most powerful MRI systems with magnets of 3T, 4T, 7T, and 9.4T for human imaging, and of 9.4T and 16.4T for small animal imaging and spectroscopy. Additional 7T and 10.5T whole-body human systems will be added to this list by the fourth quarter of 2010 as part of a laboratory expansion that will triple the size of the present 40K square foot facility. The present CMRR houses 60 faculty, students, and staff members that comprise a multi-national list of top-talent, including the director Dr. Kamil Ugurbil, Member of Institute of Medicine of National Academies and ISMRM Gold Medal winner, and the associate director, Michael Garwood, also an ISMRM Gold Medal winner. Facilitating the success of this lab is its strong engineering group supplying biomedical science with innovative tools and techniques, long before similar technology is available from industry. The Engineering Group is directed by Thomas Vaughan, ISMRM fellow and IEEE member. The Center for Magnetic Resonance Research is known for many inventions in engineering, and firsts in science including: fMRI in humans, orientation column visualization, Laser and SWIFT sequence development, 4T human imaging, 7T human imaging, 9.4T human imaging, parallel transmission methods and technology, RF (B1) shimming, TEM coils, and many other contributions to the field.


     4. Tour - Medtronic, Inc.
Date and Time: Friday, September 4
                         First tour: 10:30 am - 11:30 am (limited to 40 people, BOARDING 9:45 AM)
                         Second tour: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (limited to 20 people, BOARDING 2:15 PM)

At Medtronic, we're changing the face of chronic disease. By working closely with physicians around the world, we create therapies to help patients do things they never thought possible.  Our medical technologies help make it possible for millions of people to resume everyday activities, return to work, and live better and longer. We're able to do this with the help of some very special people around the world: 38,000 dedicated employees who share a passionate purpose to improve lives, thousands of medical professionals who share their insights and ideas, and hundreds of advocacy associations that help us share information so people with debilitating diseases know relief is possible. Medtronic was co-founded by Earl E. Bakken, an electrical engineer who used medical technology to help a cardiologist keep his open-heart surgery patients alive. Ever since, we've been using our deep understanding of human physiology to create life-changing therapies that help people with chronic diseases.  Our current six major businesses focus their efforts around a condition or therapy type: Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management, Spinal and Biologics, CardioVascular, Neuromodulation, Diabetes, and Surgical Technologies. To ensure we leverage knowledge and best practices across all these diverse groups, we have several strategic corporate groups.  As a global leader in medical technology, we serve patients and partner with medical professionals in 120 countries.  Medtronic's World HQ is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.  To learn more about Medtronic, please visit


     5. Tour - Boston Scientific
Date and Time: Friday, September 4
                         First tour: 10:30 am - 11:30 am (limited to 20 people, BOARDING 9:45 AM)
                         Second tour: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (limited to 20 people, BOARDING 2:15 PM)

Boston Scientific is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices whose products are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties. Boston Scientific’s Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM) Group, located in St. Paul, MN, is a leading developer of implantable devices used to treat cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms), sudden cardiac arrest, and heart failure:

  • Pacemakers treat people with bradyarrhythmias, or slow heart rhythms. Pacemakers can help relieve symptoms such as fatigue.
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) treat tachyarrhythmias, or fast heart rhythms. Tachyarrhythmias in the ventricles can be life threatening. So ICDs can not only stop a fast rhythm and restore a normal heart rate, they can also help prevent sudden cardiac death.
  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices help resynchronize the ventricles—allowing both sides of the heart to beat in a coordinated way. CRT devices can relieve patients' symptoms of heart failure such as fatigue and shortness of breath.

The Boston Scientific CRM group has a distinguished track record. The CRM group not only introduced the world's first ICD, it also pioneered the research that led to CRT devices. Today we continue this proud tradition of innovation. We remain committed to developing ever-improving technology. And in that way we secure Boston Scientific's role as a leader in the industry. To learn more about Boston Scientific, please visit


     6. Tour - Mayo Clinic Simulation Center
Date and Time: Friday, September 4, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm (BOARDING 12:15 PM)
Limited Registration: 50

Mayo Clinic’s 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art simulation center opened in 2005 as a premier teaching center for Mayo’s healthcare professionals. The simulation center’s multidisciplinary approach is distinctive. Here, teams of professionals from multiple specialties collaborate on program design and research. The simulation center serves as a catalyst to enhance teamwork. The goal of simulation education is to strengthen healthcare performance in order to enhance patient care. Because Mayo’s strength has always been in its cross-specialty teamwork, the simulation center can model this concept both in its education focus and its application in patient safety and quality. To learn more about Mayo Clinic Simulation Center, please visit





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