Medical Imaging Forum

Event Summary

Thursday, May 11th

Wisconsin Institute for Discovery | Madison, WI

Wisconsin is home to a number of top-tier medical imaging research institutions, world-class hospitals, and industry leaders. Join BioForward and Morgridge Institute for Research for a half-day event devoted to showcasing one of Wisconsin’s major strengths and learn how Wisconsin is leading the way in medical research and imaging.

Morgridge Institute for Research fosters ‘fearless science’ in the state and serves as a center of collaboration between industry, academia, and other Wisconsin institutes. Hear from faculty, industry experts, and in-between on how Morgridge serves as a major asset for the growing medical imaging industry in Wisconsin.


There are exciting advances happening in the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer. This panel discussion, moderated by Tommy Thompson, who will discuss his family history with pancreatic cancer, will explore new approaches to diagnosis and innovations leading to enhanced treatments.  Two members of the UW-Madison research community — Dr. Dustin Deming, oncologist with the UW-Madison Department of Medicine; and Melissa Skala, Morgridge medical engineering and biomedical engineering — have teamed up to pursue novel and aggressive approaches to pancreatic cancer research. Their work is being supported by Stand Up to Cancer, a national nonprofit organization that encourages collaboration and innovation that could lead to faster cancer treatments. Skala has received two major grants to fight pancreatic cancer, which has the lowest survival rate of all cancers. The two will discuss why these new approaches are needed and how they might lead to improved treatments.

Confirmed Panelists: 

  • Melissa Skala, PhD, Principal Investigator, Morgridge Medical Engineering and Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Dr. Dustin Deming, MD, Gastrointestinal oncologist at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC), and Assistant Professor Medicine, UW-Madison Cellular & Molecular Pathology

This project enables UW Health doctors to join forces with student engineers to solve technology challenges on the front lines of medicine. Doctors share ideas about the technical challenges they encounter in patient care. Student teams brainstorm solutions and work with doctors to create prototype medical devices in the Fab Lab. Students get an unprecedented design experience, with the ultimate goal of developing viable commercial products. Among the first ideas is a promising organ transplant technology being patented by WARF.

Moderated by:

  • Jim Berbee, MD, MS, MBA, BerbeeWalsh Foundation, and Clinical Assistant Professor, BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine


  • Kevin Eliceiri, Director Fab Lab and Investigator Medical Engineering
  • Dr. Dixon Kaufman, MD, PhD, FACS, Chairman, Division of Transplantation Section of Kidney and Pancreas Surgery, UW-Health
  • Kayla Huebner, UW-Madison student involved in BerbeeWalsh Prototype Project

Industry and academic collaboration is critical for the Morgridge medical engineering team to thrive and provide value to the state’s economy. Several companies have launched from student and staff ideas in the past two years, and all were ‘diligent dozen’ finalists in the Governor’s Business Plan competition. These successes follow on the heels of SHINE Medical, a Morgridge-nurtured spinoff poised to become the nation’s top provider of isotopes used in life-saving medical procedures. Learn about the role of prototyping in the R&D process and how academic prototype development and industry collaboration is key for growing Wisconsin’s medical imaging power house.


Fred Robertson, Chairman, Morgridge Institute for Research, and Venture Partner, Baird Capital

Confirmed Panelists: 

  • Jan Huisken, PhD, Director, Morgridge Medical Engineering and Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Walter Block, PhD, Professor, MRI Imaging, UW-Madison
  • TBD – Representative from GE Healthcare Medical Imaging

Tours of the fab lab will be available for a limited amount of guest attendees. Sign up will be the day of the event!

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