• Digital-Health-Conference-2020

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Prof. Pierre J. Magistretti
Prof. Pierre J. Magistretti Prof. Pierre J. Magistretti is a Distinguished Professor and Dean of the Division at Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering at KAUST.


​Pierre J. Magistretti, received his MD in 1979 from the University of Geneva and his PhD in Biology in 1982 from UCSD. He is a Distinguished Professor and Dean of the Division at Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering at KAUST, Professor  Emeritus at the Brain Mind Institute at EPFL and at the Department of Psychiatry at UNIL/CHUV. Pierre J. Magistretti's laboratory has discovered some of the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie the coupling between neuronal activity and energy consumption by revealing the key role that glial cells, in particular, astrocytes, play in this physiological process. These findings are particularly relevant for understanding the origin of the signals detected by functional brain imaging and are revealing the role of astrocytes in neuronal plasticity and neuroprotection. He is the author of over 240 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and has given over 70 invited lectures during the past five years. He has an h-index of 93 and since 2018 he is on the Clarivate list of highly cited scientists.  He has been elected at the International Chair 2007-2008 of the Collège de France, Paris. He is a member of Academia Europae and of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences. Among other recognitions, Pierre Magistretti has been awarded the Camillo Golgi Medal Award, the Emil Kraepelin Professorship, the Goethe Award of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Ott Prize of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences. He shared with David Attwell and Marcus Raichle the 2016 IPSEN Foundation Prize. Pierre Magistretti is a honorary member of the Chinese Association of Physiological Sciences. He is the Past-President (2002-2004) of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), and Past-President (2014-2019) of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO). He is on the Board of Trustees of HFSPO and a Fellow of the American College of Psychopharmacology. He is and has been a member of several academic scientific advisory boards including the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation.

All sessions by Prof. Pierre J. Magistretti

  • Day 1Monday, January 20th
Session 1 : Digital Health and vision 2030 (Chair Prof. Takashi Gojobori)
9:50 am

KEYNOTE LECTURE: The KAUST Smart Health Initiative from “bench to bedside”: Promoting research collaborations in the Kingdom

With a collective mission at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) to drive cutting-edge research, innovation, and to create local/global impact through applied sciences, KAUST has launched a new strategic initiative in the field of “Smart Health”.

Through the integration of basic scientists, clinical investigators, and innovative technologies, the KAUST Smart Health Initiative aims at creating the ecosystem required to foster highly collaborative “bench to bedside” research and capacity building programs with the greatest potential to transform the practice of healthcare, improve human health, and drive both our fundamental understanding of disease mechanisms and precision medicine in the Kingdom.

The Initiative has begun on January 1, 2020, with a pre-launch phase focused on identifying clinical partners and projects that will form the building blocks for the larger-scale program.

Building 19, Hall 1 09:50 - 10:25 Details