Panamanian Professors Give a Lecture In a Session Of The International Congress Of The Society Of Engineering In Medicine And Biology

Dr. Ibarra Ramírez explained that the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that investment in research, innovation and development in Panama is essential

Dr. Ernesto Ibarra (Left), is a professor and researcher at the School of Biomedical Engineering and Instrumentation of the Universidad Latina de Panamá.

The Panamanian scientific community, through various exhibitors, participated in the 43rd version of the Annual Congress of the Society of Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMBS) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), held in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico.


Within the structure of the congress, a special virtual session entitled “COVID-19 in Latin America, Efforts, Success, and Lessons to Learn” was included, whose objective was to expose the efforts made at the Latin American level to face the challenges arising from SARS-CoV2 in the countries that comprise it.

In this session, the professors of the Latin University of Panama (ULATINA), Dr. Ernesto Antonio Ibarra Ramírez and Dr. Luis Carlos Estrada Petrocelli, participated as speakers.

Dr. Ibarra Ramírez, who is also the current president of the Panamanian Association of Biomedical Engineering (APIB), presented together with Dr. Estrada Petrocelli the work “Home-based Monitoring of COVID-19 Patients using WBAN”, which is a proposal the use of wireless body networks as a possible solution for monitoring COVID-19 patients in home isolation.

The work is a collaboration between the Biomedical Engineering Schools of ULATINA, the Specialized University of the Americas (UDELAS), the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), and the Telecommunications Technological Center of Catalonia (CTTC).

They present other advances

On the other hand, Dr. Estrada Petrocelli, who is also a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia in Barcelona, ​​Spain and who investigates the use of biomedical sensors and devices for the non-invasive recording of respiratory signals, as well as the application Techniques for the analysis and processing of biomedical signals presented some advances in the use of fixed sample entropy (fSampEn).

This technique has been shown to attenuate the presence of impulsive artifacts such as cardiac activity that is recorded in respiratory electromyographic and mechanomyographic signals.

Its use has contributed to improving the interpretation of respiratory myographic signals obtained in healthy subjects and in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with and without cardiac comorbidities.

Likewise, Dr. Ibarra Ramírez collaborated with other Panamanian researchers from the Technological University of Panama (UTP) and the Institute of Scientific Research and High Technology Services of Panama (INDICASAT AIP) in a project related to the design of a mechanical ventilator to relieve the lack of mechanical fans caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For Dr. Estrada Petrocelli, promoting research activity is a fundamental part for the advancement of science and society. “Working hand in hand with healthcare personnel and using engineering knowledge to develop innovative solutions to medical challenges is of great importance as we have witnessed in the current COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

While Dr. Ibarra Ramírez explained that the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that investment in research, innovation and development in Panama is essential to be a country as self-sufficient as possible.

He also argued that it is the key to overcoming adversity in collaborative work between universities, research centers, industry, and the government; creating a climate of synergy to obtain solutions for the collective benefit.

Both doctors concluded that participating in this type of scientific meeting is an opportunity to show some advances in the field of biomedical engineering and bioengineering, making known the fruits of scientific research worldwide.