From a First-Gen Middle-School Grad to a PhD CEO: How a Neurotech Entrepreneur is Breaking Barriers
Dr. Efraín Torres holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, serves as the CEO & Co-Founder of neurotech startup Adialante, and thinks deeply about neuroethics issues such as how innovative neurotechnology can be made accessible to all. Dr. Torres is also a first generation American whose parents didn’t graduate from middle school. How did the son of immigrants on the southside of Chicago, living with eight people in a 2-bedroom apartment, grow up to become the CEO of a high-growth startup aimed at making MRI more portable and affordable?
In this special event sponsored by the Dana Foundation Career Network in Neuroscience & Society, Dr. Torres will be interviewed by Career Network Director Francis Shen about his inspiring story. We will learn how Dr. Torres has broken barriers and created his own neuroscience path. After the interview portion, we will turn to Q&A, so bring your questions!
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More about Dr. Efraín Torres: In 2023 Efraín Torres received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He also received the Student Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Minnesota. In 2022 along with Adialante co-founder Parker Jenkins, he won the student division of Walleye Tank, a pitch competition hosted by the University of Minnesota Venture Center and the Mayo Clinic Office of Entrepreneurship. Adialante develops affordable, silent, and compact MRI systems. He and his company has also been awarded an NSF GRFP, I-Corps, and SBIR award. In addition to his neuroscience research and business leadership, Dr. Torres has trained in neuroethics on the NIH BRAIN Neuroethics RF1 grant on Highly Portable and Cloud-Enabled Neuroimaging Research: Confronting Ethics Challenges in Field Research with New Populations, and co-authored on the ethical, legal, and social implications of portable MRI.
Related Conference – See Dr. Torres and other neuroscience and society experts in action earlier the same day at this exciting conference: Emerging Portable Technology for Neuroimaging Research in New Field Settings: Legal & Ethical Challenges.Register here.
Emerging Portable Technology for Neuroimaging Research in New Field Settings: Legal & Ethical Challenges
Emerging highly portable MRI technology is revolutionizing neuroscience research. Instead of participants traveling to the scanner, the scanner will come to them. In this conference, we will explore the urgent ethical and legal issues raised by portable MRI. Presentations will include recommendations developed in an NIH BRAIN Initiative grant on how to navigate key ethical and legal issues; as well as explorations of access issues, equity, privacy, data control, the role of the IRB, safety, and artificial intelligence. The conference will highlight the importance of community engagement and concerns raised by research in special populations including children and those with dementia.
Free and open to the public. Attendees will be able to submit questions to our multidisciplinary speakers.
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