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Info 2024/2025

Degree type MASTER'S DEGREE
Duration 2 years
CFU 120
Class LM-21
Classe delle lauree magistrali in INGEGNERIA BIOMEDICA (BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING)
Access Free access
Locations GENOVA
Language English
Teaching mode Frontale
Head of programme VITTORIO SANGUINETI
Department SEZIONE INTERSCUOLA POLITECNICA DEL DIBRIS
Taxes and fees From 0 to 3,000 a year. Find out if you qualify for grants ed exemptions
Student exchange International destinations and partners
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Information about this Course for previous years is available here BIOINGEGNERIA 8725

The course in brief

Presentation

The degree program trains multi-skilled professionals, capable of working in the many application, research and innovation domains in the medical-biological field, which by nature require interdisciplinary skills.

Different are the application domains in which to put into practice the knowledge you will acquire: neuro-technology, rehabilitation and assistive technologies, cybernetic and bio-inspired systems, biomaterials, engineered cells and tissues, instrumentation and diagnostic systems, clinical engineering, health information systems, e-health and m-health.

N.B. For the English version, please visit the dedicated page.

Learning by doing

The course combines traditional lectures with:

  • laboratory activities and project development on cutting-edge topics, often in collaboration with external entities
  • stages in research laboratories or at health care facilities and rehabilitation centers
  • seminars and supplementary courses by professionals in the field

Professional outlets

In industry, a bioengineer develops medical devices, medical-surgical devices, in-vitro diagnostic systems and health technologies. Many bioengineers find employment in innovative start-ups and some become entrepreneurs themselves. In health care facilities, research institutes and rehabilitation centers, bioengineers may direct technical services and measurement laboratories. A significant fraction of graduates go on to doctoral studies.

What you will learn

Strumentazione biomedicale

bioimmagini e analisi di segnali multidimensionali a scopo diagnostico

Controllo motorio e ingegneria della riabilitazione

tecnologie, metodi, modelli per l'analisi e la riabilitazione della performance umana

Ingegneria dei tessuti

proprietà meccaniche, biologia cellulare e molecolare, tecniche e terapie geniche

Informatica medica

interoperabilità, continuità di cura, riuso dei dati clinici

Sistemi intelligenti naturali e artificiali

percezione, cognizione e comportamento

Neuroingegneria e neurotecnologie

interfacce neuro-elettroniche, neuroscienze computazionali e ingegneria neuromorfa

Did you know that.

Circa il 40% degli studenti svolge il lavoro di tesi in aziende o enti di ricerca esterni all'università.

Circa il 25% delle tesi sono svolte all'estero.

Il Corso di Laurea in Ingegneria Biomedica dell'Università di Genova è stato, insieme a quello del Politecnico di Milano, il primo ad essere istituito in Italia, nel 1995.

Contents

Interdisciplinarity as the key to innovation

The application dimension of new technologies and scientific discoveries necessarily passes through dialogue between different disciplines. The Master's Degree in Bioengineering helps to assume a distinctly cross-disciplinary, multidisciplinary attitude, naturally devoted to innovation.

The course aims to consolidate physical, mathematical and engineering skills and knowledge in the field of Life Sciences and to provide specialized skills in bioengineering.

In this Degree Course you will learn to describe, simulate and analyze systems and signals of medical-biological interest. You will study biomaterials, devices and instrumentation for diagnosis, therapy and rehabilitation, and the molecular, cellular and cognitive basis of human perception and behavior. You will learn about the organization of patient management and care facilities, the information systems used in them, and their ethical implications.

A multipurpose professional figure possessing a solid technical-biological background

The course is aimed at graduates from biomedical engineering or other areas of industrial and information engineering, but is also accessible to graduates from the various fields of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences.

The development of personal skills and abilities finds a way to unfold especially during the preparation of the master's thesis, to which the last semester is devoted almost entirely.

The course also makes it possible to acquire solid interpersonal skills with professionals with extremely diverse expertise and cultural backgrounds.

The course is organized into two tracks, each comprising two educational paths (curricula):

  • Track T1: Neuroengineering (in English).
    • Curriculum T1C1: Neuroengineering and neurotechnologies
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    • Curriculum T1C2: Rehabilitation engineering and interaction technologies

The nervous system in both normal and pathological conditions is central as a field of study in modern bioengineering both from an application point of view - just think of prosthetics, rehabilitation, humanoid robotics - and from a methodological point of view, which requires a multi-level approach from genes to neurons to cognitive and behavioral mechanisms with contributions from various disciplines.

The main areas of application include (i) experimental and analytical technologies and methods to study the human brain and populations of neurons; (ii) tools and assays for neuropharmacology and neurotoxicology; (iii) technologies for rehabilitation and assistance, based on neural interfaces and advanced human-machine interfaces; and (iv) artificial systems that can emulate human sensory, motor, and cognitive functions.

This track aims to train professionals capable of translating advances in neuroscience into the development of advanced technologies for studying the brain and for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of neurological and cognitive disorders.

Two pathways (curricula) are provided, one more oriented to neural technologies and the other more to rehabilitation applications (rehabilitation, nursing, prosthetics).

  • The Curriculum T1C1 Neuroengineering and neurotechnologies focuses on the study of the molecular, cellular, and computational basis of the dynamics of populations of neurons, related instrumentation, and techniques for analysis and modeling, including through the construction of biomorphic or neuromorphic artifacts.

This track will provide in-depth knowledge of technologies for neuro-electronic interfaces and neural and myoelectrically controlled prostheses, as well as technologies and design methodologies for building machines, systems, and services capable of learning and adapting to the environment according to biologically inspired mechanisms.

  • The T1C2 Rehabilitation engineering and interaction technologies Curriculum provides skills related to the study of sensorimotor perception and control and the use of information technologies to improve the quality of life for people with neuro-motor and cognitive disabilities.

Technologies and tools for the assessment of impairment, promotion of recovery, and/or replacement of sensory, motor, and cognitive functions that may be impaired due to direct or indirect alterations of the nervous system will be particularly explored.

All teaching in these curricula is offered in English.

  • Track T2: Engineering for Personalized Medicine.
    • Curriculum T2C1: Materials and Devices for personalized medicine
    • .
    • Curriculum T2C2: Information and Communication Technologies for personalized medicine

Technological developments and demographic changes are profoundly altering medicine from the model traditionally centered on symptomatic treatment of acute diseases to a modality centered on identifying individual risks of developing disease based on genetic profiles and other personal information (prediction); methods and tools to avoid, reduce, and monitor the risk of developing disease (prevention); clinical interventions based on the unique genetic, medical, and environmental characteristics of each individual (personalization); and patient involvement in determining treatment pathways (participation). These characteristics are often summarized in the term '4P medicine' (predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory) or 'precision medicine.' The prerequisites of personalized medicine are a diagnostic/therapeutic offering and management model of health systems increasingly based on the integration and processing of large amounts of information of various types (genetics, medical history, advanced diagnostics).

This track aims to train professionals who can contribute to this revolution by providing them with the tools they need to develop innovative therapies, devices, services and processes to support human health from a predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory medicine perspective.

Two tracks (curricula) are planned, one more focused on materials and devices and the other more on data and information technology.

  • CurriculumT2C1 Materials and devices for personalized medicine focuses on the application of materials technologies, cell and tissue engineering for the design and evaluation of high-tech medical and surgical devices (such as prostheses and artificial organs) and the development of therapeutic approaches characterized by personalization of treatment and precision in delivery.
  • The T2C2 Information and Communication Technologies for personalized medicine Curriculum covers the use of information technologies for diagnostics, therapy, and prevention with direct patient involvement in the care pathway. This includes the development of tools and devices for diagnosis based on bio-imaging, bio-signaling, and genetic information; telemedicine, biomedical robotics, and wearable devices for monitoring, prevention, treatment, and care; and the design and management of hospital facilities and health care systems centered on patient needs and the taking care of frailty.

Coordinator

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Welcome to the master's degree program in Bioengineering. Our community-students, faculty, mentors, and all staff-is strongly committed to blending teaching with their research activities. You will build your skills to apply engineering tools and techniques to solving biomedical and life science problems, live and study in a friendly atmosphere, and share your passion for bioengineering with us.

Vittorio Sanguineti

Where we are

Department of Computer Science, Bioengineering, Robotics and Systems Engineering - DIBRIS
Administration and Teaching Secretariat
Viale Francesco Causa 13
16145 Genova

Lecture Rooms, Laboratories and Teachers' Offices
Via All'Opera Pia 13
16145 Genoa

How to Reach Us
From Cristoforo Colombo Airport
From Genoa Brignole train station
From Genoa Principe train station
From the Genoa West freeway tollbooth
From the Genoa Nervi freeway tollbooth

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Student Desk
Via Montallegro 1
inside Villa Cambiaso Park - in front of Aula A7
16145 Genova
+39 010 353 2148
sportello.ingegneria@unige.it

Reference for teaching
Elena Tortora
+39 010 353 2945
+39 334 1074229

Education Staff (for pre-registration, enrollment and study plans)
Daniela Peghini
+39 010 353 6051
didattica.politecnica@dibris.unige.it