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Tissue engineering has the potential to address huge healthcare challenges
Tissue engineering and cell therapies, which use living cells as engineering materials, are some of the most talked about interdisciplinary areas in science. With the potential to produce either tailor-made or mass-produced implantable human tissues that can repair, regenerate or replace deceased or lost tissues, these advancing technologies have the potential to address huge healthcare challenges, such as the shortage of organs and tissues for transplant and provide real solutions for challenges such as heart repair, spine injury repair, diabetes and the treatment of chronic wounds.
Tributes paid to pioneering Oxford engineer Professor Brian Bellhouse
Tributes have been paid to the Oxford engineer and entrepreneur Professor Brian Bellhouse, who has died at the age of 80. Founder of one of the most successful companies ever to be spun out of Oxford, he has been praised as a generous and pioneering member of the University community.
Silver Award for Green Impact
This week the University of Oxford’s Sustainability Awards were celebrated. Congratulations to the Old Road Campus Research Building (ORCRB) team, which includes the Department’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME), for winning a Silver Green Impact Award. The University’s Sustainability Showcase recognises the work that has been done over the last year by staff and students under various schemes aimed at reducing the University’s environmental impact. The Green Impact scheme is aimed at empowering people to make their workplaces more sustainable.
New research collaboration to rebuild chronic ulcers
Two British Universities, the Open University and the University of Oxford, have established a new research collaboration with the Chilean Biotech company, Concorcio Regenero. This is a major strategic commitment to develop an effective affordable treatment for chronic wounds. These are painful, incapacitating and life-threatening ulcers, which form because the body’s natural healing response breaks down. The aim is to develop an ambitious new tissue-engineered treatment for reconstructing chronic wounds.
Phurit (Mookie) Bovornchutichai wins prize for best oral presentation at the 6th Health Challenge Thailand conference.
Congratulations to Mr Phurit (Mookie) Bovornchutichai, a second year DPhil student supervised by Prof Cathy Ye within the Institute of Biomedical Engineering’s Tissue Engineering and Bioprocessing Group, for being awarded the prize for the best oral presentation at the 6th Health Challenge Thailand conference which was held at the Office of Educational Affairs, Royal Thai Embassy, London on 20th May 2017.
Professor Alison Noble announced as Fellow of the Royal Society
The Royal Society has just announced that Professor Alison Noble has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition for her ground-breaking biomedical image analysis research. Her work has advanced knowledge of how to automatically extract clinically-useful information from medical ultrasound scans. The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.
Environmental Sustainability
University of Oxford is committed to reducing it's environmental impact.
IBME Open Day
The IBME successfully held it's first Open Day to students in Year 10 - 12 from local schools.
‘Smart handpumps’ predict groundwater depth in Africa
Around one million hand pumps supply groundwater to people in rural Africa. Groundwater is used by around 200 million rural Africans every day because it is a widely available, reliable and safe source of drinking water. Yet according to a new research paper by the University of Oxford, although groundwater is critical to Africa’s growth and development, there is currently too little data to allow effective management of this critical resource. Researchers from the University’s Department of Engineering Science and the School of Geography and the Environment believe they have discovered a new way of addressing the problem using low-cost mobile technologies fitted to existing hand pumps.
IBME Researchers Feature in International Day of Women and Girls in Science
As part of International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11, the University of Oxford featured Professor Eleanor Stride and Dr Ana Namburete from the Department’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering. The General Assembly (United Nations) adopted a resolution on 22 December 2015, to establish an annual International Day to recognise the critical role women and girls play in science and technology communities.
Department of Engineering win MPLS Impact Award
Professor Constantin Coussios was announced as one of five winners of the 2017 MPLS Impact Awards on Tuesday 14th February at the MPLS Winter Party
New digital health products developed at the IBME to be commercialised by Drayson Technologies
Three new digital health products, developed in Professor Tarassenko’s research group at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering in collaboration with clinical colleagues in the Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust over the past seven years, promise significant improvements in patient health outcomes and reduced costs for the NHS.
Two prestigious fellowships awarded to post-doctoral researchers within Imaging at the IBME
Dr Heba Sailem and Dr Ana Namburete have been awarded prestigious fellowships
Bubbles, ultrasound and radiotherapy: creating a new approach to drug delivery
A team of researchers from the University of Oxford, including Professor Eleanor Stride from the Department’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, are sharing their respective expertise to unlock exciting new approaches in chemotherapy and radiotherapy using ultrasound.
Can bubbles cure cancer?
What do you think of when you hear the word ‘bubble?’ Does it make you think of soap bubbles you would have blown when you were a small child?
Machine Learning for Intelligent Healthcare Technologies
The EPSRC has funded eight new research projects that will help patients manage their health at home.The Oxford programme, named “ASPIRE”, and led by Professor David Clifton from the Department of Engineering Science, is funded with £1.9 million.The team includes the Computational Health Informatics (CHI) Lab, led by Professor Clifton, and the Department's Machine Learning Research Group, led by Professors Steve Roberts and Michael Osborne.
Innovation in Motion - 40 Years of the Oxford Knee
Nuffield Health has produced a unique documentary video to mark 40 years of the invention of the Oxford Knee, one of the most successful and widely used partial knee replacements in the world. The Oxford Knee was invented by Professor John O’Connor of Oxford University’s Department of Engineering Science and Mr John Goodfellow, a consultant surgeon at the Nuffield Orthopeadic Centre in Oxford.
The IBME is pleased to announce the commencement of its new MSc in Nanotechnology for Medicine and Healthcare
Oxford’s new MSc in Nanotechnology for Medicine and Healthcare builds on the world-leading research in nanomedicine at the University’s Engineering Science Institute of Biomedical Engineering and other departments in the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences (MPLS) Division and Medical Sciences Division.
Oxford talking about Stand up to Cancer
First Oxford Biodesign Full-time Research Programme Begins
The first nine month Oxford Biodesign Research Programme commenced on Monday, 26 September 2016.
The 2016 Alumni Weekend at the Department of Engineering Science
This year, during the University of Oxford’s tenth Alumni Weekend anniversary, the Department of Engineering Science main lecture theatre was full for two fascinating lectures on biomedical engineering. Engineering alumni as well as those from other subjects and non-alumni were treated to two stimulating talks on ‘Digital Health’ and ‘Engineering Tomorrow’s Therapies’. The talks were preceded by an update from the Head of Department on the 2020 Vision for Engineering Science in Oxford and this year’s Oxford Engineering Alumni (OEA) Annual General Meeting.
Dr James Cantley wins EIT Health Headstart/Proof-of-Concept Award September 2016
Dr James Cantley, a graduate of the Oxford Biodesign Short Programme 2015-16, pitched his GaitThaw project at the EIT Health Headstart/Proof-of-Concept Awards in Dublin on 5 September 2016.
NHS research funding to facilitate further collaboration between Oxford engineers and clinical collaborators
The University of Oxford and local NHS partners have won £126.5 million to support medical research. The money, from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), includes £113.7 million for the existing University of Oxford/ Oxford University Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and £12.8 million for a new Biomedical Research Centre specialising in mental health and dementia, run by the University and Oxford Health NHS Trust.
June 2016 - Professor Eleanor Stride makes top 50 Women in Engineering List
An inaugural list of the top 50 Women in Engineering has been published today (23 June 2016) in the Daily Telegraph for the first time to coincide with National Women in Engineering Day. Congratulations to Professor Eleanor Stride, from the Department’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, who is included in the top 50 Women in Engineering!
Professor Eleanor Stride makes top 50 Women in Engineering List
An inaugural list of the top 50 Women in Engineering has been published today (23 June 2016) in the Daily Telegraph for the first time to coincide with National Women in Engineering Day. Congratulations to Professor Eleanor Stride, from the Department’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, who is included in the top 50 Women in Engineering!
June 2016 - BBC interviews Professor Eleanor Stride about "bubbly" cancer therapy trials
May 2016 - Harriet Lea-Banks wins top student prize at 171st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America
Harriet Lea-Banks wins top student prize at 171st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America
Congratulations to Harriet Lea-Banks, a second-year DPhil student supervised by Professors Constantin Coussios and Eleanor Stride within the Institute of Biomedical Engineering's Biomedical Ultrasonics, Biotherapy and Biopharmaceuticals Laboratory (BUBBL), for being awarded the Best Student Paper Award for Biomedical Acoustics during the 171st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, held in Salt Lake City, Utah, between 23-27th May 2016.
Man AHL and the University of Oxford launch centre for machine learning
The Oxford-Man Institute, founded in 2007 as an innovative collaboration between the University of Oxford and Man Group, to become part of the Department of Engineering Science focused on machine learning
President Obama gives Engineering Science student a surprise mention
Maryam Ahmed, a DPhil student at the Department of Engineering Science studying at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training in Healthcare Innovation, had a surprise mention by President Obama this weekend.