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Best Paper Award is “huge boost” for cardiac imaging researchers
Cardiovascular diseases account for 17.9 million deaths each year, representing 30% of global mortality rates. Research undertaken by a pair of Oxford DPhil students aims to use automation to help clinicians in their diagnoses – and a prize awarded at a top heart imaging conference represents a big vote of confidence in their work.
Future of engineering previewed at 45th annual Lubbock Lecture
For the past 45 years in May, the Department of Engineering Science has invited a world-leading engineer to deliver the prestigious Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture. This year, speakers Sophie Mougard and Antoine Picon, of École des Ponts ParisTech, focussed on potential future of engineering. Here’s our look back at the highlights.
BUBBL DPhil student receives IET Scholarship
Postgraduate researcher Oliver Vince has been announced as one of just five recipients of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)’s coveted 2019 scholarship awards. The prize recognizes his work in the non-invasive delivery of drugs to treat microscopic brain tumors.
Crowdfunding campaign is your chance to help bring clean drinking water to the developing world
A team at the University of Oxford is calling for donations to a project that aims to provide reliable access to drinking water for communities in rural Africa – using ‘smart handpump’ technology developed by a former student here.
Engineering Science spinout OrganOx shortlisted for MacRobert Award 2019
The Royal Academy of Engineering has announced the finalists for the 2019 MacRobert Award, the most prestigious prize for UK engineering innovation.
AI under the microscope at John Radcliffe Hospital
Artificial intelligence, machine learning and adaptive algorithms have the potential to transform the way healthcare operates. Professor Lionel Tarassenko, Head of the Department of Engineering Science, chaired a panel discussing this shift at the John Radcliffe Hospital.
Engineering Science announces new Head of Department
Professor Ronald A. Roy has been announced as the new Head of the Department of Engineering Science from September 2019
How mathematical models developed for the oil industry could transform the way we bring stroke drugs to market
Mathematical modelling research taking place in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering is allowing researchers to ‘peer inside’ the human brain – using techniques developed for the oil and natural gas industries.
Call for AI specialists to take part in endoscopy challenge
This April, Artificial Intelligence algorithm developers and enthusiasts will have the chance to take part in a challenge that could change the way we diagnose and plan treatments for a whole range of conditions.
Young engineer nominated to attend global summit in Singapore
DPhil student Laura Diment (Brasenose College) recently returned from the 2019 Global Young Scientists Summit in Singapore (20-25 January).
Engineering student’s AI research improving hospital patient flow wins national prizes
Jennifer Bishop’s work on developing AI algorithms to improve the flow of patients through hospitals won two national prizes during 2018 - the IMechE "Vicon Award for Best Medical Engineering Undergraduate" and the Dennis Hill award for "Best MEng or MSc Student in Biomedical Engineering".
NICE approves machine perfusion of livers for transplantation for use in the NHS
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has approved the use in the NHS of ex-vivo machine perfusion for preservation of livers donated for transplants
Treating cancers with poor prognoses
Jonathan Vince, a 1st year DPhil Student at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, was awarded an Industrial Fellowship by the Royal Commission of 1851, on improving selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) with ultrasound under the supervision of Professor Eleanor Stride
Department of Engineering Science: 2018 in Review
The IBME is one of the five institutes at the Department of Engineering Science.
‘Good Vibrations’ project uses soap bubbles to reveal the wonders of neurons
The engineer Nikola Tesla famously said, “If you want to understand the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration”.
Oxford’s first overseas research centre for physical science and engineering opens in China
Eight Engineering Science academics will lead research focussed around biomedical engineering and healthcare, environment and biotechnology, and nanotechnology and functional materials
New report calls for cultural shift in use of patient data by NHS and health technology companies
A radical culture change in the NHS and across the health data and medical technology community is needed to ensure the NHS can deliver the benefits of new health technologies, says a new report co-authored by a University of Oxford scientist.
Undergraduate research could revolutionise prenatal healthcare
Our Engineering Science undergraduates conduct an intensive research project in their fourth year of study. This year, one Information Engineering specialist has seen his project honoured with the highly sought-after Qualcomm prize.
Prestigious international scholarship for IBME student
Just a handful of Canadian Centenial Scholarships are awarded each year – and one University of Oxford postgraduate has been recognised with this coveted award.
Outreach Event: Uncovering the secrets of the Black Panther
As any fan of Marvel’s Black Panther could tell you, the nation of Wakanda is home to scientific marvels far beyond anything the outside world has ever seen.
Former Fellow and Tutor in Engineering Science awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from University College Dublin
Congratulations to Professor John O'Connor, former Fellow and Tutor in Engineering Science at St Peter's, and now an Emeritus Fellow of the college, who has been awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from University College Dublin.
Postdoctoral researcher shares his outreach expertise with Romania conference delegates
Since 2016, the Oxford for Romania charity has been delivering a week-long summer school here in Oxford. They offer an enriching educational experience for Romanian students with great academic potential and limited financial means.
Showcase of Oxford’s leading role in AI healthcare revolution
Oxford’s cutting-edge work in AI techniques that promise to transform healthcare has been showcased on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
Professors Tarassenko and Noble join distinguished speakers at FORUM Lecture
Professors Lionel Tarassenko, Oxford University’s Professor of Electrical Engineering and Head of Engineering Science, and Alison Noble, Professor of Biomedical Engineering took part in the fully-booked 2018 FORUM Annual Lecture, ‘Transforming healthcare through engineering and technology’, on Wednesday 5 September.
Life-saving clean water project celebrated at inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation Awards
Smart Handpumps, a project which aims to preserve access to clean drinking water in the developing world, has been announced as the overall winner of the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation Awards. The awards honour the best interdisciplinary research from across the University of Oxford.
Focussed ultrasound and nanomedicine offer new hope for improving effects of cancer drugs
Researchers have made a breakthrough in more precisely targeting drugs to cancers. Using ultrasound and lipid drug carriers (liposomes), a multi-disciplinary team of biomedical engineers, oncologists, radiologists and anaesthetists at the University of Oxford have developed a new way to improve the targeting of cancer drugs to tumours. The new technology has been used in humans for the very first time, with ultrasound remotely triggering and enhancing the delivery of a cancer drug to the tumour.
World’s best video camera to develop cures for deadliest cancers
The Rosalind Franklin Institute (RFI) today launched an ambitious new project to build the world’s most advanced real-time high-speed video camera, the key to understanding new techniques that use light and sound to treat some of the most lethal forms of cancer.
University Diversity Award for champion of refugee students
IBME DPhil student Thaís Roque has won the coveted University of Oxford Vice Chancellor’s Diversity Award (Student category) for her work championing and fundraising for refugee students in the University.
“Nature” Cover Hails Biomedical Engineering Advance in Liver Transplantation
This week’s cover of “Nature” (Volume 557 Issue 7703, 3 May 2018) illustrates the concept of normothermic machine perfusion as an improved means of preserving, testing and rescuing livers prior to transplantation.
Best Paper prize for Machine Learning in Healthcare paper
Dr. Tingting Zhu, a junior research fellow in the Department and Glen Wright Colopy, a doctoral student at the Department’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME), have been recognised for their work at the IEEE Biomedical & Health Informatics Conference (BHI) that took place in March in Las Vegas, USA.