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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.
Body temperature machine perfusion technique improves liver transplant success
Preserving livers at body temperature has been shown to improve transplant success and to increase the number of viable donor livers available for transplant, which could lead to shorter waiting lists for patients and lower mortality rates.
The Royal Academy of Engineering funds global research visionaries to advance emerging technologies
The Royal Academy of Engineering has today announced long-term support to ten engineering global-visionaries to develop areas of emerging technology. One of the ten Chairs is Professor Tim Denison, who will take up the post of Professor of Neurotechnology at the University of Oxford in August 2018.
Two IBME DPhil students win prizes in national EPSRC science photography competition
Estelle Beguin and Tayo Sanders II were among the prize-winners in a national photography competition which received over 100 entries from researchers in receipt of EPSRC funding.
Estelle Beguin wins Best Poster Award at 23rd European symposium on Ultrasound Contrast Imaging
Congratulations to 4th year DPhil student Estelle Beguin, who was awarded the best poster prize in the category: “New Direction I” for her work on the: “Interplay between functionalising and stabilising lipid microbubbles for magnetic targeting” at the 23rd European symposium on Ultrasound Contrast Imaging on 18-19 January 2018.
Normothermic Machine Perfusion for Organ Preservation
Featured on the Economist and the BBC
Blows not concussion cause brain disease, according to new research
The effects of repeat concussion injuries on athletes, particularly American football and rugby players, is one of the biggest concerns in competitive sports today. However, a new Oxford University collaboration suggests that blows to the head can cause lasting trauma - even in the absence of signs of concussion.
Selfies, Space and Surgery: How digital imaging sensors have shaped our world
In celebration of the winners collecting the 2017 QEPrize from Buckingham Palace earlier this week, an event was hosted at the Science Museum on 7 December 2017.
Mila Omar wins Highscorer EuroEcho-Imaging 2017 Abstract nomination at the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) Conference.
Phurit (Mookie) Bovornchutichai is highly commended at The Anglo-Thai Society Education Awards 2017.
Congratulations to Phurit (Mookie) Bovornchutichai, a third year CDT in Healthcare Innovation DPhil student co-supervised by Prof Cathy Ye (Tissue Engineering and Bioprocessing Group, IBME) and Prof Eric Edward O'Neill (Department of Oncology), who was highly commended in the Engineering and Technology category at The Anglo-Thai Society Education Awards 2017.
Oxford iGEM team wins Gold medal and Award for Best Diagnostics Project
The 2017 Oxford University iGEM team have just returned from the competition in Boston with not only a Gold medal and also the, extremely competitive, award for Best Diagnostics Project in the Undergraduate category. In addition they were nominated for five further awards for best presentation, wiki, model, integrated human practices and best applied design.
Salters’ Centenary Award in Chemical Engineering
Congratulations to Bo Zhang, 2nd Year DPhil student in the Department of Engineering Science (Kellogg College), for being awarded one of four Salters’ Centenary Awards in Chemical Engineering. To celebrate its Centenary in 2018 the Salters’ Institute has set up a new award scheme for postgraduate chemists and chemical engineers.
Professors Eleanor Stride and Roger Reed elected Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering
Many congratulations to Professors Eleanor Stride and Roger Reed, in the Department of Engineering Science, who have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng). This is a richly deserved recognition of their contributions to engineering. Fifty of the UK’s top engineers have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering, in a stellar list that includes some of the world’s leading innovators and business people.
The Royal Academy of Engineering Colin Campbell Mitchell Award
The Royal Academy of Engineering is to present this year’s Colin Campbell Mitchell Award to three Oxford-based researchers who have developed an innovative, non-contact health monitoring technology capable of observing a patient’s vital signs via a standard digital video camera. The team, who work for Oxehealth, a company spun out from Professor Tarassenko’s lab in the Department’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME), will be presented with the prize at the Academy’s Research Forum on 4 September. Before joining Oxehealth, two of the three award winners, Oliver Gibson and Nic Dunkley, were DPhil students in the IBME.
Congratulations to the Oxford Biodesign Short Programme 'InVent' Team
A team from the Oxford Biodesign Short Course has won a place in the IMAGINE IF! local finals.
Congratulations to two members of the Biomedical Image Analysis Group on their Best Poster Award
Landmark Strategic Research Agreement will benefit millions of NHS patients
A five-year Strategic Research Agreement (SRA) between Drayson Technologies, the University of Oxford and the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) has just been announced. Millions of NHS patients are set to benefit from the commercialisation of cutting edge technologies invented in Oxford. Underpinned by the University’s academic research excellence, engineering expertise from the Department and the Trust’s clinical validation, the ground-breaking SRA will create a pathway for the production of world-class digital health products, commercialised globally by Drayson Technologies.
June 2017- Organ preservation and therapeutic ultrasound expert wins Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal
Organ preservation and therapeutic ultrasound expert wins Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal
Cold storage of human organs for transplant could be a thing of the past thanks to the work of biomedical engineer Professor Constantin Coussios, Director of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, who is to receive the Royal Academy of Engineering’s prestigious Silver Medal later this month for work including a ground-breaking method of preserving functioning organs at body temperature. He will receive the medal at the Academy Awards Dinner in London today.
June 2017 - Professor Eleanor Stride on Radio 4 Women's Hour
Women in science: why female mentors matter in engineering
It’s no secret that of all the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) specialisms, the engineering industry has the biggest diversity problem. Just nine per cent of the UK’s engineers are female, and a disappointing six per cent of those in professional engineering roles are from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.
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.