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The importance of bubbles...

Professor Constantin Coussios is interviewed by the BBC World Service on the biomedical applications of acoustic bubbles

Professor Constantin CoussiosWhether they be soap bubbles, bubbles in sea water, or micro-bubbles inside the human body, Bridget Kendall of the BBC World Service has been interviewing people to whom bubbles are of extreme importance. As well as Professor Constantin Coussios from the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, bubble physicist Helen Czerski and artist Bradley Hart have also been invited to explain why bubbles factor so heavily in their work.

In his own research, Professor Coussios puts nanobubbles inside the human body, tracking the tiny nano sized spheres as they make their way through the blood stream. His intent is to use these bubbles to deliver cancer drugs to where they are needed in the body, and then release these drugs into the affected tissue.

The BBC's 1-hour programme explores the significance of bubbles across oceanographic, biomedical and artistic applications, and is being broadcast on Sat 9 Aug 2014 at 21:06 GMT, Sun 10 Aug 2014 at 09:06 GMT and Mon 11 Aug 2014 at 02:06 GMT by the BBC World Service. The programme is also available online from the 9th August here: