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Mobile phones help to beat hypertension
Lifestyle-related disease is on the rise in South Africa, including high blood pressure. A partnership involving Oxford University, including academics and DPhil students from the Department of Engineering Science Institute of Biomedical Engineering, is putting the nation’s extensive mobile phone network to work in beating the disease.
Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Oxford receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant for ground-breaking research in global health and development
The Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME), part of the Department of Engineering Science, and Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (NDOG) at the University of Oxford recently announced that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The award will enable Ana Namburete from the Biomedical Image Analysis Laboratory at the IBME and Bryn Kemp (NDOG) to collaborate on an innovative global health and development research project, titled “A Machine Learning-Based Tool to Estimate Gestational Age”. Designed specifically for non-specialist healthcare workers within low-income settings, the product uses ultrasound images of the fetal brain to automatically estimate gestational age (GA).
Professor Alison Noble OBE FREng receives the IFMBE Laura Bassi Award for an Outstanding Female Researcher in Medical and Biological Engineering
Congratulations to Professor Alison Noble, the Department of Engineering Science Director of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, for being awarded the inaugural Laura Bassi award of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE).
Major funding will help our ability to search and analyse large volumes of images and videos
Seebibyte: Visual Search for the Era of Big Data is a large multi-faceted research effort that has been awarded £4.5 million by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Programme Grant. This research aims to enhance quality of life by improving healthcare capabilities, surveillance, the environmental monitoring of roads, as well as new means of enjoying digital media in the home. Led by Professor Andrew Zisserman, the project will be based at the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford and will be supported by four Co-Investigators; Professor Alison Noble, Professor Andrea Vedaldi, Professor Jens Rittscher and Professor Philip Torr.
New 'drug delivery' technique could transform treatment of major diseases
Congratulations to Professor Eleanor Stride, a world expert in biomedical engineering from the Department of Engineering Science, who has won the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize. Professor Stride argues that instead of inventing new drugs, making better use of the drugs we already have available by targeting them to the affected part of the body could hold the answer to tackling many of today’s life threatening diseases.
Dr Mattias Heinrich wins best thesis award
Many congratulations to Dr Mattias Heinrich (St Hilda’s College), from the Department of Engineering Science, for winning the British Machine Vision Association and Society for Pattern Recognition (BMVA) Sullivan Thesis Prize for the best UK PhD thesis in Computer Vision.
Oxford University and UK Government to lead research to improve global water security
A new global research project led by the University of Oxford, involving Professor Ian Thompson and Dr David Clifton of the Department of Engineering Science, and backed by the British Government will help hundreds of millions of people in Africa and South Asia to have reliable access to water. Announced by International Development Minister Baroness Northover, the seven-year research project will receive a £15 million grant from the Department for International Development.
"One of the greatest challenges of our century" ...
Described by Professor Andrew Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, as ‘one of the greatest challenges of our century’, the 2015 Oxford Brain Mechanics Workshop sought to highlight the complexity inherent in studying the brain.
Winner of the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering - Dr Robert Langer
Chemical engineer Dr Robert Langer has just been announced as the winner of the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering ‘for his revolutionary advances and leadership in engineering at the interface with chemistry and medicine’.
Dr Joshua Owen wins Young Investigator prize at International Symposium
Prestigious international prize for Professor Eleanor Stride’s research to reduce side effects of treatments for major diseases
Professor Eleanor Stride, from the Department of Engineering Science Institute of Biomedical Engineering and a world expert in biomedical engineering, has been awarded a prestigious international prize from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Oxford named a key founder of Alan Turing Institute
Oxford is one of five universities selected to lead the Alan Turing Institute, Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, announced today. Oxford University will play a key role in the creation and the activities of the Alan Turing Institute.
Oxford Engineering is ranked best UK Engineering Department
According to the official UK-wide assessment of university research, REF2014, published on 18th December 2014, the Department of Engineering Science is the best engineering department in the country.
New Technology Centre with China’s Regenerative Medicine Industry
China Bio-Med Regeneration Technology Limited (CBMRT) and the University of Oxford have just announced the establishment of a new centre for engineering focusing on stem cell therapies and tissue regeneration. The £7.5m collaboration between CBMRT and Oxford University will not only fund a new centre but also support 20 graduate studentships.
New international partnership to provide affordable healthcare in India
Researchers from the Department's Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME), in partnership with The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc), have been awarded a 4 year project (totaling approximately £1million) from the Wellcome Trust to develop affordable prostheses for the large majority of the Indian population.
National award for project providing better care for women with diabetes during pregnancy
A project which has harnessed technology to improve care for women who develop diabetes during pregnancy has won a national prize. The team behind GDm-health - the gestational diabetes smartphone app - received the Best Digital Initiative trophy at the Quality in Care Diabetes Awards.
Winners of the international annual PhysioNet/Computing in Cardiology Challenge
Congratulations to Alistair Johnson, Joachim Behar, Fernando Andreotti, Julien Oster and Gari Clifford from the Department’s Intelligent Patient Monitoring Group at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME), who have won the final phase of the PhysioNet/Computing in Cardiology Challenge 2014.
The 2014 Alumni Weekend - a first for the Department
Saturday, 20th September is a day to remember - for the first time, over 200 alumni and non-alumni enjoyed a series of scintillating events staged by the Department of Engineering Science.
September 2014 - BUBBL/CDT student, Susan Graham - Singularity University Graduate Studies Programme
IBME paper selected for special recognition by the International Medical Informatics Association
The International Medical Informatics Association has selected a recent paper from the IBME for its "best paper" awards, in the category of "Sensor, Signal, and Imaging Informatics".
August 2014 - Professor Coussios interviewed by BBC World Service
The importance of bubbles...
Professor Constantin Coussios is interviewed by the BBC World Service on the biomedical applications of acoustic bubbles
National Women in Engineering Day 23rd June 2014
National Women in Engineering Day has been set up by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to celebrate its 95th anniversary. It takes place on 23 June 2014. The aim is to celebrate the work that women do in engineering, and to showcase the great engineering careers that are available for girls.
Major EPSRC Programme Grant to Support New Oxford Centre for Drug Delivery Devices
Oxford-Technikos venture capital deal yields tenth Isis Innovation spin-out
The 2006 deal in which London-based venture capital fund Technikos provided £12m for the University of Oxford’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME) in return for half of the University’s equity in new companies based on IBME intellectual property, has notched up its tenth spin-out company.
Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
Congratulations to Professor Zhanfeng Cui, FREng (the Department’s Donald Pollock Professor of Chemical Engineering, Director of the Oxford Centre for Tissue Engineering and Bioprocessing, and Fellow of Hertford College) who has been elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). He recently received this prestigious award at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC.
Professor Alison Noble elected Fellow of the Women’s Engineering Society
Professor Alison Noble OBE FREng has been elected a Fellow of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) - the highest grade of membership, which was introduced in 2013.
Updated 30/03/2014: Professor Tarassenko speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos
Lionel Tarassenko CBE, the Department’s Professor in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, together with other academics from Oxford University, joined business leaders, politicians and heads of state from around the world in Davos, Switzerland this week for the World Economic Forum’s 2014 Annual Meeting.
Brain Workshop demonstrates the convergence of scientific disciplines
The convergence of the scientific disciplines has gathered pace in recent years and nowhere was this more visible than in the 2014 Oxford Brain Mechanics Workshop held in Oxford on 13 and 14 January 2014. Understanding the brain, its pathology, injury and healing is no longer just a priority for clinicians but is a field where data analysis and mathematical modelling can work with clinical practice to further our understanding of the most complex of human organs.
Oxford spin-out to use ultrasound to treat cancer and back pain
A new spin-out, created by engineering academics Professor Constantin Coussios, Dr Robert Carlisle and Dr Christian Coviello, will use ultrasound technology to deliver advanced therapies for difficult-to-treat cancers and chronic low back pain.