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Department wins two Healthcare Technologies Challenge Awards
Nine researchers, working on innovative projects that promise to improve healthcare diagnosis and treatment, across a wide spread of issues, have been announced as the first recipients of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s (EPSRC) “Healthcare Technologies Challenge Awards”. Two of these researchers are working in the Department of Engineering Science – congratulations to Professors Antoine Jerusalem and David Clifton.
Text messages can help reduce blood pressure
An Oxford University led study by the Department of Engineering Science Institute of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Primary Health Care Sciences, working with the University of Cape Town in South Africa, has found that text message reminders can help reduce people’s blood pressure.
Wireless technology and tablet computing to improve patient safety comes to John Radcliffe Hospital
A project to replace bedside paper charts with “early warning” tablet computers to identify at risk patients at Oxfordshire acute hospitals is now being rolled out at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital.
Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Oxford’s innovation in biomedical engineering
Oxford University’s pioneering work in biomedical engineering has been recognised with a Queen’s Anniversary Prize.
IBME researchers part of winning team of the international MICCAI 2015 Challenge on Liver Ultrasound Tracking
Congratulations to Andre Hallack Miranda Pureza and Dr Bartek Papiez from the Biomedical Image Analysis (BioMedIA) Laboratory at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME), who were part of the Oxford based team who won the MICCAI 2015 Challenge on Liver Ultrasound Tracking. Dr Amalia Cifor, previously BioMedIA, now Mirada was also part of the winning team.
£1.5 million deal for biotechnology research
Oxford University has signed an agreement with two companies that will see up to £1.5 million invested into healthcare research.
Oxford "Smart Water" Project wins at World Water Week
A project, based on research undertaken jointly by the University of Oxford’s Department of Engineering Science and School of Geography and the Environment, has won “best poster” prize at World Water Week, held in Stockholm, Sweden.
New collaboration to help patients at risk of admission to intensive care
A new collaboration bringing together researchers and clinicians from Oxford and Portsmouth has been awarded £1.8m of funding to develop a new electronic system designed to recognise deteriorating patients in hospitals.
The First Wadham Engineering Reunion
For the first time the Department of Engineering Science co-hosted an Engineering reunion with Wadham College alumni and Fellows.
Oxford awarded major programme for groundwater research in Africa
Oxford University researchers have been awarded £1.9m within UPGro: “Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor”, an initiative funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, the Department for International Development, and the Economic and Social Research Council. This three-year programme of research links the Computational Health Informatics Lab (in the Department of Engineering Science Institute of Biomedical Engineering) to the School of Geography and the Environment.
Professor Ronald A Roy is the new Vice President-Elect of the Acoustical Society of America
Congratulations to Professor Ronald A. Roy, Statutory Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Department of Engineering Science, who has been elected Vice President-Elect of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). His term began on 22nd May 2015 and he will automatically assume the office of Vice-President on 27 May 2016.
New website marks launch of REACH: improving water security for the poor
A new website has just been launched to mark a seven-year, global programme of research (2015-2022) titled: REACH. REACH, led by Oxford University and funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), aims to improve water security for over 2.5 million poor people by 2022.
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.