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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.
Three prestigious IET awards for Department spin-out OrganOx
OrganOx Ltd, a spin-out co-founded by academics Professor Constantin Coussios in Engineering Science and Proffessor Peter Friend in Surgical Sciences, was recently awarded 3 out of 15 possible 2013 innovation awards by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), alongside its prototype development partner Team Consulting Limited.
New international initiative focuses on brain mechanics and trauma research
Dr Antoine Jérusalem, from the Department of Engineering Science, is one of the founders of a new international initiative that will focus research on brain problems. Along with colleagues from Oxford University, Purdue University, the Technical University of Madrid and the University of California they have established the International Brain Mechanics and Trauma Lab (IBMTL).
CDT in Healthcare Innovation Offers 7 Fully Funded Studentships for October 2014
The CDT in Healthcare Innovation is delighted to announce that it has 7 studentships to offer prospective candidates for entry in October 2014. The CDT aims to train well-rounded healthcare specialists who are fully conversant with the work of clinicians and the healthcare industry. Successful applicants will join an existing programme of around sixty students, plus academics, clinicians and entrepreneurs.
Funding boost to develop new patient monitoring system
A team of researchers in the Department’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME) and clinical staff from the Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Trust, led by Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBE, has developed an iPad-based early-warning system with Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funding. This is one of the projects funded by the ‘Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards’ £260 million NHS Technology Fund to improve patient safety.
Announcement of the 2013-2014 Sloane Robinson Foundation Scholarships
This year the Sloane Robinson Foundation has awarded two scholarships to graduates undertaking the Department of Engineering Science’s MSc course in Biomedical Engineering. The two students are Thaís Roque (Jesus College) from Brazil and Ritankar Das (Lincoln College) from India.
New spin-out to target Chinese market
Translating and packaging research and technologies for the Chinese market will be the mission of the latest spin-out company founded by Professor Zhanfeng Cui, the Department’s Donald Pollock Professor of Chemical Engineering based at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering. Oxford MESTAR has been set up by Isis Innovation, the University of Oxford’s technology commercialisation company.
Major boost for research into stem cell therapy and tissue engineering
The Department of Engineering Science research programme in the field of stem cell therapy and tissue engineering has received a major boost thanks to a £1.5m investment by China Bio-Med Regeneration Technology Limited (CBMRT).
The Institution of Engineering and Technology 2013 William James Award Winner
Congratulations to the Department's DPhil student, Joachim Behar, for winning this year's prestigious Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) 2013 William James Award. This month Joachim was presented with a prize, a plaque and a certificate in recognition of his work on "Non invasive foetal electrocardiography" at the IET Achievement Awards Ceremony in London.
Two prestigious MICCAI Young Scientist Awards
Two researchers from the Department’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering have each received one of this year’s prestigious Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI) Young Scientist Awards at the 2013 MICCAI Conference in Nagoya, Japan. The MICCAI Conference is one of the most important conferences in the field of medical image analysis.
"Objects of Invention" inspire engineers, schoolchildren, parents and teachers
Over the last twelve months, students from the Department of Engineering Science have participated in "Objects of Invention", a new initiative at Oxford University’s Museum of the History of Science.
Major boost for imaging technologies that improve cancer treatments
Recent research by the Department’s Biomedical Image Analysis (BioMedIA) Group, co-directed by Dr Julia Schnabel, played a key role in the University’s Oxford Cancer Imaging Centre receiving a multi-million pound boost as part of a national initiative to improve cancer treatments.
David Clifton receives Foreign and Commonwealth Office Award
Dr David Clifton, a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow in the Department of Engineering Science Institute of Biomedical Engineering, has been recognised in the 2013 Development Awards given annually by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), for work in the Southeast Asia region. This Award comes with a bursary.
Tiny sensor in pills could save the NHS millions
Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBE FREng FMedSci, from the Department’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, has been working with colleagues from the Medical Sciences Division on the first UK clinical trials of a ‘texting pill’ that contains a tiny silicon sensor, which triggers the sending of a text to say the pill has been swallowed. This follows a UK study, which found that £300 million a year is spent on medicines that end up being thrown away. Part of the wastage is due to people not taking medication, called ‘non-compliance’.
The Royal Academy of Engineering awards new Research Fellowship
Dr. David Clifton has been awarded a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship. The advanced fellowships, which are highly competitive (with two or three applications permitted per university), provide support for five years to outstanding researchers to enable them to establish independent research groups that are useful to industry or society.
Professor Zhanfeng Cui elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
Many congratulations to Professor Zhanfeng Cui (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 Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE). This is a richly deserved recognition of Professor Cui’s contributions to engineering.