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The First Oxford Institute of Biomedical Engineering Distinguished Lecturer Seminar

May 2013

In May 2013, the Department’s first Oxford Institute of Biomedical Engineering Distinguished Lecturer Seminar was delivered by Professor Mathias Fink, Professor of Physics, École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI) de la ville de Paris & Collège de France and Member of French Academy of Sciences. He is also the Founder and Director of the Laboratory Ondes et Acoustique at ESPCI that in 2009 became the Langevin Institute.

Professor Matthias FinkProfessor Fink’s lecture titled: “Biomedical applications of ultrasonic time-reversal: from cancer detection to functional imaging,” provided a fascinating insight into how his research on ultrasonic time-reversal methods applied to medicine and highlighted his commitment to making an impact in the real world of healthcare.

During his lecture he explained ‘how a time-reversal analysis technique of the data from an array of receivers produces a reconstruction of the transversed medium and an image of internal subject. The time-reversal analysis is made possible because the speed of sound’. Professor Fink said: “The result is a much improved signal-to-noise ratio which allows for faster scan times and more detail, both of which lead to improved specificity for detection of density changes due to diseases like cancer”.

Professor Fink has developed different techniques in acoustic imaging (transient elastography, supersonic shear imaging), wave focusing in inhomogeneous media (time-reversal mirrors), speckle reduction, and in ultrasonic laser generation. He holds more than 50 patents, and has published more than 300 articles. Four companies with close to 170 employees have been created from his research (Echosens, Sensitive Object,Supersonic Imagine and Time Reversal Communications).

The 2011 Oxford Medtronic Lecture

June 2011

Professor James Duncan from Yale University, USA, gave the fourth Oxford Medtronic Lecture, on Thursday, 9th June. His lecture titled, "Model-Based Strategies for Biomedical Image Analysis," focused on problem areas and visual examples of the brain structure and heart function.

Professor Duncan’s lecture highlighted image analysis strategies, mathematical techniques and a presentation of results obtained when analysing actual patient image data relating to the heart and brain.

Professor James S Duncan PhD, Ebenezer K. Hunt Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and Electrical Engineering, said: “The development of methods to accurately and reproducibly recover useful quantitative information from biomedical images is often hampered by uncertainties in handling the data related to: image acquisition parameters, the variability of normal biological, anatomical and physiological structure and function, the presence of disease or other abnormal conditions, and a variety of other factors.”

The 2010 Oxford Medtronic Lecture

June 2010

At the 2010 Oxford Medtronic lecture, over 120 academics, students and representatives from industry and government came to the Richard Doll Centre in Headington, Oxford, to hear Professor Mark Prausnitz, PhD talk about "biophysical methods of drug delivery". Professor Prausnitz is Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Centre for Drug Design, Development and Delivery at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Professor Prausnitz delivered an eloquent lecture illustrating the use of biomedical engineering techniques to enhance intracellular and transdermal drug delivery. In particular, he demonstrated the use of ultrasound to increase cell membrane permeability reversibly, and the exploitation of localised heating, abrasion and micro-needle technologies for improved transdermal drug and vaccine delivery.

The Regional Vice President of Medtronic for UK & Ireland, Mr Geoff Morris, OBE, highlighted the UK’s strong scientific base which provides an effective and successful platform for clinical research. He said: "Committing to the future of scientific research through graduate scholarships is crucial if the UK is going to make a significant contribution to global scientific research and the management of chronic disease."

The 2009 Oxford Medtronic Lecture

May 2009

The 2009 Medtronic Lecture in Biomedical Engineering was presented by Professor Roger G. Mark, MD, PhD entitled: "Integrating Data, Models, and Reasoning in Critical Care". Professor Mark is Distinguished Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, and Professor of Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Mr Stephen Mahle, Medtronic Executive Vice-President and Foundation Chair, also presented certificates to Medtronic scholars, Rebekah-Ann Cilia and Stéphanie Trine.