EPSRC Major Grant Award for Transformational Approaches to Improving Hearing Aid Technology: A UCL and Brunel collaborative team has been awarded an EPSRC grant to develop novel acoustic sensors for the future generation of artificial cochlea implants. A multidisciplinary team led by Dr Wenhui Song, UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, in collaboration with Dr Jonathan Gale, Dr Hassan Zabalawi and Prof Shakeel Saeed, UCL Ear Institute, Dr Xiao Liu, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Dr Antonio Vilches and Mr Thomas Maltby, School of Engineering, Design and Physical Science, Brunel University, aims to develop piezo-nanofibre based acoustic device through nanomaterials, engineering and tissue engineering approaches. The new type of the sensors will have the potential to make future hearing aid or implant devices with better performance, biocompatibility, self-powering or low-power demand, thereby revolutionising hearing aid techniques. An £870K grant funded by EPSRC will support four postdoctoral researchers in this groundbreaking multi-disciplinary project that joins together three UCL Faculties and two London Universities – 27 April 2015
Professors Daniel Alexander, Simon Arridge, Sebastien Ourselin, and David Hawkes (CMIC) who have been awarded a £1.8m EPSRC Platform Grant for Medical image computing for next-generation healthcare technology
Dr Catherine Holloway is featured in ‘Work Wear’ (Professional Engineering) – 4 February 2015
Adrien Desjardins (Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering) has been awarded a €149,604 Proof of Concept grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to develop a new optical ultrasound medical device.
IBME Professor Sandro Olivo is featured in Physics World’s ‘Focus on Medical Imagining’ supplement in the article ‘Making the invisible visible‘ -February 2015
Professor Sandro Olivo and team featured in article about cutting edge research collaboration with Siemens set to “transform medical x-ray imaging”. The New X-Ray Revolution (Siemens) – 15 January 2015
Study led by Dr Jemma Kerns and Professor Allen Goodship (UCL Orthopaedics & Musculoskeletal Science) used Raman spectroscopy to analyse the chemical composition of bones from sailors, in Mary Rose’s crew was riddled with rickets (Daily Mail) – 16 December 2014
Professors Asterios Gavriilidis, Paola Lettieri (UCL Chemical Engineering), Thanh Nguyen (UCL P&A), Ivan Parkin (UCL Chemistry), Quentin Pankhurst (IBME), Drs Vivek Dua, Junwang Tang, and Luca Mazzei (UCL Chemical Engineering) have been awarded a £3.2m EPSRC Manufacturing Advanced Functional Materials grant for “Advanced flow technology for healthcare materials manufacturing” in collaboration with Brunel University
RAMAN study: 100th participant completed! Raman is a collaborative study by University College London (UCL), the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) which aims to develop spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS) for the diagnosis of bone disorders and disease – 5th November 2014
UCL has been awarded £13.5 million for a number of projects to help advance clinical research. We are pleased to announce that IBME affiliates Professor Mark Emberton & Dr Shonit Punwani’s research in ‘Theranostic Approach to Patients with Cancer’ has been awarded £5.3M; also IBME’s Professors Tarek Yousry and Nick Fox’s research in ‘Dementia Imaging’ has been awarded £1.2M. UCL awarded £13.5 million to advance medical research facilities. – 23 October 2014
Save the date: The UCL Centre for Behaviour Change‘s upcoming conference in 23 & 24th February 2015 on ‘Harnessing New Technology For Health Behaviour Change’ – abstract submission call to open soon. See Flyer (pdf)
IBME’s Dr Eric De Silva, Associate Director for Research & Development, was invited to be on-board the steering committee for UCL Centre for Behaviour Change‘s forthcoming conference entitled “Harnessing new technology in health behaviour change” and was invited to join the Science, Medicine, and Society Network Executive Group.
Professor Paolo De Coppi, Clinical Reader at UCL Institute of Child Health and Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, was awarded a NIHR Research Professorship. The award will provide £2M over 5 years to develop and pioneer an artificial oesophagus as a novel therapy for oesophageal atresia, a condition affecting newborns where part of the oesophagus is absent.
IBME affiliate Prof Ivan Parkin (Chemistry) has been awarded the Royal Society Armourers and Brasiers’ Prize for his exceptional work into the development and commercialization of inorganic-oxide self-cleaning coatings for windows and anti-microbial coatings to combat hospital acquired infections.
VIDEO – Have you seen the Wearable Exoskeleton video for the UCL WAM – Wearable Assistive Material project, by Professor Nick Tyler, Professor Mark Miodownik, Xenia Karekla? Have a look here: UCL WAM – Wearable Assistive Material
IBME gets NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Challenge Award for “Orbital implantation of biocompatible magnets for the treatment of severe visual impairment due to intractable nystagmus” – 9 December 2013
Sandro Olivo (Med Phys) has won a £290k EPSRC grant for research on “Three-dimensional quantitative x-ray phase imaging” – 21 June 2013
Paul Beard, Ben Cox, Adrien Desjardins, Simeon West (Med Phys), Rehan Haidry, Laurence Lovat (Surgery), and Malcolm Finlay (Inst. Cardiovascular Science) have won a £629k EPSRC grant on “Endoscopic photoacustic devices for minimally invasive biomedical sensing and imaging” – 21 June 2013
Professor Peng Tee Khaw, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, receives a knighthood “for services to ophthalmology” as one of the foremost ophthalmologist researchers in the field of glaucoma and ocula healing. He has taken his laboratory research through to clinical trials, resulting in improved glaucoma surgery outcomes and developed the Moorfields safer surgery system, which has been adopted around the world – 18 June 2013
Nader Saffari (Mechanical Eng) is recipient of an EPSRC responsive mode grant in “Sound bullets for enhanced biomedical ultrasound systems”, joint with Warwick and Leeds; the UCL component is £288k
Rachel McKendry (LCN) is PI on the recently awarded £11.1M EPSRC Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) in “Early-Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases” joint between UCL, Newcastle, Surrey, Imperial and LSHTM. UCL CoIs are R Weiss (Immunology), Anne Johnson and D Pillay (Infection & Population Health), Quentin Pankhurst (IBME), Andreas Demosthenous (EEE) and Ingemar Cox (Computer Science).
Martin Birchall has been awarded TSB/MRC ￼BIOMEDICAL CATALYST FUNDING for RegenVOX: phase I/II clinical trial of stem cell based tissue engineered laryngeal implants
Karin Shmueli has won a £124k EPSRC First Grant on “Optimising magnetic susceptibility mapping to enhance MRI of microbubbles”
Nick Tyler (Civil), Mark Miodownik (Mechnical Engineering), Quentin Pankhurst (IBME), Ivan Parkin (Chemistry) and Peter Smitham (Orthopaedics) have won a £994k EPSRC grant titled “Wearable Assistive Materials”
Clare Elwell, Jem Hebden, Adam Gibson, Ilias Tactsidis and Nick Everdell (Medical Physics), and Martin Smith (Neurology) have won a £993k EPSRC grant titled “Multimodal neuroimaging: novel engineering solutions for clinical applications and assistive technologies
David Hawkes (CMIC), Danny Alexander (CS) and Paul Taylor (Health Info) have been awarded a £812k EPSRC grant titled “Medical imaging markers of cancer initiation, progression and therapeutic response in the breast based on tissue microstructure”