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Shedding light on liver surgery with photoacoustics

A £493,957 Cancer Research UK grant awarded to Professor Paul Beard, Prof Brian Davidson and colleagues has the potential to boost outcomes for liver cancer surgery. Their research will develop a pioneering new imaging technique, known as photoacoustic imaging (PAI), for use in laparoscopic liver surgery for the first time. The heightened image contrast provided by PAI should make the site and extent of the cancers easier for surgeons to detect and guide their surgical excision.

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WEISS Away Day: launching the centre's new platforms

On 18 July, the WEISS community came together for an action-packed Away Day. Hosted at the Royal Society, the location was a fitting backdrop for celebrating scientific discovery, innovation, and collaboration.

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GIFT-Grab: facilitating advanced clinical imaging

Medical imaging has developed substantially in the last centuries from scantily recognisable finger bones in early X-Rays to miniaturised flexible endoscopes. The impressive progress in this field has produced today’s cutting-edge data analysis and image processing software. Yet even as we speak, the potential of these new technologies is not fully exploited for clinical imaging methods that rely on real-time video streams from medical devices such as endoscopes.

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Introduction to Medical Device Regulation workshop

We have received EPSRC Training Funds to run a two day workshop this year providing an “Introduction to Medical Device Regulation” for students working within the WEISS Centre or other medical device development projects across the university. 

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GIFT-Surg Symposium & RSG in Leuven

This month GIFT-Surg staff and students came together at KU Leuven to host a symposium on “Recent Developments in Assistive Technology for Fetal Therapy and Surgery” to mark 3 and half years of the project.

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Relocation to Charles Bell House complete

Wellcome / EPSRC Centre Interventional and Surgical Sciences (WEISS) researchers and professional services staff have officially relocated to Charles Bell House as of Thursday 7 December 2017.

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Ultrasound imaging needle to transform heart surgery

Heart tissue can be imaged in real-time during keyhole procedures using a new optical ultrasound needle developed by researchers at UCL and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). 

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Randomised control trial begins at NHNN to test effectiveness of robotic control in EpiNav platform

The EpiNav™ project is an interactive neuro-navigation system to assist in planning and guiding surgical interventions for patients with epilepsy. It is a collaborative effort between researchers from the Institute of Healthcare Engineering (led by WEISS), the UCL Institute of Neurology, and the NHNN. The work is led by principal investigators Prof John Duncan and Prof Sebastien Ourselin, engineering lead Rachel Sparks, the neurosurgical consultants Mr Andrew McEvoy and Ms Anna Miserocchi, and senior clinical researcher Vejay Vakharia.

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i4i award £1m to develop new cellular delivery methods in Ophthalmology

A team led by Dr Christos Bergeles and Prof Lyndon da Cruz in collaboration with co- investigators Dr M. Jorge Cardoso and Dr Danail Stoyanov have been awarded £1million through the NIHR Invention for Innovation scheme. The project will focus on creating a flexible, robotic tool which clinicians can use to deliver cellular therapies to the retina for conditions such as age related macular degeneration.

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