Lunch hour lectures repository Autumn 2010
- Incest and folk-dancing: why sex survives
- Eyeing the brain
- Bubbles in the blood: from the 'bends' to magic bullets
- From dust to diamonds
- What does London owe to slavery?
- Breast screening: some inconvenient truths
- Piracy: The law of the high seas
- Doomed to fail? The challenges of coalition government for Westminster and Whitehall
- Who or what killed Franz Ferdinand?
- Energising the city
- Philosophy and public policy
- Light and darkness in the accelerating universe
- Can HIV treatment stop the AIDS epidemic?
- The missing 650 million?
- Listening to foreign judges from far away places: Why the European Court of Human Rights is a good idea
- Angels, putti, dragons and fairies: A biological dissection
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Bubbles in the blood: from the 'bends' to magic bullets
22 October 2010
Tuesday 19 October 2010
Dr Eleanor Stride (UCL Mechanical Engineering)
The presence of bubbles in the blood stream is normally considered to be highly undesirable. Celebrated as the undetectable murder weapon in the plots of 1930s detective novels, they certainly represent an all too real hazard for deep sea divers and astronauts. There are, however, a rapidly growing number of biomedical applications in which bubbles can offer significant benefits. In this talk Eleanor Stride will describe how bubbles have transformed the state of the art in ultrasound imaging and are emerging as powerful therapeutic tools in treatments for major diseases including stroke and cancer.
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