Surgery and Interventional Science



Actor Sylvester McCoy helps UCL teach patients about ankle arthritis.

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Even a Time Lord suffers wear and tear over the years, just like the rest of us.  After many years playing a huge variety of roles including Dr Who and a wizard in the recent worldwide hit film The Hobbit, actor Sylvester McCoy’s past caught up with him:  “As an actor I would tumble downstairs or fall out of windows for a laugh, not realising that years later I would suffer for it”.  However, he is not alone. In the UK more than 30,000 patients each year suffer from pain, stiffness and a reduced quality of life as a result of arthritis of the ankle.

Senior Promotions 2014

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The Division is delighted to announce that four of its staff members have been successful in their applications for promotion in the 2014 Senior Promotions Process.

Clinical Research Workshop - Thursday 10th July 2014

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Dr Catherine Elliot, Director of Clinical Research Interests, MRC

The Division held its first ever clinical research workshop, aimed at existing or intended clinical academics who were seeking guidance on the clinical fellowship application process.

MSc in Performing Arts Medicine - an interview with the BMJ

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What is Performing Arts Medicine?

Dr Jennie Morton, Honorary Lecturer in the Division, answers this and a host of other related questions in an interview with the British Medical Journal earlier this month.

Prasad Sawadkar, PhD student, awarded Best Scientific Oral Presentation at TCES annual meeting

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Congratulations to Prasad Sawadkar, final year PhD student based at the Stanmore Campus, who has been awarded best scientific oral presentation at the annual UK meeting of the Tissue and Cell Engineering Society (TCES), held in Newcastle earlier this month. The title of his talk was “Engineering of a functional tendon” and was an in vivo study to replace traditional tendon auto grafts.

Dr Dimitri Mikhailidis announced as top expert in research of hyperlipidemias

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As part of its continuing program to highlight expertise and excellence in healthcare, Expertscape recognizes Dr Dimitri Mikhailidis, Reader in Chemical Pathology & Human Metabolism at the Royal Free Campus, as one of the world's top experts in the research of hyperlipidemias.

Staff Spotlight - Dr Rui Loureiro

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Dr Rui Loureiro

This month, the spotlight is on Dr Rui Loureiro, ASPIRE Senior Lecturer at the Stanmore Campus.

UCL Provost visits Stanmore

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UCL Provost at Stanmore

The UCL President and Provost, Professor Michael Arthur, visited the Division’s Stanmore campus earlier this month, to meet staff and students from the Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science (IOMS) and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH).

Public Engagement: Building Bridges Project - Science Museum 2014

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Melissa Bovis @ Science Museum

Having recently collaborated with the Science Museum in February this year where she hosted a Nanotechnology workshop at the Science Museum’s Lates event, Melissa Bovis, Research Associate, teamed up with the Museum for a second time this month as part of their Building Bridges scheme. 

Novel Randomised Trial in Prostate Cancer awarded St Peters Trust/Royal Free Charity grant

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Over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in the UK. There is much uncertainty about which treatments might be best for these men, so Level I evidence is often required. Traditionally, Level I evidence comprises a head-to-head randomised controlled trial (RCT) of a new intervention versus placebo in which neither the patient nor the doctor knows who is taking what (‘double-blind’). The treatment allocation is based on chance and the blinding prevents biases. In surgery, this design is not always ethical or practical. This means that both doctor and patient have to be made aware of the treatment received in surgical trials. This causes problems. First, surgeons and patients often have strong - but sometimes misplaced - ideas of what works, so RCTs are difficult to recruit to. Second, this often means patients have to seek out trials, leading to a select group of motivated, commonly more educated and affluent patients participating in trials. Third, patients who take part in a trial may not approve of the treatment they have been allocated by chance and withdraw. These factors have led to the failure of many surgical trials to accrue. This has been particularly highlighted in localised prostate cancer RCTs. In fact, 11 RCTs evaluating different interventions in localised prostate in the last decade have failed to recruit.

Division awarded Athena SWAN Bronze Award

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Athena SWAN Bronze Award Logo

The Division is delighted to announce that it has been awarded an Athena Swan Bronze Award for its efforts in supporting and empowering women within the Division.

President-Elect of Royal College of Surgeons to visit Division

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Miss Clare Marx

Miss Clare Marx, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Associate Medical Director at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, will be speaking at the Division’s Academic Surgical Meeting in July.

Dr Kate Ricketts awarded funding from WTISSF & STFC

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Dr Kate Ricketts, Lecturer in Cancer Nanotechnology, has been awarded a grant under the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Fund-Investing in Excellent Researchers scheme as principal investigator for the use of nanoparticles as theranostic radiosensitisers.

Hashim Ahmed awarded funding from PCUK

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Hashim Ahmed, Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Urological Surgeon, has been awarded £171,000 from Prostate Cancer UK to test the hypothesis that multi-parametric ultrasound has the ability to detect and rule-out clinically significant prostate cancer as an alternative to biopsies.

Staff Spotlight - Dr Laurence Lovat

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Laurence Lovat

This month, the spotlight is on Dr Laurence Lovat, Head of the Research Department of Tissue and Energy and Reader in Gastroenterology and Laser Medicine.

Peter Smitham Awarded BORS Travelling Fellowship

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Peter Smitham

Peter Smitham, Clinical Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery at UCL and Orthopaedic Registrar at RNOH, has been awarded the biennial British Orthopaedic Research Society Travelling Fellowship.

Dr Kurinchi Gurusamy Awarded £300,000 by NIHR to deliver 30 Cochrane Reviews

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Disorders related to the upper digestive system account for approximately £1.3 billion annually (approximately 4% of the £32.6 billion spent annually by NHS trusts in England). In a state-funded healthcare system like the NHS, the focus is to deliver the best possible care with the resources available. The clinicians treating these disorders need a quick and authoritative resource on which to base important clinical decisions. Such a resource needs to be up-to-date, easy to access, and with information delivered in an easy to understand format. Cochrane reviews satisfy most of these criteria and are considered the best available evidence on a given medical topic.

Professor Sandy MacRobert Awarded TSB/MRC Biomedical Catalyst Grant

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Sandy MacRobert (Professor of Photochemistry and Photobiology) has been awarded a TSB/MRC Biomedical Catalyst grant, in collaboration with Nanoco Technologies Ltd., totalling £905k to work on preclinical studies of cadmium-free quantum dots for cancer diagnostics using fluorescence imaging.

MSc in Nanotechnology & Regenerative Medicine Open Day - 2nd June 2014

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MSc in Nanotechnology & Regenerative Medicine Open Day - June

Melissa Bovis Hosts Nanotechnology Workshop at Science Museum Lates

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UCL at Science Museum Lates

Melissa Bovis, Research Associate and part-time PhD student, hosted a Nanotechnology workshop last month as part of the hugely popular Science Museum Lates, themed ‘Biorevolution’, in collaboration with the new Francis Crick Institute.

ITAP on the BBC

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Intra Osseous Transcutaneous Prostheses (ITAP) was invented at the UCL Institute of Orthopaedics & Musculoskeletal Science by Gordon Blunn, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Dr Catherine Pendegrass, Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering.

The Stroke Association Awards Funding for ECST-2

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The Stroke Association

The Stroke Association has awarded £209,611 to the Second European Carotid Surgery Trial (ECST-2), led by Martin Brown, Professor of Stroke Medicine at UCL and Consultant Neurologist at UCH, and co-led by the Division's own Toby Richards, Senior Clinical Lecturer and Consultant Vascular Surgeon.

UCL Centre for Nanotechnology & Regenerative Medicine Awarded 3-Year EPSRC Studentship

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Pharmidex Ltd is a world-leading London-based SME who provide specialised solutions for central nervous system drug discovery, nanotechnology and testing of medical devices.

Staff Spotlight - Dr Jemma Kerns

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Dr Jemma Kerns

This month, the spotlight is on Dr Jemma Kerns, Research Associate within the Institute of Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Science (IOMS). 

UCL Centre for Nanotechnology & Regenerative Medicine

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The UCL Centre for Nanotechnology & Regenerative Medicine has, in the past month, secured a number of prestigious awards, emboldening its reputation as a world-class research centre.

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