UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering


UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering - Autumn Research Symposium

9:30 am to 8:00 pm, 01 October 2018

Autumn Research Symposium

This October we will be hosting an Autumn Research Symposium at the Wellcome Collection, with structured sessions based around the IHE themes: prevention, monitoring, diagnostics, therapies and interventions, rehabilitation and assistive technologies.

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UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering


Wellcome Collection
183 Euston Road
United Kingdom

The day will include talks and posters from engineers, scientists and clinicians spanning all career stages within the field of healthcare engineering, followed by networking drinks, prize-giving and research demonstrations in the evening.

This is a free to attend event. To register your attendance, you must sign up via our Eventbrite Page.




9.45 - 10.00 Introduction & welcome

David Lomas - Vice Provost (Health)

Nigel Titchener-Hooker - Dean of Engineering Sciences

Rebecca Shipley - Director of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering

10.00 - 10.45 Prevention 

Predicting the individual treatment response in MS using machine learning

Olga Ciccarelli - UCL Institute of Neurology, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery

Genomics-guided drug development - from genes to medicines
Aroon Hingorani - UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science

A Breath of Fresh Air (Engineering Better Solutions for Respiratory Health)
John Hurst - UCL Department of Respiratory Medicine, Royal Free Hospital
Joesph Jacob – Centre for Medical Image Computing, UCL Department of Respiratory Medicine


10.45 - 11.30 Monitoring

Testing Times: Bringing mobile health and point-of-care diagnostic tests to the field
Rachel McKendry - iSense EPSRC IRC in Early Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases, London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL Division of Medicine

Disability innovations: monitoring beyond clinical environments
Cathy Holloway – UCL Global Disability Innovation Hub

Medical sensors for monitoring vital signs, device status, medical compliance and more
Xiao Liu - UCL Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Nanoengineered sensors and coatings in healthcare engineering 
Manish Tiwari - Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences (WEISS), Nanoengineered Systems Laboratory UCL Department of Mechanical Engineering 

11.30 - 12.30 Early Career Research flash talks

12.30 - 13.30 Lunch & Early Career Research poster session

13.30 - 14.30 Diagnostics: (chair: Adrien Desjardins) 

Novel imaging, challenges and opportunities for clinical translation at UCL

Shonit Punwani – Centre for Medical Imaging, University College of London Hospital

Medical imaging, modelling, and AI at CMIC
Danny Alexader - Centre for Medical Image Computing, UCL Department of Computer Science

AI-driven digital pathology for clinical decision support
Delmiro Fernandez-Reyes - UCL Department of Computer Science

Artificial Intelligence in Ophthalmology 
Pearse Keane - UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, Moorfields Eye Hospital

Fluidics for healthcare and point of care diagnostics
Stavroula Balbani - UCL Department of Mechanical Engineering

14.30 - 15.30 Therapies & Interventions (chairs: Qasim Rafiq & Danail Stoyanov)

Image-guided laparoscopic liver surgery

Brian Davidson - UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Sciences

Smart Liver: Augmented reality for laparoscopic liver surgery
Matt Clarkson – Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences (WEISS), UCL Department of Medical Physics

Predicting tumour response to therapy with machine learning, medical imaging and computational modelling
Simon Walker-Samuel – Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging, UCL Division of Medicine

Manufacturing for Healthcare
Mohan Edirisinghe - UCL Department of Mechanical Engineering 

Commercialising allogeneic and autologous cell therapies: cost of goods considerations
Suzanne Farid - UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering

15.30 - 16.00 Refreshments

16.00 - 17.00 Rehabilitative & Assistive Technologies (chair: Cathy Holloway)

Engineering pain relief through sensory augmentation
Rui Loureiro and Samantha (Rui’s patient) - Aspire Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology, UCL Institute of Orthopaedics

Nerve injury - lessons from patients and practice

Tom Quick - Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

Nervous system tissue engineering and regenerative medicine
James Phillips – UCL Centre for Nerve Engineering, Department of Pharmacology, UCL School of Pharmacy 

17.30 - 18.00 Prizes for best ECR talk, best ECR poster, best global healthcare engineering ECR talk/poster, best research image 

Dame Nicola Brewer - Vice Provost International

Graham Hart - Dean of Population Health Sciences

Geraint Rees - Dean of Life Sciences

Alan Thompson - Dean of Brain Sciences

Nigel Titchener-Hooker - Dean of Engineering Sciences

18.00 - 20.00 Drinks and research demonstrations 


Call for abstracts for Early-Career Researcher session

As part of our core commitment to nuturing and supporting our Early-Career Researchers (ECRs) in healthcare engineering, we will be running a dedicated ECR flash talk session, as well as posters and demonstrations. There will be £200 prizes awarded at the Autumn Research Symposium for Best Talk, Best Poster and Best Global Healthcare Engineering Talk/Poster. 

Candidates should submit abstracts via email to healthcare-eng@ucl.ac.uk. Late submissions will not be considered. Receipt of your abstract submission will be confirmed via email. Please state clearly in your email whether you are a PhD student or postdoctoral reserarcher. Find further information here. Deadline for the submission of abstracts is 14 September, 5pm. 


Research Image Competition - £200 prize

It's time to get creative! We are also holding a competition to find the Best Research Image

We want to see images that are a direct result of your research, represent aspects of your work, or show the faces behind your research project. Images will be judged on their quality, visual impact, creativity and ability to communicate and engage people with your research. Find out more here. 


Wellcome Collection
183 Euston Road
United Kingdom