UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering


IHE Impact Fellows: Science Showcase

12 May 2022, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm

Science Showcase

Real scientists. Real-world impact.

This event is free.

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Zoom webinar

The UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering (IHE) exists to improve lives through technology. From 3D-printing prosthetics limbs to developing AI that can spot cancer, our scientists are focused on making a real-world impact.

Enter our Impact Fellows! A group of engaging doctors and scientists who want to share their life-changing work with the world.

Join us for two sessions of fascinating talks hosted by comedian, Steve Cross! More details to follow soon.

In this session, we'll meet:

Uzair Hakim, UCL Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

Uzair is a researcher developing ways of better understanding social interactions, by looking at the brain, bodies and behaviour of people interacting.

He'll be talking about how he collects information about 'interacting', how that information is useful, and why it's important.

Hend Abdelhakim, UCL School of Pharmacy

Hend is a pharmacist by background and completed her PhD at UCL. She's still at the university, where she teaches and is continuing her research.

Hend will be talking about the taste of drugs and how that can influence children to take (or not to take!) their medicines consistently.

Oriol Roche i Morgo, UCL Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

Oriol is a PhD student working on X-ray imaging. Raised in Barcelona, he's particularly interesting in the boundary between art and science.

A simple tweak of an X-ray machine opens a world of possibilities: unseen tissue and invisible details. That tweak is 'phase contrast' and has countless applications.

Nattawan Utoomprukporn, UCL Ear Institute 

Nattawan is a specialist doctor in hearing and balance. She works to improve the brain function of older adults through sound stimulation.

Did you know, hearing loss increases your risk of developing dementia? Looking after your hearing health is crucial, and Nattawan is coming up with ways to help.

Azadeh Shariati, UCL Mechanical Engineering

Azadeh is a roboticist and postdoctoral research fellow in haptics and soft robotics at UCL.

She'll be talking about how she builds squidgy robots to educate and rehabilitate children, including robots that teach sign language.

Shoba Poduval, UCL Primary Care and Population Health

Shoba is a GP and researcher working on improving digital healthcare – health services and information that can be delivered using the internet.

She'll be talking about her work exploring how we make sure people who use the internet less aren’t left behind by the increasing use of technology in healthcare.

Nour Allahham, UCL School of Pharmacy

Nour is a PhD student exploring natural materials to deliver gene therapy.

Nour will talk about her research on how we can develop safe gene therapies that use the body’s natural functions to treat difficult diseases.

Zeena Shawa, UCL Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering