UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering


Institute of Healthcare Engineering hosts BioMedEng22

23 September 2022

We're delighted to have hosted the BioMedEng22 Conference this year. Here's how it went.

A research student smiling whilst showing her poster

On 8 and 9 September 2022, 400 guests joined us at the UCL for BioMedEng 22 – the UK’s largest annual conference in biomedical engineering. Hosted under the umbrella of the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering, the conference was a celebration of interdisciplinary collaboration and the latest advances in the field.

The two-day event featured a packed agenda of around 100 oral presentations, 100 posters, eight workshops and four plenary sessions.

We were joined by esteemed plenary speakers from home and abroad:

  • Prof Eric Aboagye, Professor of Cancer Pharmacology and Molecular Imaging at Imperial College, and Director of the CRUK-EPSRC-MRC-NIHR Comprehensive Cancer Imaging Centre
  • Prof Treena Arinzeh, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Prof Tim Chico, Associate Director, British Heart Foundation Data Science Centre
  • Dr Michelle J. Johnson, Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pennsylvania

“Well done to Prof Vanessa Diaz, Prof Rui Loureiro and their team for putting together an engaging conference with excellent plenary speakers and a diverse range of topics and workshops. The team worked incredibly hard to deliver the BioMedEng22 conference at UCL with the support of the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering. I had a great time working with Alice, Ferdouse and the entire team in implementing the BioMedEng Association’s objectives for the conference.”

 – Dr Gifty Tetteh, Head of Operations, BioMedEng Association.

For many of the PhD students in attendance, the event was especially poignant as it provided their first opportunity to present their work in person. Prizes were awarded to the best PhD student oral presentations:

  • First place: Panagiotis Tsakonas, ‘Parameter estimation of a model describing the Index finger’
  • Second place: Poppy Smith, ‘Production of tissue engineered endothelial cell-containing conduits for peripheral nerve regeneration’
  • Third place: Saira Farage-O'Reilly, ‘Effect of the loading direction on the predicted local mechanical properties of the mouse tibia

There were also prizes for the best early-career researcher posters, sponsored kindly by Applied Sciences by MDPI.

  • First place: Salwa Alamir, ‘Deep Learning Prediction of Coronary Wall Sheer Stress for Fast Analysis of Atherosclerotic Disease’
  • Second place: Samuel McPhee, ‘A multimodal imaging-based approach to incorporate ‘hidden porosity’ in the computational fracture risk assessment of equine third metacarpal bones’
  • Third place: Ruby Sedgwick, ‘Transfer Learning Design of Experiments for Molecular Assay Development’

Congratulations to all our winners!

Thank you to everyone who attended the conference and made it such a memorable occasion – in particular, the BioMedEng22 organising committee:

  • Prof Vanessa Diaz
  • Prof Rui Loureiro
  • Dr Antonio Lombardo
  • Federica Ninno
  • Dr Sarah Keating
  • Louis Girardin
  • Dr Rupy Kaur Matharu
  • Dr Hirak Patel
  • Dr Pawel Markiewicz
  • Dr Daniel Stuckey
  • Ebba Montgomery Liljeroth

Next year’s event will be hosted in September at Swansea University, Wales. Keep an eye on the BioMedEng Association’s website for further details

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