Institute of Communications and Connected Systems


Online Seminar | Electronics Meets Surgery, Focused Microwave and RF Energy for medical applications

15 July 2020, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

Image of probes/products from CreoMedical

Professor Chris Hancock will introduce the use of Focused Microwave and RF Energy for surgical procedures. Chris is Founder and Cheif Technology officer of CreoMedical, a company that has successfully transformed Chris's ideas into successful medical products for the treatment of tumors.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All | UCL staff | UCL students






Robert Thompson – Institute of Communications and Connected Systems

Electronics Meets Surgery, Focused Microwave and RF Energy for medical applications

This talk considers how engineering and medicine have come together to successfully move surgical procedures, traditionally performed in an operating theatre, to an outpatient clinic or endoscopy suite. It will discuss how operating and recovery times are significantly reduced, how conditions that would otherwise go untreated can be treated, and how risk of infection is significantly reduced.

Radio frequency signals (RF) used typically in communication systems are utilised and advances in semiconductor technology and material science, innovative engineering techniques and signal processing deliver a unique combination of focused microwave and RF energy through a range of proprietary miniature flexible applicator structures to treat cancerous tissue. The seminar will discuss the techniques used from basic science to product development and products used in hospitals now, including UCH.

ICCS Chair

This session will be chaired by: Professor Izzat Darwazeh, ICCS Director

Attending the seminar 

The Seminar will be held on the Zoom platform. Details of how to access Zoom can be found on their website.

Please click this URL to join. https://zoom.us/j/97880431587
Webinar ID: 978 8043 1587
Password: Will be distributed to ICCS members or can be requested by email iccs@ucl.ac.uk

About the ICCS online seminar series

The ICCS seminar series is designed to bring together members of our community who are currently away from our home in Bloomsbury and distributed across the world. The Seminars are being curated to provide academic exploration and inspiration, offering insights into a range of topics surrounding communications and connected systems. Topics will either explore subjects close to the work of our academics or introduce wider concepts from experts in the global academic and industrial community.

If you wish to suggest a future topic or speaker please use the link below, speakers could be from academia, industry, within ICCS/UCL or from further a field.


The seminar will begin with a presentation aimed at a technical audience, but at a level that will be accessible to those from a range of engineering disciplines. Speakers have been asked to end their presentations with a technical challenge or delving deeper into the content to engage those more invested in the topic. 

The seminar series is designed to offer a compact exploration of ranging topics and is therefore short in format. The presentation will run for 15 - 30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of questions.
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About the Speaker

Professor Chris Hancock

Chief Technology Officer and Founder at Creo Medical Limited

Chris Hancock received the Ph.D. degree in electronic engineering, working on electronic and microwave circuits,  from Bangor University, Bangor, U.K., in 1996. From 1997 to 2002, he was a Senior Microwave Engineer with Gyrus Medical Ltd. In 2003, he founded MicroOnclogy Ltd.; which is now Creo Medical Limited, a UK based company with a market value close to £350 million. Creomedical developed Chris’s ideas, based on dynamic impedance-matching techniques and integrated RADAR measurement techniques using Ku band energy, for the treatment of tumors.

Creo’s equipment have been used now for treatment of patients worldwide. In 2009, he was appointed to the chair in Medical Microwave Systems at Bangor University and in 2018 he became a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting professor at UCL.  Chris is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a Chartered Physicist, Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, a Chartered Engineer and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He is a named inventor and lead author on over 300 patents/patent applications and scholarly publications.

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