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Surgery and Interventional Science


Professor Michael Hobsley TD PhD DSc MChir FRCS

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Emeritus Professor of Surgery UCL

Professor Michael Hobsley sadly passed away after a long illness on 19th November 2016.  He was born in 1929 in Calcutta, where his father was working. He went up to Cambridge in 1945. There he first read Natural Sciences, then Medicine, and did his clinical studies at the Middlesex Hospital. After training posts, including 5 years in surgical research, he gradually climbed the academic and clinical ladders to become Professor of Surgery and Head of the Department of Surgical Studies at the Middlesex hospital, and later at University College. He retired from clinical practice in 1994.

Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health MSc/PG Diploma & Performing Arts Medicine MSc/PG Diploma/PG Certificate Open Day

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Wednesday 1st February 2017 - 15:30 - 17:30
Institute of Sport Exercise & Health, Level 1, 170 Tottenham Court Road, WIT 7HA

Transplant & Life Exhibition

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 Venue: Hunterian Museum - Royal College of Surgeons, London

A major new public exhibition providing a unique insight in patient, professional and public experiences of organ transplantation has opened this week. Members of the Division of Surgery & Interventional Science (Barry Fuller and Ossie Fernando - retired Hon senior lecturer) have been heavily involved with the steering  committee, and  individuals from Royal Free / UCL academic and clinical organ transplant services are very well represented in the exhibition.  The aim has been to use innovative sound and vision art forms to bring modern transplantation into the museum space normally occupied by historical  exhibits, in the spectacular location  provided by the Hunterian museum. The exhibition is free to the public, has a free access on-line web platform to view some of the stories, and will run until May 2017, with occasional day events planned throughout that period. For anyone interested in organ transplantation, public engagement, history of surgery, modern interventional sciences,  or just looking for an interesting place to visit in nearby Holborn, it is well worth dropping by.     

New Head of Research appointed

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Congratulations to Professor Barry Fuller, who has been appointed Head of Research for the Division.

Prof. Fuller said, "I am delighted to have the opportunity to take up the role of Head of Research in the Division. We have exceptional research talent across the multiple campuses and specialist groups within the Division , and it will be important to make sure that we profile these to maximum benefit of all involved. We can also help Vivek as Director of the Division to align our research portfolios with UCL strategic plans, which can lead to potential new research opportunities. To achieve this, we will be working closely with UCL Vice Dean for Research, Ian Zachary. Such planning will also help in building collaborations both inside the Division and externally. It will allow the Division to identify and mentor staff that will be in a position to apply for fellowships to further their careers.  Lastly, we can harness the diverse research expertise to support teaching excellence via the connected curriculum.  For those who may not be aware, my research background has been based around transplantation, with fundamental and translational studies into organ preservation, hypoxia / reperfusion injury, and cell and tissue cyro-banking both for clinical application and tissue banking.  I look forward to working with you all".  

'Research Images as Art / Art Images as Research' Cross - Disciplinary Competition / Exhibition 2016/17

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Congratulations to Steph Bogan, from our Royal Free Campus, on having been short listed in this year's competition. 

RoAR: Replacement of Animals in Research

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The first cross-discipline RoAR Conference was held on 12th October 2016. The event

was a success with 90 attendees and the venue at capacity. Conference opened by representatives from the National Centre for the 3Rs (replacement, reduction and refinement of animals in research). 

Division Manager appointed

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A message from our Division Director, Professor Vivek Mudera

I am pleased to announce that we have appointed Dan Sinclair as the Divisional Manager for the Division of Surgery & Interventional Science. Dan brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm and I look forward to working together to ensure the success of the Division.

Farewell Mark Cranmer

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A message from our Division Director, Professor Vivek Mudera

A graduate of UCL in 2001, after an 11 year stay at Imperial College London, Mark returned to the fold in October 2012 after being appointed as Division Manager in Surgery & Interventional Science.

Photochemical internalisation shows promise against various malignancies

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A Phase 1 first-in-man clinical trial carried out at as part of a collaboration between the Division of Surgery and Eastman Dental Institute at UCL and University College London Hospital has been published in Lancet Oncology.

UCL/UCLH Urology and Radiology Team deliver MRI Masterclass to Urologists from around the country

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The Urology and Radiology teams at UCL&UCLH, led by Professor Mark Emberton,

have been at the forefront of research into multi-parametric Prostate MRI, which has been one of the most important advances in prostate cancer diagnosis over the last decade. This knowledge and learning was disseminated to Urologists from around the country in an interactive 2-day MRI Masterclass for Urologists, which will help them to adopt an image-guided diagnostic and treatment pathway for their patients.

PAM students tour the globe

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Graduate students from the MSc in Performing Arts Medicine (PAM) made their mark in this year’s PAMA Conference in New York City.

Inaugural Lab Olympics in aid of Prostate Cancer UK

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On Monday 15th August the Whitaker Lab hosted the inaugural Lab Olympics in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. 

Nine teams took part in the highly competitive lab-themed games and raised an impressive £824.00 + £169.75 Gift Aid, with more donations for this worthy cause very welcome at Well done to everyone who took part in the eight events, which included tube-stacking, blindfolded gel-gripping and a dress-up relay race pictured below. Mainiacs took home the overall gold medals and lab-themed trophy, with Bazinga claiming silver and The Funder Mentals claiming bronze. Congratulations and many thanks to all involved!

Dr Rifat Hamoudi awarded Chartered Scientist status through the Institute of Biomedical Science

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Dr. Rifat Hamoudi has been awarded Chartered Scientist status through the Institute of Biomedical Science. 'Chartered' is an internationally recognised benchmark of professional quality and excellence for biomedical scientists and is integrated within the Institute's professional qualification framework.

Improvements in epigenomic sequencing technologies could enhance cancer diagnostics

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In an international research collaboration led by UCL scientists from the UCL Cancer Institute (Professor Stephan Beck) and the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science (Dr. Rifat Hamoudi) has developed mathematical algorithms based on dynamic segmentation to improve the quality and accuracy of information harvested from epigenome sequencing datasets. The studies show that whole epigenome sequence analysis using dynamic segmentation algorithm can provide more comprehensive analysis of cancers which is a key component in the development of targeted approaches to combat cancer.

Textbook of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery now available

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We are excited to announce the new book 'Textbook in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery' is now available online. You can download your own free copy or you can purchase a copy in hardback, paperback or e-book. A free Android or iOS app will also be available for you to download. Visit the webpage to get your copy now:  
The book has been published by UCL Press and is the first OPENACESS book in surgery.
Congratulations to Deepak M. Kalaskar, Peter Butler & Shadi Ghali on having your book published!

Lab Olympics

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The Whitaker lab at UCL will be staging a 'Lab Olympics' event to coincide with the 2016 Olympic games.

Cancer researchers, health care workers, students and fundraisers alike are invited to join  them to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK. This is a great opportunity to test your laboratory skills - strength, speed, accuracy and determination will all be put to the test in a formidable battle of pipette-shooting, gelgripping, weight guesstimation and even a race to dress up in our super fashionable PPE!

“A Brighter Future for Oesophageal Cancer”

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Inaugural Professorial Lecture: Laurence Lovat, Professor of Gastroenterology & Biophotonics

StARs Annual Reception 2016

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On Monday 6 June 2016, StARs (Student Academic Representatives) from across the university attended the StARs Annual Reception; an opportunity to celebrate and thank this year’s StARs for their hard work and indulge in a well-deserved drinks reception and lunch, provided by UCLU.

2015-16 RNOH Academic Leadership Award

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Congratulations to George Lodge who has been awarded the 2015-16 Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) Academic Leadership Award. 

Dr Rifat Hamoudi awarded funding from the St Peters Trust/Royal Free Charity grant to investigate post-therapeutic immune response in Prostate Cancer

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There are several new approaches to minimally invasive treatment of prostate cancer involving the local application of energy such as light or ultrasound but relatively little is known about whether the treatment can stimulate an immune response which could reduce the chance of metastatic spread and improve patient survival.

My Work Experience Week – Rachel Jimminson

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From the 20th to the 24th of June, I was given the opportunity to complete work experience at the Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science, in the Centre for Tissue and Cell Research. I was supervised by PhD student Wollis Vas, and throughout the week I was able to observe many different student’s research projects. To start the week, I was shown how to use a DSC machine, in order to determine the denaturation temperature of collagen. I was also shown the process of preparing the samples, and allowing to stand with the enzyme solution on a Shaker.

Divisional Director appointed

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We are pleased to announce that Professor Vivek Mudera has been appointed as Director in the Division of Surgery & Interventional Science.

Congratulations to Daniyal Jafree

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This month Divisional iBSC student (Surgical Sciences), Daniyal Jafree was awarded the Gurdon, The Company of Biologists Summer Studentship, by the British Society of Developmental Biology, with a value of £1,440, to undertake a summer project in developmental biology (for more information, please visit Daniyal will be working in the Developmental Biology of Birth Defects section at UCL Institute of Child Health, examining molecular mechanisms of 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22qDS). Specifically, he will be screening for characterising craniofacial dysmorphogenesis in mouse embryos, expanding on the work of his host laboratory to elucidate a potential role of the CXCR4-CXCL12 pathway in mouse models of 22qDS.

Senior Academic, Research and Teaching Fellow Promotions 2015-16

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Congratulations to the successful Division of Surgery & Interventional Science staff who have been promoted in the 2015/16 Senior Promotions round:

Research study participants needed

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Are you female and regularly exercise? Divisional Graduate Research Student, Georgie Bruinvels, is currently recruiting exercising females to participate in a study as part of her PhD.

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