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Surgery and Interventional Science

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Senior Academic, Research and Teaching Fellow Promotions 2016-17

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The Division is delighted to announce we have had a 100% success rate in the 2016-17 senior promotions round.

Congratulations Dr Melanie Coathup

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Mel Coathup

Dr Melanie Coathup was recently offered and has accepted the position of Professor of

Medicine at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA. She has been recruited not just for her research excellence but also for her leadership strengths and will take the position as Cluster lead in ‘Prosthetic Interfaces’. While a big loss for us at UCL it is an indication of our success at nurturing not just research excellence but also leadership.

Interim Director & Deputy Director of SITU appointed

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The Division is delighted to announce Professor Jay Vaidya as Interim Director of SITU and Caroline Moore as Interim Deputy Director of SITU. Jay and Caroline will take up their positions immediately until the end of December 2017. 

Mr John Skinner promoted to Professor

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John Skinner

Please join the Division in congratulating Mr John Skinner on being promoted to Professor of Orthopaedics in the Senior Academic, Research and Teaching Fellow Promotions 2016-17. John's promotion is effective 1st October 2017.

Mr Afshin Mosahebi promoted to Professor

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Ash Mosahebi

Please join the Division in congratulating Mr Afshin (Ash) Mosahebi on being promoted to Professor of plastic Surgery in the Senior Academic, Research and Teaching Fellow Promotions 2016-17. Ash's promotion is effective 1st October 2017.

Dr Daniel Martin promoted to Reader

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Dan Martin

Please join the Division in congratulating Dr Daniel Martin on being promoted to Reader in Perioperative and Critical Care Medicine in the Senior Academic, Research and Teaching Fellow Promotions 2016-17. Daniel's promotion is effective 1st October 2017.

Dr Hayley Whitaker promoted to Reader

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Hayley Whitaker

Please join the Division in congratulating Dr Hayley Whitaker on being promoted to Reader in Cancer Biology in the Senior Academic, Research and Teaching Fellow Promotion 2016-17. Hayley's promotion is effective 1st October 2017.

Dr Tom Carlson promoted to Senior Lecturer

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Tom Carlson

Please join the Division in congratulating Dr Tom Carlson on being promoted to Senior Lecturer in the Senior Academic, Research and Teaching Fellow Promotion 2016-17. Tom's promotion is effective 1st October 2017. 

Stanmore Open Day 2017

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The Stanmore Open Day was held on Saturday 22nd April at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. The event, organised by the UCL Division of Surgery & Interventional Science and RNOH Research Innovation Centre in collaboration with UCL ASPIRE CREATe.

1st ever Sandpit Event at Stanmore as part of Moving Forwards Flagship Programme Friday 16th of June, 2017

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Delivering modern healthcare in ever changing environment requires an ability to adjust, develop and invent. The UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering Flagship programme allows the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) NHS Trust to build on its past history of innovation. It also provides an opportunity to bring together two institutions who share a vision to create an environment in which we can transform patient care through innovation.

PAM Day UK

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The 1st PAM Day UK tool place at the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health on Saturday 17th June. This all day Divisional event was a great success with 60 attendees, 12 speakers and a lot of interesting Performing Arts Medicine discussions and networking taking place. The event was a great opportunity to also highlight the  teaching and research work of the Performing Arts Medicine MSc as well as disseminate the vision of a new ,medical field that needs to be explored and practiced wider. Many thanks to all that attended the inaugural event! 

Prostate Cancer UK March for Men

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On Saturday, 17th June, the Whitaker Lab hosted the discovery zone at the Prostate

Cancer UK March for Med, at the very hot Olympic Park in Stratford. Alongside partners and colleagues from the Lovat Group they demonstrated the work that they do and gave members of the public (plus Wayne Sleep) an opportunity to try their hand at pipetting or guessing the number of tubes in the jar.

Division completes the Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment Pledge

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Earlier this month the Division received the Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment Certificate of Achievement for the successful completion of the Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment Pledge for 2016-17. 

Volunteers needed for a CREATe team experiment

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As part of their research in improving mobility of wheelchair users, the CREATe team is conducting an experiment to look at crowd interaction with a wheelchair. This will allow them to develop better crowd navigation algorithms for wheelchair users.This experiment will take place on Friday 7th July, at UCL’s Pedestrian Accessibility Movement Environment Laboratory (PAMELA) in Tufnell Park. They are looking for volunteers to participate.

Manish Chand joins the Division

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​Please join us in welcoming Manish Chand to the Division  as Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Colorectal Surgeon. 

Secretary of Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology visits the Stanmore Campus

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Dr Tom Carlson took part in the Royal Society Pairing Scheme 2016 and was paired with Jennifer Smookler, Secretary of Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology. The scheme brings policymakers and scientists together; giving an insight into each other’s worlds and helps them to understand how scientific evidence can be used in the policy-making process.

Division of Surgery & Interventional Science staff help close the Transplant and Life Exhibition

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The Transplant and Life Exhibition, at the Royal College of Surgeons Hunterian Museum, closed following an event featuring late night gallery viewing, lectures, DIY suturing and a games room. 

ESVS Spring Meeting

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The European Society for Vascular Surgery Spring Meeting was held in Leiden on 19-20 May. This year, the quality of the work was very high. UCL/ Royal Free was very well represented with 3 presenters competing for the best oral presentation:

Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health MSc

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We will be holding an Open Day for prospective students for this course on Wednesday 7th June from 3:30 – 5:30pm. This will be held at our teaching facilities at the Institute of Sport, Exercise & Health (ISEH) at 170 Tottenham Court Road, WIT 7HA, in Seminar Rooms 1 & 2 (first floor).

PAM Day UK

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Surgeon’s virtual ‘scrub-in’ using new technology filmed by Sky

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A skin cancer operation in Watford, directed by a plastic surgeon 15 miles away at the Royal Free Hospital using augmented reality technology, appeared on the Sky show ‘Swipe’ earlier this month.

Upcoming PGT virtual open days

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Learn more about our research-led and student-centred programmes at our upcoming Virtual Open Day.

Our academic staff will be available online to answer all your questions about the application process, course content, research opportunities, financial support available and career destinations of UCL graduates.

The Virtual Open Day will take place on the 10th and 30th of May from 12-14:00pm (UK Time). 

The Division offers a wide range of master's programmes and each event will focus on specific programmes.

The 10th of May event will focus on the following programmes:
•    Performing Arts Medicine MSc
•    Physical Therapy in Musculoskeletal Healthcare and Rehabilitation MSc
•    Sports Medicine, Exercise & Health MSc
•    Pain Management MSc

The 30th of May event will focus on the below programmes:
•    Musculoskeletal Science MSc
•    Nanotechnology & Regenerative Medicine MSc
•    Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technologies MSc
•    Burns, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery MSc
•    Evidence-Based Healthcare MSc

If you would like to attend the events please register online. You will be sent a web link to access the Virtual Open Day a day before the event. Please note that places are strictly limited and will be given on a first come first served basis.

Division Manager 

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A message from our Director - Professor Vivek Mudera

Dan Sinclair will be permanently leaving us to take up the role of Director of Operations at the UCL Institute of Education. I am sure you will join me in wishing him all the very best in his new role. I will personally miss his valuable advice and leadership in maintaining the high standards in our Division.

Divisional Academic Meeting

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HL Div Academic Meeting

The most recent Divisional Academic Meeting took place on Monday, 13th March, at the

Royal Free Campus. There were exciting talks from UCL speakers collaborating with colleagues within the Division: Dr William Peveler, Dept of Chemistry, presented on nanoparticle formulations for targeting disease systems; Dr Emad Moeendarbary, Dept of Mechanical Engineering, spoke about the biomechanics of cancer tissues; and Prof Seb Ourselin, Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering & Translational Imaging Group, presented his vision for The Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Surgical and Interventional Sciences, which will be based at Charles Bell House and brings together Surgery and Engineering in an exciting collaboration of Healthcare Engineering innovations. The afternoon finished with a prize session which showcased four excellent short presentations from PhD students and postdocs from within the Division.  The judges awarded the prize to Dr Hayley Luxton for her talk entitled Modifying the cut and thrust of cancer cells – the influence of the oncogene LYRIC/AEG-1 on gene splicing”. 

Stopping biological time ; cryobiology, cryonics, and translation of low temperature science

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Many people will have been aware over the past few months that the topics of freezing human organs or bodies have been profiled in the media. This has been in part stimulated by a court case surrounding an individual family choice about permitting body cryopreservation, and more recently research indicating that by using nanotechnology, it may be possible to overcome one of the  ‘Achilles’ heels’ of organ cryopreservation, which has been the rewarming technology. 

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