Best Presentation at TERMIS EU 2013


Many congratulations to Ph.D. student Prasad Sawadkar who has been awarded a prize for the Best oral presentation at the TERMIS EU conference held in Istanbul, Turkey from 17th to 20th June 2013. TERMIS is Tissue Engineering and regenerative medicine international society. The EU chapter conference was held in Istanbul this year. About 750 scientists and clinicians from around the world attended this meeting.

The title of Prasad's talk was: Development of a Modified Suture Technique Which Transmits Sufficient Load on a Tissue Engineered Collagen Construct to Affect Matrix Remodelling in vivo

He is being supervised by Dr. Vivek Mudera and Dr. Laurent Bozec. His project focused on engineering of a functional tendon using natural polymer.


Guest Editors on High Impact Journal: Biotechnology Advances

Aaron TanAlex Seifalian

A special anniversary issue in the scientific journal, Biotechnology Advances, was co-edited by MBBS-PhD medical student Mr. Aaron Tan, and Professor Alexander M. Seifalian. This special issue was entitled Pearl (30th) Anniversary Edition: Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine and showcased review articles from scientific luminaries from world renowned institutions including Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, and California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Biotechnology Advances is a prestigious and high impact factor journal (5-year Impact Factor: 11.850) which consistently ranks amongst the top journals in the field of biotechnology.


First Prize at the British Orthopaedic Research Society (BORS) for best Research Presentation

Anna Panagiotidou

A presentation at the British Hip Society (BHS) with IOMS MD student and London Trauma and Orthopaedics trainee Miss Anna Panagiotidou won first prize for best presentation.

The project in collaboration with Mr. Benjamin Bolland from Southampton investigated the corrosion of metal on metal hip replacements, where ion release into the body is a significant concern. This in vitro study investigated the effect of increased frictional torque on the fretting corrosion of the modular junction between the stem and the head. Increased torque levels generated by large CoCr heads on CoCr or Ti result in increased susceptibility to fretting corrosion at the modular interface.

As a study it’s the first of its kind to be able to quantify this correlation with the use of electrochemical testing.


UCL MD student wins prestigious British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Prize

Mr Razi Zaidi

Mr Razi Zaidi, an orthopaedic surgical trainee and MD Student at UCL, studying at the Institute of Orthopaedics & Musculoskeletal Science, has won the highest accolade at the recent British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (BOFAS) Congress held at Celtic Manor on the 13-16th November 2012. The conference is one of the largest orthopaedic specialty meetings in the UK with over 420 delegates.

Mr Zaidi was awarded the Chang Chen Prize for the Best Podium Presentation for his Meta-analysis of the Outcomes of Ankle Replacement Surgery, which is the world’s most comprehensive review to date analysing the outcomes of nearly 8000 prostheses. This work will help the 29,000 patients in the UK each year that seek medical help for ankle osteoarthritis, a debilitating condition that affects quality of life as much as end stage heart failure.

The prize of £3000 will go towards his work on his thesis exploring the outcomes of ankle replacement technology.  The Award was made just two days after Mr Zaidi became a father for the first time to a little baby girl, ending a successful and productive week in his career.


UCL IOMS Ortho Podcasts interview series launched


The UCL Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science (IOMS) is today launching a series of short digital interviews with key orthopaedic opinion leaders from around the world. "IOMS Ortho Podcasts will become an indispensable resource for the global orthopaedic community, packed with insights into the careers and expertise of respected clinicians and researchers alongside invaluable expert advice for the FRCS (Tr&Orth) examination." Said Mr Andy Goldberg, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, and Senior Lecturer at UCL, who co-founded the series.

Funded by a UCL E-learning Development Grant (ELDG) the series was launched with six illuminating interviews featuring a variety of orthopaedic thought-leaders from around the world, including the likes of Professor Keith Willett, the UK's Trauma Tzar, and Dr Brian Donley, an Orthopaedic Surgeon from the Cleveland Clinic. Students from the MSc in Trauma and Orthopaedics will be conducting some of the interviews as part of their study.

"The IOMS Ortho Podcasts series will grow with the addition of a new Podcast every month" said Mr Peter Smitham, Clinical Lecturer and Co-Founder of the OrthopodCast Series.  He continued, "This has the potential to become a unique resource for the continuing advancement of orthopaedic learning."

Listen now at www.orthopodcasts.co.uk


Dr Derick Adigbli - Winner of the Third NIHR Experimental Medicine Research Training Camp 2012 Prizes

NIHR prize

Many congratulations to Dr Derick Adigbli (a Grand Challenge PhD student supervised by Dr Marilena Loizidou and Dr Sandy MacRobert) who was awarded “The Third NIHR Experimental Medicine Research Training Camp 2012” poster presentation prizes. The prize was presented by Dr Louise Wood (DoH Deputy Director for Research Infrastructure and Growth). He also gave an oral presentation with his team of delegates and were awarded the runner-up prize for the Making People Healthier research Programme. The presentation was given in front of panel consisting of Professors from different research institutions and NIHR representatives including the National Director for Public Participation and Engagement in Research.

The conference was held on 4th to 6th July 2012 at Ashridge Business School and was attended by delegates nominated by their Biomedical Research Centres.

Derick also previously won the 1st prize for “The GCS 2010 Thinking Den panel” this year.

Picture is Derick being presented his prize by Dr. Louise Wood, Head of Research Infrastructure and Growth, Department of Health.
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IOMS part of a successful £4.3 million grant to put health records at the heart of research

Nurse with tablet

The UCL Institute of Orthopaedics & Musculoskeletal Science (IOMS) is part of a new e-health research Centre of Excellence led by UCL which is being established following a £4.3 million award.

The project will combine electronic health records with other forms of research data to unlock better healthcare, both for individuals and the wider population.

The Centre, one of four being established in the UK, is part of a £19 million investment by a consortium of 10 UK government and charity funders led by the Medical Research Council (MRC). The funding was announced today by the Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts.

The London Centre is a partnership between UCL, UCL Partners, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Queen Mary, University of London and the Health Protection Agency. It will be known as the Centre for Health service and Academic Partnership in Translational E-Health Research (CHAPTER) and will open later this year.

CHAPTER aims to harness the wealth of data found in UK electronic health records to improve patient care and public health. Along with the E-Health Research Initiative funding, UCL will commit a further £4 million to CHAPTER, providing six academic posts and associated costs. Andy Goldberg at IOMS will be a lead on the musculoskeletal component of the research looking at important conditions such as joint replacement in arthritis, as well as prevention and treatment strategies for osteoporosis.

Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts said: “Thanks to the NHS and the UK’s world-leading research base, we are uniquely positioned to use patient data to study disease and develop better treatments. The e-health centres are the first of their kind and have the potential to revolutionise health research. They will provide a vital insight into conditions affecting millions of people and ultimately bring benefits for patients.”



IOMS IBSc student wins Jackson Lewis Scholarship

Barian Mohidin

One of two 2012 Jackson Lewis Scholarship winners is IOMS IBSc graduate Barian Mohidin who not only achieved a first in his IBSc Orthopaedic Science studies but also gained the highest mark of any student. Congratulations Barian! 

More information about the award can be found at the Jackson Lewis Scholarship page (ucl.ac.uk - opens in a new window).


IOMS MSc student interviewed in the Guardian

Guardian front page, 20/06/2012

A comment piece titled 'Should medical postgrad courses teach management skills?' in today's Guardian newspaper features contributions from IOMS MSc in Trauma and Orthopaedics student Syed Aftab.

Asked about the proposed changes to postgraduate study Syed said:

"I decided to study for an MSc was because I was interested in opportunities for good-quality research. Everything we do as doctors is based around gathering supportive evidence."

Read the entire piece on the Guardian website.


Winner of GCS 2010 Thinking Den panel

Dr Derick Adigbli

Many congratulations to Dr Derick Adigbli (a Grand Challenge PhD student supervised by Dr Marilena Loizidou and Dr Sandy MacRobert) who was awarded 1st prize for “The GCS 2010 Thinking Den panel” (within UCL) for his presentation on:

“Photochemical Internalisation (PCI) as a tool to enhance the targeted delivery of cytotoxic agents and macromolecules into breast cancer cells”.

Writers of the top five submissions for project funding were asked to give a 5 minutes oral presentation to a panel of SLMS Deans and audience (GCS 2010 and 2011 students). The panel decide the top two presenters and the audience to vote for the runner up. Prizes were awarded conference funds of £250, £200 and £150 (1st, 2nd and runner up respectively). 

He also have been nominated by UCL Biomedical Research Centre to attend the 3rd  NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and Unit Experimental Medicine Research Training Camp on 4-6 July 2012 at Ashridge Business School.


New Prostate cancer treatment shows fewer side-effects


Prof. Mark Emberton and Mr. Hashim Ahmed, with other researchers at UCL, have carried out the first trial using High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) to treat early stage prostate cancer. This could provide an alternative to traditional treatment with significantly fewer side effects:

  • ...The study is the first to use an experimental treatment known as HIFU to treat areas of cancer just a few millimetres in size (focal therapy)...More on UCL News
  • ... A new technique to treat early prostate cancer may have far fewer side-effects than existing therapies, say experts...More on BBC News...
  • ...A high-powered beam of ultrasound can destroy prostate cancer without causing the serious side effects that plague other treatments, according to new research...More on Sky News
  • ...12 months after treatment, none of the 41 men in the trial had incontinence of urine... The majority of men (95 per cent) were also cancer-free after a year...More on ITV News
  • Professor Mark Emberton, who leads the research programme at UCLH and UCL, said similar techniques to preserve tissue had been successful in breast cancer treatment, where women have been offered a lumpectomy rather than mastectomy...More on Daily News


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