MedTech West newsletter October, 2015
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MTW lunch seminar on Nov 17:
PET radiochemistry

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) radiochemistry- rapid chemistry for biomedical imaging

In 2016 opens the newly built PET Radiopharmacy will open in the Image and Intervention Center (BoIC) at Sahlgrenska. It comprises cyclotron, radiochemistry and quality control units. This presentation will attempt to connect at least several lots of the interdisciplinary field of Positron Emission Tomography, and highlight how new developments in radiochemistry and technology help advancing molecular imaging.

Welcome to this lunch seminar with Oleksiy Itsenko, radiochemist at Sahlgrenska University Hospital

Where?   Förmaket, Vita stråket 12, Sahlgrenska University Hospital

When?    Nov 17, 11.30-12.30 (13.00 incl. lunch)

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MTW lunchseminar on Nov 30:
Principles behind fNIRS and its applicability

Functional Near-InfraRed Spectroscopy (fNIRS) is an in vivo functional neuroimaging technique. It takes advantage of the fact that human tissues are relatively transparent to light in the near infrared spectra, to detect hemodynamic changes within the cortex. Even though the fNIRS technique has been known for several decades we have in recent years seen major advances in terms of both temporal and spatial resolution and usability. fNIRS has several advantages over other neuroimaging techniques, such as its portability, insensitivity  to movement artifact and low cost. At this seminar the use and application areas of fNIRS will be presented, as well as ongoing and planned studies in the fNIRS lab located at MedTech West. At the moment the ongoing and planned studies involve investigation of cognitive capacity in children, physical and cognitive training and its effect on cognition and its neural substrate, functional divergence in patient with mental fatigue and cortical plasticity following reconstructive hand surgery.​

Welcome to this lunch seminar with Simon Skau, PhD at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology

Where?   Kammaren, Vita stråket 12, Sahlgrenska University Hospital

When?    Nov 30, 11.30-12.30 (13.00 incl. lunch)

A light lunch will be served to those who have registered before 13:00 pm on November 26. 

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MedTech West at Brain´s Network Conference!

The international workshop, ”The Brain´s Networks”, took place here in Gothenburg in September. Except for “our own” Nobel Prize laureate Arvid Carlsson, who was invited as the guest of honor, several other preeminent researchers from the US, UK, Italy and Sweden participated in the 3-day workshop. Read this month´s MTW blog post, written by Helge Malmgren, dept. of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, and Prof. Sven Ekholm, to find out more!

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MedTech West and Chalmers recruit leading Microwave Imaging Professor

Professor Paul Meaney is the world leading expert in the field of microwave imaging for biomedical applications. The recruitment further strengthens Chalmers already prominent research within medical diagnostics and treatment based on microwave technology.

- With the recruitment of Prof. Meaney, the research cluster at MedTech West will actually become No. 1 in the world in the field of applied microwave solutions for clinical use, says Henrik Mindedal, director of MedTech West. That will make Gothenburg highly attractive for many leading medtech companies. Microwave based medtech products is a very promising future business area!

Microwave imaging is an important emerging imaging modality that has vast potential in many medical applications. Professor Paul Meaney is conducting research in several different application areas, with a primary focus on diagnostics and monitoring of breast cancer treatment. Patients who are treated with chemotherapy before surgery can, using microwave imaging, be monitored to see how well the tumor is responding to the drugs. There are several other imaging technologies used today, but they are either expensive, invasive, or involve exposure to radiation and therefore not suitable for repeated exams. Microwave technology is also advantageous because it is non-ionizing, which means no harmful radiation. Paul Meaney has been working with microwaves for many years, and he has noted that the word immediately gives people the wrong picture of the technology, and he repeatedly needs to clarify its harmlessness.

Initially, Professor Meaney will be sharing his time between Dartmouth and Chalmers. Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, NIH and in collaboration with General Electric's (GE's) Global Research Center, Dr. Meaney is deploying multiple systems for monitoring of breast cancer treatment – one system will be at Dartmouth, one at the University of Massachusetts and one possibly at Chalmers.

Read more at Chalmers´ website

Se hur Apple används inom hälsovården 

Apple event

Välkommen till en genomgång av hur hälso- och sjukvårdspersonal och patienter runt om i världen använder iPhone, iPad och Apple Watch

På detta event får du veta hur vårdpersonal kan ge snabb och individanpassad patientvård tack vare direkttillgång till patientdata. Lär dig hur du enkelt kan följa patienter som får vård i hemmet med hjälp av HealthKit, och hur du därmed kan studera deras hälsotillstånd under en längre tidsperiod, och upptäck hur de olika verktygen i ResearchKit hjälper forskare att bygga appar som revolutionerar medicinska studier. Några av ämnena som tas upp är säkerhet och driftsättning av iPhone och iPad, hur vårdpersonal använder appar som till exempel appen Hälsa för hantering av patienternas hälsa, och hur Apple Watch kan användas av både patienter och vårdgivare. 

Intresserad av att delta? Maila för att få en personlig inbjudan till eventet. 

När? Torsdag 26 november kl. 9-14
Var?  Biotech Center, Arvid Wallgrens backe 20, Göteborg 

Eventet är ett samarbete mellan Medtech West, Sahlgrenska Science Park, Gothia Forum, Innovationsslussen och Apple.

Professor Fredrik Kahl at Visual Forum 

This year´s Visual Forum is held for the ninth time at Lindholmen Conference Center. It´s organized by Visual Arena at Lindholmen Science Park in cooperation with Visual Arena Research, Visualization Center at Chalmers, University of Gothenburg and Sahlgrenska University Hospital. On November 18, Visual Forum will present a glance at how our future will be influenced by the possibilities visualization technologies offers.

Professor Fredrik Kahl from MedTech West and Chalmers will be there to talk about reconstructing large-scale 3D models from images. Fredrik Kahl is a research group leader and professor in computer vision and image analysis at MedTech West and Chalmers University of Technology. 


Medicinteknikdagarna 2015

Last year MedTech West were hosting Medicinteknikdagarna and the Nordic-Baltic Conference on Biomedical Engineering & Medical Physics at Svenska Mässan here in Gothenburg. This year’s Medicinteknikdagarna (MTD) took place in Uppsala on October 13-14. 

- As usual it was a very valuable opportunity to meet people engaged in biomedical engineering from all parts of Sweden. Some 360 delegates and 20+ companies met during two intense congress days, with sixteen sessions and a number of interesting plenary talks. There were several presentations and posters by MedTech West researchers and I myself was chairing a session about triple helix collaboration challenges, says Henrik Mindedal, director of MedTech West. I’m already looking forward to MTD 2016, which will be held in Örebro on October 5-6.

The picture shows Prof. Paul Meaney at the congress when presenting microwave tomography data of breast cancer. 

Staff news

Markus Johansson's new assignment at University of Gothenburg

Markus Johansson
On October 1, Markus Johansson started his new position as postdoctor in neuroscientific computation at the department of neuroscience and physiology, section for clinical neurophysiology, at Sahlgrenska Academy.

Markus will continue working with the analysis of brain connectivity using EEG data, that he was doing at MedTech West while he was employed by Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Markus will now be working with a project aiming at improving the diagnostics concerning affection of central nervous function in children treated for brain tumour.
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