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October/November 2018 
 
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Latest news from the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering

 

First of all, we are delighted to announce that the UCLH NIHR BRC Healthcare Engineering & Imaging Theme, led by IHE board member Prof Danny Alexander, is seeking proposals for new flagship projects to broaden the theme's portfolio. The theme is aiming to invest £50k per flagship which, in combination with matched funding, should deliver translational impact within the project timescale. Find more details on our website - you have until 21 January to apply! 

We have a number of exciting events coming up, including an IHE Colloquium talk next Tuesday with Prof Nader Saffari from UCL Mechanical Engineering on the applications and challenges of ultrasound. We're also holding two lunchtime sessions on how commercialise your research and engage with industry, with speakers from UCL Innovation & Enterprise, UCL Business, UCL Consultants and BEAMS. There is a session on 27 November for UCL staff at academic / PI level and a session on 11 February 2019 for our early-career researcher community, please register accordingly. 

And finally, a reminder that we are fully funding a PhD studentship in sepsis diagnostics as part of our global frugal innovation initiative. This project aims to produce new tools for the early diagnosis and stratification of sepsis - I encourage you to share this exciting opportunity with suitable candidates. 

Read on to hear the latest updates including the dementia research that hit national news headlines, the first fetal spinal bifida surgery performed in the UK and upcoming public engagement training workshops. 

Best wishes,

Rebecca Shipley
Director of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering
News bulletin:
Machine-learning could help to find new treatments for dementia
The new machine-learning algorithm can automatically disentangle different patterns of progression in patients with a range of different dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease. This could enable individuals to be grouped according to what treatments they may respond best to. The research, led by Dr Alexandra Young and Prof Daniel Alexander, was published in Nature Communications and featured in national media including The i front page. Read more here.  
4-year fully-funded PhD studentship on sepsis diagnostics 
The IHE is funding a 4-year PhD studentship as part of its frugal innovation initiative in collaboration with partners in India. The project aims at producing novel, point of care tools for early diagnosis and stratification of sepsis. Visit IHE website for further details. To apply, please send CVs and cover letters to Prof Stavroula Balabani, s.balabani@ucl.ac.uk. Deadline: 30 November.
UCLH offers fetal surgery for spina bifida for the first time in UK 

A team of clinicians from UCLH and GOSH has operated on the abnormally developed spinal cords of two babies in the womb, with mums and babies now recovering well. This advancement was made possible through the GIFT-Surg project, in collaboration with international partners KU Leuven. Find out more

UCL research featured on Channel 4's Stand Up to Cancer UK telethon
UCL researcher Jamie McClelland is funded by CRUK to turn radiotherapy into a highly accurate, tumour obliterating tool. Find out more about his research on our website or catch up with it featured on Stand Up to Cancer UK's telethon at the 16min 30sec mark. 
New unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital set to revolutionise how technology is used in hospitals 
The unit, called DRIVE - Digital Research, Informatics and Virtual Environments, is set to transform the use of technology including artificial intelligence in healthcare and improve patient outcomes. The informatics hub will harness the power of the latest technologies and enhance the patient experience, not only for GOSH patients but across the wider NHS. Read more
Prof Ann Blandford comments on the 'Wild West' of AI start-ups in BBC programme
Prof Blandford, IDH Director, offered a balanced addition to BBC Horizon commentary in ‘Diagnosis on Demand? The Computer Will See You Now’ on the new breed of AI tech start-up companies. Find out more on IHE website or catch-up at the 15min 30 sec mark. 
Upcoming events:

IHE Colloquium Series
Don't miss our next IHE Colloquium talk with Dr Nader Saffari, 'Biomedical Ultrasound in Mechanical Engineering'.
20 Nov | 18.00-19.00 with drinks reception after | G08 LT, Roberts Building, UCL 

IHE lunchtime sessions: Commercialise your research and engage with industry
Learn about the structures available at UCL for engaging with business and create a support plan moving forward. Hear from speakers from UCL Innovation and EnterpriseUCL Consultants and UCL Business with space for discussion and lunch. Register for the academic staff and principal investigator session here, or register here for the ECR session.
Academics & PIs: 27 Nov 2018 | 1-3pm | 422, Roberts Building
ECRs: 11 Feb 2019 | 12pm-2pm | 422, Roberts Building, UCL

'The Journey of a Science News Story': CDT Industry Seminar
Prof Clare Elwell and Dr Gemma Bale will share their experiences of the media and what they have learnt about getting science into the news. See the CDT in Medical Imaging website for full details.
27 Nov | 6pm-7pm followed by drinks and pizza | G08 LT Roberts Building, UCL

2019 CBC Conference - Behaviour Change for Health
For their 5th annual conference the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change welcome submissions on research and practice to change health-related behaviour using digital and non-digital approaches. For further information, visit their website.
Abstract submissions close on Friday 16 November 2018
5pm
9-10 April 2019 | IoE, 20 Bedford Way, London
 
UCL & ERA Consulting: Pathways to Pre-Clinical Development Success - Focus on ATMPs
This event will introduce technical and regulatory strategies for pre-clinical development, with a focus on advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs).
27 Nov | 12-4pm | Gustave Tuck LT, Wilkins Building UCL
 
UCL eResearch Domain’s Lunch ‘n’ Learn – Best Practice in Research Data Management
Find out about what research funders expect, and what data management practices are needed at different stages of your project. It is free to attend, but spaces are limited so please register here.
16 Nov | 1pm-2pm | Room 130, Foster Court, Gower Street
 
Engineering the Future: Careers in the 21st Century
Developments in engineering are changing our future, but how might these advancements shape careers in this vibrant sector? During this Careers event our panel will share their experiences in research, traditional and entrepreneurial engineering careers.
20 Nov | 6.30pm-9pm | Roberts Building Foyer & Ambrose Fleming LT

Public Engagement:

Public Engagement Training Opportunities
If you’re interested in how public engagement can enhance your research and experience here, you can join a UCL Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering training session on 6 Dec or a Introduction to Public Engagement on 12 Dec run by WEISS, taking you through how to plan and design activities, . 

Explore 'Under the Skin' at Being Human Festival
Join us at our interdisciplinary event on how the sciences, arts and humanities explore ‘under our skin’ on 21 Nov, 18.00-21.30. Register on Eventbrite.
 

Artist-Researcher Matchmaking Event
UCL are looking for researchers interested in working with artists to create artworks to be displayed at the Olympic Park. They’re running a drop-in session (21 Nov, 110 Roberts) and event connecting artists & researchers, 10 Dec. 

Spotlight on winners of IHE funding:
IHE ECR Travel Bursary Award
The scheme aims is to support our early career researchers in disseminating their research in healthcare engineering both nationally and internationally. The current funding round has now closed with 11 ECRs awarded funds.
Spotlight on IHE Travel Bursary winners:
Dr Junjie Zhao (Div of Surgery and Interventional Sciences) to ISACB, "Questions at my oral presentation have given me constructive feedback for future direction". Read more

Dr Ben Miller (London Centre for Nanotechnology) to World Congress on Biosensors, "I met prominent academics and heard their visions for the future of the field". Read more
IHE Workshop Award
The IHE Workshop Award promotes interdisciplinary collaboration across UCL and UCL Partner Hospitals, in order to develop new research approaches and technologies in the field of healthcare engineering. The award is still open, find further details and conditions on our funding page
Spotlight on IHE Workshop Award winner: UK Nerve Engineering Network meeting 
Hosted by UCL CNE, the Network meeting on 5 Nov bought together the UK community in nervous system engineering to promote interdisciplinary collaboration between academic, clinical and industry researchers. 
Other funding opportunities:
UCLH NIHR BRC Healthcare Engineering & Imaging Theme
The theme seeks proposals for new flagship areas to broaden its portfolio. An investment of £50K per flagship is anticipated with the aim, in combination with matched funding, of supporting a post-doc for two years. See the IHE website for more details and apply here.  Deadline: 21 Jan 2019.
Wellcome Innovator Awards: Digital Technologies 
These awards support researchers who are transforming great ideas into digital healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health. Up to £1million funding available. Find out more. Deadline: 3 December.
Dive into Data Challenge 2019
If you are interested in the reuse of open data, and would like to improve your skills, sign up for the challenge to address important UCL Grand Challenge themes. You will have a chance to win a £500 prize. Register your interest online by 18 Jan 2019.
Dynamics of Globalisation: call for proposals
£10,000 of Grand Challenges funding is available to support activities through GCCU (Cultural Understanding)’s new priority theme – Dynamics of Globalisation, for expenditure before 31 July 2019.
Up to £2,000 available for Public Engagement
The Beacon Bursaries provide funding to develop and deliver public engagement activities linked to your own research areas. Deadline: 18 November.
Up to £2,000 available for Public Engagement
The Beacon Bursaries provide funding to develop and deliver public engagement activities linked to your own research areas. Deadline: 18 November.
UCL Innovation & Enterprise: Knowledge Exchange call open
The sixth Knowledge Exchange Funding Call is now open  to academic-led projects. This will be the last funding call in 2018. 
Deadline: 21 Nov 2018
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