On Wednesday 31st October, Warwick Engineering in Biomedicine welcomed over 60 people to the first WEB Open Day.
The day commenced with a networking lunch and poster session. 14 PhD students presented posters on a wide range of biomedical topics, including: lower limb gait analysis; an intelligent system for spinal diagnosis; and the use of synchrotron XRF mapping of Alzheimer's Disease brain tissue.
The posters were judged by a panel of academics and the winner of £100 was Eleftherios Siamantouras; a PhD student supervised by Dr. Isaac Liu. His poster was entitled "New Quantative Study for Intricate Interplay between Cell Adhesion and Cytomechanics". Pictured right: Dr. Mike Chappell with Eleftherios Siamantouras.
Biomedical theme leaders Mike Chappell and James Covington began the talks, celebrating the achievements of the theme so far. PhD student numbers have increased by over 40%, £2.5m research income has been garnered, and funding has been achieved from new sources and collaborators. Over one-third of academics within the School undertake research either exclusively or partially within Biomedical Engineering.
They were followed by invited speakers Chris Dyke (Medilink) and Charles Hutchinson (WMS), who delivered talks on their work and links with the School of Engineering.
The event concluded with tours and demonstrations in the 5 key biomedical labs: Trace Metals in Medicine, Gait, Biomedical Sensors, Nanobioengineering and Additive Manufacturing. The Open Day was very a positive and productive afternoon, sparking interesting discussions on Biomedical Engineering and related subjects. Key personnel moved on to a scoping session following the conclusion of the tours, lead by Prof. Sudesh Kumar.
Pictured above (L-R):
First row: Posters from session, Dr. Chung and Prof. Chetwynd view posters, Phd student Mary Finnegan talks to visitors about the Trace Metals Lab work
Second row: PhD student Nathalie Ouaret choosing samples for the electronic nose, PhD student Eric Westenbrink talks through the new 'nose', WOLF 4.1, Dr Neil Evans captured mid-jump in the Gait Lab
Third row: Eric with theme leader Dr James Covington in the Biomedical Sensors Lab, poster prize winner Eleftherios talks visitors through equipment in the Nanobioengineering lab, Trace Metals Lab leader Dr Joanna Covington with Prof. Charles Hutchinson (WMS) and Dr Shum Prakesh (Warwick Ventures).