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Although pioneering work began in the field of fetal surgery in the 1980s it remains very challenging, with only a few highly trained teams around the world treating a handful of the most serious conditions. Learn about the unique environment inside the womb and how technology is creating a bespoke surgical platform designed to work in this very delicate area. During the event there will be games and special Pint of Science goodies to be won! This event will be held on the first floor.
A Research History of Maternal & Fetal Medicine
Professor Donald Peebles (Chair and Head of the Research Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine)
Donald will offer a brief history on Maternal and Fetal Medicine, the unique physiology of early gestation fetuses and how diagnosis and treatment of pregnancies with complications are carried out. He will then go onto discuss the work of GIFT-Surg and how a novel surgical platform will change clinical practice in the future.
Robotics for Advanced Surgery
Dr Dan Stoyanov (Royal Academy of Engineering/EPSRC Research Fellow)
Dan’s talk will explain the latest engineering methods which can be applied to surgery through robotics and engineering to advance the possibilities of modern surgery, with a particular focus on minimally invasive techniques in difficult environments such as early-stage pregnancies.