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Advances in engineering and material science have revolutionised the medical world, enabling surgeons to operate with increasing precision and flexibility. The promises and challenges of the latest innovations will be discussed by our experts in this evening.
Brain games: latest advances in neurosurgery
Professor Daniele Dini (Professor in Tribology)
There is no room for error for neurosurgeons: small mistakes could potentially lead to paralysis or death. Professor Daniele Dini will discuss how the latest technologies can help doctors train for challenging surgical operations and perform minimally invasive procedures. From advanced brain-like materials to robotic devices and computer programs simulating our brain’s interactions with surgical tools, Professor Dini will show us how technology is revolutionising the field of neurosurgery. Check out Professor Dini's promo video here: goo.gl/VHkK4h
The magical hairbrush for bone fixation
Dr Johnatan Jeffers (Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering)
Every day, countless people suffer from fractured bones and torn ligaments. To speed up the recovery of these patients, orthopaedic surgeons often fix implants to the bones. Dr Jeffers will introduce an exciting bone fixation technique, where the latest 3D printing technology is combined with a humble hairbrush. Along with his research career, Dr Jeffers is an experienced designer of medical devices: more than 10,000 patients have benefited from his innovations around the world. Check out Dr Jeffers' promo video here: goo.gl/dN7wKS