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Not in vein! Studying the heart and detecting diseases using maths and engineering

Please note this event takes place on the lower deck of a converted barge with no step-free access.
Past event - 2024
14 May Doors open 6.30pm
Event 7pm to 9pm
The Tamesis Dock, Albert Embankment,
London SE1 7TP
The human body is extremely complex, and when things go wrong it's not always obvious. Bioengineering may hold the answers, allowing us to use new innovations to study the cardiovascular system and even to detect tiny clues in your body when you get ill. Join us for an exciting and interdisciplinary evening of very cool science!

At the heart of a Digital Me

Professor Steven Niederer (Chair in Biomedical Engineering, National Heart and Lung Institute)
What would you do with a virtual version of yourself? How would this be used to improve your health care and improve the healthcare of others? This talk will explore the captivating world of digital twins of the heart. Discover where we are up to, what are the challenges and what are the opportunities of this new technology.

What can fluids in our body tell us about our health and how can we interrogate them?

Dr Sylvain Ladame (Reader in Biosensor Development at Imperial College London)
Cells in our body use freely circulating fluids to communicate with each other. Tumours also use these fluids as a source of nutrients to grow and as a vehicle to travel and spread from one part of the body to another. Among the chemicals released from cells into these fluids, small fragments of DNA or RNA can be used as indicators to detect the presence of a disease, such as cancer. But can they also predict the future? for example, can we predict, after only twelve weeks of pregnancy, how likely a woman is to give birth prematurely, up to six months later? Screening tests based on the rapid and low-cost analysis of bodily fluids such as blood or skin fluid could transform the way patients are being diagnosed, monitored, and treated.
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2024-05-13 Fighting back against ageing and cancer The Tamesis Dock Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TP, United Kingdom