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Come and learn about the cutting edge work being undertaken by researchers who are developing exciting technologies to help identify clinical diseases earlier. We hear about the bioengineering pursuits in the design of the ‘lab on a chip’ and how powerful instruments which were used for drug screening in the Olympic games are shaping the way we understand and diagnose important diseases. These stimulating talks will be enjoyed with a refreshing pint or two!
Could a microchip detect early signs of breast cancer?
Dr Melina Kalofonou (Research Associate in Electronic Engineering)
Imagine a future where we could diagnose cancer using a USB stick-sized device and just a drop of blood? Such a scenario is fast becoming a reality with significant advances in microchip technology to create Lab-on-a-Chip devices. As a biomedical engineer, one of my most exciting projects involves harnessing this technology to help diagnose breast cancer at the earliest stage possible, where treatment is most effective.
Exploring Health and Disease using Metabolic Profiling
Dr Elizabeth Want (Senior Lecturer, Department of Surgery & Cancer, Imperial College London)
Metabolites are small molecules found in every part of the body, including blood, cells, and tissues as well as urine. Changes in concentrations of metabolites may reflect responses to environmental, lifestyle, and therapeutic challenges. The study of metabolites is a powerful tool for understanding different diseases, and for the development of biomarkers for specific physiological responses. Specific metabolic profiles may prove diagnostic for certain diseases, and may help us understand how patients will respond to treatments.