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Achieving the impossible with robotic micro-surgeons

Lecture

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Robots and software are revolutionising medical science, making what was inoperable now possible. Come and hear how our snake-like surgical robot work with novel therapies to re-engineer and restore tissue function

Date and Time

10 January 2018 - 18:00-21:00

Location

London, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)

Organiser

Organised by the UK - London local network.


About this event

Interventional and surgical sciences have advanced to the point that micro-precise interventions can occur within the human body under robotic assistance and image-guidance. Clinicians have at their disposal an ever increasing arsenal of imaging information, which, coupled with robotic tools increase their dexterity, enable them to perform more and more challenging interventions.

Despite robotic surgery having reached a very high level of maturity, however, it is effective only for a limited number of laparoscopic interventions. The straight tools can pass through trocars - incisions - on the human body, and they are manipulated within an insuflated abdominal cavity.
What happens, however, when we need to reach deeper into the human body? How can be reach pathological locations that are well within the lungs, heart, brain, or kidneys? Surely there must be a better way.

When anatomical obstacles cannot be obviated or when high dexterity is required at very tiny scales, snake-like robots may hold the answer. My group is designing and developing snake-like robots that are patient- and surgery- specific. Starting from the anatomical images of a patient, we are designing the ideal and most applicable robot for that particular scenario. We are creating systems that can snake-through the vasculature, renal cavities, ear channel, or that can act like micro-metre wrists at a confined space.

This talk will cover this fascinating area of surgery, the area of continuum robotics for medical applications. We will present how to design the robots, how to engineer the robots, and how to control them using information from images and onboard sensors. 

This talk will serve as a good introduction to this novel surgical robotics world, and will link to exciting therapeutics developments for sight restoration, whose micro-precise delivery is the primary area of research of the speaker.

Speaker


Christos Bergeles is an Assistant Professor at UCL’s Wellcome EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical sciences; Engineering Lead of the Eyes for Life Flagship Programme of UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering; Affiliated with UCL Centre for Medical Image Computing. His research includes robotics for microsurgery and opto-mechatronics systems and computer vision algorithms for medical scene understanding.

Programme

18:00 - Arrival and registration

18:30 - Lecture begins

19:45 - Q&A

20:00 - Networking reception

21:00 - Close


Reasons to attend

Learn how both robots and software are developed to operate on areas of the body which are impossible with conventional processes, producing remedies for diagnoses that are currently incurable.

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