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Speaker Profile - Edward Leen

3 June 2014

Professor Edward Leen received his MB, ChB, BAO, MD degrees in 1984, 1994...

Professor Edward Leen received his MB, ChB, BAO, MD degrees in 1984, 1994 respectively, from the Faculty of Medicine at the University College Dublin and his FRCR in 1994 from the Royal College of Radiologist in London. He is an active member of the RCR, RSNA, BMUS, ESR, ESGAR, EFSUMB & ICUS.

He was the Consultant Radiologist at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary from 1995 to 2007. From 2007 to date, he is Professor of Radiology in the Faculty of Medicine and heads the Clinical Ablative Therapy Service at the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust London based at the Hammersmith Hospital Campus.

Professor Leen pioneered the clinical use of microbubble ultrasound contrast agents in liver imagin for diagnostic and interventional applications with a longstanding interest in altered hepatic haemodynamics and micro-metastases and albative therapy in oncology. He leads the clinical ultrasound research group with more recent interests focused on the microbubble ultrasound assessment of altered tissue perfusion/inflammation and improved drug delivery through sono/electroporation. He has authored and co-authored over 100-peer reviewed journal articles & over 100 convference proceedings. He has been a member and chairman of advisory baords for various public offices/learned societies, including NCRI (UK), INCA (Paris), RCR (UK), EFSUMB etc, and for numerous pharmaceutical and medical diagnostic companies.




Speaker Profile - Ian Miller

30 May 2014

Ian Miller is a Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow in the department of...

Ian Miller is a Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow in the department of physiology and medical physics at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) under the supervision of Dr. Annette Byrne. His research interests include angiogenesis inhibitors, angiogenesis inhibitor toxicities, multi-modality imaging technologies, animal models of colorectal cancer, glioblastoma and patient dreived xenograft models of cancer.

Dr Miller's current focuses on the role of bevacizumab in combination with clinicially relevant FOLFOX chemotherapy protocols in animal models of colorectal cancer utlizing contrast enhanced ultrasound. This work is undertaken as part of the FP7 European grant ANGIOPREDICT and is used to validate clinical and in silico protocols.

In ANGIOPREDICT, academic cancer biologists and industry-based biotechnology researchers work together with clinicians to identify biomarkers to predict whether individual metastatic colorectal cancer patients will respond positively to bevacizumab (Avastin) combination therapy.




Speaker Profile - Dr Neil Thomson

28 May 2014

Neil Thomson is a Reader in Biological Physics and Bionanotechnology with a...

Neil Thomson is a Reader in Biological Physics and Bionanotechnology with a joint position between the School of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Oral Biology, School of Dentistry, University of Leeds, UK. He obtained his B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Physics from Bristol University in 1990 and 1994, respectively. He joined the Molecular and Nanoscale Physics Group, Leeds in March 2000, after postdoctoral positions at the University of California Santa Barbara, USA (1995-1997), the University of Nottingham, UK (1998) and the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland (1999(.

He is an expert in the development and application of atomic force microscopy (AFM) applied to biological materials and nanostructures. He has currently published about 70 peer-reviewed aticles and 5 book chapters and has an h-index of 30. He is on the editorial board of Nature Scientific Reports. He is a member of the Leeds Microbubble Consortium, which aims to use therapeutic lipid-based microbubbles to treat colorectal cancer. Within the consortium, he leads the use of AFM methods to physically characterize functionalised lipid-shelled microbubbles.




Speaker Profile - Juergen K. Willmann

22 May 2014

Juergen K. Willmann is a member of the School of Medicine at Stanford...

Juergen K. Willmann is a member of the School of Medicine at Stanford University, USA. His clinical focus is around Abdominal and Pelvic Radiology. Juergen is a member of the Stanford Cancer Institute and Bio-X in addition to his role as Associate Professor of Radiology and Section Chief of Body Imaging. Furthermore, he is the Principal Investigator of the Translational Molecular Imaging Lab at Stanford University.




Poster presentations at the upcoming Condensed Matter in Paris Conference

20 May 2014

Victoria Mico and Adam Churchman have been asked to present their poster at the...

Victoria Mico and Adam Churchman have been asked to present their poster at the Condensed Matter in Paris Conference this Summer.

The conference will run from 24th - 29th August 2014 and will be held at the 'Universite Paris Descartes'. It is an international conference covering all aspects of Condensed Matter Physics, including Soft Matter Condensed Matter, Liquids Physics, Biophysics, material Science and so on. For more information about the conference, please click here.

Victoria and Adam's area of focus will be centred around 'Drops and emulsions versus bubbles and foams' mini-colloquium, which links in with the Microbubble work they are involved in. For more information, please click here.

Congratulations to both Adam and Victoria.




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