Institute of Biomedical Engineering

Institute of Biomedical Engineering

The Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College draws together scientists, medics and engineers to apply their extensive expertise to create revolutionary progress in medical diagnosis and treatment. The research program is focused at the intersections between the platform technologies in science and engineering, such as systems biology, materials, imaging and nanotechnology, and medical applications, such as bionics, biomechanics and tissue engineering. Providing a multi-disciplinary research environment, we ensure that the extensive knowledge and skills of the scientists and engineers is applied to the challenges facing health care professionals. We work in collaboration with clinicians, who guide technology development priorities, and with industrial partners, in proof of concept and early stage product development. Dr Dan Elson is a lecturer in the Department of Surgery and Cancer and the Institute of Biomedical Engineering. Research interests are based around the development and application of photonics technology to medical imaging, multispectral imaging, endoscopy and fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM). This has included developing imaging catheters for FLIM with and a multispectral polarisation sensitive laparoscope incorporating MEMS controlled spectral selection. Recent projects have involved the development of illumination and vision systems for endoscopy combining miniature light sources such as LEDs and laser diodes with computer vision techniques for image mosaicing and stereo detection. These devices for minimally invasive surgery will be used in the development of new flexible robotic assisted surgery systems for new and emerging techniques such as NOTES.


Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery,
Institute of Global Health Innovation and
Department of Surgery and Cancer
415 Bessemer Building
Imperial College London SW7 2AZ

United Kingdom


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Round Robin Experiment

Raman spectroscopy has already proved its effectiveness in many cases for medical diagnostics such as for cancer, cardiovascular diseases and infections. However, there are no standards in the different working groups, e.g. for sample preparation, implementation of the Raman experiments, spectra pre-treatment, data evaluation, etc.In a round robin experiment, the required groundwork will take place in order to define standardised Raman measurement methods, which will be fundamental for establishing Raman spectroscopy for clinical diagnostic procedures.

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5th International Conference on Biophotonics

20 March 2017

Continuing the success of the previous meetings held in Sacramento, Ottawa, Jena, and Florence, the 5th conference will come to Perth, Western Australia, running over two full days, and back-to-back with the Science on the Swan medical research conference, which delegates are strongly encouraged to also attend, at discounted rates. [more]

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