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ThUNDARR – IGT Networks Speed Dating Event

2nd October 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The IGT Network and ThUNDARR Network are sponsoring a joint event organised by the Institute of Physics Physical Acoustics Group on the 2nd of October 2018 to encourage novel collaboration nationally across both Networks.

The format of the event will be a cross between a sandpit/speed-dating session. We will bring together people to inspire creative thinking to solve existing problems. Participants will not need prior knowledge of the problem area to participate, but must demonstrate an enthusiasm for working at the interface between disciplines. It will be an excellent opportunity to identify unique collaborative projects in multidisciplinary groups formed of clinicians, engineers and basic scientists.


The half-day event will focus on how engineering and physical sciences (EPS) innovation can help improve patient care and will begin with presentations by clinicians. Each clinician will describe one critical clinical challenge they are facing within their field. Each presentation will give an overview of current treatments and the limitations in current state-of-the-art technology which, if improved, could lead to better patient care.

  • Wady Gedroyc: How to achieve larger faster areas of ablation in uterine fibroid MR guided procedures.
  • Brian Davidson: Improving treatment of localised pancreas cancer.
  • David Cranston: Clinical challenge of HIFU in the abdomen: can it be more cost effective?

Networking session:

Following on from the presentations, participants in the room will have the opportunity to speak to each clinician to discuss how they might contribute the project. Participants will rotate every ten minutes between each presenting clinician.


At the end of the rotation participants will join a group and then work together to produce an outline project proposal. We hope to have at least 6 different working groups formed on the day. Each team will develop a short-term objective and a long-term vision around their chosen challenge, which will be captured in a 1-page proposal and 5-minute oral presentation – their “pitch”. Assessment criteria will be provided on the day.

Each group will then present their pitch to the judging panel. Funding will be allocated by a panel of experts in clinical and engineering/physical sciences research and potentially a representative from the EPSRC. The pump priming funding should be used to support the project at an early stage and help produce high quality publishable pilot data to enable a future funding application.

Up to three groups will be awarded up to £50k for a project over 6 months which will contribute toward RA Salary and travel/subsistence. A small amount of funding (no more than £5K) may be used on consumables/equipment. Each Network together with the National Physical Laboratories (NPL) will contribute £50K.

Organised by the IOP Physical Acoustics Group

Sponsored by the EPSRC Therapy Ultrasound Network for Drug Delivery & Ablation Research (ThUNDDAR) and the EPSRC Image-Guided Therapies UK (IGT) Network+.



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