November 2012. Richie has been awarded an SSI Fellowship from the Institute for Software Sustainability.
The institute is funded by a variety of organisations including the EPSRC (who also fund the Osteoarthritis Centre).
Congratulations to the Bone Boffin – can you spot him?
I was born in Singapore and because my parents passed away from a very young age, I was pretty independent right from the very beginning. If there is one thing my mother taught me early in life which I attribute to where I am today, it would be the most important thing to have in the world is a good education, and that no one will help me more than myself. Typical of Chinese culture, my mother was harsh and would expect me to have at least 98% in all my exams; if not I was met with severe punishment!
September has been a busy month for our resident Bone Boffin (aka Dr Richard Abel). Giving talks at a number of events and conferences, here is a little snapshot of what he has been up to…
Richie was invited to give a public talk at the Café Scientifique Launceston (Cornwall, UK) by Colin Webb. The Café Scientifique is a place where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings are always outside a traditional academic context in order to encourage visitors to pop along. The talk was entitled “What Lies beneath” and explained how 3D Imaging technology is advancing biology and medicine.
On Friday 28th September 2012, The Natural History Museum joined the European-wide festival of science to host Science Uncovered, an evening to celebrate European Researchers Night. The event was held across 200 European cities showcasing how exciting, fun and vital to our daily lives research is. It was a chance for the general public to visit the museum after-hours and meet Imperial Researchers for the 3rd year running. Our resident Bone Boffin, Richie took part in the event along with several members of the Faculty of Medicine, giving presentations, talks and demonstrations to the public.
In the photo below Richie is discussing the bone anatomy of a 2300 year old ancient Egyptian mummified cat.
Imperial Fringe is a series of public events exploring the unexpected side of science. Based on Imperial’s groundbreaking research, Imperial Fringe will comprise of a series of monthly public evening events to engage with and build Festival audiences throughout the year via innovative public programming.
Richie did a turn at the Imperial College Fringe on 26th September 2012 explaining how he is using 3D imaging to study the anatomy and physiology, particularly of developing bone.
“I’m Chloe Chiou, a PhD student from the department of Physical Therapy and Assistive Technology from National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan. The National Science Council of Taipei strongly supports and encourages international collaborations between colleges. It is for this reason I applied to Imperial College and owe a huge thanks to Professor Alison McGregor and Dr Paul Strutton for approving my place here, allowing me to join the MSk Lab and assist in research for the next six months.
The project I am working on here is to investigate the way the nervous system controls the trunk muscles, particularly focusing on people with low back pain by using transcranial magnetic stimulation as a tool.
Mr Jacobs donated his story for inclusion in the “Real Stories” section about his return to sport after hip resurfacing, after just 6 months post operation.
Our Bone Boffin tells us a science fiction tale about bones ….Are we cracking up? he questions… and what exactly do meteorites have to do with bone disease?
….and plenty more.
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