Prof Takats makes shortlist for £20 million CRUK grand challenge award

42680bc_cruk_gc_infographic_2016_design_stage02_v3Last year, CRUK set seven Grand Challenges opening an international call for bold ideas which would benefit from £20 million funding. After receiving 57 applications from 25 different countries they shortlisted 9 international teams. Charting unknown territory: mapping what we don’t know about a tumourheaded by Dr Josephine Bunch (National Physical Laboratory) is the challenge Professor Zoltan Takats forms part of.

Grand Challenge awards are the most ambitious cancer research grants in the world. They’re intended to catalyse a revolution in how to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer by bringing together the brightest minds from around the globe.

Find out more about the group Charting unknown territory: mapping what we don’t know about a tumour as well as all the other teams.

BBC Correspondent visits MSk Lab

(left to right) Dr Chloe Chiou (Research Assistant), Dr Paul Strutton (Senior Lecturer in Neurophysiology), Fergus Walsh and Professor Peter Ellaway (Emeritus Professor of Physiology)
(left to right) Dr Chloe Chiou (Research Assistant), Dr Paul Strutton (Senior Lecturer in Neurophysiology), Fergus Walsh and Professor Peter Ellaway (Emeritus Professor of Physiology)

BBC medical correspondent Fergus Walsh visited the Nick Davey laboratory (part of the MSk lab) on 26th February to interview Professor Peter Ellaway (Dept. of Medicine) and see demonstrations of how transcranial magnetic stimulation will be used to assess motor pathways in subjects with spinal cord injury as part of an ongoing project working towards a cure for spinal cord injury.

Read more on the walk again project and read Fergus’ story entitled The paralysed man who can ride a bike.

Dr Tony Gordon appointed as Professor

TonyCongratulations to Dr Anthony Gordon who has been appointed as Professor in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, within the Section of APMIC, with effect from 1 April 2016.

This is a strategic chair as the core element of APMIC’s new academic initiative, jointly supported by Imperial College and ICHT.  The Chair will play a key leading role to develop clinical translational research in the peri-operative and critical care area at ICHT as well as the whole Imperial community.  The post was advertised internationally, and the Appointment Panel unanimously recommended Anthony for the post.

Dan Elson shortlisted in Student Academic Choice Awards

ElsonThe Student Academic Choice Awards (SACAs) are run by Imperial College Union, and allow our students to nominate individuals (both academic and administrative) who have supported them throughout their student life. Categories include: Best Feedback; Best Support Staff; Best Innovation; Best Tutoring; Best Teaching for Undergraduates; Best Teaching for Postgraduates; Best Graduate Teaching Assistant; and Best Supervision.

This year, Dr Dan Elson, has been shortlisted for the Best Supervision category.  The winners of all categories will be announced in the 2016 SACA Ceremony on the 16th May.

New Masters Healthcare and Design Programme Launched

DSC01402Last week, the HELIX Centre hosted an information evening for those interested in the new Healthcare and Design Master’s that is run by Imperial and the Royal College of Art.  There were over 20 attendees from a range of backgrounds: clinical; designers; healthcare managers; product and service designers; and healthcare professionals.  All attendees were interested to learn more about the programme which is launching in October 2016.