Category: Events

How do you combine Science and the Arts? Dr Burton and Imperial Dance Society show you how…

The MSk Lab at the Imperial Fringe Festival; Arts Experiment – 20th February 2014

On Thursday 20th February Dr Tom Burton of the MSk Lab took part in the Imperial Fringe at South Kensington Campus, which was showcasing research outputs throughout the college in collaboration with the arts.

Dr Burton’s research has led to the development of low cost, simple to use technology capable of accurate, fast and unobtrusive measurements of foot placement and pressure while a person carries out activities of daily living. It is hoped that this enhanced real-time, bio-feedback can be used to track progress from the very first instance of injury, osteoarthritis (OA) diagnosis or following treatment – it could also be used in training.

‘Teaching your fingers to see’ at the Royal Institute

On the 22nd May 2013 Mr Kash Akhtar, who was representing the MSk Lab, took part in an event at the Royal Institute with other colleagues from Imperial College. The evening was called ‘Teaching your fingers to see’ and was all about:

How does a surgeon master his craft or a GP diagnose through palpation? Join a team from Imperial College London to explore the fascinating world of haptics in surgery, medicine and beyond. Seeing is believing, touching is haptics!”

Mr Kash Akhtar was invited to participate due to one of many simulation projects he has been involved with assisting hip and knee arthroplasty.

The MSk Lab at Imperial Fringe Festival – Book Now!

Cutting close to the bone From stem cells and osteoporosis to density and strength, our bones are as complex as they are mysterious. With demonstrations, drinks and a special discussion, meet those at the forefront of bone research for a lighthearted evening of discovery. Representing the MSk Lab will be Professor Alison McGregor and Dr Richie Abel giving talks and presentations as well as the opportunity to have a go at simulation arthroscopy – find out what it is like to be a surgeon. The event is free but you need to register your place to attend. RSVP: Please let us know you are coming on Facebook or confirm reservation at the debate by emailing

The busy Bone Boffin

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.

Science Uncovered at the Natural History Museum

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 Festival

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.

Professor Alison McGregor on carrying the Olympic Torch “I hope I don’t drop it!”

On Saturday 21st July, Professor Alison McGregor ran 300m of the Olympic Torch replay in Greenwich. She was selected along with two students, out of a vast number of applicants, to represent Imperial College London. She was nominated by the college for all her work supporting students at Imperials Boat Club – treating injuries and helping students organise and run conferences.

The whole process was amazing, starting off with an event on the first December 2011 for all higher education staff and students who had been selected to take part in the Olympic flame torch relay. Common to all people attending was the disbelief in why they had been selected when there were so many people doing so many wonderful things.