Month: January 2015

The Age of Experience: Professor Jeffrey Shaw

You are all invited to a lecture hosted by Professor Jeremy Nicholson on Wednesday 11th of February 2015 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at South Kensington campus.

jeffreyshawThe presentation will be given by Professor Shaw, a pioneer in the field of computational arts, and Dean of the School of Creative Media at City University in Hong Kong, and will examine new paradigms for developing embodied museum experiences, based on the practices of New Media Art.

The talk will explore innovative interactive applications and fully immersive visualization systems that were jointly developed by Professor Jeffrey Shaw (City University Hong Kong) and Professor Sarah Kenderdine (University of NSW, Sydney).

More information and registration details can be found here.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception in the Foyer of the Sir Alexander Fleming Building.


Complaints procedures faced by doctors risk harming patients, study suggests

ComplaintsA study by one of Surgery & Cancer’s Adjunct Professors, Prof Tom Bourne has been looking into how complaints procedures faced by doctors risk harming patients.

Doctors who go through complaints procedures experience high rates of serious depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, according to a new study.

Four out of five doctors also reported changing the way they treat their patients as a result of either complaints against themselves, or observing a colleague go through a complaints process.

The authors of the research say that by causing psychological ill health and encouraging defensive practice, the processes designed to hold doctors to account are having negative consequences for patients.

The findings come from a survey of 7,926 doctors published in BMJ Open. Read complete story here.

Prof Naomi Chayen gives outreach lecture

Prof Naomi Chayen gave an outreach lecture on the 8th January to a medical ethics group in North London, focusing on the research currently taking place within Computation and Systems Medicine, as well as ethical issues concerning pure research, rather than actual medical issues.

Surgery & Cancer want to try and capture all the outreach work going on in the Department, so if anyone has any news they want to share then please email Kathryn Johnson

Big Data: The future of Healthcare Innovation?

Imperial College Innovation Forum Launch Event
Big Data: The future of Healthcare Innovation?

Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data — so much that 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. Big Data has been hailed to be the frontier for innovation, competition and productivity by leading firms around the world.

Join us at the Launch Event of Imperial College Innovation Forum where we have the experts at the forefront of Big Data discuss their thoughts and vision for Big Data and its role in healthcare innovation.

Date: Wednesday 28th January 2015
Time: 6.30 for 7pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre G16, SAF Building, South Kensington Campus, Imperial College London

Our speakers on the day are:

Best wishes,
ICIF team

Imperial Quality Improvement Sprints organised by Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust

Calling all creative problem solvers… 

Could your innovative ideas make a difference in our hospitals?

At Imperial College Healthcare we are continuously looking for new and better ways to improve patient experience. As a result we have launched a series of investigative 2-day events called Imperial Quality Improvement Sprints. For more information see the website.

Interested in taking part?

Whether you are an engineer, artist, musician, entrepreneur, or an organisation looking for a challenging and rewarding new experience for your staff, come and help us revolutionise healthcare at one of the events below:

Monday 2nd to Tuesday 3rd February, all day, W12 Conference Centre, Hammersmith Hospital
Monday 16th to Tuesday 17th March, all day, W12 Conference Centre Hammersmith Hospital

Please email or call 020 331 25443.

Further details are on the website.

New trial to evaluate intestine implant to treat obesity related type 2 diabetes

Endo barrier storyA new trial has been launched by Prof Julian Teare and his team, to investigate the effectiveness of a tube-like device inserted into the small intestine to treat type 2 diabetes. The study is now open for participants and you can read more about it on the Imperial news story or on the EndoBarrier website.