MRC visits interdisciplinary health research team at Leeds
Senior leaders from the Medical Research Council (MRC) visited the University of Leeds last week to find out more about the interdisciplinary health research taking place here. The University delivers research excellence that impacts human health through the School of Medicine, as well as through other areas of academic strength, such as physical-mathematical sciences, digital expertise, computation, bioengineering and biosciences, plus a focus on engineering to develop medical technologies.
During the visit, Steve Oakeshott, Head of Innovative Technologies, and Steve Meader, Programme Manager for Neurological Disorders, from the MRC, met researchers who are working across disciplines to tackle major health burdens. These include:
The surgical technologies research group which uses mechatronics and robotics to address challenges including minimally invasive surgery, cardiac assistance and orthotics.
Researchers working with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to apply digital pathology (the digitisation of tissue samples) and artificial intelligence (AI) to revolutionise the practice of diagnostic pathology. Together with seven other universities, ten industry partners and nine NHS hospitals, collectively known as the Northern Pathology Imaging Co-operative (NPIC), the University is applying AI to cancer diagnosis.
Experts in fluid dynamics who are using advanced facilities to couple 4D MRI imaging of cardiovascular flows with computer modelling to analyse disease mechanisms, predict and improve the outcomes of interventions.
Scientists in the University’s Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology, who are looking at the molecular detail of how cells and organisms function, and malfunction in the case of disease. One of their current projects is developing a cheaper and safer way of making the polio vaccine.
(Content and Image Courtesy: https://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/4546/showcasing_the_breadth_of_health_research_at_leeds)