The 2010 Oxford Medtronic Lecture in Biomedical Engineering

When Jun 02, 2010
from 04:30 PM to 06:30 PM
Where Richard Doll Centre, Headington, Oxford
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For the third consecutive year, Medtronic, the global leader in medical technology, has supported biomedical engineering education and research in the context of a unique relationship with a centre of excellence in biomedical engineering outside the United States. Medtronic graduate scholarships, especially promoting women, and the Oxford Medtronic Lectureship have played a key part in encouraging the exchange of ideas in biomedical engineering across the Atlantic.

Medtronic VIPs
Standing left to right: Professor Mark Prausnitz (Guest Lecturer); Professor Lionel Tarassenko (Director of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering); Dr Constantin Coussios (Institute of Biomedical Engineering); Professor Guy Houlsby (Head of the Department of Engineering Science). Seated left to right: Mr Geoff Morris, OBE (Medtronic Regional Vice President UK & Ireland); Ioanna Zafeiri (Medtronic Scholar); Berenika Luczak (Medtronic Scholar); Mr David Dunham (Medtronic Regulatory Affairs Manager UK & Ireland).
At this year's Oxford Medtronic lecture, over 120 academics, students and representatives from industry and government came to the Richard Doll Centre in Headington, Oxford, to hear Professor Mark Prausnitz, PhD talk about "biophysical methods of drug delivery". Professor Prausnitz is Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Centre for Drug Design, Development and Delivery at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Professor Prausnitz delivered an eloquent lecture illustrating the use of biomedical engineering techniques to enhance intracellular and transdermal drug delivery. In particular, he demonstrated the use of ultrasound to increase cell membrane permeability reversibly, and the exploitation of localised heating, abrasion and micro-needle technologies for improved transdermal drug and vaccine delivery.

The Regional Vice President of Medtronic for UK & Ireland, Mr Geoff Morris, OBE, highlighted the UK’s strong scientific base which provides an effective and successful platform for clinical research. He said: "Committing to the future of scientific research through graduate scholarships is crucial if the UK is going to make a significant contribution to global scientific research and the management of chronic disease."

Mr Geoff Morris presented certificates to Medtronic scholars, Berenika Luczak and Ioanna Zafeiri, who are studying for their MSc in biomedical engineering at the Department of Engineering Science's Institute of Biomedical Engineering. Berenika's MSc project focuses on the development of a continuous-flow technique for the sonoporation of cells and Ioanna’s is entitled: "Lipid Drug Delivery Systems – from implants to solid lipid nanoparticles."

Some pictures from this year’s Oxford Medtronic event