Inaugural lecture marks milestone for the Department of Engineering Science

For the first time in over 30 years the Department of Engineering Science staged an inaugural lecture. On 17th January the Department celebrated the appointment of Constantin-C Coussios as Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Examination Schools. The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Andrew Hamilton, presided at Professor Coussios’ inaugural lecture, which was titled: “Engineering non-invasive therapy and drug delivery”. The lecture was followed by a reception and dinner at Magdalen College.

Professor Constantin CoussiosOver 150 people attended Professor Coussios’ inaugural lecture - in the audience were family and friends, past and present colleagues, students, decision makers from government, academia and industry, and members of the public.

In his inaugural lecture Professor Coussios eloquently communicated how ultrasound is rapidly emerging as a most promising tool for non-invasive therapy and drug delivery. He demonstrated new approaches to medical treatments and provided a fascinating insight into the potential technological and clinical benefits of his group’s research, namely:

  • The use of ultrasound-based passive mapping techniques for improved real-time, low-cost treatment monitoring during non-invasive ablation of deep-seated tumours by high intensity focussed ultrasound.
  • The exploitation of localised mechanical and thermal effects mediated by therapeutic ultrasound for targeted release and improved delivery of anti-cancer drugs.
  • The tremendous potential of combining therapeutic ultrasound and microbubbles with a novel replicating oncolytic adenonvirus to achieve highly selective tumour-specific self-amplifying therapy that leads to significantly improved survival.

Constantin Coussios holds BA, MEng, and PhD degrees in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. Following post-doctoral appointments at the University of Cincinnati and at Boston University, he first joined the University of Oxford in 2004 as the Powderject Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering. He was appointed to the first statutory professorship in Biomedical Engineering in 2011, in association with Magdalen College, to help lead the growing cross-divisional efforts in drug delivery.

Professor Coussios was selected as the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Acoustical Society of America R. Bruce Lindsay Award for his contributions to biomedical ultrasound. This Award is given annually by the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) to a single researcher, under the age of 35 across all fields of acoustics, who has made a significant research contribution to the field.  Professor Coussios will be presented with his Award formally at the ASA meeting due to be held in Hong Kong this Spring.

Professor Coussios founded and heads the Biomedical Ultrasonics, Biotherapy and Biopharmaceuticals Laboratory (BUBBL) within the Department of Engineering Science at the Oxford Institute of Biomedical Engineering in Headington.

Inaugural Lecture

Inaugural Lecture on video: Professor Coussios’ inaugural lecture is available to view online.

With special thanks to:

  • Professor David Clary, President of Magdalen College, for hosting the reception and dinner
  • The Examination Schools for hosting Professor Coussios’ inaugural lecture